Sigma EX 150mm 1: 2.8 APO MACRO DG HSM Optical Stabilizer review by reader Radozhiva

Review of the lens Sigma EX 150mm 1: 2.8 APO MACRO DG HSM Optical Stabilizer (version for Nikon cameras) specially for Radozhiva prepared Tyvunka Vladimir Andreevich.

SIGMA AF 150 mm f / 2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro

SIGMA AF 150 mm f / 2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro

Good afternoon, dear readers of Radozhiva. Today I want to share with you my impressions of the Sigma EX 150mm 1: 2.8 APO MACRO DG HSM Optical Stabilizer.

This is a new version of the popular tele-macro lens, which received a built-in optical image stabilizer, as well as dust and moisture protection. Also, a floating focusing system is applied, which effectively compensates for astigmatic and spherical aberrations, providing high image quality in the range from infinity to macro 1: 1. Production of the Sigma 150mm f / 2.8 Ex Dg Hsm began in 2011. The lens is available for mounts Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax.

SIGMA AF 150 mm f / 2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro

SIGMA AF 150 mm f / 2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro

The decoding of the markings on the case looks like this:

  • AF - the presence of autofocus
  • APO - Apochromatic lens minimizes chromatic aberration. Lenses marked APO can be used with EX series teleconverters.
  • HSM - Ultrasonic Motorized Lens Drive provides quiet and fast focusing.
  • EX - belongs to the line of high quality optics, combining reliability, convenience and high optical performance.
  • IF - internal focusing mechanism without changing the physical dimensions of the lens when focusing and without rotating the front element
  • DG - Full format lens optimized for use with digital SLR cameras.
  • OS - 4-stop Optical Image Stabilizer (OS) for all mounts.
  • MACRO - macro mode with 1: 1 magnification is available.
  • Nikon - mount for Nikon cameras

If it was a native lens, it would be marked 'NIKON NIKKOR 150mm 1: 2.8G AF-S SWM IF ED FX VR MICRO' + (Golden Ring)

SIGMA AF 150 mm f / 2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro

SIGMA AF 150 mm f / 2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro

The SIGMA AF 150 mm f / 2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro has all the goodies of modern lenses.

Optical design of 19 elements in 13 groups. Of these, three elements of low-dispersion glass, which, theoretically, eliminate all types of optical distortion. Multilayer enlightenment reduces the likelihood of glare, reflections and spurious illumination. Depending on the angle of incidence of light, the color of enlightenment changes from violet to bright green.

The package bundle is very rich, compared to that of native lenses, and consists of the following components.

  1. Lens
  2. Front and back covers
  3. Lens hood
  4. Hood ring
  5. Tripod ring
  6. cover
  7. Instructions
  8. International Warranty Card (Europe, Asia)
  9. Warranty card for the territory of the Russian Federation

Most of all I was pleased with the presence of a foot and an excellent semi-rigid carrying case. By the way, there are pads for the cover - inserts that compensate for the extra space inside, depending on whether the hood is installed or not. In practice, this turned out to be very convenient. Unfortunately, on the back of the case there is no strap for attaching to a belt, but there is an adjustable strap for carrying on the shoulder or in the hand. The strap, by the way, comes unfastened.

SIGMA AF 150 mm f / 2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro

SIGMA AF 150 mm f / 2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro

The SIGMA AF 150 mm f / 2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro is very well made, almost the entire body is made of metal and covered with a new Sigma coating. Finally, the company heeded the pleas of photographers to replace the heavily soiled and poorly rubbed velvet coating for a smoother one. To the touch, it now most of all resembles a blackboard, smooth matte, or something. The lens body is metal, and when the camera with the lens is in a cool environment and you take the lens with warm hands, a wet trail remains on it, which, by the way, evaporates right before your eyes in a couple of seconds, leaving no streaks. This property of the coating made me compare it with a blackboard. The focusing ring is very wide and rubberized, 5 centimeters wide. In the hands of the lens, it feels like something solid and monolithic.

