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Sigma 150mm f2.8 APO Macro DG EX HSM

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Review Date: Jan 28, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $650.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp, Sharp oh.. did I mention it was sharp?? great build for price. creamy smooth bokeh.
Cons:
not many, I guess in low light when I try to use the AF for tracking my kids across the back yard its a little slow, but when I use it MF for macro and even AF in macro I never had any problems

I bought this lens almost as soon as it came out, I have had a lot of time to play with this before I posted a review. It has great color rendition, the build is excellent (almost an "L" quality feel to it) I really like how sharp this lens is. I have used it at f/22 and haven't noticed too much degredation in quality, some, but not like the 105, or the canon 100 (a couple other great macro lenses) I have tried all the macro lenses on the market right now except for the 180L and the MP-E, and I chose the 150 2.8 mainly for the reach, but I was pleasantly suprised by a lot of other little things like: internal focusing, the hood it comes with, and especially the tripod ring, it really is a nice tripod mounting ring! The fact that it makes a great outdoor portrait lens is a plus also. Little things like that have made this lens one of my favorites! There are a few downsides to the lens also, a lot of people will find this lens heavy, not me because I am basically an Ogre (I like using my new 70-200 2.8L as a walkaround lens) When using the AF for macro in dark situations (which I rarely do anyways) it likes to hunt a lot, other than that I really can't find much at fault with this lens! I would highly recommend anyone who wants to get a solid good macro lens to definately check this one out.

There are samples from this lens on my private (not pro) website at: www.fotki.com/charlemagne
and look in the macros folder, most of them were taken with this lens, some of the more poorer quality ones were taken with a rev. lens or a 2x extender added handheld.

Charles