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Sigma 150mm f2.8 APO Macro DG EX HSM

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Review Date: Aug 29, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Ths lens is as good as an 'L'. It is my first macro, and I'm loving it. Colors just pop, and are saturated very well across the frame. The 2.8 brightness allows for very shallow DOF. Has got to be seen to express.
Cons:
Being a Macro means SSLLOOWW focusing, and lots of hunting in low light. It might be a 2.8, but if you miss-focus, it takes forever. Tripod mount can't be removed.

I got this lens as my first Macro, after leaning on the fence for the Canon 180L. It was a new lens at the time, and for me it was the price that got me to try it. I am very happy that I choose this lens, because it renders shots perfectly. My flower macros are sharper than sharp in some cases, and I wonder how the lens can pick up so much detail. I like the colors as well, because they seem to have a richness to them, as if a intensifier is being used.

The only thing one must take into account, is that it needs a tripod due to the weight, and the reach when doing Macros. I can hand-hold it in good light, but I wish sometimes that the tripod mount was removable. I like the lens so much that I bought the 50 macro to take on those days when I want to travel light.


 
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

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Review Date: Jan 21, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $795.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Razor sharp pictures, and excellent blurred backgrounds. Simply amazing optical glass.
Cons:
None noted

The Canon 135 f/2l is in a league of its own when it comes to quality. I have taken shots with this lens that were sharp to the tune of picking out individual panes of glass off Alcatraz Prison from beyond the Golden Gate bridge! And to boot it was handheld. The lens looks great on the 10D, and balances well in your hands. There is a lot of good glass in this remarkable prime. Get one, and you won't be sorry.