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Sigma 180mm f3.5 EX APO Macro IF HSM

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Review Date: Jul 17, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Great price [cheper than Sigma 150mm]; Sharp, Tripod collar. Constant Barrel; Great working distance; Real time AF MF; Solid
Cons:
AF Hunts despite if HSM. Weight

I actually jumpted from Tamron 90mm, espicially for the working distance..!

Sigma 180mm is really a solid lense, Great sharpness. Good to use ring light as the barrel doesn't rotate. In addition, it also gives a very good blurring effects on the background as the focul length is longer..! some of the samples are at

http://www.babu.dfoto.org/macros

I would say, it is a cheapest professional lense for typical macro photography.

However there are some down-sides. Hunting AF. I guess, it is hard to beat Canon 180mm in terms of AF speed. As far as macro work is concerned, this is not a big problem. One will feel the weight espicially if he/she shoots for more than an hour continuousely..!

Otherwise it is a legend!





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

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Review Date: Apr 24, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: | Stunnning sharp | A good Portrait lense |
Cons:
| Slow AF | AF Hunts a lot | Growing barrel |

Well, this was my first Macro lense. To say about this lens, it is stunning sharp. I had taken many nice shots with this lense. I also should admit, it is an excellent portrait lense, can produce images on par with any 'L' series lense of Canon.

Some of them are here

http://www.foto.rajkumar.info

Worth the money. Few reasons, why I left this lense is

[1] It hunts and extending barrel, which most times scar the insects

[2] 90mm: The working distance was not just enough for typical insect macroshots.

[babu]