Which Sigma Primes?

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by kgill, Jul 26, 2008.

  1. kgill

    kgill

    853
    Jul 25, 2007
    Europe
    Hi,

    I've noticed around Flickr (hope that's not a bad word here) that some photographers whose work I really admire use sigma primes for some of their work. I am only familiar with the 30mm f/1.4. If you have used any Sigma primes, I'd be very interested to hear your experience not just solely evaluating the lens (optical performance) on its own, but also in comparison to the closest Nikon prime equivalent?

    Thank you!
    Kristina
     
  2. two slow

    two slow

    894
    Apr 22, 2006
    Talladega, Al
    I have the 150 macro lens. It is as sharp as any nikon lens I have ever used. Its not just for macro. It works well as a medium telephoto too.
    I had a 50 2.8 sigma that was sharp. I don't remember what the bokeh on it was like though.
     
  3. Randy

    Randy

    May 11, 2006
    a 2nd vote for the 150 2.8

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  4. rolsen

    rolsen

    316
    Apr 12, 2008
    Finland
    All Sigma macro lenses are known to be very sharp. My personal favorite is Bugzilla (150/2.8 macro). Also, new 50/1.4 seems to be of high quality.
     
  5. rotxlk82

    rotxlk82

    Jul 20, 2007
    UK
    The Sigma 150mm is known as being a great lens, for both macro and a short tele.

    However if that's out of your budget I can 100% reccomend the smaller 105mm Macro.
     
  6. kgill

    kgill

    853
    Jul 25, 2007
    Europe
    Right now I haven't really formulated a budget. I was looking primarily at their wider angle lenses, but it's good to know which lenses are high performers, regardless of focal length because who knows when you may need a new lens!!!
     
  7. Kristina
    one for all, Sigma 150 APO MACRO.
     
  8. Another vote for the Sigma 150 2.8

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    The 120-300 2.8 is pretty good too!

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  9. Randy

    Randy

    May 11, 2006
    the 30 1.4 is a great WA choice
     
  10. From Photozone...

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    Since you're looking for a general advice, I'd say that DESPITE the excellent optical qualities, that lens it the only one I'd get from the Sigma lineup actually. It works extremely well as in macro as for a middle telephoto. About wide angles.. well.. on a DX format it's difficult to find something really "prime" and "wide".
    I can't really think of other Sigma lenses, actually.
     
  11. Phillip Ino

    Phillip Ino

    Nov 26, 2007
    Austin
    Yes, the 30mm 1.4 is a spectacular choice, but if you want to go wide, then I suggest the 20mm 1.8 :smile:
     
  12. so whats the story on the 50 1.4?
     
  13. Thanks Rich!
     
  14. kgill

    kgill

    853
    Jul 25, 2007
    Europe
    so we have the 20, 30, 150 so far.
    anyone use the 24 or 28?
     
  15. Im also interested in the 2
     
  16. Sigma 28mm EX DG @ 1.8.

    This lens is pretty good wide open and focuses very close. It is also not a DX lens.

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  17. barisaxer

    barisaxer

    278
    Apr 6, 2006
    Albany OR
    Two I love the 150 macro 2.8 and the 20mm 1.8. Priced well and fun. I really like 28mm on full frame so the 20mm is close to that. The 150 is just sweet,
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    20mm 1.8 sigi
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  18. I just got the 20mm f/1.8. It's a big lens (has 82mm threads). My jury is out on this lens. I'm having trouble geting sharp images wide open, which makes me wonder what it has over the nikon 20mm f/2.8. Stopped down down, though, it's a nice optic. I just posted some images I took with this lens in the Landscapes Picture Gallery.

    Here's one at f/1.8:

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    According to this Pop Photo review, the 24mm f/1.8 is the best of their three fast wides.
     
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