SIGMA AF 150 mm f / 2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro

SIGMA AF 150 mm f / 2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro

Sigma 150mm F2.8 uses filters with a diameter of 72 mm. The thread for the filters is plastic, and, in my opinion, this is the only plastic element on the body. For some this will be a drawback and I would like to see a thread under the 'professional' 77 mm for a lens of this class. But, for reference, I would like to add on my own that the native professional Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR Micro uses even smaller filters with a diameter of 62 mm. For me personally, this does not look like an inconvenience, the adapter ring can be bought at any photo store for the price of 200-300 rubles and removed for your own pleasure. By the way, Sigma in a large number of its prof. it uses 82 mm filters, which in my opinion is much worse, because if you have a 77 mm polarizing filter, hardly anyone wants to buy 82 mm for use on one glass, since it costs very well.

SIGMA AF 150 mm f / 2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro

SIGMA AF 150 mm f / 2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro

The weight of the lens is an impressive 1150 grams, which is quite a lot for a fix. I think the weight is a plus, because it partially compensates for camera shake when shooting handheld, which is very useful for macro shooting, and a minus - after all, a whole day of shooting with a lens weighing a little more than a kilogram in conjunction with a full-frame body and so on. equipment can be equated with going to the gym and by the end of the day your hands will not thank you for it.

The lens has three switches on the body.

  • Three position focus stop.
  •  AF-M
  •  “OS” has three positions: off, 1, 2

All switches are located on the left side of the case, as well as Nikon lenses. The switches are convenient, do not cling and do not interfere during operation, are made of high quality durable plastic, there is no backlash at all. When I just bought this lens, they switched very tightly, after a week they got used to it, and now they switch without problems, and the small effort that must be applied at the same time prevents accidental switching.

SIGMA AF 150 mm f / 2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro

SIGMA AF 150 mm f / 2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro

Focusing

The lens focuses using the HSM motor (HyperSonic Motor, an analog of Nikon SWM), and therefore will fit all Nikon cameras, even those that do not have a built-in focus motor. The minimum focusing distance is 38 cm, at which you can shoot macro with a 1: 1 magnification. The distance from the front lens to the object on the MDF is about 19 cm. Focusing is internal type - the front and rear lenses remain stationary. There is no vacuum cleaner effect.

The lens has a three-position focus distance limiter: Full, 0.53-∞ and 0.38-0.53

On my camera Nikon D700 focusing time in 'Full' mode from infinity to MDF and back is 2,63 seconds. One way - 1,35 sec. Focusing time in the mode 0.38-0.53 there and back - 1,35 sec.

In general, the focus is quite comfortable for shooting in the macro range. The lens focuses tenaciously and does not tend to yaw when there is enough light.

In the AF position, automatic focusing works with a constant manual focus priority, just like on native glasses. The mode is very convenient and useful - for manual focusing or focus correction, you do not need to additionally switch the lens to 'M' mode. The instructions say that you need to wait until the lens focuses and if the focus point does not suit you, without releasing the shutter button to refocus manually. That is, it is not recommended to argue with automation and it is worth waiting for the autofocus to finish working.

In the tracking focus mode, when you try to bring it manually, the automation begins to resist and twist the focus in the other direction. So you still have to use the switch. All the same, the mode of constant manual focus correction does not work as well as on native glasses.

To use the manual focus adjustment mode more efficiently, in the camera menu, turn off the focus by half-pressing the shutter button (that is, only the shutter is released by pressing), and focus on the button with the button AF-ON... By the way, focus trap also works with this lens.

In manual mode, the focus ring rotates approximately 160 degrees, which is not so much for a macro lens. Apparently, this is a fee for a rather quick focus. It is worth adding that 90% of the stroke of the ring is in the macro range, from a meter to infinity, the stroke is about 15 degrees.

During auto focus, the ring remains stationary. In manual focus mode, when the ring reaches its extreme positions, it does not rest, but continues to rotate, slipping, just like on native lenses. The lens has a focus distance scale in meters and feet, as well as a scale with a magnification factor for macro photography (from 1:10 to 1: 1). The depth of field lens was cheated.

