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Sigma 150mm EX Mini-Review

 
Daedalus34r
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Jul 11, 2010 20:27 |  #1

Wanting to dive into macro, i looked a whole slew of lenses like:

efs 60mm
ef 100 and 100L
sigma 50
sigma 105

The decision that swayed me towards the 150, even though it's more expensive than some of the other options, is that it offers me a focal length/aperture combo i don't already have in my arsenal, that is 150mm @ f/2.8. This lens doesn't have image stabilization, but i plan to test its non-macro abilities later when i get a chance.

Build
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Tank like. Seriously. The shell feels like tank armor and tapping on it with your fingernail reveals a metallic *kink*, very satisfying. My 70-200 doesn't even feel this sturdy. Feels so well built I almost wonder if it could survive a 3~4ft fall w/o knocking anything loose. I will not be testing this theory, maybe mythbusters can do a special on this one. This is the only sigma lens i have used, so i can only assume the rest of the EX lineup has L-like build quality. This lens has a nice heft to it, which is why the tripod collar is there. Very nice to have in the included price. Also included is a lens hood and carry pouch.

Performance (non-macro)
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The motor is quiet and smooth, and when you let the camera work with all focus points enabled, it locks on focus quickly. Granted my 70-200L is faster when looking at subjects far away, but only slightly. The only Issue I had was when you select only one focus point to work with. The lens would hunt&seek quite often with non-macro targets. If you don't limit the focus range, the lens will go in and out from infinity to close up. Sometimes the lens just wouldn't grab onto the target and focus.

So basically this lens is not suited for any kind of action photography whatsoever, and i'm completely fine with that. This is a non-IS macro lens, so more deliberate steps are necessary to grab a non-macro shot, like a portrait or generic telephoto shot. If you are shooting sports, i'm pretty sure this is the last lens you will reach for, so this is a non issue imo.

Performance (macro)
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In macro usage, this lens was a champ. After setting the focus limiter to the closest range, I let auto focus do all the work (with all focus points enabled). All the shots below had no manual focus adjustment... and I think they all turned out great. Granted these were quick snaps off my tripod, i know some could've turned out slightly better if i finessed the focus, but i'm quite happy with the "no-effort' results.

Focus ring movement was quite smooth as well, no perceptible difference from canon manual focus rings.

IQ is quite good, all macro shots are straight out of the cam. All shots of the lens are touched up a bit (17-55). I feel the sharpness is there, even wide open. The first macro shot is wide open at f/2.8, the rest are at minimum aperture of f/22.

Pictures of the lens and accessories
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These aren't catalogue worthy photos, just quick snaps in a dimly lit room. They should be good enough to give you an idea of the size and build of the lens.


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The surface has an odd twinkle-star coating, interesting.

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back side

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side

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feels solid in hand

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Lens hood attached

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Top

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Front element

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Carry Pouch

BODY :: EOS 7D, EOS 50D
GLASS :: 17-55 f/2.8 , 50 f/1.4 , 70-200 f/4L IS, 150 f/2.8 EX Macro , 10-20 f/4-5.6 EX , 30 f/1.4 EX
EXTRAS :: 430EX II , Kata R-103 Bag , Tenba Messenger Bag :: WISH LIST :: 100 f/2
Sigma 150mm f/2.8 Macro Review

  
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Daedalus34r
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Jul 11, 2010 20:27 |  #2

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Carry pouch open & empty

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Carry pouch open & filled

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Macro Test Shots
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first photo at f/2.8, remainder at f/22

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VERDICT
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So far i'm hooked. I was hesitant to go non-canon for any lens, but after seeing the results i am very satisfied. It isn't hard to find people rating sigma lenses poorly due to focus problems or having to send it back for repair, thankfully I didn't have any issues. Maybe it's this lens, or sigma has better qc ... but i will certainly include sigma in future lens research.

BODY :: EOS 7D, EOS 50D
GLASS :: 17-55 f/2.8 , 50 f/1.4 , 70-200 f/4L IS, 150 f/2.8 EX Macro , 10-20 f/4-5.6 EX , 30 f/1.4 EX
EXTRAS :: 430EX II , Kata R-103 Bag , Tenba Messenger Bag :: WISH LIST :: 100 f/2
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Jul 11, 2010 20:35 |  #3

Very nice shots, sounds like you are quite happy with the lens. I wish you many years of happiness with it...............Enjoy​.


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Jul 11, 2010 20:48 |  #4

I concur with the OP except for the problem he seemed to have with the outer focus points. At least the few non macro shots I have taken, the outer points worked well.

