Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX APO DG HSM Macro

Last updated (26 July’10):
– Review & Sample Photos @ NeutralDay

The Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX APO DG HSM Macro features 150mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/2.8. The lens construction has 16 Elements in 12 Groups and has diagonal angle of view at 16.4 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 38 cm/15 in and has a filter size of 72mm. The Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX APO DG HSM Macro lens weighs 895g / 31.6oz and it measures 3.1 inches in diameter and 5.4 inches long.

Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX APO DG HSM Macro
Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX APO DG HSM Macro Reviews

NeutralDay reviews the Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX APO DG HSM Macro and writes;
“If you’ve settled on a telephoto type length for your macro work, I do “Highly Recommend” the Sigma 150mm F2.8 EX APO DG HSM Macro based on it’s build and overall image quality characteristics.”
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Lenstip reviews the Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX APO DG HSM Macro and writes;
“Exactly the same ovation is deserved in this category – the distortion correction is flawless. Our official result is -0.004% (with 0.067% margin of error) so we can boldly state that this aberration’s level is zero. Even without a lens hood, which is anyway included in box, the Sigma manages the work against bright light very well.”
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Photodo reviews the Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX APO DG HSM Macro and writes;
“Quiet and faster focusing with the ability to restrict the focusing to the area you are working in improves the experience also. Good balance on the excellent tripod collar makes for easy tripod work. Good, but not outstanding picture quality. A nice lens.”
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Shutterbug reviews the Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX APO DG HSM Macro and writes;
“The lens delivered beautiful, sharp images with the obliterated backgrounds I love. The lens has a wonderful kind of “fuzzy” finish that is very comfortable and has a wonderful tactile feel to it. The HSM focusing is fast, quiet, and deadly—the Hyper Sonic Motor is really fast, almost silent, and very accurate.”
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SLRGear reviews the Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX APO DG HSM Macro and writes;
“Build Quality and Handling Build quality on the Sigma 150mm f/2.8 Macro seems very good. It has a very solid feel in the hand, and the controls operate smoothly. Thanks to its hypersonic motor (HSM), AF operation is fast and precise, with a minimum of hunting. a 3-position switch on the lens barrel lets you limit the focus range, with settings of Full (no limit), 0.52m – infinity (for distant subjects), or to 0.38-0.52m, for close subjects.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Photozone reviews the Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX APO DG HSM Macro and writes;
“Chromatic aberrations are quite negligible, distortions are basically absent and vignetting is very low. The bokeh (the characteristic of foreground and background blurr) is very smooth with pleasant out-of-focus highlights. The mechanical build quality is very high. The HSM AF drive is virtually silent but the focusing speed is rather slow which is typical for most macro lenses though. “
Rating: ★★★★★

The-digital-picture reviews the Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX APO DG HSM Macro and writes;
“This lens is very sharp wide open – from the center all the way out to the full frame corners. Stopping down only improves image sharpness slightly – it is hard to improve on the wide open sharpness this lens delivers.”
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User Opinions

Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX APO DG HSM Macro User Reviews

Great lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“It’s tack sharp, handles very well, construction quality is very high. I got a long macro lens because of the longer working distance and the more pleasing background blur you get. It’s a bit harder to use, because DOF becomes narrower and any movements are magnified. The IQ is great( sharpness, contrast, bokeh, color). It feels well balanced on my 30D with battery grip and Canon twinlite flash.” – by Eddie Otto Nygaard

First non-canon lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“I can’t compare this to other macro lenses since this is my first macro lens, but the build quality (with the exception of weather sealing) and sharpness of this lens is on par with my four Canon ‘L’ lenses. On the down side the autofocus does hunt when I’ve tried to use it, but, with the shallow depth of field in macro shooting I strictly use manual focus and autofocus is a non factor.” – by Thomas M. Gaston

Great macro lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“On nikon mount: pretty good working distance (1:1 magnification at shortest distance, magnification decreases as distance increases), needs a tripod to start working with. The autofocus – though you don’t really need it in macro – is silent but spends a lot of time searching in low light conditions (no miracles!). Really sharp. “ – by JULIEN CAP

Very Sharp | Rating: ★★★★★
“I have nothing bad to say about this lens. It’s very sharp, fast focusing and tough build. I also like the additional working distance over my 90mm macro lens. “ – by Snapshott

The sharpest lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“The lens is sharp, not just as a macro lens, but as a general lens as well. I was concerned about the auto-focusing speed, but it turns out fast enough for me, at least on my Nikon D300 anyway. The lens has a helfty feel, which makes it easier to hold sturdy in hand for general usage. For macro work, the lens is on tripod of course.” – by G. Cheng

Spent a lot of time looking before I bought the Sigma 150.. | Rating: ★★★★★
“…Have been snapping bugs in the yard and getting some very nice shots. Impressed with the build, feels solid, mostly/all metal. I also added the Sigma 1.4 teleconverter to get even closer shots. Very nice combo. “ – by Mike

Great macro and portrait lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“IQ is not disappointing at all, on par with my excellent Tamron 90 macro and perhaps a bit less than the fantastic Tamron 180 macro. It’s already sharp wide open. Stop down it’s even better than excellent! I would say the IQ of this lens is definitely L quality if not even better! (comparing to the excellent Canon 200/2.8L II) “ – by Luving it

A pleased user | Rating: ★★★★★
“I have had it for one month and can state that I have absolutely no regrets. During a number of photoshoots with fellow members of a local camera club I know of two additional purchasers based on the performance of my Sigma. The quality of image is outstanding and I would guess equals anything that comparable Nikon glass might produce.” – by John W. Copland

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Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX APO DG HSM Macro User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX APO DG HSM Macro Specifications

World’s first high speed tele-macro lens

* Designed to give a superior performance with Digital SLR Cameras as well as 35mm Film Cameras.
* Super compact and lightweight, large aperture telephoto lens with life-size macro capability.
* Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) with full time manual focus override.
* Floating Focusing System produces excellent optical performance.
* Detachable Tripod Socket.

This large aperture telephoto macro lens enables you to shoot up to 1:1 life size close-ups. Its large F2.8 aperture makes it an ideal lens for digital SLR as well as film SLR cameras. The new lens power layout provides the ultimate correction against lateral chromatic aberration to which digital cameras are prone.

Two Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass elements control various color aberrations and assure high image quality.

A floating focusing system moves two different lens groups in the optical system to different positions. This system compensates for astigmatic aberration and spherical aberration.

The HSM models provide ultra quiet high-speed autofocusing as well as full-time manual focus override.

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