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Sigma150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro Lens (For Canon)
 
4.7

(based on 20 reviews)

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    (2)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (12)
  • Durable (10)
  • Nice bokeh (10)
  • Consistent output (9)
  • Rugged (6)

Cons

  • Heavy (8)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (14)
  • Wildlife photos (9)
  • Landscape/scenery (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (8), Semi-pro photographer (7), Pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (16)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great lens for macro studieo

I'm completely satisfied that I bought the best macro lens for my needs which is mostly macro work in a studio environment. Canon lost out by not having a lens of this caliber. I...Read complete review

I'm completely satisfied that I bought the best macro lens for my needs which is mostly macro work in a studio environment. Canon lost out by not having a lens of this caliber. I was plesently surprised that my Canon 1.4X and 2X extenders work with this lens, something that Canon nor Sigma will advertise.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Disappointed

I have two Sigma lens and both have auto-focus problems. On my second outing with this one, it stopped auto-focusing. I've since found that if I remove and reattach the lens or switch...Read complete review

I have two Sigma lens and both have auto-focus problems. On my second outing with this one, it stopped auto-focusing. I've since found that if I remove and reattach the lens or switch the power off then back on, it will sometimes work. I've gone back to my Canon 180 or 100 macro lenses, and I probably should get this clunker repaired, but I no longer have faith in it. Sigma needs to improve their quality.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Wonderful Macro Lens

By Patrick

from San Francisco

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro Lens (For Canon):

    After owning the 150 mm Sigma Macro for just under a year, I would highly highly recommend this lens to anyone who is looking for a macro with a true 1:1 ratio. The minimum focus distance, the magnification ratio and the OS are all as advertised and the images the lens has helped produce have far exceeded my expectations (the sharpness and the bokeh are extremely impressive), providing you little excuse for not getting the macro shot you are after. Also, the construction of the lens is very solid (the weight seems well worth it to me) and the focusing system is very quick (assuming you have it on the right focus settings).

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Perfect lens for Macro Photography

    By Endoman

    from NJ

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro Lens (For Canon):

      Delivers excellent images at extended range, necessary for small animals and insects

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      (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Simply Awesome.

      By Perry Riick

      from Central New Jersey

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Beautifel Bokeh
      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast Af In Non Macro
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy
      • Some Hunting-close Macro

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography
      • Portraits

      Comments about Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro Lens (For Canon):

      This lens is the whole reason I purchased a new camera kit. It's tack sharp. Most reviewers agree, those that don't are what I like to call "wrong"! It does hunt a little when on AF in macro, but you should be using manual focus for that anyway - you're a photographer!

      This is a SUPERB lens. Sorry I could only give it 5 stars.

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      (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fantastic Lens!

      By Hatch

      from Phoenix Arizona

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • NONE

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography
      • Portraits

      Comments about Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro Lens (For Canon):

      I've had the lens for about 8 months now. I used to own the older Sigma 180mm macro and I wanted to give the OS on the 150mm a try. It does a very nice job!

      Image quality is superb, super sharp, color/contrast is great and the bokeh is wonderful. The lens isn't all that heavy so shooting hand-held isn't a chore.

      all in all... very pleased with the build and performance of the lens. Still a Sigma fan.

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      (12 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Disappointed

      By Greg

      from Northern Virginia

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Good Optics

      Cons

      • Erratic Autofocus

      Best Uses

      • Anchor
      • Doorstop

      Comments about Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro Lens (For Canon):

      I have two Sigma lens and both have auto-focus problems. On my second outing with this one, it stopped auto-focusing. I've since found that if I remove and reattach the lens or switch the power off then back on, it will sometimes work. I've gone back to my Canon 180 or 100 macro lenses, and I probably should get this clunker repaired, but I no longer have faith in it. Sigma needs to improve their quality.

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      (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      One of the best in its class for Canon

      By Kalei Campbell Photography

      from Newport Beach, California

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro Lens (For Canon):

        Best in class color, contrast and saturation which produces images with that 'wow' factor.

        I've owned many 'L' lens and many have come and gone, but this one is a keeper.

