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Marcus Rowland

Marcus Rowland

Member Since 19 Feb 2017
Offline Last Active Feb 15 2024 01:57 PM
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Some Sigma Acquisitions

06 January 2024 - 01:24 PM

My Xmas present to myself this year was a Sigma APO 170-500mm f5-6.5 zoom - got it with case and hood for £130. This is the version that uses the original AF "motor in camera" autofocus and has no stabilization, but I really can't justify the cost of something more modern at the moment - it's replacing my old Vivitar Series 1 100-500mm f5.6-8 AI so it's a big improvement as it is. Unfortunately the weather has been lousy since I got it so I've only taken a couple of test shots so far, a couple of them showing why a tripod is a good idea with a long lens in poor light...

 

https://www.flickr.c...77720313510897/

 

So I've also been dithering about buying a macro lens, and a couple of days ago missed a Micro Nikkor 60mm at £90 that sold before I made my mind up to get it. Tonight I found a second-hand Sigma EX 50/2.8 macro lens on a charity's web site. I leapt at it and got the lens for £36.94 including an extra £5 donation and postage. The Sigma has some very good reviews, so I'm very pleased. I think it's the same as this one

 
 
This seems to be the version designed primarily for 35mm bodies, but that's a plus if I ever go the full format route.
 

Assuming that everything's OK I'll try to post reviews of both when the weather's a bit better.