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#1 sharky1961

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 05:27 AM

Hi,

does anybody uses this lens on FX? how is the stabeliser working? Do you get a sharpfocus with this lens and how is the focusspeed? Would you recommend this lens


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#2 nathanm

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 06:46 AM

I would add the question - what about the Sigma 180mm f/2,8 macro, which also has image stabilization?

The Canon 180mm f/3.5 lens has very slow autofocus, and gets mixed reviews on wetpixel. Nevertheless some people use it. The same is true for the Nikon 200mm f/4 macro.

The Sigma 150 or 180, are f/2.8, and are new so maybe they have reasonable autofocus. The stabilization should help too.

#3 davichin

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 03:10 AM

I have the sigma 150mm with no OS. It focus really fast, it does not "grow" when focusing and it is very sharp... I know Alex Mustard has it (I bought mine after seeing his), so maybe you can ask him about FX use (I would think it is a more versatile/useful lens in FX behaving as a shorter lens than in DX).
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#4 Alex_Mustard

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 07:56 AM

I've always really liked the Sigma 150mm. On DX it can be a bit long at times, but on FX it is just like a DX 105mm (how times have changed - a few years ago we used to give 35mm film equivalents, now we give DX equivalents!). It is often best used with a dioptre - my usually has a Canon 500D (lens) on most of the time. I have always found it very sharp and gives a very pleasing bokeh - certainly compared with non-AFS Nikon macro lenses. I have the older non-stabilised version.

That said, it is currently out of my travelling camera bag. Simply because it is easier to travel with the 105mm and 1.7x TC, especially because I use DX for macro when I can making the 150 a specialist rather than general macro lens choice.

Overseas underwater photography's loss is home photography's gain! It is a very popular lens with land macro photographers and that is what I am using it for at the moment. I hope to get it underwater regularly again this year (and should do when I am home in May) and if luggage allowances were unlimited I would surely travel with it all the time.

Here are some orchids I photographed with the lens yesterday (with apologies for posting above water images):

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#5 sharky1961

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 08:05 AM

Thank you Alex,


just the information I needed

Nikon D800 in Seacam D800,  Nikon 16mm, 16-35mm, , 60mm, 105mm,1.4 and 2x TC, 2x Sea&Sea 110a, 2x Seacam Seaflash 150