I’m a long-time macro nut! I’ve shot with several macro lenses over the years, and each brand has performed very well. The new Sigma 150mm EX DG OS F/2.8 lens is stellar! I’ve included several high-resolution images you can zoom in on to see the fine details.
I started out on the Canon 100mm macro non IS lens, it’s a great lens if you want to give macro photography a try. It also doubles as a nice portrait lens. A word of caution when using macro lenses for portrait work, the subject needs to have great skin or a makeup artist. The lenses show every detail, good and bad. I then moved on to the Sigma 180mm macro and shot with it for a few years.
The new Sigma 150mm macro caught my eye, and I wanted to give it a shot. I’ve not been disappointed. I truly do not miss the 30mm difference from the 180mm to the 150mm, and the added OS works great.
The lens has a solid feel to it. Everything functions very smooth, and I never notice the OS working in the background. As with the other macro lenses I’ve shot during the past, it’s very sharp. The bokeh is just as nice as the Sig 180mm. The lens is fairly fast to focus when changing from shooting near too far. The motor has to move a lot of heavy glass, but it does a nice job.
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/kPXfpb Butterfly by hatch1921, on Flickr
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/g4jNT8 Yellow Dragonfly by hatch1921, on Flickr
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/fydhrE Sigma 150mm macro by hatch1921, on Flickr
Click on the cat eye photo and have a look at the original... high res file... tons of detail in the image.
If you are in the market for a new macro lens... I HIGHLY recommend the Sigma 150mm macro or the Sigma 180mm macro. Great lenses!!