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ProfDave
15th of February 2006 (Wed), 11:48
Anyone got it with examples? I am trying to decide between this one and the 105mm one (with the 1.6 factor things get wacky though!).

Appreciate it.

Cheers.

Jon
15th of February 2006 (Wed), 12:38
Go for the 150. I don't believe there's a noticeable difference in IQ among any of the macros from Canon, Sigma and Tamron, but the 150 will give you a better working distance for macro subjects, which means fewer spooked subjects if they're live.

sporff
15th of February 2006 (Wed), 13:41
150mm is a great lens.

GeForceFX
11th of May 2006 (Thu), 11:14
this topic is in the -=Lens Sample Images Archive=- and there are only a few pics atm.

lets change that :D

http://www.goole-fotografie.be/images/IMG_4398b.jpg

http://www.goole-fotografie.be/images/IMG_4265.jpg

http://www.goole-fotografie.be/images/IMG_4167.jpg

GeForceFX
11th of May 2006 (Thu), 11:17
more:

http://www.goole-fotografie.be/images/IMG_4147.jpg

http://www.goole-fotografie.be/images/IMG_4103.jpg

http://www.goole-fotografie.be/images/IMG_4097.jpg

http://www.goole-fotografie.be/images/IMG_4099.jpg

http://www.goole-fotografie.be/images/IMG_4072.jpg

LightRules
11th of May 2006 (Thu), 12:19
Lovely shots. I assume all with an external flash (or ring lite) and diffuser?

malla1962
11th of May 2006 (Thu), 13:04
Sigma 150mm is the best Macro lens from Sigma. :cool: :cool:
here is the sample

http://images.fotopic.net/y9cyz4.jpg

http://images.fotopic.net/yaekjb.jpgNice shots.:D:D

GeForceFX
11th of May 2006 (Thu), 17:16
Lovely shots. I assume all with an external flash (or ring lite) and diffuser?


nope, just the 20D, the lens, the sun and the bug :p:p

LightRules
11th of May 2006 (Thu), 20:39
nope, just the 20D, the lens, the sun and the bug :p:p

Hmmm...impressive, very impressive. Nice work once again. :D

forsakenme720
12th of May 2006 (Fri), 11:26
How easily can the 150 be handheld? I think that should be a factor when deciding. The 105 and 100 are easily handholdable.

KevC
26th of July 2006 (Wed), 09:11
I am seriously considering picking up this lens. Surprisingly, macro isn't the main reason I want it, though it is a pretty big reason.

I don't have a true macro, and it's annoying setting up my 70-300APO to shoot macros at 200mm. That's all I really use the 70-300APO for, I can get rid of that if I get the 150. I'm sure the 150 cropped is way sharper than the 70-300 at 150-300mm cropped anyway.

There are a ton of macro pics in the macro forum, but these 1:1 "only" macro lenses (not the MP-E or whatever it is) can also do portraits.

There's also the HSM motor and focus limiter, I do hope this lens is much faster than anything I have. I've never experienced USM or HSM, and though Macros aren't really that fast, I'm sure a Macro with HSM should be *significantly* faster than a lens without.

Can you please post portraits and sports shots with your Sigma 150mm Macro?

I hope this lens will be extremely versitile. HSM for action. 150/2.8 for razor thin DOF portraits, and macro for... macro.

KevNJ
26th of July 2006 (Wed), 09:24
I dont know maybe its me, But I have the Sigma 150, and Canon 100. And I find I take better pictures with my Canon 100. Theres a learning curve with macro, for sure, but I find I have to almost relearn with the Sigma 150 each time I use it. Maybe cause its heavier, or cause Im so used to the Canon100 that Im not totally comfortable with the Sigma150. You may be used to it ( weight )because your using the 70-300. I dont have pictures cause Im at work right now, Ill see if I remember to post them when I get home.

KevC
26th of July 2006 (Wed), 09:59
Thanks KevNjJ. (Isn't Kev such an *awesome* name?)

I'm not too worried about shooting macros with the macro lens. I'm sure it does fine. I'm more interested in action and portrait shots with this lens.

BTW: The 70-300 is ridiculously light, the 150 should be far heavier. =)

05Xrunner
26th of July 2006 (Wed), 10:10
I just got my 150 last week and I love it..For some reason it doesnt feel as heavy as my 70-200 f4L wich is only 1.5lb and the sigma is 2lb
The lens quality is TOP notch build..just as good as my L..I love the feel of it. Plus the fact it has a non rotating front and non extending was a big plus for me as well.
True macro is HARD...with 150mm and the working distance is like a razors edge..the slightest movement and your out of focus. The HSM on it is fast if it can tell there is alot of contrast and it will zip in. But generally the focus is slow because its a macro and the range of focus is HUGE..the 3 limiters help but its still not how a normal lens with HSM or USM would react. It is totaly silent though. Here are a few pics I took with it at the zoo.
The monkeys where in real real low light and behind very dirty glass
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a224/05Xrunner/IMG_7595.jpg
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a224/05Xrunner/IMG_7592.jpg
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a224/05Xrunner/IMG_7591.jpg
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a224/05Xrunner/IMG_7529.jpg

Broncosaurus
26th of July 2006 (Wed), 10:26
This is as close as I have to a sports pic. Shot at maybe 75 -100yds, and then a 100% crop. After looking at this one, I knew right away that longer glass was in the cards for me.
The weight, fit, & finish of the EX 150 Macro makes the 70-300 APO feel like a Cracker Jacks toy. It's not uncomfortably heavy, it feels very solid.

