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The Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro features 150mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/2.8. The lens construction has 19 Elements in 13 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 DG OS HSM APO Macro lens weighs 41.6oz and it measures 3.1in/79.6mm in diameter and 5.9in/150mm long.
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Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro Reviews
Photozone reviews the Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro and writes;
“The Sigma AF 150mm f/2.8 EX HSM DG APO macro OS is certainly among the very best macro lenses around. It is capable of delivering very good results at max. aperture and the center quality does even reach excellent quality between f/4 and f/8. Both distortions as well as lateral CAs are insignificantly low. The vignetting is visible at f/2.8 but already moderate at f/4 and negligible beyond.”
Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro User Reviews
Fantastically sharp telephoto + macro + portrait lens
“I tried the lens with both 1.4x and 2.0x tele-converters (I use & recommend Kenko brand). Since it’s so sharp to begin with it holds most of its sharpness using both tele-converters, while retaining the use of auto-focus. With an APS-C camera such as the 60D or T2i this gives the maximum equivalent of a 480mm macro lens!” – By David Siegfried
“This lens has amazing sharpness and perfect OS. I’m not a pro, so I have nothing to compare it with. But note that f/2.8 is not available on short distances (at least for me that wasn’t obvious), so from the shortest distance you can use only f/5.6″ – By Boris Nikashin “NB!”
Serves two purposes
“I only own fast lenses (f/2.8 or wider) and this lens is a fast telephoto. Wide open at f/2.8, it is a bit soft at the edges, but needle sharp in the center. This is to be expected from this kind of lens. Stopped down to f/8 the sharpness extends to the full frame. Bokeh is creamy smooth.” – By ShutterFlash
Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro Sample Photos
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Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro User Manual
Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro Specifications
This latest version of the Sigma Macro 150mm F2.8 EX DG HSM boasts Optical Stablization (OS) which is critical to equipment sporting this focal range and is now splash-proof. Offering the latest optical design technology this lens remains a large aperture medium macro lens ideal for shooting the smaller things in our world that exists virtually unseen. A macro lens is one which will focus on a subject close enough to render it “life-size” on the image plane in your camera.
It also has a “flat” field” front lens element so that it can shoot images of flat objects such as artwork or postage stamps and be tack sharp all the way across the image. With HSM (Hyper-Sonic Motor) a quiet & high-speed auto focus is ensured. It provides extremely high optical performance from infinity to 1:1 Macro.
Three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements provide optimum color correction and sharpness throughout the entire range and Super Multi-layer coating reduces flare and ghosting. It has superior peripheral brightness and provides sharp and high contrast images even at maximum apertures.
The OS offers the use of shutter speeds approximately 4 stops slower than would otherwise be possible. It is also compatible with Sigma APO Tele Converters. Ideally suited for taking pictures of insects or other small creatures, but it is also the perfect focal length for facial portraits rendering the best perspective of the human face. This greater distance also allows the photographer more flexibility in lighting the subject with natural light reflectors. So don’t miss the tiny insects, flowers of the world or the details in a stamp or coin collection or a piece of embroidery all of which are seldom noticed but offer a fascinating world if you look closely enough. Capture them with the Sigma Macro 150mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro
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