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09-19-2010, 06:00 AM   #1
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Sigma 50-150mm 2.8 ii hsm

I'm thinking of buying the sigma 50-150 2.8 II. Are there several versions of it? Or are the sellers just lazy at typing out the correct name?

The only thing I'm worried about is all threads I've read about it misfocusing. Different ammount of front focusing at different focal lengths etc. (could be the users camera too?)

Please share your thoughts and experiences. Should I avoid it?

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The Sigma website shows only 1 version. I own that lens and like it very much and have had zero issues with it. Fast accurate focus and very good IQ

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Looks great! Thanks for replying.
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The biggest "complaint" was the close focus ability at 150mm. These were all taken at 150mm and quite close, no PP. The full images look much better than the compressed web samples.


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Sounds good. Has it got quick shift focusing by the way?
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QuoteOriginally posted by fikkser Quote
Sounds good. Has it got quick shift focusing by the way?
If you are asking 'can you depress and hold the shutter button half way and get a focus lock and then manually adjust the focus by turning the focus ring to adjust focus' then the answer is yes. It has the AF/MF switch also.

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Got myself a 1-year old 50-150/2.8 HSM II for a steal this month. So far, I think the lens is very capable. Just remember that 2.8 at the longer focal lengths is extremely narrow and won't do for portraitures. I found f4.5 as the sweet spot for portraiture with beautiful bokeh. F2.8 is acceptable for posting low to mid resolution shots in the net. Here are some samples:












Colors of this Sigma lens are much better than other Sigma lens I have owned. It isn't a heavy lens and focusing is fast and silent. All in all, it's a keeper and value-wise I think is better than the DA*50-135/2.8 (My opinion only!)
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Thank you! Just ordered one.

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QuoteOriginally posted by vinceloc Quote
Got myself a 1-year old 50-150/2.8 HSM II for a steal this month. So far, I think the lens is very capable. Just remember that 2.8 at the longer focal lengths is extremely narrow and won't do for portraitures. I found f4.5 as the sweet spot for portraiture with beautiful bokeh. F2.8 is acceptable for posting low to mid resolution shots in the net. Here are some samples:












Colors of this Sigma lens are much better than other Sigma lens I have owned. It isn't a heavy lens and focusing is fast and silent. All in all, it's a keeper and value-wise I think is better than the DA*50-135/2.8 (My opinion only!)
how much you got yours? I share the same opinion as you do. although, this is as far as HSM versus SDM, size and weight, and added focal length is concerned.
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QuoteOriginally posted by fikkser Quote
Thank you! Just ordered one.
Post some pics once it arrives. I think you will enjoy it
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QuoteOriginally posted by vinceloc Quote
Got myself a 1-year old 50-150/2.8 HSM II for a steal this month. So far, I think the lens is very capable. Just remember that 2.8 at the longer focal lengths is extremely narrow and won't do for portraitures. I found f4.5 as the sweet spot for portraiture with beautiful bokeh. F2.8 is acceptable for posting low to mid resolution shots in the net. Here are some samples:

Colors of this Sigma lens are much better than other Sigma lens I have owned. It isn't a heavy lens and focusing is fast and silent. All in all, it's a keeper and value-wise I think is better than the DA*50-135/2.8 (My opinion only!)
Comparing with 50-135 is dangerous on this site, do you have hands-on experience with both?
- Do you miss faster aperture at wider 50 mm end? (add a 50 mm F1.4)
- Do you (ever) use extension tubes on this lens for macro applications?
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QuoteOriginally posted by JoepLX3 Quote
Comparing with 50-135 is dangerous on this site, do you have hands-on experience with both?
- Do you miss faster aperture at wider 50 mm end? (add a 50 mm F1.4)
- Do you (ever) use extension tubes on this lens for macro applications?
Joe, I live dangerously

Yes, I have tried the DA*50-135/2.8. It is a great lens. But at its current price, well... As you can see in my post, I talk of "value for money" and not superior IQ regardless of of price.

As for the 50/1.4, I own the Nokton Voigt 58/1.4 SLII Nothing beats this lens in IQ - not even the Sig 50-150/2.8 HSM II nor the DA*50-135/2.8. But they are apples and oranges. Not the same banana...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Pentaxor Quote
how much you got yours? I share the same opinion as you do. although, this is as far as HSM versus SDM, size and weight, and added focal length is concerned.
A little under $450
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QuoteOriginally posted by vinceloc Quote
Joe, I live dangerously

Yes, I have tried the DA*50-135/2.8. It is a great lens. But at its current price, well... As you can see in my post, I talk of "value for money" and not superior IQ regardless of of price.

As for the 50/1.4, I own the Nokton Voigt 58/1.4 SLII Nothing beats this lens in IQ - not even the Sig 50-150/2.8 HSM II nor the DA*50-135/2.8. But they are apples and oranges. Not the same banana...
When you eat banana's and when apples or oranges?
- I kind of have to pick between this 50-150 mm F2.8 and a 50 mm F1.4...
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QuoteOriginally posted by JoepLX3 Quote
- I kind of have to pick between this 50-150 mm F2.8 and a 50 mm F1.4...
Then it depends for what you are planning to use the lens. One is a fixed prime, and the other is a zoom, so if it is for creative work where deliberative composition, thought and portability are key, then a 50/1.4 will do. If it is for low light, then definitely go with the 50/1.4.

But if it is for model shoots, events, studio work, street, or just convenience in general, then go with the zoom.
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