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Sigma 150mm f2.8 APO Macro DG EX HSM

Review Date: Aug 13, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Super sharp with canon 20D, excellent macro and telephoto capabilities
weighty, but to be expected from an f2.8 optic

I used to have reservations about buying sigma lenses...

I bought this lens as I wanted both a 1:1 macro lens and a telephoto prime lens for my canon 20D. On paper this lens appeared to fit the bill, so I took the plundge and bought one.

I was amazed by how sharp the images were stright away - even on the 20Ds small LCD screen, the difference was apparent.

Compared to my canon 17-40L and 28-105II USM, images form the 150mm Sigma require much less USM/sharpening.

Colour is neutral, and out-of-focus blur attractive. HSM is on a par with USM in terms of speed and noise (or lack of). Build quality is equal to the canon L series.

Little things like the three step focusing limiter, and including the tripod ring, lens hood and lens case make for a pleasant change.

I would highly recommend this lens both for its macro and telephoto capabilities (240mm on x1.6 CMOS)