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Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro

Anyone know this lens? Is it good? Is it practical to use (hand-held? monopod? tripod) for outdoor macro work with insects where a longer working distance is needed than the Oly 60mm will allow? And I'm guessing if it is good, it would be quite useful as a general purpose wide aperture telephoto too, though probably my FT 50-200 would be better for this purpose.


I could get a reasonably priced copy of the Sigma, and I love macro.


(Apologies if this has been discussed before. I did a search but it brings back any thread which includes someone - such as RtF - who names this lens in their kit list)
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Re: Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro

From it's general reputation in the various threads i'd say that a good copy is probably one of the best macro lenses you can get. I've never used one myself but have certainly considered it several times. Just too mean to spend the money if I'm honest.
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Re: Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro

I had one and it's a great lens, but I hardly ever used it, and did a part exchange with Ffordes for a 12-100.
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Re: Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro

Just missed one on EBay for 365 ... :-(
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Re: Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro

The Sigma 150mm is an excellent macro lens.

I have one but don't use it as much as I used to, I really should do a bit more macro work.

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Re: Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro

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I had one and it's a great lens, but I hardly ever used it, and did a part exchange with Ffordes for a 12-100.
I hope you don't mind me asking, how much were you offered as a trade in?

I might consider doing this and buying a 12-100.

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Re: Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro

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I hope you don't mind me asking, how much were you offered as a trade in?

I might consider doing this and buying a 12-100.

Thanks,

Dave

How much do you want for it? I might be interested. Another has just appeared on EBay for 350 ...
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Re: Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro

It is a great macro lens & can be used for telephoto as well, but...... not for any moving objects as it is not fast at focussing being a macro lens. I've used mine with the EC14 as well (macro & tele). It can be manually prefocussed (like SWD lenses), as well as having focus limit & MF switches.

I should add, I don't use mine much either as the Olympus 60mm macro lens is also useful.

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Re: Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro

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I hope you don't mind me asking, how much were you offered as a trade in?

I might consider doing this and buying a 12-100.

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I don't remember the exact price as I had a few other items traded at the same time, but it was around 300.
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Re: Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro

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How much do you want for it? I might be interested. Another has just appeared on EBay for 350 ...
Thanks Rob, I'll think on this.

I hadn't considered selling it until I saw Stewart's post about trading it in for a 12-100 lens.

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Re: Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro

I had the Sigma 150mm in 4/3 mount, using it on an E3 and it is a superb macro lens, albeit a bit slow focusing, but when I moved to M4/3 I found it to be far too heavy and auto-focusing was even worse on an E-M5, might be ok with an E-M1 though. I then bought the Oly 60mm which is excellent for flowers etc. but I find the focal length is too short for anything with wings, they just fly away.

I sold mine on e-Bay for a good price (I think to someone on this forum). Do be aware that the rubber focusing ring is probably going to have turned partially white from finger sweat/grease, this happened to mine and also to a Sigma 105mm Macro that I had so I think it is a Sigma problem from that era.

I have just purchased (a week ago) a Panny 45-175mm which has a quoted nearest focus of 0.9m with a magnification ratio of x0.2. I do find Panasonic's specs leave a little bit to be desired because they don't say if those figures are for 45mm or 175mm. This lens is very light and has internal zooming and focus and is providing some decent images. I was going to post some images but I need to reduce the size which I don't have time to do now but will try tomorrow.
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Re: Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro

The Sigma won't AF correctly with CD-AF (E-M5) but works absolutely fine on both the E-M1's with PD-AF.
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Re: Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro

I would suggest the 105 f2.8.
That what I usually use but only in MF
I am getting into using my 60 mm f2.8 at the moment.

Here is a recent shot with the 105 uncropped

Dragon fly 2 by Alf Branch, on Flickr
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Re: Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro

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Agreed Reading various posts here and in other forums, it's surprising how many have not grasped the difference between CD-AF and PD-AF in relation to using 4/3 lenses on m4/3 bodies.

John

I've read such discussions, but find it seems to apply to some FT lenses and not others. I use a 12-60 SWD on EM5 II all the time and occasionally FT 50mm f/2.0 macro or 7-14 f/4.0 with no problems. My "beautiful monster" (50-200 non-SWD) seems to focus well only on the E-M1. Am I just lucky, or to undemanding of AF (I tend to use CAF-MF with peaking and use the focus ring for occasional final adjustments when it's critical; being old school this doesn't seem arduous) or what?


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I would suggest the 105 f2.8.
That what I usually use but only in MF
I am getting into using my 60 mm f2.8 at the moment.

Here is a recent shot with the 105 uncropped


{dragon fly photo}

Dragon fly 2 by Alf Branch, on Flickr


That's just tremendous.


I love macro but am not getting results quite as good as this yet. And dragonflies seem to flit about very erratically so they're hard to capture. Do you mind my asking:


- what aperture?
- how close were you roughly?
- lens only, or any extender / teleconverter?
- natural lighting or something extra?
- hand held or supported?


Maybe I need to get myself a book on macro, or a course, or find some specific online material to read.
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