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Sigma 150mm f2.8 APO Macro DG EX HSM

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Review Date: Jun 17, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $800.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: IQ, OS.
Cons:
Not very cheap.

I have the OS version of this lens, and it is pretty amazing! It does everything you'd expect it to do, and on the other hand doesn't have any big flaws. It's a 150mm lens, so it's not so multi-use-lens as an 50mm, 70mm or an 105mm macro lens would be.

The close-ups in this post are mostly taken with this lens: http://jannemiettinen.fi/wedding-blog/blog/a-winter-wedding-in-helsinki-riina-juha/


 
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR

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Review Date: Aug 18, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,000.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Optics are sharp, VRII is superb, quick to focus, great to handle.
Cons:
Close focusing distance.

This is really a no-brainer. It does everything it's being asked for. It's sharp, focuses quickly and never let's you down in any situation. Only the poor close focusing distance keeps this being a true classic.

The VRI had poor stabilisation, but the VRII is soooo much better. I can easily get sharp photos at 200mm and 10th of a second. Truly amazing!

(All of these photos were taken with the 70-200mm VRII in a recent wedding: http://www.jannemiettinen.fi/wedding-blog/blog/pre-wedding-photos-winter-tracy-victor/ )


 
Sigma 15mm f2.8 EX Diagonal Fisheye

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Review Date: Aug 18, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $400.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Focuses close, doesn't flare much, amazing sharpness!
Cons:
The finishing peels off after years of use

This is one amazing fish-eye! It's optically superb and that's all I care for. It's great on crop-frame DSLR and full-frame-DSLR. Focusing is a bit slow, but it doesn't matter since it's a fish-eye. Highly recommended!

 
Sigma 24mm f1.8 EX DG Aspherical Macro

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Review Date: Aug 18, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $390.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: -VERY close focusing -f/1.8 -bokeh is quite nice
Cons:
-not very cheap -prone to some flare

I use this lens with my Nikon D700 camera. It's much better on full-frame than it was on the cropped D300s. The bokeh is nice and smooth. The resolution is acceptable already at f/1.8 and very good from f/2.5. I like this lens, as it's one of those very few lenses (under 1000$) that can give real bokeh and wide-angle at the same time.

I would recommend this lens, but maybe not to casual shooters.

(You can get a good idea of the close-up possibilities of this lens here: http://www.jannemiettinen.fi/wedding-blog/blog/wedding-photos-suomenlinna/ , as all of the close-up shots are taken with the Sigma 24mm f/1.8 lens.)