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Sigma 105mm f2.8 EX Macro 1:1 Lens

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Review Date: Jan 27, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $375.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Good build quality, very sharp, inexpensive
Cons:
105mm a little too tele for everyday use

Great lens at a great price. Before I bought this lens I owned nothing but zooms. At first, I was hesitant to buy it, but after looking at my first few shots I was very impressed with how much clearer shots from this lens looked compared to shots with my zoom. So much so that I ended up trying to use this lens for just about everything I could.

Although this lens is great optically, I prefer a slightly wider focal length for day to day shots. And I have since sold this lens and bought a Tamron 90mm for that reason alone. Aside from that I can't find fault with this lens, especially at this price.

I highly recommend this lens to anyone looking for a good lens.

Pictures I have taken with this lens.

http://www.one-blind-eye.com/index.php?x=browse&category=22


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

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Review Date: Jan 27, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $450.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Very sharp, descent wide open performance, very useful focal length
Cons:
doesn't feel like a $450 lens. I find the dual focus system to be more annoying than useful.

This is probably my most used lens. I do use it for macro shooting occasionally, but I find myself wanting to use it for everything that will fit in the frame. It is a superb lens at a good price.

The build quality isn't quite as good as the Sigma 105mm macro, but I find the 90mm focal length to be more useful. Also, it is lighter than the Sigma, which is a good thing.

Overall, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this lens to anyone looking for a ~100mm lens (macro or otherwise.)

Pictures I have taken with this lens:

http://www.one-blind-eye.com/index.php?x=browse&category=19