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06-19-2012, 02:30 AM   #1
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Sigma 70-200 f2.8 Macro

Just bought the non-OS version of this lens. Should be here in a week or so. This is to make up for the 105 macro that my wife had an accident with the other morning. It got reasonable reviews. I know it won't be as sharp as the 105 but it does give us a fast telephoto and keeps Anniebell take macros till the 105 is fixed. $645 AUD delivered and from Aussie stock so should have a local warranty.

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It is a really good fast tele zoom lens - my go-to for concerts.
Calling it a macro lens is a bit of a stretch though....

Enjoy!
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Nice one Trev , that price seems pretty reasonable . is the sigma 105 slightly sharper than the Pentax 100 Macro WR ?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Sandy Hancock Quote
It is a really good fast tele zoom lens - my go-to for concerts.
Calling it a macro lens is a bit of a stretch though....

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It is just listed with macro in its name.

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I'd still get the DFA100WR if you want a replacement for your broken macro....
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I suspect the lens in question is the EX DG 70-200mm f2.8 II Macro HSM. I have one.
Sigma have used the "macro" term for a lot of their close-focussing zoom lenses over the years (and I'm going back about 30 here). None of them have been legitimate macro lenses. If you get much better than 1:4 I would be surprised.
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I suspect the lens in question is the EX DG 70-200mm f2.8 II Macro HSM. I have one.
Sigma have used the "macro" term for a lot of their close-focussing zoom lenses over the years (and I'm going back about 30 here). None of them have been legitimate macro lenses. If you get much better than 1:4 I would be surprised.
We are hoping the 105 is fixable, but if not we will still get a prime macro to replace it. It will make a good addition to our lens line up. The price was good and it looked like a good lens.
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It will make a good addition to our lens line up. The price was good and it looked like a good lens.
Absolutely no argument there. Mine has consistently blown me away with its sharpness and AF speed. If the newer, OS version is even better it must be incredible.
I love it to death; just don't think of it as a replacement for a true macro.

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Mine has consistently blown me away with its sharpness and AF speed.
That's good to hear!

I recently picked up a APO EX DG 70-200mm f2.8 II Macro HSM from DCW for about $560 but haven't had a chance to take it out for some real shooting yet.

First impressions are positive though. Softness issues at circa 200mm and f2.8 are not as bad as I was led to assume.
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Must be a few of these left that Sigma has to shift, even though its now $599 at DCW still looks like its well worth picking one up.
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The 105 has been good. Haven't tried the Pentax 100, but having a WR would be an advantage so that might be given some consideration. We have also been considering perhaps something a bit longer, like the new Sigma 150 when it comes out in Pentax mount, although no where seems to have it yet in any mount. All his under consideration. Just got to see if the 105 is worth fixing, fingers crossed.
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