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    Sigma Macro lenses

    Are they any good? Got a chance to buy one for $80.00. 105mm. Thank you


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    Re: Sigma Macro lenses

    I know the Sigma HSM 150mm f/2.8 Macro is a fine lens (the non-OS version). But it has been discontinued now and replaced. (Note, 150 not 105. I know nothing of the various 105mm versions).

    Be sure to test the off-brand lens on your camera before making the purchase. They have a very nasty habit of having firmware compatibility problems. Often autofocus doesn't work. Sometimes LiveView doesn't work with an off-brand lens. There's even reports of picture review not working while a Sigma lens is attached to the camera (that is Sigma 17-70 lens, if I remember correctly).

    Sometimes the lens can be sent back to Sigma for firmware update to make it work with newer bodies. The update is often free or low cost, but you must pay postage and shipping both ways. Sometimes the lens cannot be updated to full working condition at all.

    After you have tested the lens on your camera and all works to your satisfaction, I'd say why not. Make sure it autofocuses correctly, the lens elements are free of fungus (look through the lens against a bright light, if there are gray or white "veins", RUN), aperture blades are snappy and oil free, manual focusing is silent and smooth, lens elements clear of scratches, fogging etc.
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    Re: Sigma Macro lenses

    Jake used to post photos taken with the Sigma 105mm OS macro - and the results were stellar. If it has OS (vibration reduction) it will help if you are hand-holding the camera.
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    Sigma Macro lenses
    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    Jake used to post photos taken with the Sigma 105mm OS macro - and the results were stellar. If it has OS (vibration reduction) it will help if you are hand-holding the camera.
    Maybe I misspoke that Jake's bubble shots were with his Sigma 105mm macro. I just looked and saw some taken with his 24-120mm. But I DID find these taken with his Sigma 105mm macro. It was all his macro shots that made me finally get a macro lens myself (although mine is by Nikon since it was such a good sale price).

    Quote Originally Posted by BackdoorHippie View Post
    2014-062:

    Could be another week of me not getting out anywhere, but just in case, I've provided an outlet to prevent you from critter pics all week. Both shots with the D600 and Sigma 105mm macro.

    Your Move

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    Last edited by hark; 06-24-2019 at 10:49 PM.
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    Sigma Macro lenses
    Here you go @arshuter - this is the winter image Jake shot that I was thinking of. Taken with his Sigma 105mm macro.

    Quote Originally Posted by BackdoorHippie View Post
    Woke up this morning to an extremely light dusting of very crystalline snow on the deck.

    Note to self: This snowflake photography thing isn't as easy as it looks.

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    To do it right I'm going to need some extension tubes (this is a rather extreme crop), more patience and a much better pair of gloves. LOL
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    Re: Sigma Macro lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    Here you go @arshuter - this is the winter image Jake shot that I was thinking of. Taken with his Sigma 105mm macro.
    Thank you Cindy. Your awesome.

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    Re: Sigma Macro lenses

    I have the current model Sigma 105. Not familiar with the history so I don't know offhand if there are previous versions out there. No issues on my d7100 or d7200. It ends up staying full time on my d7100 now. I go against common macro advice and I shoot hand-held with autofocus (af-c,single point, bbf) so OS helps a little but not a lot at close range.
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    I must have a really good camera.





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