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Apr 06, 2009 18:55 |  #1

I know generally macro lenses are optimised for macro distances and thus not as sharp for general use, is it the same for this lens?

Do you use this lens as general tele? If so how does it compare to other lenses in this focal range and apertures?

I am considering getting this lens for both macro and as a general tele.

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Apr 06, 2009 18:59 |  #2

It is wonderful as a general telephoto. It remains tack sharp at f/2.8 from macro range to about 10-15 feet...then softens just a bit at further distances, but by f/4, it's back to tack sharp at all distances. It's wonderful as a longer portrait prime, and compares very well to the 135L in both sharpness and bokeh.


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Apr 06, 2009 19:40 |  #3

That's what I want to hear! I am hoping that coupled with my 85 1.8 I wouldn't have the urge to pick up the 70-200 2.8 IS or the 135L. At least not for a while.




  
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Apr 06, 2009 19:42 |  #4

Its a wonderful lens but it is slow to focus compared to one of the Canon teles. If you can live with that then youll love it.


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Apr 06, 2009 19:51 |  #5

Yea. I know macro lenses tend to be slower at focusing. Does semi-manual focus help? i.e. roughly manual focusing the lens before activating AF.




  
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Apr 06, 2009 20:14 |  #6

Well it stands up against the 70-200mm 2.8 IS and 200mm 2.8 very well.
http://www.pbase.com …s/image/8903205​5/original (external link)

With the limit switch, it's not all that slow.


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Apr 06, 2009 20:16 |  #7

Use the limiter range limiter switch and the AF is pretty darn good. Doesn't keep up to my previous 70-200L, but it's easily as fast is not faster than my Tamron 17-50 and about the same as my 17-85mm IS.
If you don't use the range limiter, it can take a lot longer as it can go full range of focus, which with a macro lens is a long ways.
IQ wise, it's the best lens I've ever shot with.


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Apr 06, 2009 20:25 |  #8

Great choice in lens. I was also debating between the Bugma and the 135L. I think if you're looking into macro photog and want get as much out of the lens as possible, then the Sigma 150 would be your best bet! But if you're going to be using it as a tele more so than macro, then I would suggest the 135L instead or maybe even the 200L. :P


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Apr 06, 2009 20:36 |  #9

Kruzkal wrote in post #7680941 (external link)
Yea. I know macro lenses tend to be slower at focusing. Does semi-manual focus help? i.e. roughly manual focusing the lens before activating AF.

The Sigma macros are all excellent, IMO.

I own the Sigma 105 f/2.8 and the 50 f/2.8 and I'm now considering the 150mm. I use both on my 5D as walk-around primes as well as for macro. I love 'em.

The 105 is has a wonderful MF ring - much better than the Canon 100 f/2. I would assume that the 150 is just as good. The only time I use the Canon 100 f/2 now is when I need f/2 otherwise I prefer the Sigma.



This is from the Sigma 105 f/2.8 macro, which I use at non-macro distances as much or more than at macro distances...

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