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Sigma macro 105mm 2.8

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by DizMatt, 15 Feb 2006.

  1. DizMatt

    Mobster

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    okay, was looking at the 50mm 1.4 but have been offered a mint and pretty new sigma 105mm DG macro ex f2.8 for about £150...and I'm sorely tempted
    seems really nice close up and portrait too!

    any thoughts?
    close up seems great, although it can take a while to focus, but within reasonable refocus, it's not too much of a chore
     
  2. Joe T

    Capodecina

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    Location: Northampton

    Great lens! :D
     
  3. Alex53

    Wise Guy

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    For that price and in mint condition you can't go wrong.
     
  4. DizMatt

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    just had a play
    seems pretty niiiice for my purposes
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    not cropped, just resized
    might just but it!
     
  5. Joe T

    Capodecina

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    AF is very slow, but for macro you probably want to use MF anyway.

    Probably my favourite shot taken with the 105:

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  6. GSDog

    Soldato

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    I also have this lens, I love it. The AF is very slow, but I usualy use it in manual anyway.
     
  7. DRZ

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    Is there an echo in here?

    I also have this lens, its a bit slow to focus but other than that its fantastic :D
     
  8. glitch

    Mobster

    Joined: 8 Nov 2005

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    I don't have this lens, and didn't buy it for exactly the reason mentioned. Although most 'proper' macro work really needs manual focusing, it was a niggle that I couldn't have lived with.

    However... £150? In good nick? Bite his hand off!
     
  9. Mtx

    Gangster

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    Location: UK

    ill echo again great lens but for macro i use manual focus anyway :) so slowish focus isnt that much of a problem
     
  10. JET_PILOT

    Gangster

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    Location: Leicestershire

    Buy it for that price, Love mine :)

    got to agree with everyone else on the fact that AF is slow, but you don't need AF for close macro work.
     
  11. hoodmeister

    Hitman

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    Woah, great price for the lens - I paid that for my 50mm 2.8 macro!

    Do you own a decent 50mm prime? They can be very handy, so mine serves a dual purpose. That would be my only reservation about the 105 macro, is that it's pretty much exclusively a macro. (A bit short for proper wildlife, a bit slow for action...)
     
  12. Leigh

    Hitman

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    A high street store is selling these for £140 refurbed at the moment.
     
  13. Johnny|lucidcomposure

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    Mine cost me £300 brand new and yes its slow AF if you focusing from completely out of focus. My advice for anyone using this lens and struggling to focus ( if you have an external Flash unit) would be to use the AF assist beam but within your cameras settings set the flash not to fire.

    I would highly consider this lens, A macro lens is something you will always use at some point. Its great for portraits too.
     
  14. Alex53

    Wise Guy

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    Slightly off topic but I have to ask. Is it possible to get the 420EX to do the AF assist but not fire? (On a 10D)
     
  15. Johnny|lucidcomposure

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    That will be located within your 10D's Custom Functions.
    On a 20D that is Custom Function 07 - Flash firing.. 0: fires 1: Does not fire