05Xrunner
26th of July 2006 (Wed), 13:11
I love my 150...its great
my pics are not all that great since I just started doing macro and it is much harder then i thought
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a224/05Xrunner/IMG_7529.jpg
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a224/05Xrunner/IMG_7616.jpg (Image exceeds POTN maximum dimensions - Jon)
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a224/05Xrunner/IMG_7492.jpg
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a224/05Xrunner/IMG_7474.jpg
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a224/05Xrunner/IMG_7469.jpg
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a224/05Xrunner/IMG_7418.jpg

KevC
26th of July 2006 (Wed), 20:29
05XRunner, those are beautiful shots! THanks! Keep them coming please!

05Xrunner
26th of July 2006 (Wed), 20:42
thats all i really got from the zoo..I didnt use the Sigma very long because I missed the extra 50mm and the zoom of my L so i switched that on and used that the rest of the time.
I would have to say teh 150 would be a very bad sports lens.
Since the slower focus if it decided to go through the range you will miss your shot when it gets back in. Unless you keep it in MF and are good with thatin sports conditions. All and All I think its an AWSOME macro lens wich is why i bought it. It also takes AWSOME everyday pics as well. Its a great lens

Travis F
26th of July 2006 (Wed), 23:40
I have to agree that it is an awesome lens. I use it mostly for macro now, but I have tried to use it for sports in the past. I don't have any examples of that handy right now, sorry. If you want to use it for that I would suggest setting the focus limiter switch, this will help a little in the AF speed. The nice thing is, is that it will take a 2x TC quite nicely, so you will be able to get in on the action.

Anyway, here is a macro example from the 150. I kind of like it so that is why I chose this one;) .

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y150/LX200/Macro/IMG_6932.jpg

05Xrunner
7th of August 2006 (Mon), 13:01
few more shots taken with the 150
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a224/05Xrunner/IMG_7788.jpg
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a224/05Xrunner/IMG_7763.jpg
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a224/05Xrunner/IMG_7837.jpg
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a224/05Xrunner/IMG_7744.jpg

Travis F
7th of September 2006 (Thu), 22:33
Just to revive the thread. Here is a shot with the Sigma 2x TC attached that I took tonight.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y150/LX200/Macro/IMG_1715.jpg

Travis

fatdeeman
8th of September 2006 (Fri), 17:51
woah, good shot there!

Travis F
8th of September 2006 (Fri), 18:10
woah, good shot there!

Well thank you very much, sir! That's really appreciated!

Travis

dpastern
19th of October 2006 (Thu), 09:18
A few shots from my Sigma 150mm...

Dave

Travis F
19th of October 2006 (Thu), 09:23
Awesome shots Dave!! I really like the in-flight shot.

Travis

dpastern
19th of October 2006 (Thu), 09:29
Thanks Travis, took that the other day. Was rather chuffed actually since I haven't really been able to get close enough to in flight hoverflies to grab shots at 1:1. This one let me do it (although the angle isn't the best in all honesty) and I was really stoked.

Dave

PS stoked is Aussie slang for 'damn well happy'

05Xrunner
13th of December 2006 (Wed), 09:39
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a224/05Xrunner/IMG_6173.jpg
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a224/05Xrunner/IMG_5931.jpg
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a224/05Xrunner/IMG_6175.jpg

angryhampster
2nd of February 2007 (Fri), 15:32
Decided that I'll be getting this sometime after valentines day :)


Anyone have any more they'd like to share to keep my interest stirring? :D

angryhampster
19th of February 2007 (Mon), 18:37
And I got it :lol:

I'm really enjoying this lens so far. Looking forward to springtime and bugs.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v109/angryhampster/artistic/watchmacro4.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v109/angryhampster/artistic/watchcrop.jpg

Staple:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v109/angryhampster/artistic/staple.jpg

It's great for street photography as well:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v109/angryhampster/artistic/car2.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v109/angryhampster/artistic/iccandid1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v109/angryhampster/artistic/statue1.jpg

angryhampster
19th of March 2007 (Mon), 17:17
It was nice out today and there were a couple little kids with their grandma feeding the ducks.

~50% crop
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v109/angryhampster/artistic/lenscrops/sigmacrop1.jpg

100% crop
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v109/angryhampster/artistic/lenscrops/sigmacrop2.jpg

EOSAddict
19th of March 2007 (Mon), 17:37
Just got mine....

Quick sample in local park,, straight from camera, no tweaks in RAW, straight LR export

ebann
30th of March 2007 (Fri), 12:54
Awesome lens... gotta redo my wishlist...

rparchen
30th of March 2007 (Fri), 13:20
I got this lens last week and have been having a blast with it. Here are a few shots of saltwater corals that I took using a Kenko 1.4x TC and Kenko extension tubes.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v67/rparchen/Fish%20Tank/Dang/Macro/IMG_5376-Edit.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v67/rparchen/Fish%20Tank/Dang/Macro/IMG_5375-Edit.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v67/rparchen/Fish%20Tank/Dang/Macro/IMG_5423-Edit.jpg

Travis F
30th of March 2007 (Fri), 18:56
I got this lens last week and have been having a blast with it. Here are a few shots of saltwater corals that I took using a Kenko 1.4x TC and Kenko extension tubes.

Nice shots! I especially like the first one. All are very nice though. Have fun with your new glass.

