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Sigma 70mm F2.8 EX DG MACRO

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Review Date: Jul 30, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $399.99 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: I write extensively as a professional technical writer. I mostly need extremely close clear shots and this lens coupled with my new Pentax K7 I feel that I have a world-class combination, if not approaching it. And I bought it at Sigma 4 Less for $399 I believe. My latest shots were of a miniature dollhouse fireplace that I added some sophisticated electronics to and both the approximately 1 inch square PCB and the fireplace turned out great. I also use a copy stand with a fine attachment lift of it that allows very precise determining of the distance-to-subject. This camera has auto bracketing and HDR which only enhance and further highlight this fine lens. I would also suggest a white balance filter attachment made by EXPO, this makes it all really come alive along with lights that are the swirled 5,000 Kelvin soft lights. Now that is a combination that does this lens and the aforementioned camera combination true justice. I expanded one shot to 32X and you can see the fine grain in the wood of the fireplace and its grate even shows the bubbles in the lacquer that are not visible with the naked eye but quite visible when magnified to this degree and even under this intense scrutiny they are immensely detailed with no distortion and/or color shifts whatsoever. This lens is a winner.
Cons:
Absolutely none