The two most important qualities of this lens for me personally are accurate focusing in fairly low light, unlike many Sigma lenses that sin with this, and an extremely low level HA.

SIGMA AF 150 mm f / 2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro

SIGMA AF 150 mm f / 2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro

Stabilizer

Many say that the presence of a stabilizer is not necessary in a macro lens, I do not agree with them, and that's why.

The stabilizer operation according to the instructions compensates for 4 stops by shutter speed. In numerical terms, this means that you can shoot at shutter speeds 16 times longer than what a lens without a stabilizer requires.

In practice, the effectiveness of the stabilizer drops dramatically while reducing the focusing distance. When working on MDF (with a magnification of 1: 1), the operation of the stabilizer is felt many times worse than during focusing on infinity. The same drop in stabilizer performance is observed in the native Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR Micro.

When focusing not on MDF, but in the area of ​​a meter and further, you can safely shoot with shutter speed 1/30 sec and 1/40 sec, if you stand in a comfortable stance and shoot in a series - the pair will definitely be sharp even for 1/15 sec.

As for me, a good result for a 150mm lens. And when focusing in the area of ​​the MDF, the stabilizer rather eliminates the jerking of the picture in the viewfinder, and helps to more accurately position the focus point on the subject, which increases its accuracy. The only disadvantage of having a stabilizer, I can highlight the increase in the cost of the lens, but this is a matter of finance, not a question needed / not needed. If you have money for a stabilization lens, I highly recommend taking one.

To turn on / off the stabilizer on the lens, there is an “OS” switch has three positions: off, 1, 2.

In position 1, the lens tracks both vertical and horizontal displacements, in mode 2, only vertical, which is convenient when shooting objects moving in a horizontal plane relative to the camera.

If you remove the lens or remove the battery from the camera while the stabilizer is in operation, an unpleasant rattling sound will be heard inside - this is the stabilization lenses inside the case. It is better not to do this and turn off the stabilizer before these operations. The instructions say that this sound is normal in this situation and is not a signal that it is not working properly. If you look into the viewfinder while the stabilizer is turned on, you can see how the picture jerks up sharply, and when turned off, it jerks down. At the same time, the sound of lens parking is heard, but not the same as if you were removing the lens from the camera, but softer and not rattling. In general, the gimbal constantly emits quiet sounds during operation.

The lens comes with a huge and very durable hood (made of thick plastic). The hood can be installed in the opposite position (transport mode), but only when the hood is dressed backwards, access to the focusing ring is completely lost. On-camera, the lens with the hood installed looks very impressive. By the way, the set includes another very interesting accessory - an adapter for a lens hood for crop cameras. In fact, this is another hood, when used on a crop, you just put on both hoods and be happy. I was always surprised why no one from the manufacturer makes something similar for their glasses, because the price is cheap, and for glasses with not the best glare resistance, the use of this accessory would be difficult to overestimate.

The lens is so big that it uses a tripod foot. The foot is metal and very strong, it can be easily removed. There are Teflon inserts inside the foot, which makes it easier to slip when changing orientation and does not damage the lens surface. There are 2 marks on the lens body for quick rotation of the camera mounted on a tripod into portrait or landscape position (strictly vertical or horizontal).

SIGMA AF 150 mm f / 2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro

SIGMA AF 150 mm f / 2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro

Diaphragm

The aperture consists of 9 blades and closes to F / 45 on MDF and to F / 27 when focusing at infinity.

Aperture 2,8 is only available when focusing from 4 meters to infinity, 0.8 meters is already F / 3,5 and on mdf it is 5,6. this is a common property for macro lenses. Moreover, it is really hiding, this can be seen when viewed from the back of the lens. On the Internet there is a detailed instruction for disassembling the lens and turning the lever off, which judges by reviews it improves focus on the MDF and the image in the viewfinder becomes brighter, the minus of this action is that the camera stops making corrections to exposure, when changing the focus, that is, the correction will have to be constantly done by yourself. The guarantee for the lens will naturally also be canceled. As for me - it's not worth it, but maybe someone will need this information.