Travis

steguis
6th of April 2007 (Fri), 17:08
Just got mine today. Such an amazing piece of glass. I can see how MACRO can get really addicting..haha. Here's a few sample shots from items I put in my DIY lightbox.

http://www.steguisfoto.com/albums/Macro/IMG_3480_Fixed.jpg

http://www.steguisfoto.com/albums/Macro/IMG_3497_Fixed.jpg

http://www.steguisfoto.com/albums/Macro/IMG_3492_Fixed.jpg

Gary W. Graley
7th of April 2007 (Sat), 10:21
Nice Steve, you're making me miss my lens...a lot :)
Here is a shot taken a while back with the lens that Steve just received from me
I used a Raynox macro rail and moved the camera in for best focus;

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v130/GaryWGraley/EOS%2020D/150mm/qtr.jpg

my favourite shot, though not lighted too well, is this one of the dime, I had the
coins taped down on a mirror with the back two coins out of focus to bring the
attention to the dime;

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v130/GaryWGraley/EOS%2020D/150mm/pendimequatr.jpg

The only reason I sold the lens was to get a quite expensive watch, the irony of that
is now I could use the macro lens to shoot the watch, go figure eh?
G2

angryhampster
16th of April 2007 (Mon), 14:47
a few months and a four foot fall later, and I am still ridiculously impressed by this lens. It's sharp as a tack even wide open, the focus is actually pretty zippy for a macro lens, and built like a tank.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v109/angryhampster/artistic/pedmallwomen2.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v109/angryhampster/artistic/pedmallwomen.jpg

Really looking forward to some flowers in the next couple of weeks :)

EOSAddict
16th of April 2007 (Mon), 16:53
I've been using mine a lot lately mostly as a portrait lens... its great for catching the kids running around! Superb IQ, and if you use the focus limit switch it can even keep up with my 18 month old lad!

Will post some as soon as I wade thru the piles of images I have to process! But here's a quick one of my daughter!

Katzer1
17th of April 2007 (Tue), 06:51
EOSAddict:
There are a lot of "eye" macro shots - they all look more or less the same.
This is the first one that made me stop and say "wow - this is unique!"
Well done!

Erez

Katzer1
17th of April 2007 (Tue), 06:56
And now for a couple of my shots with my beloved 150:)

ebann
17th of April 2007 (Tue), 08:02
Makes me wanna get a macro lens once again... it's a vicious cycle!

Mr. Clean
23rd of April 2007 (Mon), 21:58
Egads---I cut myself borrowing my brothers 150. Even handheld it's very sharp. Tripod mounted it's impossible to beat. I loaned him my 70-200. Heh, I wouldn't be too disappointed if I don't get it back. If only all lenses could be tack sharp wide open. Truly impressive. No post processing or anything. Resize and save for web, quick snappy. Focus using center AF point on the center tulip.

angryhampster
23rd of April 2007 (Mon), 22:16
Egads---I cut myself borrowing my brothers 150. Even handheld it's very sharp. Tripod mounted it's impossible to beat. I loaned him my 70-200. Heh, I wouldn't be too disappointed if I don't get it back. If only all lenses could be tack sharp wide open. Truly impressive. No post processing or anything. Resize and save for web, quick snappy. Focus using center AF point on the center tulip.



That's what boggles me. My 24-70 is pretty sharp wide open, but this thing is incredible.

LightRules
23rd of April 2007 (Mon), 23:35
That's what boggles me. My 24-70 is pretty sharp wide open, but this thing is incredible.

Steve, now that's not fair to compare a standard zoom to a macro/prime :eek: The colors and sharpness of the 150EX is outstanding. Here's a shot with the 150EX Macro at f2.8:

http://www.pbase.com/lightrules/image/59356067/original.jpg

angryhampster
24th of April 2007 (Tue), 00:23
Steve, now that's not fair to compare a standard zoom to a macro/prime :eek: The colors and sharpness of the 150EX is outstanding. Here's a shot with the 150EX Macro at f2.8:





Fine then, it's sharper wide open than my nifty fifty and my 85 f/1.8 that I sold :) Better? :lol:


Gorgeous flower shot, btw. I can't wait for things to bloom here.

LightRules
24th of April 2007 (Tue), 01:01
Gorgeous flower shot, btw. I can't wait for things to bloom here.

Thank you. And I believe they are "bleeding hearts" (dicentra spectabilis).

steguis
1st of May 2007 (Tue), 23:23
http://www.steguisfoto.com/albums/People/Faces/IMG_7204_Fixed.jpg

f/2.8 @ 1/100

angryhampster
29th of May 2007 (Tue), 09:09
Rolling Thunder -- Washington D.C.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v109/angryhampster/2007/washington/bikes5.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v109/angryhampster/2007/washington/bikes4.jpg

gasrocks
29th of May 2007 (Tue), 10:00
I do love my SIgma 150/2.8 macro but also "long" for more reach many times. I have the Sigma 180 macro on order and will, be comparing them side by side when it arrives. Gotta decide since I told myself not to keep both. Gonna be a tough test.

dosken
29th of May 2007 (Tue), 10:22
Since magnification is the ratio of the size of the image on the sensor to the size of the object in the real world, changing the size of the sensor only means that you can't get as large an object at 1:1. Cr*p factor doesn't change 1:1 at all.

No, just as the focal lenght of a lens doesn't change when you change sensor size. However, just as people say that the "effective" focal length of e.g. a 100 mm lens on a 1.6-crop is 160mm (in FF terms), the "effective" magnification must be 1.6:1 for a 1:1 macro designed for 35mm cameras, or?

angryhampster
31st of May 2007 (Thu), 22:39
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v109/angryhampster/2007/washington/washington18.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v109/angryhampster/2007/washington/washington13.jpg

EOSAddict
1st of June 2007 (Fri), 04:03
Where's that Hampster? Looks like Arlington... fantastic DOF on the first one!

angryhampster
1st of June 2007 (Fri), 14:04
Where's that Hampster? Looks like Arlington... fantastic DOF on the first one!



