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p.2 #1 · which longer macro lenses for D800?


Andre,

Thanks for the observation! are you getting these results with a D800/E?

You might be right about the fixturing, though its pretty rigid/well damped (or so I thought since I get tack sharp images on the same rig with a 5DII/tamron180mm - the
mirror lockup makes no visible difference to that combo under studio flash)

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rkg
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Jan 14, 2013 at 06:38 AM
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p.2 #2 · which longer macro lenses for D800?


No, my results are with a D300. I'm traveling and don't have my gear or images with me.


Jan 14, 2013 at 01:42 PM
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p.2 #3 · which longer macro lenses for D800?


In case anybody's still following this, I got ahold of a Sigma 150mm non-os - MUCH better - here's some 100% crops from a test at f/8 and f/5.6 (I included 100% crop from a 5DMKII with the tamron 180 positioned to roughly the same field of view just for comparison) - note that none of these have had any sharpening done to them outside of whatever ACR does by default.







I happened to be shooting this piece for a client when the 150 came in and thought it might make a good test subject as its really contrasty.

As an aside, decent copies of this lens seem to be getting real hard to find - it took a while to find one.

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rkg
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Jan 27, 2013 at 12:49 AM
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p.2 #4 · which longer macro lenses for D800?


I have a Sigma 150 non-OS. My subjective impression is it's the sharpest lens I have. But the only complaint I have about the optics of any of my macro lenses is the tendency of the Sigma 50mm to flare at close range when I use flash.

As I use my lenses handling is more important than the last few lines per millimeter. I replaced a worn out Tamron 90 with the optically inferior but tougher Nikkor 105 AF-S. My Tamron 180 is tough (internal focus) but the Sigma 150 has full time focus override and faster focus, and that's normally worth more than 20% more focal length.



Jan 27, 2013 at 02:37 AM
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