The lens suffers from the 'Focus Breathing' effect - changing the viewing angle during focusing. Suffers so much that you need to get used to guessing how the viewing angle will change during focusing. Briefly, during focusing from infinity towards the MDF, the real focal length increases, which leads to a decrease in the viewing angle. The focal length indicated on the lens body and equal to 150 mm is true only when the lens is focused at infinity. An increase in focal length also entails a decrease in the relative aperture and a weakening of the stabilization system. Such behavior is characteristic of most (most, if not all) macro lenses.

As for working with 'macro', the Sigma 150 / 2.8 does very well. First of all, it is worth noting that 150 mm of focal length allows you to keep a decent distance between the subject and the subject. For shooting the world of insects - this is an invaluable advantage of the lens. Many photographers add to the lens teleconverter and they can shoot macro from a very long distance without scaring insects and animals.

SIGMA AF 150 mm f / 2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro

SIGMA AF 150 mm f / 2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro

Image quality

The lens has excellent and accurate color reproduction. Vignetting at a 2,8 open diaphragm is noticeable, but not critical. At full frame, the lens is extremely sharp across the entire field of the frame already with F4, on the open, of course, a little softer, but still very, very worthy.

The lens is not afraid of flare, it tolerates lateral and backlight, catching hares is problematic. Using a lens hood provides a 100% guarantee of no flare. Chromatic aberrations are completely absent when viewing photos, in the synthetic test they can be seen at 100% magnification, but this is only for couch critics, in normal photos I could not see them no matter how I tried, even at the edges of contrasting objects. This fact is confirmed by tests that can be found on the Internet, for example, on the well-known techno site PhotoZone where this lens is very praised just for control HA. Color frigging (color of contrasting parts in purple and green in the blur zone) is also absent, such a property is an extremely rare quality for fast fixation, for example, native Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR Micro chromatites quite strongly.

The bokeh, due to the 9-blade rounded diaphragm, is soft, smooth, pleasing to the eye. By the way, when the lens is open, it noticeably "twists" the background under certain conditions. I also want to note the absence of the "Sawing" effect of the object when moving from sharpness to the blur area.

In general, with regard to image quality, it is at the highest level and I have no complaints about it.

SIGMA AF 150 mm f / 2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro

SIGMA AF 150 mm f / 2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro

Personal experience

My first macro lens was Sigma 50mm 1: 2.8 DG Macro D EXA great 1: 1 lens.

On the secondary markets, it costs 7-9 thousand rubles. I bought it to try myself in macro, and then - as it goes. After a while I decided to buy something more serious and the choice fell on the Sigma 150mm. The reason for the change was the small distance from the front lens to the object when shooting 1 to 1 (about 5 centimeters), the protruding trunk, noisy focusing, which, together with the shooting of living objects, frightened even the snails and they hid in the house :). All these shortcomings did not apply to the 150s. Imagine my surprise when, when shooting at the same scale, the 150 gave several times less flu. When shooting on MDF, at a scale of 1: 1, a 150 gives a flu of about 0,2 cm, while a fifty-kopeck piece gives 0,54 cm, that is, 2,5 times more.

This creates additional difficulties when shooting, it is more difficult to get into the flu, you have to pinch the diaphragm much more strongly, which reduces the flow of light and forces you to raise the ISO, increase the shutter speed or even use the flash. All this cannot be called a disadvantage of this glass, but rather the features of lenses of this class. Before you buy a telephoto macro lens, think about what you are going to shoot. If these are static objects that are not going away from you, I strongly advise you to pay attention to short-focus lenses, for example Sigma 50mm 1: 2.8 DG Macro D EX or native Nikon N AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm 1: 2.8G SWM ED IF Aspherical Micro 1: 1 Nano Crystal Coat. It will be a smarter choice. If you want to shoot fearful insects, then you can not do without macro telephoto.

