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arbib
22nd April 2008, 03:20 AM
I like macro work. But have not liked the short working distance that comes with the typical FL for them...
Is the Sigma 150mm f/2.8 with HSM a great contender for Sharpness, AF Speed, (even though it weights in at 2 Lbs) ??

Has anyone got one, and maybe some samples to look at. ??

Jim
22nd April 2008, 06:59 AM
I don't have one, but would like to add to you question, in terms of how does it perform to the 50-200mm @ 150mm and also the Olympus 150mm taking the price difference into account.

Finally how is this lens compared to Sigma's 105mm one?

Chillimonster
22nd April 2008, 07:37 AM
I Have one :D

The macro performance is top notch and sharp as you like , and as you can imagine, the lens is a VERY good 150mm 2.8 prime (but with relatively slow autofocus due to the amount of focus trave - but this can be restricted via a 3-way switch)

I am at work at the moment, but will post some Macro and General samples up later tonight, and if i get chance with the 1.4tc and 2.0tc as well.

Chris

Jim
22nd April 2008, 07:40 AM
Chris, any recommendation on where to buy one, most retailers don't have it in the Olympus Fit.

Chillimonster
22nd April 2008, 07:42 AM
Finally how is this lens compared to Sigma's 105mm one?


Jim, i went for the 150 mainly due to the internal focusing and the greater working distance.

I'm not a big fan of extending barrels on macro lenses as any movement can spook the 'prey', or cast an unwanted shadow on the subject.

Chillimonster
22nd April 2008, 07:51 AM
Chris, any recommendation on where to buy one, most retailers don't have it in the Olympus Fit.

Kerso if he can get hold of them, or ebay (i use Chinaarts for a lot of my purchases).

Ebay Item Number 330228621387 (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Sigma-150mm-F2-8-EX-DG-APO-AF-Macro-for-Olympus-4-3_W0QQitemZ330228621387QQihZ014QQcategoryZ100728QQ ssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem)

I got mine from Chinaarts, took 2 days from HK and no import taxes / VAT

Chris

Jim
22nd April 2008, 07:58 AM
Thanks Chris.

arbib
22nd April 2008, 09:31 PM
I don't have one, but would like to add to you question, in terms of how does it perform to the 50-200mm @ 150mm and also the Olympus 150mm taking the price difference into account.

Finally how is this lens compared to Sigma's 105mm one?

Well, Not really interested in a 50-200...I want a dedicated Macro lens. My 40-150 MK1 is plenty my needs. save the 5' focus limit.

The Sigma 105 has the NON HSM AF motor..Or I would consider that instead. It is a bit lighter (30oz over 51oz for the 150)

arbib
22nd April 2008, 09:41 PM
Jim, i went for the 150 mainly due to the internal focusing and the greater working distance.

I'm not a big fan of extending barrels on macro lenses as any movement can spook the 'prey', or cast an unwanted shadow on the subject.


That's a great point when casing small creatures. *yes
Flowers don't care at all :D

I used to have a OM4 with a 90mm f/2.8 Tokina macro with the Twin TTL macro setup...Great combo..

Now I am intersted again in macro photography, after taking a few bee photos with 40-150 MK1 at 5 feet. See Photos HERE (http://www.pbase.com/peterarbib/chasing_bees) BTW: These are VERY TIGHT crops from the Org file...1100x825 or so...Very tight crop indeed..

j.baker
24th April 2008, 09:43 PM
Q. Can this lens be used as a prime 150mm (300mm) telephoto lens?

I already have the 50mm Oly macro, but I want a good fast zoom.

arbib
24th April 2008, 10:00 PM
Q. Can this lens be used as a prime 150mm (300mm) telephoto lens?

I already have the 50mm Oly macro, but I want a good fast zoom.

Absolutely....a 300mm f/2.8 prime for $600.00 *chr

The benefit of a long macro is keeping some distance between you and dangerous creatures (Bees come to mind)....Plus you also get a fast long prime that was made for the higher resolution required for macro work. It's like 2 great lens's in one. for $600.00

j.baker
24th April 2008, 10:01 PM
Does anyone have any images to share for this lens?

OlyFlyer
25th April 2008, 10:43 AM
Q. Can this lens be used as a prime 150mm (300mm) telephoto lens?It focuses from nearest to infinity, just like any other lens. The only difference is that it is macro as well.

I already have the 50mm Oly macro, but I want a good fast zoom.It won't work, it is not a zoom, it is a prime as you correctly state in your question.

HughofBardfield
25th April 2008, 10:59 AM
Does anyone have any images to share for this lens?

There's a few images here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/sigmafourthirds/