For quite sometime now I’ve been searching for a lens to do close up shots because my current one, the 24-105mm doesn’t allow me to get so close to the objects but it’s a nice portrait lens for family pictures and a good walk around lens. Well at first I was interested in the Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG Macro, then I saw that the Sigma 70mm F.28 EX DG Macro had received the 2007-2008 EISA award for best macro lens and the 2007 TIPA award as well, so I was very inclined to this one. But then I saw the Sigma 50mm F2.8 EX DG Macro, it was more than 100€ cheaper than the 70mm one, so I went to a shop (Niobo) that I found out in a town close to my own and asked the owner if there was really such a big difference. He said that judging by their characteristics and price differences I would be best served with the 50mm one, if the price difference was like 200~250€ than it would be better to invest a bit more in the 70mm, so I stayed with the 50mm one. Of course I chose it based on seeing other people pictures, reading reviews and so on and so on. All I have to say is that I still have a lot to learn with it, but the pictures speak for themselves 🙂 .
This is a fixed zoom lens, perhaps one day when I have more money I’ll invest in a bigger one. Unlike Sony, Canon, Nikon, Pentax…whatever brand you may use, the focusing barrel on this one extends (there are some from the previous brands I mentioned that extend as well). Not many people like this feature and they spend a bit more in one that doesn’t extend, well it doesn’t bother me. The max magnification is 1:1 which is great, most likely I won’t be using it.
Here are a couple pictures I took with it. Still have much to learn with it.
The next ones were to test the Aperture with 1:1 magnification.
There’s not much difference from F10 to F16 apart from the amount of light, of course the Aperture can go higher, but didn’t try that one. So currently my gears are the Sony AF DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6 (standard lens), Sony AF 24-105mm F3.5-4.5 and now the Sigma 50mm F2.8 EX DG Macro, and of course the body Sony Alpha 100. Currently thinking about upgrading the body to a Alpha 350 or another one, I’d love the A700 or the A900 but those are way out of my pocket, perhaps with a bit of money saving I could get to those one day.