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Sigma 105 Macro

Took a nice snowdrop pic (will post in a min) with my 12-60mm but a proper macro lens would have got me closer, anyone like to comment on the Sigma 105 macro?
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Re: Sigma 105 Macro

I have the Sigma 105mm macro, and have had it in several camera mounts, my opinion is yes, it is an ok lens, there are better but then you pay a lot more for them, one being the new Canon 100mm IS lens but that would set you back serious money, (and having to buy a Canon,) the list price being just under £1000.
But in fourthirds fit the Sigma fits the bill for me, when photographing insects etc you don’t want the front of the lens nearly touching them they just tend to “buzz off”.
I have not been able to use it much with my Olympus gear yet but so far it is good for the money.
I was slightly put off with the Oly 50mm for doing my insect close ups because of having to get to close, although it is a superb lens.
I just hope that Olympus bring out a 100mm macro as good as the 50mm now that would be a really good one.
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Re: Sigma 105 Macro

It looks like Olympus have a 100mm focal length macro planned for this year according to the current lens roadmap http://www.olympus.co.uk/consumer/do...ap_2009_en.pdf
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Re: Sigma 105 Macro

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It looks like Olympus have a 100mm focal length macro planned for this year according to the current lens roadmap http://www.olympus.co.uk/consumer/do...ap_2009_en.pdf
It would be nice but hate to think of the price.
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Re: Sigma 105 Macro

Depends on what you want to photograph, but most people I know who are into insects etc prefer the Sigma 150 macro, it also works very well with the EC-14 I use mine for insects and flowers and I'm very pleases with it, check out some of my photographs at the link below.

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Re: Sigma 105 Macro

Hello Dave.

I have the 105mm and for flower / plant imaging it is very good. For insects though I would go with the 150mm for the extra distance from the subject it affords.

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Re: Sigma 105 Macro

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It looks like Olympus have a 100mm focal length macro planned for this year according to the current lens roadmap http://www.olympus.co.uk/consumer/do...ap_2009_en.pdf
Yes, but the lens has been pushed back at least twice.

It was due for release in 2006 and 2008 on earlier roadmaps.

I'll continue to use my legacy Tamron 90mm macro until the 100mm finally appears, if it ever does.
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This true Macro lens from Sigma already had an enviable reputation prior to its DG upgrade for the digital revolution. The non-DG version was one of the first lenses I purchased for my first dSLR and is still in use. Here, we take a look at the newer version and see whether the DG is marketing hype or a genuine advance.
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Re: Sigma 105 Macro

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Here, we take a look at the newer version and see whether the DG is marketing hype or a genuine advance.
What's that supposed to mean? Spammer?

Anyway, never had one myself, but the Sigma 150mm always gets excellent reviews - apparently a better lens than the 105mm...

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Re: Sigma 105 Macro

Having recently purchased the 150mm I can say with confidence it is a superb lens, extremely sharp even wide open sharpness is impressive.
Doubles up as a handy telephoto too

Edit: Here are a few examples taken with mine yesterday, not exactly macro but shows the lens flexibility







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Hi Huw
And it works ok with the 1.4 TC
Nice shots pleased you like it.
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Re: Sigma 105 Macro

Thanks for the recommendation Richard, yes it's a great lens fun to use too.
I'm looking forward to trying it out with the x1.4 when it arrives
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Hi Huw, I do hate "recommending" things lets face it "one man's meat is another man's poison" .
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