Sigma AF 150mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM APO Macro OS (Canon EOS) - APS-C Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Canon EOS (APS-C)

Sample Images

Here are some talentlessly taken macro images taken with the Sigma on the EOS 5D II. You can find some sample taken at conventional distances in the full format review.

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Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 50D
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 150.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/320s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 50D
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 150.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/1250s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 50D
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 150.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/1000s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 50D
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 150.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/125s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 50D
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 150.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/250s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 50D
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 150.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/40s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 50D
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 150.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/200s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 50D
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 150.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/20s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 50D
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 150.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/25s

Verdict

The Sigma AF 150mm f/2.8 EX HSM DG APO macro OS is certainly among the very best macro lenses that we've tested here at photozone. It delivered great results in our full format test already and it is not worse in the APS-C format despite the comparatively higher pixel density of our base DSLR. The lens is capable of delivering very good results at max. aperture and the center quality does even reach excellent quality between f/4 and f/8. Both distortions as well as lateral CAs are insignificantly low. The vignetting is rarely an issue at f/2.8 and gone by f/4 in the APS-C scope. It is a bit unfortunate that the quality of the bokeh is "only" good but not top notch. A real surprise is the amount of bokeh fringing - there's basically none - an extremely rare characteristic so the Sigma is not only an apochromatic lens but a so-called super-apochromat.

The mechanical implementation of the Sigma AF 150mm f/2.8 EX HSM DG APO macro OS is basically perfect except for the missing weather sealing. The ultrasonic AF drive is very fast in most scenes and AF operations are virtually silent. Sigma's image stabilizer ("Optical Stabilizer") is very efficient at normal focus distances but don't expect wonders in macro scenes. This characteristic is not uncommon though - the Micro-Nikkor AF-S 105mm f/2.8 ED shares this limitation for instance. Sigma has increased the pricing quite a bit compared to the predecessor but we think it's worth it!

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