Reviews and Problems with Sigma 50mm F2.8 EX DG Macro
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Biggest Bang For The Buck
2 weeks ago
Summary: I have always purchased Sigma lenses over proprietary lenses. They have superb optics, sometimes even superior, at usually half of the price of Canon and 1/3 of Nikor. As a pro photographer I have learned that no two same model lenses will be of the exact same optical quality. I have never been disappointed with Sigma. Some may not be as quiet in focusing or the paint as pretty. This lens will return the biggest bang for the buck, even at full infinity normal.
Summary: I've only started using this, but right out of the box it is performing very well. It has almost no vignetting, works reasonably well in lower light situations (I was worried about that), and I really dig the 1:1 rendering. The AF hunts a little and is noisy but nothing too worrisome. I'm mostly going to be using manual focus anyway.
Summary: I wanted a great all around macro lens and this lens didn't let me down. A few things to note about this lens, it is one of Sigmas older designs, so the focus motor is a little noisy compared to their newer lenses. But don't let that detour you from buying it, focus is accurate and is fairly fast. I recommend using the Limit switch on the lens when using it for portraits or most any non macro photos.
Excerpt: I got this to do a few macro shots and does fine. The only problem I have had with this lens is that the lens hood did not come off easy. After a few minutes of struggling with it I gave up, then came back an hour later, worked with it a little more, then I managed to get it off. Other than that, I have no complaints. With this lens you get what you pay for.
Excerpt: Bought lens for Macro photography. Wonderful, wonderful lens! Love the build quality, fits tight to the camera body (Canon T3i) takes very good landscape shots as well! A little heavier than I expected but once on the Canon, balances out very well! Does have a tendency to "focus hunt" but using the focus limiter or manual, problem solved!!!
Excerpt: I just bought a Sony A77M2 body with a Tamron 90 mm Macro to do a lot of copy work in addition to normal family photos. The Tamron is fantastic, but I overlooked that on a copy stand the field of view is only about 4x6 inches. So I added the Sigma 50mm f2.8 macro which will cover a 8.5 x 11 photo or document ( and smaller). The sharpness is everything one could want, and I needed the focus limiter switch for the copy stand.
Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Travel Lens With A77ii
Cons: Durability Not Known, None Of The Above Cons
Summary: This lens was great when I bought it about 6 years ago. 6 years later I have grown to hate this lens. It's focusing slips and it does not capture enough detail. It also had a hard time focusing on detail and constantly zooms in and out at certain focal lengths. Buyer beware before you choose to buy this macro lens. You get what you pay for and I'd recommend buying the Sigma 105mm before buying this. Talking from experience. Would not buy this again nor recommend it.