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Old 9th of May 2005 (Mon)   #1
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Default Sigma 150 F2.8 Macro First Impressions

I spent some time this weekend playing around with the new lens and overall I am very pleased. Below are a few shots of the lens and my homemade macro bracket (Old stroboframe that I hacked up) and some shots taken with the lens as well. For larger images visit my website at http://shp.smugmug.com/gallery/525111

I am very impressed with build and image quality of this lens, it is my first Sigma lens so I was a little unsure when I placed the order.

















Sorry for the large post
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Default Re: Sigma 150 F2.8 Macro First Impressions

*sigh* now i want one...
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Old 26th of May 2005 (Thu)   #3
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Looks pretty good!

I recently picked up the Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro, I love that thing so far, its razor sharp and the colors are great!

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Default Re: Sigma 150 F2.8 Macro First Impressions

Great work. I just got the baby brother 105mm f2.8 DG. REALLY pleased with it. The world gets scary when you have one of these fella's!!
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I finally got the Canon 100mm just recently... I have t admit that this Sigma appeals to me even more... I think the focal length is perfect!
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Those sample shots are wonderful, the sharpness and colours are exacting. Did you flash the moth? The contrast is fantastic.
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The last shot of the moth was without flash. It was shot at 1/500@F8, ISO 400.
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Looks swell. Sharp, contrasty saturated images. Did you juice them a bit for saturation of sharpness or straight from camera?

I have always been disappointed with Sigma me-too lenses, but I think they've built a winner here that no one else has on the market. 20 cm working distance for only $650. HSM with full-time manual focus. Looks solid.
Is that a tent caterpiller?
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Got mine yesterday, just before company arrived, so haven't had much chance to really use it. Made a few test shots and it appears very sharp. I bought it for dual purpose, a short tele and macro. Appears I'll have to work around the focusing in that respect. It seems to require a manual assist to get from close up to distance, otherwise it hunts focus a bit. ( I think any long macro will have this weakness) Definitely a keeper for me.
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Very impressive indeed !
Congrats jbradc, you made a excellent purchase

Last photo is abolutely stunning !
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Looks swell. Sharp, contrasty saturated images. Did you juice them a bit for saturation of sharpness or straight from camera?
I tweaked the saturation a bit in Camera Raw (Photoshop CS2). I shoot in the Adobe RGB color space and then adjust saturation during post processing.
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That is a tent caterpiller, they are everywhere around here this time of year.
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Great sample shots. Now I want one too
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How fast is the AF, would this lens also have use as a good sports tele?
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How fast is the AF, would this lens also have use as a good sports tele?
The AF is very fast, on par with Canon USM lenses. It would make a nice tele for sports, etc, but you would have to use the focus limiter. My experience shows that if it has to hunt at all for focus it can take a while to go from its closest focus (0.38 meters) to infinity.
The focus limiter has 3 settings:
- Full
- 0.52 meters to infinity
- 0.38 to 0.52 meters
I have used it for some non-macro shots and am very pleased with the image quality and speed.
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