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Sigma 150mm f2.8 APO Macro DG EX HSM

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Review Date: Jun 22, 2006 Recommend? | Price paid: Not Indicated

 
Pros:
Cons:

I previously commented on how the tripod collar was not removable, however was wrong! Many thanks to MrAkubra42, but as it happens I found out separately anyway.

For those who may think like I did, you need to unscrew the locking knob, and then pull the knob outwards for it to come away.

If I could grade the lens higher than 10 I would do so. As a macro lens with decent use in other areas it is stunning.


 
Sigma 150mm f2.8 APO Macro DG EX HSM

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Review Date: May 26, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Stunningly sharp even at f/2.8, incredible colour rendition, tripod mount, and much cheaper than Canon.
Cons:
Nothing worth considering, its an awesome lens. It might be nice for the tripod collar to be removable, but its never bothered me.

This lens is stunning. If you are reading these reviews thinking about buying a macro lens, go and buy the Sigma 150 mm f/2.8 Macro now.

This lens is razor-sharp even wide open at f/2.8. At the closest focusing distance shots of newsprint are unbeatable for sharpness. At no time have I encountered sharper pics than with this lens, and I include the legendary Canon 70 - 200 f/2.8 L in that comparison.

Colours are fantastic, and the build quality is top notch. The manual focus ring is silky smooth, and the inclusion of a tripod mount is a bonus.

This is my first macro lens and I had not previously realised how much slower the autofocus was on a Macro lens. Finer focus threads make sense now, but don't expect this lens to double as a general purpose lens for action shots, it won't keep up. However for general purpose shots in low light, this lens is great.

If you want a sensational macro lens which allows you to keep some distance from the subject, but which is also usable for other subjects, get this lens. If I lost all my lenses, its the first one I'd replace.


 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

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Review Date: May 25, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Price, f/1.8, Exceptional Sharpness at f/5.6
Cons:
Good but not exceptional sharpness until f/5.6

I bought a 2nd hand Mk 1 version of the lens, with the metal mount. For the same money I could have had a new Mk 2, but wanted the better (metal) build quality.

At f/1.8 pictures are pretty sharp, but not razor sharp. For portraits this is not necessarily a major problem.

At f/4 shots are very sharp.

At f/5.6 shots are truly outstanding. Sharpness is at least as good as with the Canon 70 - 200 f/2.8 L IS and the Sigma 150 mm f/2.8 Macro, both of which are stunningly sharp.

Wide open this lens allows you to take shots which would not otherwise be possible. Stopped down slightly it could not be sharper. This is a lens which everyone should own, for the price it is outstanding value and delivers the goods.