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Old 07-15-2012, 11:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro

Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro is it worth the price tag? I want it so bad but it will be the most money I have spent on a lens at right around $1100. I need my rifle to sell so I can pick this up and a cheaper Carl Zeiss 16-80mm zoom (Cheaper lol still around $1000)

I have seen some awesome pictures out of each. Any advice for a first time high end lens purchace?
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Old 07-16-2012, 12:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Do you just want to use it for macro, or do you also want to use it as a telephoto lens?

A good macro lens for MUCH cheaper is the Tokina 100mm 2.8. No OS, but I haven't found that much of a deal breaker with macro lenses.
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I am feeling the sigma but I don't know much about the Tokina. Is there any pros / cons that I should be looking at? I know the Tokina doesn't have OS but it would seem the Sigma is more lens for more money...
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Old 07-16-2012, 12:57 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 07-16-2012, 01:05 PM   #5 (permalink)
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By the way, stabilization or VR is (in my opinion) a pointless feature on a true macro lens. The manufacturer states clearly that it should be turned off if you are using a tripod...which is exactly what you'd be doing when shooting macro! Otherwise, it will rob you of sharpness.

So it's really just optics and ease of use. The Tokina has excellent optics AND ergonomics...
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I do like the fact that the length of the sigma doesn't change with focus. I plan on doing close up work with skidish subjects.
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Old 07-17-2012, 09:24 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Different strokes for different folks. And if you have your heart set on this Sigma, by all means...go for it.

My own experience is such that (besides the Tokina 100m f2.8 macro and their two wide angle AT-X lenses), I would never buy any third party glass for my Nikon. Three reasons:

1. Resale value--Sigmas lose a large portion of their value the second you take them out of the box

2. Compatibility--Sigma tries, but there is simply no guarantee that any Sigma (or any other third party) lens will be fully compatible with all future camera bodies from either Canon or Nikon. You can hope, but it's a risk.

3. Quality control--I have seen HUGE variations in quality on Sigma lenses. One of my friends went through four samples of one zoom at the store before choosing the sharpest. For this reason, I would not/not buy a Sigma (at all, but particularly) online since you want to compare samples if possible.

Lastly, if focus breathing is a concern...there is a legendary Nikon for a little more money which, while costing more out of the gate, is reasonably likely to keep and possibly even grow in its value: the 70-180mm Micro. It keeps focus while zooming and the image quality is outstanding.

Good luck!
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That is the information I need. I run Sony / minolta equipment so I have to look at what they have. I may be stuck with third party lenses for specific lenses. I will have to look through the sony site again for good macros.

Sony has:
http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/sto...035437#reviews
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Old 07-20-2012, 11:33 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I just ordered both the Sigma 150mm Macro and the Carl Zeiss 16-80mm. They should be in next week at some point.
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