Yup, changing of the guards. Thanks :)

angryhampster
4th of June 2007 (Mon), 11:56
Whoever said this lens doesn't focus fast enough is full of poo.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v109/angryhampster/artistic/airshow6.jpg

hef
4th of June 2007 (Mon), 13:27
so the siggy 150 is the way to go.. i was going to pick up the canon 100 macro, but after seeing this.... im impressed.

angryhampster
4th of June 2007 (Mon), 13:49
so the siggy 150 is the way to go.. i was going to pick up the canon 100 macro, but after seeing this.... im impressed.



It's extremely versatile.

Here's a couple more to swing you:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v109/angryhampster/artistic/sunburst1_sm.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v109/angryhampster/artistic/pink1_sm.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v109/angryhampster/artistic/orange1_sm.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v109/angryhampster/artistic/flowermay3.jpg

hef
4th of June 2007 (Mon), 14:43
sweet... it's now on my list.... my buddy just sold me his bigma, so i'll see how that goes against the pocketbook first. then the 150 macro

angryhampster
4th of June 2007 (Mon), 15:55
sweet... it's now on my list.... my buddy just sold me his bigma, so i'll see how that goes against the pocketbook first. then the 150 macro



awww man I want a Bigma :) have fun with it!

hef
4th of June 2007 (Mon), 20:14
supposed to get it tomorrow... are there 2 different version one without HSM?

angryhampster
4th of June 2007 (Mon), 20:34
supposed to get it tomorrow... are there 2 different version one without HSM?


As far as I know, no. It was introduced in 2004 as an HSM model..I don't think there was at 150 before then.

Tony-S
4th of June 2007 (Mon), 23:35
That image must have been taken at f/16. :)

Whoever said this lens doesn't focus fast enough is full of poo.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v109/angryhampster/artistic/airshow6.jpg

Miyagi-san
5th of June 2007 (Tue), 01:06
I am sure I've posted in this thread already about how great this lens is, but I just have to do it again :)

I used to have it and for SOME freaking reason I got a bug up my a$$ to sell all my gear and buy new stuff.....just for a change of pace/gear.

The Sigma 150 is the only one I miss....I had SOOOOOO much fun with that lens, and will be picking up another copy as soon as I need the reach (when my son starts walking) :)

It's a sweet, sweet lens.

evan_d
5th of June 2007 (Tue), 01:09
I'm having a hard time deciding between the Sigma 150/2.8 macro and the Canon 100/2.8 macro. Any advice?

EOSAddict
5th of June 2007 (Tue), 10:21
I am sure I've posted in this thread already about how great this lens is, but I just have to do it again :)

I used to have it and for SOME freaking reason I got a bug up my a$$ to sell all my gear and buy new stuff.....just for a change of pace/gear.

The Sigma 150 is the only one I miss....I had SOOOOOO much fun with that lens, and will be picking up another copy as soon as I need the reach (when my son starts walking) :)

It's a sweet, sweet lens.


And now it's mine! Muhahahahahaha! Thanks! It's hardly been off my 30D since you sold it to me.. if that makes you feel any better :)

Miyagi-san
5th of June 2007 (Tue), 12:34
It's hardly been off my 30D since you sold it to me.. if that makes you feel any better :)

Actually it does :) Yeah I miss that thing....great lens! :)

NorCalAl
5th of June 2007 (Tue), 15:35
I bought my 150 with the proceeds from my 100-400. I love the 150, but MAN I miss that 1-4!!!
I don't get how someone gets shots of flying F-16's tho. I think it focuses VERY slow.

angryhampster
5th of June 2007 (Tue), 15:51
I'm having a hard time deciding between the Sigma 150/2.8 macro and the Canon 100/2.8 macro. Any advice?



Do you want a lot of working distance? Get the Sigma. Do you want to save $100? Get the Canon.

NorCalAl: It doesn't focus that slowly. It's definitely slower than all of my other lenses, but when you're only focusing near infinity it's pretty quick. More shots from the Air Show taken with this lens on my thread in the transportation forum ..."Quad City Air Show"

GeForceFX
10th of June 2007 (Sun), 15:06
http://www.goole-fotografie.be/images/1D3_0295.jpg

http://www.goole-fotografie.be/images/1D3_0262.jpg

http://www.goole-fotografie.be/images/1D3_0276.jpg

Miyagi-san
10th of June 2007 (Sun), 19:04
Holy crap man, 2 and 3 are great but 1 is friggin amazing.

pumbaa
29th of June 2007 (Fri), 21:26
I need to ask a question about this lens. I know you can use Kenko tubes with this lens, but is there any value in using a 1.4x/2x teleconverter as well? If so, would the Sigma or Kenko TC be the best bet?

Does anyone use close-up lenses as well? Either separately or in combination with tubes or TC.

Thanks in advance, once again...

NorCalAl
30th of June 2007 (Sat), 04:14
I think I've asked about using TC's with this lens and the answer was you couldn't. I know I posted in this and the macro forum and got different answers at first, but someone did some checking and it wasn't a lens that you could use with TC's.
I'd like to know if someone finds out otherwise...

gasrocks
30th of June 2007 (Sat), 08:25
The price of the Sigma 150 is about the same as the Canon 100 once you add the hood and collar to the Canon's price. I often use a 1.4x TC and a 12mm tube on my Sigma 150. Gives me about 2x life size out to infinity. Yes, using the focus past inf. area it goes out to inf. even with a 12mm tube.