SIGMA AF 150 mm f / 2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro

SIGMA AF 150 mm f / 2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro

Then sigma becomes a logical choice, in its favor the presence of a three-position stabilizer, pretty nimble (for macro-fix) and precise focusing, excellent Japanese assembly, and rich equipment. All these qualities, it seems to me, should pretty much influence the decision to purchase this glass.

As of March 2016, prices look something like this:

As you can see, compared to the native 105 mm, the sigma wins with a focal length, a larger MDF and a complete absence HAAt the same time, they are almost identical in price; 200-ka costs twice as much, is 1 stop darker and has no stabilizer and wins only with more convenient focal and smaller MDF.

SIGMA AF 150 mm f / 2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro

SIGMA AF 150 mm f / 2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro

For me, the choice was between the "native" 105th and sigma, the choice was decided by the price in the secondary market: 38 thousand for 105-ku (only covers are included and traces of use are visible) and 31 thousand for a completely new-looking sigma, in a complete set and under warranty. With the same cost and condition, I would advise you to take your own glass, it is somehow quieter or something, but after a couple of days of use, sigma pleasantly surprised me and there is no desire to change it to something else.

Sample Photos

Source files can download from this link.

SIGMA AF 150 mm f / 2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro

SIGMA AF 150 mm f / 2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro

Tyvunka Vladimir Andreevich

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Comments: 81, on the topic: Sigma EX 150mm 1: 2.8 APO MACRO DG HSM Optical Stabilizer review by reader Radozhiva

  • Lynx

    Very good glass, very good and detailed review.
    If not for the large, I would say terrifying number of punctuation errors with spaces, commas and hyphens - this review could be called one of the best on the site.

    • anonym

      Russian language, it is powerful! He will accept everything! And the Internet is even more so. :)))

      • Lynx

        The answer is "Schaub your doctors also treated the knowledge and treatment."

    • Vladimir

      yes, with commas and hyphens I have problems from school) I apologize if I hit someone's spelling feelings)

      • Lynx

        Well, they were pleased with the aesthetic ones. Coherent and detailed text.

        • Vladimir

          Thanks I was trying)

      • Dmitriy

        Great review, thanks!
        DOF - depth of field, flu - disease.
        Not a complaint, just an eye stumbles :) Thanks again for the review!

        • Vladimir

          ahaha) really) let's try to fix Arkady)
          highlight the paragraph and add it to the comment so that it does not suffer and does not look)

    • Artem

      An ideal and most importantly inexpensive option for a beginner makrushnik is still a tamron 90 2,8 =) the minimum focusing distance is about 30 cm, you can not frighten insects. The stabilizer is just not enough. Suitable for macro, and for portraits and for everything else.
      Before buying, I recommend that you familiarize yourself, the guys checked https://buynbest.ru/luchshij-makroobektiv-canon/

  • anonym

    What will he be as a portrait painter?)
    There is a sigma 70-200 2.8, I am considering the option of exchanging for 150 mm, the macro is interesting only as a bonus

    • anonym

      Great portraiture.

    • anonym

      Tele portraiture.

    • Lynx

      Not really

    • Vladimir

      as I wrote in the review, the focus ring, in the range after the meter has a very small stroke, which is not very convenient for portraits, you can use pictures as a portrait portrait, you can take very good pictures, given the soft bokeh and excellent contrast and sharpness, the open will be the very thing
      but like all narrowly specialized glasses, they are best used for their intended purpose, a macro lens for macro, portraits can be used as a bonus, a portrait for portraits, as a short telephoto as a bonus. If you have a Nikon system, then look towards 135mm f 2,0dc or 105dc this would be a more reasonable choice, or af 180mm 2,8d all three glasses are in the reviews on the Arcadia website)

      • Jacob

        The focusing ring has a stroke not very large up to a meter. This is also a drawback for stackers using a focus ring for stacking. In addition, to start the movement of the ring, quite a lot of force must be applied, and even with a slight play in the connections of a tripod or tripod head this can lead to a shift of the camera, which in turn leads to a problem, atom and even the impossibility of stitching stacking images.

