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Mar 02, 2016 18:28 |  #1

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I am trying to get a macro lens, and affordability is a real issue for me. I've been looking at & pricing used Sigma 150mm and 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM lenses. Having no experience with macro lenses, I was hoping I could get some advice here as to the difference in the distances I can be from an object. How far away can I be from my object with each lens? Thank you in advance for any help.




  
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Mar 03, 2016 12:34 |  #2

why not find a used version of the previous non OS models.
you can find the 150mm used for about the $350 mark for the non OS. its a fantastic lens


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Mar 03, 2016 12:48 |  #3
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Minimum focusing distances:

Sigma 105mm = 12.3" (31.24 cm)
Sigma 150mm = 1.25' (38.10 cm)

That would be to get true life size reproduction, a.k.a. 1:1; but do note that you don't always want that, so you can place yourself even farther away when photographing skittish (or dangerous) subjects.


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Mar 03, 2016 16:53 as a reply to  @ 05Xrunner's post |  #4

I've thought about that, too - so far the least expensive 150mmI've found is about $430 including shipping. Since I do 99% of my photography hand held, I thought the OS would be a better bet for me. (especially since I'm a caffeine addicted old lady that can get shaky - haha) Does OS make as much of a difference for hand held as I am led to believe? And thank you for responding to my question, I'm glad to hear it's a great lens!




  
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Mar 03, 2016 16:56 as a reply to  @ Alveric's post |  #5

Thank you! That's not as much difference in distance as I would have expected - I might go for a more easily affordable 105mm. It's taking me forever to save for a used lens and I'm getting impatient!




  
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Mar 03, 2016 16:57 |  #6

Sorry for not addressing you by name - I didn't realize my posts would show up at the end rather than beneath your responses...




  
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If you read the manufacturer's small print, you'll find out that their boasted of image stabilisation is useful only for subjects farther than a metre away; so, for closer close-ups and/or real macro (1:1), the IS/OS/VR is of little use. Either use a tripod or flash, or both.


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Mar 03, 2016 18:55 |  #8

Thank you - you've been a great help! I have a long way to go in learning all the terminology, and while trying to decide on a used macro lens I was just getting more confused. I really appreciate you two for taking the time to advise me :-)




  
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Mar 04, 2016 03:10 |  #9

Alveric wrote in post #17922540 (external link)
If you read the manufacturer's small print, you'll find out that their boasted of image stabilisation is useful only for subjects farther than a metre away; so, for closer close-ups and/or real macro (1:1), the IS/OS/VR is of little use. Either use a tripod or flash, or both.

For my 100L I only count on about 1 stop for macro distances. Not sure about the OS but I would imagine it's about the same.


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Mar 04, 2016 06:55 |  #10

I have owne the Sigma 150 non OS and the 105 OS and I will say shooting macro the OS version made things ALOT easier but I would have no problems getting a non OS unit as well


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Mar 04, 2016 15:05 |  #11

I have decided to go for a non-OS lens, largely because I will be able to afford one sooner than an OS lens - it will give me a chance to go through the learning curve and see how much I'll actually use it (however I think I will use a macro quite a bit) while saving for a better lens should I opt for one. Admittedly I am making my decision based partially on how impatient I am to play, but all your advice and comments have been a huge help in making my decision too. Thanks! (and getting used to taking the time to use a tripod will be a big, beneficial discipline for me, lol)




  
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Mar 04, 2016 21:40 |  #12

the Non OS lens are not bad lenses at all. They still are fantastic optically. Just missing that one luxury feature


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Mar 08, 2016 13:23 |  #13

For any particular level of magnification at the sensor the working distance for the longer lens should be 1.43× further away (150/105). Or if you want to consider it the other way around, 0.7× closer for the shorter lens. The ratio of the focal lengths should always be the same as the ratio difference between the distances when the subject sizes are the same.

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