Miyagi-san
30th of June 2007 (Sat), 17:23
fyi, i lost autofocus with the sigma 150 and sigma 2x...

Mr. Clean
30th of June 2007 (Sat), 22:30
Just a quick snapshot for the archives. Very impressive piece of glass...

crayfish13
9th of July 2007 (Mon), 23:48
how close are you able to get to the object can anyone show me a shot with their shortest focal distance

Mr. Clean
10th of July 2007 (Tue), 00:44
MFD is 18 inches IIRC. I'll have to look and see what I have at that.

shakyhand
10th of July 2007 (Tue), 01:25
I chose sigma 150mm over canon 100mm due to:

a. internal focus system (length does not change)
b. macro working distance
c. I used to have sigma 180mm f3.5 with different system, so I love the built

Now that I've got the MT-24EX, it just great combination. I've always used the combo with 580EX wirelessly to light up the background

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/217/494618967_b8fa563fa1.jpg

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/198/508574084_019adc80eb.jpg

:oops:

muscleflex
10th of July 2007 (Tue), 04:39
oh man! i was quite happy forgetting i wanted to get this lens until this thread!!! :( now i want this lens again!

AeroSmith
20th of July 2007 (Fri), 20:20
At f/5.6 on a 1D3. Uncropped.



http://AeroSmith.smugmug.com/photos/175219390-L.jpg

angryhampster
3rd of September 2007 (Mon), 15:46
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v109/angryhampster/bikes/harley1503.jpg

MeanGreeny
3rd of September 2007 (Mon), 16:02
IIRC another big advantage of the 150 over the 105 is the internal focussing i.e. it doesn't extend

El Duderino
3rd of September 2007 (Mon), 16:51
I chose sigma 150mm over canon 100mm due to:

a. internal focus system (length does not change)


Canon has that.

Medic85
18th of September 2007 (Tue), 21:39
I think this will be my next lens purchase. I've been considering this and the Canon 100 but for the money, I think this is the way to go. Nice shots everyone.

MeanGreeny
19th of September 2007 (Wed), 03:47
Having the 60mm I realised I needed a litle more working distance for insects etc.

I looked for a long time at the Canon 100, Sigma 105, Sigma 150 and Sigma 180 and decided that for sheer 'bang-for-buck quality' plus hand-holdability the 150 was a pretty tough act to beat

shakyhand
24th of September 2007 (Mon), 09:06
Is adding a kenko extension tube to the sigma a good idea???

I'm trying to get higher magnification ratio..... any IQ loss?

thanks

angryhampster
24th of September 2007 (Mon), 10:32
Is adding a kenko extension tube to the sigma a good idea???

I'm trying to get higher magnification ratio..... any IQ loss?

thanks



no IQ loss...just puts the lens further from the sensor. I've used the 150 with tubes before. :)

MeanGreeny
24th of September 2007 (Mon), 10:44
The viewfinder gets dimmer the more extenson tubes you use - so it gets harder to focus - to the point where it's almost impossible.

I believe a full frame [FF] camera like a 5D with a [relatively] bright viewfinder suffers less than crop cameras.

LightRules
16th of November 2007 (Fri), 14:54
Did a quick test to see the relative sharpness of my (new) 70-200 f2.8 IS, (fairly new) 200 f2.8 II, and (old) 150 EX. This is what we call in pick-up hoops lingo "sick": http://www.pbase.com/lightrules/image/89032055/original

EOSAddict
16th of November 2007 (Fri), 14:57
Jojo,

I knew it was good, but that is .. well.. sick!

You'll have to prise this lens from my fingers when I'm gone (to paraphrase a well known POTN regular's saying!)

LightRules
16th of November 2007 (Fri), 14:59
Jojo,

I knew it was good, but that is .. well.. sick!

You'll have to prise this lens from my fingers when I'm gone (to paraphrase a well known POTN regular's saying!)

Where ya' goin', Al? :cry:

EOSAddict
16th of November 2007 (Fri), 15:00
Nowhere just now ;)

CountryBoy
16th of November 2007 (Fri), 20:56
Did a quick test to see the relative sharpness of my (new) 70-200 f2.8 IS, (fairly new) 200 f2.8 II, and (old) 150 EX. This is what we call in pick-up hoops lingo "sick": http://www.pbase.com/lightrules/image/89032055/original


I'll think I will put off the 200mm 2.8L and get the Sigma first :D.

Tony-S
16th of November 2007 (Fri), 22:12
I have them both. Jojo's right on the sharpness of the 150, but the 200 f/2.8L has extraordinarily-fast focus. I seldom miss shots with it because of focus issues.

LightRules
16th of November 2007 (Fri), 22:14
I have them both. Jojo's right on the sharpness of the 150, but the 200 f/2.8L has extraordinarily-fast focus. I seldom miss shots with it because of focus issues.

Exactly right. Very different lenses in that I wouldn't use the Sigma for sports per se, but in terms of pure IQ, the 150 Macro is the bees-knees.

Tony-S
16th of November 2007 (Fri), 22:21
Other than my 85 1.8, the 200 is my fastest focusing lens. But, I just got the 50 1.4 today and plan to give it a workout tomorrow.

CountryBoy
17th of November 2007 (Sat), 11:45
Exactly right. Very different lenses in that I wouldn't use the Sigma for sports per se, but in terms of pure IQ, the 150 Macro is the bees-knees.

