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Sigma 150mm f2.8 APO Macro DG EX HSM

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Review Date: May 24, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Image quality, size, big aperture, AF motor inside the lens, three position AF limiter, price.
Cons:
No vibration reduction

When I changed my camera gear from Canon to Nikon in 2007, I started thinking what combination or lens should I use to photograph little bugs and insects. During my Canon times, I had used Canon's 70-200 image stabilized zoom lens with extension tubes, but this time I decided to spend my euros to the real macro lens!

Nikon's 105mm f2.8G AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor was the first that got my attention. But would 105mm be enough with FF-camera when subjects are really small or shy? So I decided to take a look at the longer macro lenses that would give me more working distance.

I looked different alternatives, and the final pair was Nikon's 200mm f4D ED-IF AF Micro-Nikkor and Sigma's 150mm f2.8 EX APO MACRO DG HSM. After hard thinking, my decision was the Bugzilla.

Things that mattered were these: smaller size, bigger aperture, autofocus motor inside the lens and of course the big difference in price.

I have been really really really satisfied to that Sigma EX 150mm f2.8 macro lens! I haven't thought a single time that I replace it with something else. That kind of lens that would replace that Bugzilla in my camerabag does not exist at this time.


I have wroted a five page review of this Sigma 150/2.8 macro lens to my homepage. It includes also sample pictures with 100% crops.

You can find it here -> http://www.janneheimonen.net/Articles/Sigma-150mm-f28-EX-APO-MACRO-DG-HSM-review/

Here is the finnish language version of the article -> http://www.janneheimonen.net/Artikkelit/Sigma-150mm-f28-EX-APO-MACRO-DG-HSM-arvostelu/