For macro I use manual focus although I have tried AF with it just for the hell of it. If nowhere near on focus it can hesitate and then starts to move rather slowly but that is to be expected at such close distances.

I think the IQ is first rate and doesn't seem to have the warm cast that seem to characterise Sigma lenses (from what I hear). It's my only Sigma lens.

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Jul 11, 2010 20:56 as a reply to  @ Daedalus34r's post |  #5

Awesome review. Mine arrives tomorrow!


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Jul 11, 2010 20:57 |  #6

^- very nice shots, and good review :)


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Jul 12, 2010 09:13 |  #7

bohdank wrote in post #10518286 (external link)
I concur with the OP except for the problem he seemed to have with the outer focus points. At least the few non macro shots I have taken, the outer points worked well.

For macro I use manual focus although I have tried AF with it just for the hell of it. If nowhere near on focus it can hesitate and then starts to move rather slowly but that is to be expected at such close distances.

I think the IQ is first rate and doesn't seem to have the warm cast that seem to characterise Sigma lenses (from what I hear). It's my only Sigma lens.

My prob can also be user error, me not selecting an area to focus on w/ enough contrast. I will continue to test this out, i'm sure under ideal conditions and proper training the focus issue can be easily solved.


BODY :: EOS 7D, EOS 50D
GLASS :: 17-55 f/2.8 , 50 f/1.4 , 70-200 f/4L IS, 150 f/2.8 EX Macro , 10-20 f/4-5.6 EX , 30 f/1.4 EX
EXTRAS :: 430EX II , Kata R-103 Bag , Tenba Messenger Bag :: WISH LIST :: 100 f/2
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artyH
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Jul 12, 2010 09:49 |  #8

Sigma makes good macro lenses. I have the 50 and I am planning to get a longer one.




  
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Jul 12, 2010 10:28 |  #9

Why are you shooting something thats flat at f/22?


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Jul 12, 2010 10:48 |  #10

Ingardj wrote in post #10521053 (external link)
Why are you shooting something thats flat at f/22?

Im just impressed they pics look so good AT f22 :D




  
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Jul 12, 2010 13:06 |  #11

Ingardj wrote in post #10521053 (external link)
Why are you shooting something thats flat at f/22?

money was at a slight angle, i didn't want to bother finding the *right* aperture, plus i wanted to see what f/22 looked like and i had a tripod.


BODY :: EOS 7D, EOS 50D
GLASS :: 17-55 f/2.8 , 50 f/1.4 , 70-200 f/4L IS, 150 f/2.8 EX Macro , 10-20 f/4-5.6 EX , 30 f/1.4 EX
EXTRAS :: 430EX II , Kata R-103 Bag , Tenba Messenger Bag :: WISH LIST :: 100 f/2
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Aug 09, 2010 10:32 |  #12

more samples if anyone is interested. none of these are crops, all at f/11.

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BODY :: EOS 7D, EOS 50D
GLASS :: 17-55 f/2.8 , 50 f/1.4 , 70-200 f/4L IS, 150 f/2.8 EX Macro , 10-20 f/4-5.6 EX , 30 f/1.4 EX
EXTRAS :: 430EX II , Kata R-103 Bag , Tenba Messenger Bag :: WISH LIST :: 100 f/2
Sigma 150mm f/2.8 Macro Review

  
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Aug 10, 2010 20:24 |  #13

Mine fell about 4 feet onto blacktop (with the 50D attached) - fell off the tripod. The focus cam broke but that was it. Cost about $200 to fix. This was the first lens I bought after getting the 50D (got the camera late June 2009 and the lens in August) and I still love it. I got it after trying both the Sigma 105 and the 150 macros at a seminar by David FitzSimmons. I like the working distance as I mostly shoot insects and such and also wild flowers. For most of the time I've had the lens, it has been the most used, as I was doing more macro photography than any other kind.


7D Mark II, 50D, 17-55 2.8 IS, 100-400L IS, 10-22, Sigma 150-600 C, Sigma 150 2.8 Macro, EF-S 60MM f2.8 Macro, EF-S 18-55 IS, 28-135 IS, EF-S 55-250 IS STM, 580 EX II, Yongnuo YN-24EX, JasonC007 Diffuser Kit, Gitzo GT2531EX, ARCA-SWISS Z1, RRS B2 AS II clamp, Kirk L-bracket for 7DII, Kirk L-bracket for 50D

  
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