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Old 15th of February 2006 (Wed)   #1
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Default Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX APO Macro EX DG HSM - Bugma

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!).

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Old 15th of February 2006 (Wed)   #2
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Default Re: Sigma Telephoto 150mm f/2.8 EX APO Macro EX DG HSM Autofocus

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.
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Old 15th of February 2006 (Wed)   #3
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Default Re: Sigma Telephoto 150mm f/2.8 EX APO Macro EX DG HSM Autofocus

150mm is a great lens.
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Default Re: Sigma Telephoto 150mm f/2.8 EX APO Macro EX DG HSM Autofocus

this topic is in the -=Lens Sample Images Archive=- and there are only a few pics atm.

lets change that





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Lovely shots. I assume all with an external flash (or ring lite) and diffuser?
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Sigma 150mm is the best Macro lens from Sigma.
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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
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nope, just the 20D, the lens, the sun and the bug
Hmmm...impressive, very impressive. Nice work once again.
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How easily can the 150 be handheld? I think that should be a factor when deciding. The 105 and 100 are easily handholdable.
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Default Sigma 150mm f/2.8 Macro (please post pics and opinions)

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.
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Default Re: Sigma 150mm f/2.8 Macro (please post pics and opinions)

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.
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Default Re: Sigma 150mm f/2.8 Macro (please post pics and opinions)

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. =)
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Default Re: Sigma 150mm f/2.8 Macro (please post pics and opinions)

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



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Default Re: Sigma 150mm f/2.8 Macro (please post pics and opinions)

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.
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