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Sigma 150mm f/2.8 APO Macro EX DG OS Lens for Canon
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- Macro telephoto lens
- OS (Optical Stabilizer) and HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor)
- Minimum focusing distance 38 cm
- Weather resistant design for use in rough weather conditions
- Delivery contains: Lens, front lens hood, back lens hood, lens shade LH780-05, Lens shade adapter (HA780-01), tripod clamp
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|Item Dimensions||15 x 8 x 8 cm||12.3 x 12.3 x 7.77 cm||12.7 x 7.8 x 7.8 cm||20.4 x 9.5 x 9.5 cm||11.6 x 8.3 x 8.3 cm||11.71 x 6.3 x 7.3 cm|
|Item Weight||1.18 kg||0.63 kg||0.73 kg||1.64 kg||0.79 kg||0.61 kg|
|Max Aperture||2.8||f/2.8||f/2.8||f/2.8||2.8||81.28 cm|
|Max Focal Length||150 mm||100||105 mm||180 mm||105 mm||90 mm|
|Min Aperture||22||2.8||22||22||32||32 inches|
|Min Focal Length||150 mm||100 mm||105 mm||180 mm||105 mm||90 mm|
|Mounting Type||Canon EF / EF-S||Canonbayonet||nikon||Canon EF / EF-S||Nikonbayonet||Nikon|
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Built to Sigma's professional EX standards, this optically stabilised macro lens is designed to provide superior image and build quality. A floating focusing system moves two different lens groups in the optical path to different positions. This system compensates for astigmatic aberration and spherical aberration and provides extremely high optical performance from infinity to 1:1 Macro.
SLD glass and Super Multi Layer Coating
Three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements provide excellent correction of all types of aberrations and the Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting. This lens has superior peripheral brightness and provides sharp, high contrast images even at the maximum apertures.
Equipped with Sigma's proprietary OS (Optical Stabiliser) function, this lens offers the use of shutter speeds approximately 4 stops slower than would otherwise be possible.
F2.8 large aperture tele-macro lens.
Tele macro lenses have a greater working distance. It is possible to enjoy Macro photography, even when you are far from subject. This enables you to capture the small animals and insects without disturbing them. Very narrow depth-of-field allows selective focusing and less distracting backgrounds. Large aperture of F2.8 is ideal for sports, action and indoor photography.
Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) with full time manual focus override.
The HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) ensures quiet and high speed autofocus as well as full-time manual focus capability.
Floating Focusing System produces excellent optical performance.
A floating focusing system moves two different lens groups in the optical system to different positions. This system compensates for astigmatic aberration and spherical aberration. Since focusing does not change its overall length, this lens is easy to hold and use.
Rounded 9 blade aperture ring.
This lens has a rounded 9 blade diaphragm creating a smooth blur to the out of focus areas of the image. It is also possible to use this lens with Sigma's optional APO Tele Converters.
150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM
Fitted Padded Case
Front and Rear Caps
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I bought this lens because I keep tarantulas and wanted to take better photos of them, and I'm also an artist and wanted to take my own reference photos to draw more insects. All in all I would say that this lens was definitely worth the investment. It takes a while to get familiar with though, so if you've been using it for a few days and are still not sure, push on through and keep practicing, you will learn to love this lens :)
- Sharp from corner to corner, even on my D800. WIDE OPEN!
- Virtually no chromatic aberration (BOTH longitudinal and lateral) - I have not seen any CA at all, even at 100% magnification
- Contrasty and good colour rendition
- Excellent value, compared to similar lenses by Nikon / Canon / Tamron
- Double up as an excellent PORTRAIT lens! Bokeh is reasonably smooth but of course it's not Carl Zeiss 135mm f2 so manage your expectation. :)
- 3-level focus limiter (Full, Infinity-0.53, 0.53-0.38). I call them "Slow", "Typical usage" and "Macro" respectively.
- Excellent build, tripod mount is removable when the lens is on the camera body (unlike some other Sigma lenses)
- Excellent working distance for macro work. If you want to take pictures of bugs, don't bother with anything shorter.
- OS is useful even at macro distance (although less effective)
- Full time focus override - excellent to pair with "AF-ON autofocus" (google it if you don't know what it is)
- Include a fitted foam carrying case (not the cheapo "bags" from Nikon, for example)
- I estimate that the background blurriness of this lens is about the same as or more than the Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 at 200mm f/2.8 for typical portrait focusing distances. This is probably due to the Nikon 70-200 "focus breathing" - sort of like the effective f number (see below) but applying to focal length, except that you don't get to see the effective focal length.
- It's unclear if the lens is weather-sealed.
- It's heavy. It does balance well on the D800 so you don't feel the weight as much (vs. for example a front-heavy set up)
- AF is relatively slow (even with limiter). It's not as slow as screw-driven but it's not Canon/Nikon level - probably because Sigma reverse-engineered the AF from Nikon/Canon.
- It's not Nikon or Canon branded.
- If you use NIkon cameras, the f number displayed is EFFECTIVE f number which can be larger (i.e. smaller aperture) than f2.8 for close distance. Even at head-and-shoulder portrait distance, the smallest f number is still f/3.0. The same thing applies in Canon cameras, just that Canon cameras always display nominal f number (i.e. the one on the aperture ring).
- Turn OS off if you don't need it (this applies to any lens with image stabilisation, not just this lens)
- Turn the tripod collar 90 degrees if you don't need to use it. It serves as a nice thumb rest for portrait shooting.
- Don't let (old school) people tell you that macro lenses cannot be used for portrait because they are "too sharp". You can easily soften the pics in post-processing.
Seems like a great lens at a very reasonable price. Some users have commented that the AF is slow and the OS is noisy, but having given my lens a pretty varied workout so far I am happy with both features and image quality is excellent. Sigma include a functional lens hood, complete with extension for DX users, an easily removable tripod mount, and one of their excellent cases.