True, for day sports i'll use the 1-3mm Sigma. I want both lens, but since I don't have a macro, the 150mm would be the best fit for me now. Maybe right after Christmas. The kids come 1st :D.

Other than my 85 1.8, the 200 is my fastest focusing lens. But, I just got the 50 1.4 today and plan to give it a workout tomorrow.

The 85mm might be my fastest focusing lens also. But in zooms (on the 30D) my Ex 50-150mm wins. I think it might even have a little bit better contrast and be a little sharper than my 1-3mm EX.

Thanks for posting that link Lightrules !

bob_r
26th of November 2007 (Mon), 23:03
Thought I'd addd a few for the archives.

A gynandromorph (no it wasn't photoshopped)
http://www.pbase.com/bob_r/image/67542979.jpg

butterfly
1/1000s f/6.3 at 150.0mm iso400
http://www.pbase.com/bob_r/image/87603872.jpg

bumble bee
1/250s f/5.6 at 150.0mm iso500
http://www.pbase.com/bob_r/image/85763120.jpg

bees with the 150 + 1.4X teleconverter
1/640s f/4.0 at 210.0mm iso400
http://www.pbase.com/bob_r/image/85914661.jpg
1/1000s f/4.0 at 210.0mm iso200
http://www.pbase.com/bob_r/image/84235745.jpg

bee with 150 + 2X teleconverter
1/400s f/5.6 at 300.0mm iso200
http://www.pbase.com/bob_r/image/84226714.jpg

shot these last 2 with the 150 + 1.4X + 2X + a 12mm Kenko tube
http://www.pbase.com/bob_r/image/82218897.jpg
http://www.pbase.com/bob_r/image/82252712.jpg

metalman1010
9th of January 2008 (Wed), 00:24
We just had one of these dellivered from FedEx today.

The lens, not the toy...

Just a goof around photo as we haven't had a chance to take it through the paces yet.

Boy it's amazing how much dust is on the shark, that I never ever even noticed until now!

Ross

MannP
21st of February 2008 (Thu), 21:57
Has anyone used this lens with 1.4x or 2x kenko tc's for portraits/general subjects? Will it work?

Jman13
21st of June 2008 (Sat), 11:54
Here are several from my Sigma 150...I just realized I hadn't posted to this thread. I've had the lens for a few months, and it's just fantastic.

http://www.jordansteele.com/images/recent/hoverfly2.jpg

http://www.jordansteele.com/images/recent/paired_crocuses.jpg

http://www.jordansteele.com/images/recent/hoverfly1.jpg

http://www.jordansteele.com/images/recent/bee_red_cone.jpg

http://www.jordansteele.com/images/recent/bee_white_cone.jpg

http://www.jordansteele.com/images/recent/moth_flower.jpg

http://www.jordansteele.com/images/recent/stamen_smooth.jpg

It also does well for long-range portraits and tight head shots. This is wide open:
http://www.jordansteele.com/forumlinks/dad_sigma150.jpg

usnameless
22nd of July 2008 (Tue), 02:14
http://lh4.ggpht.com/waimok0105/SILQwJxVg5I/AAAAAAAAE2A/ZE_ecK5n7EQ/s800/IMG_0183.JPG

http://lh6.ggpht.com/waimok0105/SGgoyB39NPI/AAAAAAAAElQ/wBsNXbzWNdk/s800/IMG_8309PS.jpg

Jman13
30th of July 2008 (Wed), 06:10
Ever have a 'holy crap is this sharp' moment with one of your lenses? I've known my Sigma 150 was sharp, but this shot, just a 'hey look over here' snap of my father-in-law, made me say 'WOW, that's sharp.' Not the world's greatest photo, but I thought I'd share in the archive for the technical aspect:

Full image:
http://www.jordansteele.com/forumlinks/george_close.jpg

100% Crop:
http://www.jordansteele.com/forumlinks/george_crop.jpg

Nordly
30th of July 2008 (Wed), 07:11
Jordan, you've just convinced me! That's unbelievable! Hard to believe it's actually a 100% crop :shock: Eurgh! My wallet is going to hate you guys for this!

Jman13
30th of July 2008 (Wed), 11:19
It's a great lens. Two more macros of an orb weaver spider from this weekend. He was about 2cm long including the legs. Taken at a bit closer than 1:2 magnification, with flash:

http://www.jordansteele.com/forumlinks/spider1.jpg

http://www.jordansteele.com/forumlinks/spider2.jpg

Tony-S
2nd of August 2008 (Sat), 22:53
This lens simply rocks. Don't know why anyone would buy another (except on a tight budget).

Chad0321
21st of August 2008 (Thu), 08:22
I like the lens alot, however the autofocus is terrible. Attached are a couple Praying Mantis shots i took the other day.

Jman13
21st of August 2008 (Thu), 09:19
Curious - what about the AF is terrible? For a macro lens, the AF on the Sigma 150 is outstanding. It's not that fast if you need to go from macro distance to infinity, but if you're any where near your intended focus point, it's very fast, and in my experience, it's dead-on accurate.

sjlund
21st of August 2008 (Thu), 10:52
I agree completely. My 150 is my longest lens right now, and I use it as an everyday 150mm prime on a regular basis. In decent light, the AF is just fine and is actually pretty snappy when you use the focus limiter switch.

CountryBoy
31st of August 2008 (Sun), 14:58
It's on it's way ! I hope it's here by next weekend !

Do I still have to post a duck shot with it ?

