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Sigma 150 mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM APO Macro

16 April 2010
Arkadiusz Olech

11. Summary

Pros:
  • very good image quality in the centre and at the edge of the frame,
  • solid casing,
  • excellent chromatic aberration correction,
  • zero distortion,
  • very well corrected coma,
  • slight astigmatism,
  • good work against bright light,
  • quick and silent autofocus,
  • rich accessory kit (hood, case, tripod adapter),
  • three-year-long guarantee with a possibility to extend it by two next years.

Cons:

  • low accuracy of focusing mechanism.

When we summed up the Sigma 2.8/105 Macro test performance we wrote that if that instrument had an HSM motor it would be close to perfect. Here we deal with another case – the tested Sigma 2.8/150 is equipped with an HSM motor but still it leaves a bit to be desired because of the inconsistent autofocus accuracy. However, it was the only flaw we managed to find.

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Sample shots:

Sigma 150 mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM APO Macro - Summary Sigma 150 mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM APO Macro - Summary Sigma 150 mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM APO Macro - Summary
Camera: Canon 20D
Parameters: 150 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/2500 sec., ISO 200
File: JPG, 3504x2336 pix, 2.6 MB
Camera: Canon 20D
Parameters: 150 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/250 sec., ISO 400
File: JPG, 3504x2336 pix, 2.6 MB
Camera: Canon 20D
Parameters: 150 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/1250 sec., ISO 400
File: JPG, 3504x2336 pix, 2.7 MB
Sigma 150 mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM APO Macro - Summary Sigma 150 mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM APO Macro - Summary Sigma 150 mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM APO Macro - Summary
Camera: Canon 20D
Parameters: 150 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/250 sec., ISO 400
File: JPG, 3504x2336 pix, 2.6 MB
Camera: Canon 20D
Parameters: 150 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/320 sec., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3504x2336 pix, 2.3 MB
Camera: Canon 20D
Parameters: 150 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/160 sec., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3504x2336 pix, 2.6 MB
Sigma 150 mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM APO Macro - Summary Sigma 150 mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM APO Macro - Summary Sigma 150 mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM APO Macro - Summary
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 150 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/200 sec., ISO 200
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 5.3 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 150 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/200 sec., ISO 200
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 5.1 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 150 mm, f/11.0, exp. 1/200 sec., ISO 200
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 5.3 MB




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