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Sigma 180mm f3.5 EX APO Macro IF HSM

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
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

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

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

Pros: | Stunnning sharp | A good Portrait lense |
| 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

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.