    • andrei2911

      Take yourself Tamron 70-200. It will be sharper than this fix and stay with the focal.

      • Vladimir

        a person already has 70, why should he advise another 200, only from another manufacturer?) Okay, they would have suggested another native 70 200.
        and where did you get that zoom tamron will be sharper than this fix?
        IMHO for portraits, only portrait fixation should be advised, and not change one reporting zoom to another.

        • andrei2911

          I took it from the fact that I myself have this glass and I know what I'm talking about. Take a look at any tests. This Tamron is sharper than most of the fixes available on the market, except for some Zeiss. Especially for you I will give a link to my photo. 200mm. on a completely open hole. See for yourself - https://vk.com/doc63039229_437256893

          • Vladimir

            I didn’t see anything beyond the natural sharpness, but I won’t argue about this because I didn’t shoot with a tamron and you didn’t shoot with sigma.
            until you take off the glass, it’s useless)
            Here, even the reader’s question was not sharper, but whether it would be suitable as a portrait, and here I’ll still be of the opinion that a specialized fix portrait would be better in any case, well, or in extreme cases, buy my own 70. By the way, about the tamron.
            Firstly, congratulations on the purchase of good glass, and secondly - can you send Arcady for review? May other readers appreciate it too?
            If you can’t send, write a review yourself, and Arkady will be happy, I think he will post it)

            • andrei2911

              I would be busy, but there is not enough time catastrophically. And I can’t send it. Understand that between Russia and Ukraine, not everything is good right now.

              • Vladimir

                sorry, very sorry. It would be interesting to look at his review)
                Maybe then a little time you still find and you write it.

              • andrei2911

                Let's hope. :)

            • Michael

              Seen on another resource http://www.vlador.com/lens/tamron-af-70-200-2-8-sp-di-ld/

              • andrei2911

                This is a review of the old version of glass.

        • Michael

          Well, Tamron is really very harsh. True autofocus, consider that there is no ... Yes, and in terms of sharpness, you are right, you have to compare. It’s not easy to say

          • andrei2911

            Strange, my AF is awesome. I have another 24-70, but it is much slower and less accurate.

            • Michael

              Maybe the modification is different. I didn’t buy this lens because of the AF operation. He acted very capriciously.

              • andrei2911

                This one - http://tamron.ru/models/item-sp-70-200mm-f28-di-vc-usd-14-56.html

              • Michael

                I will not say anything about this. I just felt the old

              • Oleg

                I did not shoot with this lens, but for a long time I have been using the first version without a stub, which I think is not needed there for nothing. The glass is very sharp, the sharpness is comparable to the canon 200 / 2.8 L. Even with the 1.4 extender it gives excellent sharpness. Tampon, and even the zoom, let it rest. One of the best macro lenses, with a very comfortable focal length. Not good for portraits, except to shoot portraits of men.

  • Alex

    Sorry, but the calculation in rubles ... it's too much!

    • Lynx

      And the point in the bucks is to consider it?

      • anonym

        What's the point in rubles? Then it's better to count in kin (PGK) ...

        • Lynx

          It makes sense to indicate the price in reviews either in money (for new models, or mentioning purchases from ebay) or in rubles.
          More, IMHO, in nothing.

      • BB

        Well, in bucks, the price of equipment does not change as much as in wooden. Therefore, it makes sense to specify it in $, then it is approximately clear how much it costs now. Because, for example, if I write that I bought a camera for 9 ty in 2007, now it will not say anything at all in terms of its cost.

        • Lynx

          and in bucks it will say absolutely nothing. )))
          the rate was completely different, and the buck itself is also subject to inflation.
          Sobsno price indication in any case makes sense only for "this day", IMHO.

          • Vladimir

            if you carefully read the text of the review, it says that prices are as of March 2016, and are indicated so that you can approximately see the difference in price Relatively between the glasses.

