Picture 1. - Klick bigger!
-Lens is released : 22. September 2004
When I changed my camera gear from Canon to Nikon in 2007, I started thinking what combination or lens should I use to photograph little bugs and insects. During my Canon times, I had used Canon's 70-200 image stabilized zoom lens with extension tubes, but this time I decided to spend my euros to the real macro lens!
Nikon's 105mm f2.8G AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor was the first that got my attention. But would 105mm be enough with FF-camera when subjects are really small or shy? So I decided to take a look at the longer macro lenses that would give me more working distance.
I looked different alternatives, and the final pair was Nikon's 200mm f4D ED-IF AF Micro-Nikkor and Sigma's 150mm f2.8 EX APO MACRO DG HSM. Because this article's header tells about the Sigma, I think it's clear that I choosed the Bugzilla. Things that mattered were these: smaller size, bigger aperture, autofocus motor inside the lens and of course the big difference in price. Both lenses are well-known about the exellent image quality they produce, so the image quality didn't affect to the decision at all.
In this article, we will look more closely at the Sigma's 150mm f2.8 EX APO MACRO DG HSM contruction, features, updates in desing and of course the image quality things. How does the Sigma work with teleconverters and extension tubes, we will find out in future articles.