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Tamron 60mm f/2 Di II LD IF Macro 1:1 SP AF

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Review Date: Oct 13, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $310.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Inexpensive, Fast f/2 aperture, IQ
Cons:
None for me

I wanted a 1:1 mag macro for my SL1, and my choices were simple; the Canon EF-S 60/2.8 or the Tamron 60/2.

I have used a Canon EF-S 60/2.8 macro in the past, and I liked it a lot. I had never used the Tamron 60/2, but with it's faster aperture and exact same price tag along with prior experience with Tamron products I went with the Tamron 60...glad I did.

IQ and sharpness are on par with the Canon 60/2.8 at comparable apertures, and f/2 has a "dreamy" quality to it.

The Tamron's AF is notably slower and noisier than the Canon, but in my opinion AF takes a back seat to manual focus when shooting macro...I prefer MF. Otherwise, I do find the AF to be adequate, both in speed and accuracy, for my relaxed style of shooting.

The lens is chunky, a looks imposing on my SL1. Build quality is very good, and I find no issues with the focus ring.

Also, as an added bonus, the Tamron 60/2 will mount and work on my Full Frame 6D. At closer distances to a subject, and fast apertures, the APS-C designed lens shows very little vignetting at all. The Tamron also gets sees work on my EOS M, with adapter of course, and works like a charm.

Overall, I am very pleased with this lens, in build, IQ and cross platform usability. Very easily worth the $310 I paid for it used, in like new condition with box and accessories.


 
Sigma 150mm f2.8 APO Macro DG EX HSM

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Review Date: Dec 8, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $500.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Very sharp in Macro territory/good colors and contrast/cost
Cons:
Only 'okay' for medium telephoto work

Lens used with Canon 1Ds and 1DMKII.

I purchased this lens used to double as not only a 1:1 macro, but also for medium telephoto work.

First off, Auto focusing. It's slow, a little slower than expected, but not a shock, nor is AF needed for all my macro work or most of my telephoto work.

For macro, this lens truly shines. Sharpness, detail, color and contrast are just great...from wide open and on. I've not stopped down further than f/16 with the Sigma, and the macro images are still wonderful.

For medium telephoto, this lens lacks in key areas. Compared to my 70-200/4 L in controlled conditions and at similar settings, the Sigma demonstrates far less sharpness, detail, color and contrast than the Canon zoom. Of course, my Canon zoom is slower than Sigma by a stop, however the Sigma prime takes a back seat to the Canon zoom in the medium telephoto department.

Apples and oranges; yes. However, Sigma's 'orange' is trying to also taste like Canon's 'apple' but does not succeed. Still, I do find the medium telephoto images from the Sigma still usable, and it does fine wide open. f/5.6 is when the Sigma starts getting good for non macro images.

Great 1:1 mag macro lens, just phenomenal.
Average medium telephoto lens, but usable.

Jason C