Reviews and Problems with Sigma APO MACRO 150mm F2.8 EX DG HSM
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Lens Test: Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX APO MACRO DG AF
4 August 2009
Excerpt: Originally published March 2005. WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: Sigma's first from-the-ground-up digitally optimized macro lens (i.e., not retrofitted for digital application) throws a full-frame image circle. Result?
Conclusion: A well made and thought out macro lens with enough focal length to enable skittish insect photography without putting them to flight. Quiet and faster focusing with the ability to restrict the focusing to the area you are working in improves the experience also.
Pros: Quiet Focusing, quicker but not lightning., Lens does not extend, front element does not rotate., Excellent tripod collar., Ability to accept same make converters
Cons: Not quite as sharp as some., No belt loop on pouch
Summary: Sigma APO Macro 150mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM is a very solid performer - the lens shows excellent image quality combined with practically non-existent distortion and low levels of color fringing, excellent build quality and very reasonable street price.
Lens Test: Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro
10 March 2009
Excerpt: Photography’s only high-speed, 1:1, long-tele prime, Sigma’s optically stabilized 150mm f/2.8 ($1,100, street) replaces a similar, unstabilized lens from several years ago. More has been updated than just the OS mechanism: This lens produces significantly less distortion than its predecessor, and...
Excerpt: Practically every producer has a 100 mm class macro lens on their offer. What’s more, in the majority of cases, these are really well-done constructions so the competition on the market is fierce and the choice huge . When it comes to longer focal lengths, though, there is much less to choose from.
Cons: Average work against bright light,, Slow autofocus.
Summary: As you can see from the picture above, this lens is capable of superb results and even performs well enough at maximum aperture to double as a long portrait lens if shallow depth of field and compression of perspective is required.
Pros: Good resolution, Low levels of chromatic aberrations, Fast AF, Great build quality, Internal focus design, Price
Cons: Loss of contrast when shooting into the light
Conclusion: When we summed up the Sigma 2.8/105 Macro test performance we wrote that if that instrument had an HSM motor it would be close to perfect. Here we deal with another case – the tested Sigma 2.8/150 is equipped with an HSM motor but still it leaves a bit to be desired because of the inconsistent...
Sigma AF 150mm f/2.8 APO EX HSM macro DG D - Review / Test Report
5 November 2009
Conclusion: The Sigma AF 150mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM APO macro is one of the few third-party lenses that can play in the league up there with the big boyz. The performance figures are excellent and leave really nothing to be desired across all tested quality characteristics.
Sigma AF 150mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM APO Macro (FX) - Review / Test Report
3 November 2009
Conclusion: The Sigma AF 150mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM APO performs on a very high level and delivers very good to excellent sharpness in the image center and very good border and corner sharpness at any aperture from wide open down to f/11, where diffraction begins to reduce resolution.