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Sigma 70mm F2.8 EX DG MACRO

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Review Date: Feb 9, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Build quality, comes with hood, value and the real killer;image quality thats just phenomenal
Cons:
Not internal focusing

What a lens! Just sublime quality and probably head and shoulders above anything else remotely in competition with it.

Yes, its not the quickest focusing lens in the world, like most other macros and internal focusing would be nice but only if it didn't compromise the optics.
Truth is, its designed to do a job and it does it perfectly. The 150/2.8 is a real standout macro lens but this tops even that. Canons 60/2.8 is also excellent and has IF, but its not as good optically and its crop only.

Congrats to Sigma on another winner. Standout product from a standout manufacturer.


 
Sigma 300mm f2.8 EX APO HSM

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Review Date: Oct 25, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Great build quality including the hood. HSM focusing is fast and accurate. Superb image quality.
Cons:
Don't know how long the Sigma EX finish will hold up, but thats true of all Sigmas. OS would be cool.

Well this ones turned out to be a revelation.

Punchy, razor sharp images that are easy to get because of the efficient autofocus and bright image.
Everything about the construction is great. The hood attaches easily and firmly, the filter system works great and the tripod mount holds the lens firmly and well balanced.
On top of that, I was well pleased with the sharpness even with the EX 2x convertor attached.

Not much else to say, except that I paid one quarter of the price of a used Canon L version for it and feel i've got 95% of the quality. I've got some good glass in my system but can honestly say that my two Sigmas are both in the top three along with the 85L.

BTW, if anyone has any sense they'll totally ignore the comment by OasisBear. Possibly the single most ill informed post i've ever read on a forum.


 
Sigma 150mm f2.8 APO Macro DG EX HSM

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Review Date: Oct 15, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Image quality all round, build quality, tripod ring and hood included, sheer value. Did I mention image quality?
Cons:
You're kidding right? . Okay, its a little heavy for handholding near life-size.

Its hard to review a lens this good without gushing praise all over the place and sounding like a fanboy.

Great colours, contrast, sharpness and bokeh. Smooth focusing with a limiter and very high quality build.

I'm sorry, I know the Canon 180mm L is a fine lens but you'd have to be mad to pay an extra 25% for it over the Sigma. The fact it actually sells for three times as much is just beyond belief.

Highest recommendation.


 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8

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Review Date: Jul 2, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp, small, light and bright. Well made (MK I)
Cons:
AF not the fastest.

Very useful lens that takes up little room in the bag and is capable of superb results, particularly stopped down a little.
I find it something that doesn't get a phenomenal amount of use, but when you need it, no zoom will do.

Managed to get mine in a high-street sale for a stupid price (under $13!!!!). Would have happily paid ten times as much.


 
Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo

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Review Date: Jul 2, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Opens up a whole new world and you'll never look back. Beautiful build, fabulous image quality. Nice integrated solution.
Cons:
Nothing that isn't inherent in the whole concept really. It does what is possible extremely well. Expensive. (I was lucky getting a two month old one on eBay)

What a wonderful lens!

Has really opened my eyes to the whole concept of high magnification macro photography and made it accessible to use in the field. I'd be lying if I said it was a doddle to use, its not. Its certainly not a first macro lens and most would get far better use from one of the many superb macro lenses in the 90-180mm range from Tamron, Sigma or Canon.

As said by others, it can be frustrating to use because of the very shallow depth of field but that applies equally to any combination of reversed lens/close-up filters or extension tubes and this lens is a smooth integrated solution designed specifically for the task.

As also said before, a macro flash is essential; I use an MR-14 and its a nice compact unit thats easy to hand-hold as well as being reasonably priced (half the MT24 here in the UK).

Please, if you have any interest in this kind of photography, buy this baby. You won't look back.