            • Lynx

              I’m talking about this

  • anonym

    - rattling sound inside - this is the stabilization lenses parked inside the case -
    My glasses bale when I shoot from top to bottom or at a large angle. In general, the lens is good. For me, it has become almost regular (though I have to move a lot and often on the belly :)) I don’t turn off autofocus either, because there is no faith in the eyes, and there is not enough diopter correction on the camera. I use as a macro -, tele -, portrait lens. Yes, I’m shooting on the D7000.

  • anonym

    About the shallow depth of the rip.

    • Vladimir

      it all depends on the scale of the shooting, in your photo, the scale doesn’t pull on the macro at all, so the flu is pretty big.

      • anonym

        Good. Does it suit you like a macro?

        • anonym

          Here. I missed the download.

        • Vladimir

          Judging by the context, you wanted to add a photo to your comment, but it apparently did not load, try again)

          • Vladimir

            Now arrange)
            To my photos you only confirmed my words that in the macro range the flu at 150ke is very small, and with a shorter focus 50mm lens it is wider at the same scale, I had both and I know what I'm talking about)

            • anonym

              And what did I write about? :))

              • Vladimir

                Well, for some reason I thought that you were saying that it’s just big, because they added a photo on which it’s quite wide) in general, they didn’t understand each other)

            • Alexander O

              I would like to correct you a little - the depth of field is the magnification function. Therefore, the depth of field using a 50mm or 150mm lens will be the same at the same magnification. That is, if you shoot 1: 1, the depth of field will be the same no matter what lens you shoot with. The difference is that 50mm will show you a wider angle and include more background, which will look smaller. This will give the illusion that you have more depth of field, but this is only an optical illusion.

              • Vladimir

                Alexander, you are wrong. Depth of field is the distance, so to speak, to the depth of the frame, which is sharp. It is measured in centimeters, meters, etc.
                The 1k1 magnification factor shows that a 24mm by 36mm object on a 24 by 36 matrix will occupy the entire frame in the image, this in no way says that it will be in sharpness in whole or in part, it is just a skin-increase factor.
                Download any flu calculator to your smartphone and check.

                Here are the specific data lens 150mm min focusing distance 38cm when it reaches a magnification factor of 1k1
                the second Sigma lens has a 50mm focal length and a min distance of 18cm
                Hammer it into the calculator and check.
                Honestly, I myself was surprised when I saw this in the pictures. The difference is very noticeable, measured with a ruler as it is, therefore, I warned about this not obvious moment of readers, in the personal experience section.

              • Alexander O

                Hello Vladimir,

                Thanks for the answer, but I still hold my own opinion. If you can read English, here is the link on Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Depth_of_field... Pay particular attention to the paragraph “Factors affecting depth of field”.

                Also, pay attention to the following link: http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-180mm-f-3.5-L-USM-Macro-Lens-Review.aspx

                Look at the paragraph comparing photos with a flower. The text also says (as in Wikipedia and other figures) that lenses with a shorter focal length show more background, expanding it, it seems that the background is sharper and the depth of field is greater. But, if this one is looked at 100% in the background, then it’s easy to see that it is not sharper, but as blurry as in the photographs taken with lenses with a longer focal length.

                Thank you for the review.

  • zengarden

    7-9 thousand rubles in the secondary market? I do not believe ... probably a typo

    • Andrei

      For 12tr recently seen even in my castle. With bargaining, we could give for 10. Such lenses sometimes make me think about returning to the SLR ..

    • Lynx

      yes, something is not right ... 37-50 thousand on the secondary housing.

      • Sergei

        Sigma 50mm 1: 2.8 DG Macro D EX ... On the secondary markets it costs 7-9 thousand rubles

        • Lynx

          Well, half a yes.

    • Vladimir

      I indicated a price of 7-9 thousand, as I bought for 7 thousand p in October 2015, sold at the end of fefral for 9 thousand, in St. Petersburg, the average price for a sigma price is 9 -10 thousand, but the possibility of bargaining is almost always indicated, so you can always throw off a thousand if you bargain.

