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Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO MACRO HSM

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Review Date: Mar 14, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: fast HSM, f/2.8, amazing bokeh, fabulous build quality, smooth operation.
Cons:
none :)

Review for the new II version:

Wow. Thats my initial response to this lens!

I tried this in Jessops, and I was blown away by its handling, and I was initially going to buy the 150mm f/2.8 to save me money and get the absolute best optics, but I shelled out the extra cash to have a lens I could practically leave on my camera!

This has been amazingly sharp, and produces beautiful images. It separates the subject from the background in that way you see in professional photographs! The bokeh is stunning!

CA is pretty low, and IQ is brilliant! This is an absolute gem, it also has a fabulous working distance, capable of 1:3.3 macro, which for its type is pretty good going!

I am using this on a Nikon D80, and I won't look back. There is an alternative to Nikon/Canon glass, and that is Sigma. I love Sigma!

This is the perfect compliment to the 24-70mm f/2.8 Sigma and my 12-24mm f/4 Tokina. I am in love with these Smile Remember the poor man pays twice, do yourself a favour and buy this if you are considering a portrait lens, it is the mutt's chubbs.

Mike


 
Tamron 90MM F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 SP AF

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Review Date: Aug 17, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: sharpness 1:1 Macro FAB Bokeh contrast f2.8 light
Cons:
some focus hunting

The best lens I own, without a doubt.

This will take the most stunningly sharp images you ever did see!

It will focus hunt somewhat, use the limiter when not shooting macro.

Its light, but feels sturdy.

See below image - this is a shot I made, I am certain better photographers will get better results.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v506/realmofspeed/DSC_9038.jpg

If you want to shoot macro or portraits, there is no other option IMO.

Mike


 
Sigma 28-300 f3.5-6.3 Macro

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Review Date: Aug 17, 2007 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 3 

 
Pros: long-ish reach light macro (1:3)
Cons:
zoom creep loud focus focus hunting only 1:3 macro soft lacking in contrast

This lens is capable of fine images.

If you only want 1 lens to carry and don't want to spend a tonne, this probably ain't it, for 1 its not very wide, but at a push it would do.

It is very soft I find. The slow f numbers aint too cool, esp if you plan on hand holding, which I did.

The worst thing is the total lack of contrast! The 70-300APO lens os 100x better!!! It also features 1:2 macro.

Give this on a miss. I am selling mine.

Mike

PS Here is an image I took with it - proving it can do okay.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v506/realmofspeed/DSC_2282copy.jpg


 
Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor

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Review Date: Aug 17, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Fast focus. f1.8! Bokeh Sharpness. Light Compact
Cons:
None come to mind!

This lens focusses very quickly I find, beautiful Bokeh, and very sharp esp at f8 ish, but with the f1.8 option, low light photography becomes more of a reality, and the true strength is in how creative this lets you become! I love primes, and this is one if not the most used lens in my collection.

It is also rediculously cheap, and rediculously good!

Reversed, it makes quite a good 1:1 macro lens, here is an image done by reversing:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v506/realmofspeed/macro1.jpg

This lens is simply a must buy for ANY photographer! Everyone should own a 50 prime!

Mike