Undecided: Sigma 150mm v. Sigma 180mm

Discussion in 'Macro' started by photo_galleries, Jan 16, 2018.

  1. I want a macro lens that is longer than 105mm. I plan to use it primarily as a macro lens on my D800e and sometimes on my D500 although, on rare occasions, I may use the lens as a telephoto. I would likely mount it on a tripod, although on occasion I may mount it on a monopod.

    There seems to be consensus that the 180mm is "ALL THAT" when it comes to all image quality criteria and the only negatives are its size and cost.

    The 150mm is highly regarded as well albeit with the occasional nit about its functions and handling. I had actually bought a used 150mm, but it had damage to its filter ring and might have been dropped by its previous owner. I was not impressed with it and returned it, but the filter ring damage (possibly caused by a drop) might have had affected it so I will give it a pass.

    Does anyone have extensive experience with either or both lenses? I plan to buy a new lens rather than a used one.

  2. Are you able to rent the lenses in question? Putting these lenses in hand and using them will tell you which one to get. I've rented most of the lenses that I bought. Renting also kept me from buying others. LensRentals has both. I don't work for them, but have rented from them. They also are a reputable seller of used gear that they have maintained.

    I have a Canon 180 macro, but I don't think that will help here other than to say that the long focal length really comes in handy. Good luck with the decision.
  3. Size, weight and cost kept me from getting the 180; I have been using the non-OS version of the 150 for some time and a few years ago, traded it for the OS version (which is larger and heavier). There's hardly any gain in working distance going from the 150 to the 180 (Macro Photography: Working Distances by Robert O'Toole), so I don't see a good reason to deal with the 180 behemoth.
  4. Good idea re: renting. I may have to do that because I just cannot decide.

    Dieter - I actually liked the working distance from the 150 that I had bought, so I will likely rent that first to evaluate the IQ.
  5. Renting is really a good idea --

    but if you want more technical and objective data as well, you can also look under the appropriate place in All Tests / Reviews (formerly Photozone.de)
  6. Just a thought for you - a bit off track, I suppose. I bought the AF Micro Nikkor 105 2.8 D. I have found it to be excellent in all respects. When I want more reach I simply add one of a variety of Nikon Teleconverters. Small, light and quite inexpensive. Lots of flowers and insects posted have been shot with that setup.

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