Sigma 180mm F3.5 EX APO Macro IF HSM AutoFocus

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  1. h4rri

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    I'm looking for a new Macro lense and am considering the 100mm Canon offering as well as the 180mm. I also noticed the Sigma 180mm and was wondering if anyone had used this? I need to know if it would be useable as a portrait lense as well as a macro and take the MT-24 EX series flash. I know the 100mm Canon offering would be ideal as it would do both. The cost of the Sigma caught my eye though :)

    Thoughts anyone?
     
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    Where's the tumbleweed smiley ;)

    Went for the 100mm Canon in the end £346 including hood delivered so not too bad :)
     
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    90mm f2.8 Tamron is probably the best macro out there for anywhere near it's price. It can be had for £210. It's image quality is similar to that of the £550 105mm f2.8 VR Nikon, though obviously without the image stabilisation. Many say the Bokeh is better than the Nikon.

    Shame u already purchased.
     
  4. h4rri

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    Read the reviews on a few and needed a quick purchase so it could be used as a portrait lense this Christmas. Also need it to be able to take the MT-24EX and there's no details on none Canon fitment for them :(
     
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    There you go mate :D

    I wish I was getting that from Santa, I think you'll enjoy it mate, make sure you post some shots :thumbsup:
     
  6. h4rri

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    Ok some images as promised :) All are 15% of original size unless stated.

    Mmm sweeties, loved the colours on this one:

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    My new Benro:

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    Fantastic controls and a pleasure to use:

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    A closer crop of the collar shot below:

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    The original collar shot, the wingnut design is amazing:

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    Crop of the foot shot below:

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    Da foot, again a pleasure to use, single hand operation is easy:

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    Crop of a nut holding the legs on:

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    Crop of the collar and CF centre column:

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    Jumping back to your first post in this thread, I reckon that the 180mm would be too long for portraits, even on the 5D.
     
  8. h4rri

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    Definately mate, having used the 100 I find that a little long for 'around the house' type portraits so with the 180 I would have been stood in the front garden :rotfl:
     
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    h4rri - those shots look crackalackin' - that macro lens is the dogs pajamas
    Paul :smashin:
    PS - BTW did you know the place we got our Benro stuff from (mini-mega) has been pulled off 3Bay (?) 3Bay emailed me but due to privacy rules they can't / won't tell me why (?)
     
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    I'd have also gone for the Canon 100mm as you did. The Tamron is a fine lens, but the Canon offers much faster AF for portrait and candid work and is an IF design. Great choice.

    I sold one rather dimly last year and may well buy again.
     
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    WOW no hadn't noticed .... Hmmm wonder why LOL
     

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