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        (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fantastic quality and value

        By Flying Squirrel

        from Bothell, WA

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        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro Lens (For Canon):

        I found this lens to be an excellent value and quality. On examination of the lens itself, you can see the detail and precision in the manufacturing. The build is solid and feels durable, with nice materials and finish. Although the lens is heavy, I would expect that in a lens of this size and specifications.The images are very sharp, and seem to be free from issues that would be found on cheaper lenses (abberation/halos etc). The focusing is nearly silent, and very fast. The focus limiter switch can improve focusing speed if used properly. I experimented briefly with the OS, and can tell you I was really amazed with it. I rarely shoot handheld, but in a pinch I can see the OS feature being a lifesaver.The packaging was very nice, with a high quality storage case, and clear instructions on how to use the lens and its features.I attached a 3rd party quick release plate to the lens collar foot so that I can clamp it into my tripod ballhead. I used the lens hood and APS-C lens hood adapter with my Canon 30D. On my 30D, this lens produces images that are equivalent to a 240mm lens (150mm x 1.6 aps-c). I expect this to come in very handy for wildlife such as insects, reptiles, amphibians, and small mammals. The magnification/reproduction ratio of this lens in combination with my aps-c sensor produces some really incredible close-up images.This is the most expensive and feature rich lens I've ever bought, and now I see why paying the big bucks pays off with big rewards.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A Solid Lens For The Price!

        By Frank The Tank

        from Long Beach, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro Lens (For Canon):

          This lens has a fantastic quality to price ration. Not as expensive as its Canon version, but with a fantastic quality. For what I'm using it, I'm very happy with the quality. I used a LensAlign MKII Focus Calibration System to adjust the sharpness (I do this for all my lenses,) and the correction was minimal, less than my expensive L-series Canons! Its a bit heavy, so handle with care. I can't say any more about the construction of this lens. It reminds me of the old lenses from the 50s & 60s, SOLID!

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          An almost perfect macro lens

          By MikeW

          from Fairfax Station, VA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Free hood and collar
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy
          • Not Weather Sealed
          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro Lens (For Canon):

          I use the product to take close-ups of nature such as plants, flowers and bugs with a Canon 5D2. I also like to use it hand held. I will sometimes open the aperture to 2.8 or 4 to limit the DOF. I try to use blur creatively. Optically, this lens is wonderful. Very very sharp, great bokah and contrast; well built; front end does not move. Two small issues are 1) the focus is a little slow and also has some trouble locking onto anything if the subject is in motion, and 2) I expected the OS (stabilization) to work just a little better than advertised. The lens was also a little heavy,but at 150mm, I'm not sure this can be avoided. Also, weather sealing would have been nice. I should emphasize that these points are minor. If you work on a tripod and manual focus then most are non-issues. I took off one star (4/5) for these small negatives. The cost is very good for this lens.

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          (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Surprisingly Good Macro Lens

          By gwwilk

          from Lincoln, NE

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          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro Lens (For Canon):

          My preliminary usage has been to photograph flowers and insects after a couple of test shots. Sharpness compares favorably with my Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens. I would not have purchased such a lens from Sigma without the glowing reviews here.

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          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great lens!

          By Old Shutterhand

          from New England

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Very sharp

          Cons

          • AF and IS buttons

          Best Uses

          • Close ups
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro Lens (For Canon):

          I debated whether this lens, the Canon 180 and the Tamron 180. I'm glad I got the Sigma. I do mostly flowers and insects and the results are superb. It works well with my Canon 1.4x extender, a definite plus.

          Also fast AF and image stabilization are very much appreciated.

          Yes, it is heavy, but I use it mainly on a tripod or monopod. It can be hand-held. The AF and VC buttons could be better, I have a tendency to "overshoot" the setting I want.

          Highly recommended!

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          (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Beautiful lens

          By MTImages

          from Gaston,OR

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro Lens (For Canon):

            Strictly a macro in my use,married to the 5Dmk2,it gives exquisit 1:1 repro's with no flair,distorsion or abberation.With Macro's,I never use autofocus anyway,so I don't understand why people are so "IN" to AF anyway.FABULOUS for horse show's as well.

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            5.0

            Great lens for macro

            By Leopoldo Plentz

            from Porto Alegre, RS - Brasil

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Great Picture Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro

              Comments about Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro Lens (For Canon):

              Lens wonderful, excellent sharpness, color reproduction. Perfect

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              (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great lens for macro studieo

              By Buzzard

              from Jacksonville.NC

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Great Picture Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Studio macro

                Comments about Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro Lens (For Canon):

                I'm completely satisfied that I bought the best macro lens for my needs which is mostly macro work in a studio environment. Canon lost out by not having a lens of this caliber. I was plesently surprised that my Canon 1.4X and 2X extenders work with this lens, something that Canon nor Sigma will advertise.

