Well it arrived, the new Sigma 50mm f1.4 HSM in Sony mount!!!
Arrived at the shop this morning, just after dropping my Beercan off for repair/clean - sticky aperture probably caused from a little oil on the blades (or so I've been told!)The Bad News
Just as I was paying I thought, lets take a look and give it a try - just in case (knowing what Sigma QC are like!)
Opened the box, pulled the lens out the EX padded case, pulled off the lens cap... and the front optics fell out of the lens onto the floor
Good old Sigma, seen and heard a few things in my time about lenses, with bubbled in the glass, poor focusing etc. But for the optic to just fall out I was a little shocked!The Good News
Well, luckily (although this shop is not known for stocking Sony mount lenses) they had another two in the shop in Sony mount! Tried the second and was amazed that the optics appear to be properly held together. Build quality of the Sigma 50mm is pretty good if I'm honest (I guess there must have been a retaining clip missing on the first one!). Seems to have the usual EX look and feel to it.
Focusing is silent and seems accurate even in low light, but it's no speed freak! It's not slow, just not super fast - not an issue for this type of lens.
Tried out a few test shots with the lens in the garden and kitchen (wide open) and all seems pretty good. Pretty pleased with the Bokeh, although if I'm honest I'm no expert in this area.
Anyway, here are the few shots that I took:
Sony DSLR-A900, Exposure: 1/2000, Aperture: f/1.7, Focal Length: 50 mm
Sony DSLR-A900, Exposure: 1/40, Aperture: f/1.4, Focal Length: 50 mm
Overall seems a BIG improvement over my KM 50mm f1.7