QX56
31st of August 2008 (Sun), 16:21
Here is my copy :

http://www.vietdetroit.com/photo/macro/Ketrom1.jpg

http://www.vietdetroit.com/photo/macro/Ketrom4.jpg

TeamSpeed
10th of September 2008 (Wed), 19:30
Ever want to see the utensils that a grasshopper uses? Just got the lens and resized these down, it was gross enough that I didn't even want to crop.

TeamSpeed
14th of September 2008 (Sun), 22:47
Two more while testing ISO 6400 on the MKIII, using my wife as a hand model!

Jman13
3rd of October 2008 (Fri), 15:29
Three from today:



http://www.jordansteele.com/images/recent/be_petals.jpg

http://www.jordansteele.com/images/recent/lone_mum.jpg

http://www.jordansteele.com/images/recent/be_bug.jpg

Perry Ge
30th of October 2008 (Thu), 02:57
I want this lens. I want this lens now.

But I also want an 85L and 35L. Hmm. Conundrum!

sjlund
30th of October 2008 (Thu), 09:15
The 'Bugma' also makes a nice short telephoto lens. The below photo is cropped about 50%.

http://sjlund.smugmug.com/photos/401071555_Azttf-XL.jpg

Jman13
30th of October 2008 (Thu), 09:38
I want this lens. I want this lens now.

But I also want an 85L and 35L. Hmm. Conundrum!

Since you already have an 85 1.8 and 28 1.8, I'd say go for the Sigma 150...worry about the L primes later.

ImRaptor
23rd of December 2008 (Tue), 18:49
Just bought this lens a couple days ago and its simply amazing.
I went in to buy the Canon 100mm Macro but there was no stock and the guy convinced me to go for the Sigma 150mm instead.
I may have to give him a call and thank him for the guidance.

Full shot and a 100% crop. This is from the first night with the lens and a quick snapshot of the cat. No PP on my part, just resized and uploaded.

JohnAng
16th of January 2009 (Fri), 02:27
just picked up this lens
I haven't done any macro work before so just playing at home and here are some results

coffee bean (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3301/3201016178_bc03c66608_o.jpg)
Human eye (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3363/3201016172_4d6175e9a6_o.jpg)
coin (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3109/3201016176_1077661b6d_o.jpg)
as a portrait lens (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3516/3201116036_8cabbefe53_o.jpg)

davej1234
27th of January 2009 (Tue), 07:09
Sigma 150 with Reverse-Mounted Canon 50mm:

Table Salt
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3359/3227746994_e647c8b2f8.jpg

Small Cricket Detail
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3255/3225740306_23be0413a0.jpg

Dave

Tony-S
15th of February 2009 (Sun), 19:21
This is my favorite solo portrait lens on the 5Dii. Shot at f/2.8 with 580 EX through a 60" Softliter II on camera left as main, and a hand-held 580EX through a diffuser on the right and a bit behind. No pp other than black point recovery. Near full frame and 100% crop.

Supersignet
21st of March 2009 (Sat), 05:33
This is a really amazing lens. I can't believe just how sharp it is. I was bored at home on Thursday and decided to pull this thing out of it's case and play with it for a while.

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_UbXK8W9A-Es/ScSy5ZdfC2I/AAAAAAAAE2o/JjvdGNag20o/s720/_MSG5586.jpg

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_UbXK8W9A-Es/ScSy6PKkPOI/AAAAAAAAE20/n9AZo8kUrHQ/s720/_MSG5590.jpg

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_UbXK8W9A-Es/ScSy6xgM5iI/AAAAAAAAE28/v4nojkQ2alQ/s720/_MSG5596.jpg

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_UbXK8W9A-Es/ScSy3nqfj-I/AAAAAAAAE2Y/SEHobMXebNY/s720/_MSG5583.jpg

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_UbXK8W9A-Es/ScSzEizjPYI/AAAAAAAAE3c/dRJTXG6l1C0/s720/_MSG5489.jpg

TeamSpeed
21st of March 2009 (Sat), 13:43
A bit boring but here is the Bugma on an IR XT...

pdjetlic
3rd of April 2009 (Fri), 11:37
Some toads in the nearby lake have their annual "party" :)
Taken with 5Dmk2.

http://www.35mm.hr/galerije/boris/toad1.jpg
http://www.35mm.hr/galerije/boris/toad2.jpg

J-B
30th of April 2009 (Thu), 12:24
On a 5D2:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3405/3486160393_fb4c4e70f3.jpg?v=0 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jochenbongaerts/3486160393/)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3365/3473314405_b5a4df6a25.jpg?v=0 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jochenbongaerts/3473314405/)

Jman13
9th of May 2009 (Sat), 14:23
Can't believe how few images there are in here for such a good lens. Recent one of my daughter playing. On 1DsII, wide open, with bounced flash:

http://www.jordansteele.com/forumlinks/chloe_farm.jpg

Tony-S
28th of May 2009 (Thu), 00:11
Son and daughters on the 5Dii. This lens simply rocks.

tkbslc
28th of May 2009 (Thu), 01:17
Holy crap, how I have I never noticed this lens before. The shots in this thread are better than many L prime threads!! And it does Macro??