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                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                incredible macro multi use lens

                By Bob, a mountain biker

                from Kelso, Wa.

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro Lens (For Canon):

                I use this for all sorts of macro photography. Wildlife, flowers, ice crystals. I use it as a short telephoto for wildlife and scenic photopgraphy. Very good for longer range portrait and wedding. Extremely good bokeh.
                Very easy to use and extremly sharp.
                Only negative is weight, however, that is what monopods and tripods are for.

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                (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Very nice lens!

                By Chris Horne

                from Atlanta, GA

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Sharpness

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography

                Comments about Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro Lens (For Canon):

                I enjoy underwater photography, and wanted a macro lens with a long reach. Canon makes a 180mm macro, but I found the AF to be far too slow. I owned the Canon 100mm (both L and non-L) versions. While they performed great, this lens fills the niche of a longer reaching macro lens.

                I really like the finish on the newer Sigma lenses - it's much higher quality than they've used in the past.

                Also note that, unlike other premium macro lenses, the Sigma includes the tripod mount.

                So far, this lens has worked out well - very sharp and very rich colors. Auto focus is a little slow, but that seems to be true with most 100+mm macro lenses.

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                (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Very sharp, wonderful photos and macro

                By Talbot

                from Turkey

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Sharpness
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Expensive
                • F28 and f4 vignetting
                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography
                • Sports/Action
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro Lens (For Canon):

                Very sharp and great photos, excellent macro, solid body, optical stabilizer, quiet autofocus.

                But; low aperture vignetting in the corners, heavy.

                I would recommend to anyone.

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                (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Lens!

                By Jomans

                from Sweden

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Bang for the buck

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography

                  Comments about Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro Lens (For Canon):

                  I traded my EF 180/3.5L and got this Sigma which I don't regret for a second. For less money - a quicker, faaar better autofocus, great sharpness.

                  Little disappointing since I tried to keep only original lenses in my bag...

                  But, I can only support the above comments.

                  Haven't tried it as a regular 150 mm, just a lot of macro shooting.

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                  (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Lens Designed for Macro Photography

                  By Soultrip

                  from Las Vegas, NV

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Sharp at all focal length
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy
                  • Slow autofocus

                  Best Uses

                  • Art
                  • Forensics
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro

                  Comments about Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro Lens (For Canon):

                  I purchased this lens with intention to use for a very closely photographed portrait's project. I found that quality of construction is very solid. Lens is very sharp when is focused. The lens motor works very quietly and responds quickly to a highly defined and contrast-rich subjects.
                  In my case I used indoor natural light which is not always highly defined. In situations like that I found myself only able to use this lens in manual mode, otherwise it was hunting for focus indefinitely. I was working with 5D Mark II.
                  For macro shots it delivered amazing color reproduction and delicate contrast gradation. The Image Stabilizer makes noticeable difference in sharpness allowing to take sharp images at 1/30 handheld.
                  Lens is built with a lot of glass therefore it's heavy.
                  Overall it is an amazingly bright lens for macro, art reproduction photography and forensics.

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                  (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Replaced my non OS version

                  By Westy

                  from Paris, Ohio

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Very good resolution

                  Cons

                  • OS is not top notch

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro Lens (For Canon):

                  This lens will auto focus on my 5D2 under light conditions that require F2.8 @ 1/25 second at ISO 3200. I think that is EV 3 or 4. The OS works well at that speed. The auto focus is quirky at this EV with the 5D2 using center spot, but may be better with the improved autofocus of my 7D. I don't know yet. I probably won't use this lens with the 7D. I use manual focus with the 5D2 for close up photography most of the time.
                  I have my own subjective lens tests that I use with every new lens as I decide whether to keep the lens or not. With this lens I found all of the close focus (macro) subjects in good light to resolve beautifully with the 5D2.
                  When I photograph a starfish hanging in my bathroom window at night at a distance of 20 feet under dim flourescent light requiring ISO 3200 at F2.8 at 1/25th second with exposure adj. of -1, I found the resolution of the starfish to be exceptionally good. Hand held, of course. This is true even at the maximum magnification allowed on the preview screen of the 5D2.
                  It seems to me that the OS is not really good for 4 stops. It adds a good 2 stops for sure under the dim lighting that really needs it. Maybe it's better with bright light and small apertures. I find the OS to be comparable to the IS on my Canon 300mm F4.0 L. Nothing scientific here. It is not the best available nowadays, but it is pretty darned good. It is way better than no OS at all.

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