    • Vladimir

      read carefully.
      I wrote
      “My first macro lens was the Sigma 50mm 1: 2.8 DG Macro D EX, a great 1: 1 lens.
      On the secondary markets, it costs 7-9 thousand rubles. "
      Sigmovskiy poltos costs.
      150ka on average about 40 thousand, initially for my copy they asked 38 thousand, bargained to 32 thousand. Although of course such a discount is of course an exception, on average you can bring down 10 percent of the cost without problems. Most sellers on the secondary set the price initially high, relative to the one they would like to receive,
      This is done so that if they ask for a discount, you can safely give it without prejudice to yourself and the buyer will also be satisfied, but not ask for it even better)
      By the way, of all the cases when I bought lenses on the secondary market (there were about 10 of them), they never refused a discount, at least I always shot down a thousand.
      Do not be lazy to suck, as they say saved - count earned.

  • Valery

    Good glass, don't strain ...

  • Roman D

    On captions for pictures, PLF - Polarizing Filter?

    • Vladimir

      yes, hoya pro 1d plf.

      • Roman D

        Those. the author does not deceive, for which they invented the polar, judging by the plots in which he is used

        • Vladimir

          and why do you think it came up with?

        • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

          so that the snow does not look like a white spot, the correct use of the polarizer)

          • Vladimir

            I use polarik in sunny weather, so that the snow doesn’t seem like a stain, the d700 has a rather small dynamic range compared to modern fulframes, even compared to the d7100 it’s one and a half stops less, I know for sure that I switched from d7100 to d700 , and it was very rushed when shooting in sunny weather, light sections began to fade much more often, therefore the polarik settled on the glass constantly, since the polarizer darkens the sky quite strongly with the correct position relative to the sun, then the scene’s din range becomes I already fit in the dd camera.

  • Oleg

    I have the same, only 105 mm :) the quality is on top!

    • Vladimir

      He also looked towards the stack, but on the secondary market it was not there at that time, under Nikon, only a new one for 31 thousand, and he bargained 150k to 32, in a state of new and complete set.
      If it weren’t for this, I would also buy a hundred, judging by what I read about it, it’s not much inferior, but it costs decently cheaper)
      Congratulations on a good purchase)

  • Michael

    Vladimir, thanks for the good review. People were clearly pleased to read the article. Almost all comments are positive, without srach and washing of bones. And this can only be regarded as praise.

    • Vladimir

      Michael, thank you) I also noticed that the inadequate level in comments is quite low)

      • Konstantin

        Vladimir, hello. In the review, you wrote that there is some instruction on disassembling the lens on the internet, so that 2.8 would be at all focusing distances ... Could you give a link?

  • Alexey

    The lens is certainly good, but I’ll add something.
    As for the backlight: if a lamp or a lamp gets into the frame, then everything will be fine. And if the sun is in the frame, then you can easily catch a hare and loss of contrast is guaranteed, the lens hood does not save.

  • Alexey

    Another jamb of this lens surfaced: at low (not even negative) temperatures, the stabilizer ceases to work.

    • York

      Compared to the Canon 100L, the stub of this sigma is frankly about nothing. What's warm, what's cold ...
      In general, a strange, of course, office ...
      That they have strange boxes, that glass.

  • Anna

    Hello, don’t tell me, is there no autofocus exposure with the nikon d610 camera, is this such a problem with all Sigma?

    • Alexey

      Anna, I don’t know what your problem is with confirming focus on sigma. I have sigma art 24-35 / 2.0 Nikon d 850 for manual focusing, I switch the mode on the lens and twist until I see the circle between the arrows in the camera viewfinder.

  • Anna

    Please tell me, are such lenses suitable for crop? I have a Nikon D5300

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Fit. The only question is convenience.

      • Eugene

        You don't have a counter, how many times have you been asked this question, with a detailed explanation in each article?)))

  • Oleg

    Great review! I was surprised that the lens does not have any outstanding sharpness inherent in macro-optics. The hair in the portrait is unclear, there is no detail ... And yet - the link to the files does not work. By the way, many links to the mail.ru cloud are dead. Can I fix this somehow?

  • Eugene

    It's a pity there is no review for the same sigma 105 macro

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