Sigma 180mm or Tamron 180mm

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Whilst everyone is debating which macro is best in the other thread just curious as to peoples opinions on the best long macro?..I know the nikon 200mm is highly regarded but will be out of my range so its between the tamron and sigma..anyone have experience with either and care to share examples..thanks in advance.:cool:
 
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I've taken a few test shots with both 180s and I'd rate them a toss up, shop price. But, in all fairness, a few test shots handheld might not be real legit. If this focal length is important I can certainly understand. The extra standoff distance over shorter lengths can be an advantage. Still, I'd like to suggest the Sigma 150/2.8.
 
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Thanks Joe and Mike..I used to have the 150mm and would like the extra reach again and think the 180mm would suit me better..
 
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I did a little research on the tammy and sigma 180 macros, before buying the sigma. The general internet wisdom at the time, indicated that the sigma was quite a bit faster for AF. Since I also wanted to be able to use the lens as a normal tele, that's why I went with the sigma. It has worked fine for me, for both macro and tele, and I really like the macro working distance.

For florals and other stuff that doesn't require 1:1, I use my 70-180 micro, but the sigma 180 has replaced my tamron 90 as my general macro lens. :wink:
 
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Thanks Joe and Mike..I used to have the 150mm and would like the extra reach again and think the 180mm would suit me better..
Shoot! If you wanted extra reach, you could have put Sigma's TC on that 150, with a 1.4X TC, you would have almost the same aperture, more reach, and when you wanted it, the 150 2.8 with the TC off. I've heard from people on another site that the Sigma TC's work excellently with the 150.
 
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Mmm very true Shaun..I have recently purchased a Sigma 1.4x converter too
Would love to see some shots taken with a 150mm and a converter.
 
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Mmm very true Shaun..I have recently purchased a Sigma 1.4x converter too
Would love to see some shots taken with a 150mm and a converter.
I'm going to shoot that very combo this weekend...if you can wait that long, LOL. I'm using my prime 150mm 2.8 and TC to shoot raptors at the PhotoWild event this weekend.
 
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Thanks guys..Joshua look forward to seeing the pics,thankyou.Cheers for the link Shaun.Thanks Rvink much appreciated
 
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Here are some from the sigma 180.

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:biggrin: :Dizzy: Cheers Shaun!..I wish I hadn't sold my 150mm now..but at the time didn't really need the length as much and must admit I am not sorry I got the tamron 90mm.In a position to get another now and wouldn't mind a longer macro again..
 
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