My wife hates you guys. :)

Hand_of_Cod
7th of June 2009 (Sun), 01:23
I love this lens!
http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk245/Gimli000/IMG_0677small.jpg

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk245/Gimli000/IMG_0679small.jpg


More here (linked for the sake of reducing image spam): http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=705665

Cassie
15th of June 2009 (Mon), 18:44
Need to get out more :confused:

LR Preset - Clean up S-curve


http://thompson-photo.smugmug.com/photos/564799635_E8trq-L.jpg

http://thompson-photo.smugmug.com/photos/564799641_3isQE-L.jpg

stu46
22nd of June 2009 (Mon), 03:45
Obligatory eye shot.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3648/3374443950_ee96ec48a3_o.jpg

My Daughter
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3596/3373628293_7e2c3902f7_o.jpg

Watch
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3322/3436849048_a66cfe1ac2_o.jpg

My nephew's toys.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3346/3642777777_ed50589d54_o.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3395/3649589240_1c0e8c7924_o.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3545/3637382395_436171d49b_o.jpg

Hand_of_Cod
28th of June 2009 (Sun), 06:07
http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk245/Gimli000/IMG_2211small.jpg

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk245/Gimli000/IMG_2279croppedsmall.jpg

Scuff
1st of July 2009 (Wed), 04:43
Here are some with the lens mounted on a 1Ds2 and all are lit using the Sigma EM-140 DG macro flash gun.

All shots were taken within 15 feet of each other :cool:

http://www.gtmedia.com/photos/15ft1.jpg

http://www.gtmedia.com/photos/15ft2.jpg

http://www.gtmedia.com/photos/15ft3.jpg

http://www.gtmedia.com/photos/15ft4.jpg

Q-Man
1st of July 2009 (Wed), 16:27
Very nice! Mine should be here on Monday and I'm hoping to add some pics next week!

Jman13
8th of July 2009 (Wed), 21:12
One from today. It doesn't show in this shot, since I got rid of the color, but from the shots today, I continue to be blown away by the color, sharpness, bokeh and overall image quality of this lens, and I've had it over a year now . Still majorly impressive.

http://www.jordansteele.com/forumlinks/coneflower_sepia.jpg

Jman13
9th of July 2009 (Thu), 09:16
Took this this morning. I was out taking some shots of coneflowers, and saw this tiny spider had spun a web between two bushes. I aligned myself on the other side, and positioned the angle such that the coneflower was directly behind to serve as a background. Given that the flowers were 2-3 feet behind the spider, and there weren't many of them, this proved to be much more difficult than I anticipated. Still...I got the shot.

150mm, 1/200s, f/16 with flash

http://www.jordansteele.com/forumlinks/spider_coneflower.jpg

Jman13
9th of July 2009 (Thu), 12:04
Holy crap, how I have I never noticed this lens before. The shots in this thread are better than many L prime threads!! And it does Macro??

My wife hates you guys. :)

That's because this lens is as good as any L prime (except in low light focusing, where it can struggle a bit due to the extremely long focus range, even with the limiter switch).

Q-Man
9th of July 2009 (Thu), 18:43
First shots with my new lens. It's already my favorite! I posted a couple more in the macro area.

Q

TeamSpeed
12th of July 2009 (Sun), 15:24
I agree with JMan about this particular Sigma lens. I can think of a few Sigma lenses that have come very close to some of my L lenses, and the 150mm is in that list.

Here are a couple from this morning from the 50D/Bugma combo...

aerosmith9110
12th of July 2009 (Sun), 16:03
hey guys,

how does this compare to the canon ef 100mm macro ? Let say shapness?

sjlund
13th of July 2009 (Mon), 09:20
hey guys,

how does this compare to the canon ef 100mm macro ? Let say shapness?

Pretty much all macro lenses are wickedly sharp.

Cassie
13th of July 2009 (Mon), 13:44
Geese !!!

http://thompson-photo.smugmug.com/photos/590006175_TuPPi-M.jpg

ImRaptor
13th of July 2009 (Mon), 17:24
Geese!!!


Fixed.

Cassie
13th of July 2009 (Mon), 21:34
LOL, Thanks!!

Cassie
22nd of July 2009 (Wed), 21:34
For real a Duck!!

http://thompson-photo.smugmug.com/photos/599045684_Jir5f-L.jpg

and some flowers from Botanic Gardens:

http://thompson-photo.smugmug.com/photos/598242648_J6xv5-L.jpg

http://thompson-photo.smugmug.com/photos/599045678_x5k4U-L.jpg

Some Birds from the garden as well:

http://thompson-photo.smugmug.com/photos/599000969_RUD7k-L.jpg

http://thompson-photo.smugmug.com/photos/598242762_NSsUw-M.jpg

Off Topic: after exporting from Lightroom I see a small white dot on most of my photos?????

Yamaha451
7th of August 2009 (Fri), 20:48
Wow, just getting ready to sell this lens (not enough use) and checked BH prices....$729! Holy smokes! That is insane, bad time to buy lenses I guess, good time to sell.

I don't understand how all the lens mfg's can get away with these astonomical price hikes...

Tony-S
7th of August 2009 (Fri), 21:48
I sold my EF 50mm f/1.4 for the same price as I bought it, and that was a nearly two-year old lens.

Q-Man
11th of August 2009 (Tue), 14:59
A couple crab spiders from the yard. I love this lens and it's really fun to use. I don't think it's nearly as heavy as some people make it out to be. I prefer the weight actually.

sjlund
11th of August 2009 (Tue), 15:37
Were those crab spiders with the 1.4x or the 150mm alone?

Q-Man
11th of August 2009 (Tue), 15:40
Were those crab spiders with the 1.4x or the 150mm alone?

No TC used. The yellow one was resized and I just cropped a little off the edges of the white one. I could have filled the frame with him if I got closer though.

Q

sjlund
11th of August 2009 (Tue), 15:49
Thanks, nice shots. The crab spiders in your area are significantly larger than the ones in mine!