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sfu_engineer wrote:
Nov 23rd, 2009 4:11 pm
Well you here some great reviews on the Sigma 24-70mm non-HSM as well and you now know how THAT went. :D
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Kidding. :)
Bringing both my 24-70 and 70-200 to Gentec now.
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I'm also researching the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 HSM lens and tried to go into Vistek today to play w/ it, but unfortunately they only had the Nikkor and Tamron similar range lenses in demo to play with. The older Sigma was slower and louder in focusing and I was not impressed by it.

If anyone knows a store in GTA that has a demo model, please let me know as I want to get my hands on it before laying down $1000+ for it.

Nonetheless, here's a few more credible reviews of the HSM model from my searches tonight:

Popular Photog - check out their "Subjective Quality Factor" chart vs the Nikkor equivalent.
http://www.popphoto.com/Reviews/Lenses/ ... -Lens-Test

Lenstip.com
http://lenstip.com/172.1-Lens_review-Si ... ction.html

SLRgear (give it a really bad review)
http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showprod ... 236/cat/31

Overall users seem very happy with it (I probably read 100+ user reviews, some of them are self proclaimed pros shooting live events like concerts and car racing, etc), while some complained they had models w/ focusing issues and had it either exchange it for another or use their in-camera focus adjustment to get the front/back focusing issue right. Looks like Sigma has some quality control issues. Vignetting also shows up at certain focal lengths.
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royaljelly wrote:
Nov 24th, 2009 1:42 am
I'm also researching the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 HSM lens and tried to go into Vistek today to play w/ it, but unfortunately they only had the Nikkor and Tamron similar range lenses in demo to play with. The older Sigma was slower and louder in focusing and I was not impressed by it.

If anyone knows a store in GTA that has a demo model, please let me know as I want to get my hands on it before laying down $1000+ for it.

Nonetheless, here's a few more credible reviews of the HSM model from my searches tonight:

Popular Photog - check out their "Subjective Quality Factor" chart vs the Nikkor equivalent.
http://www.popphoto.com/Reviews/Lenses/ ... -Lens-Test

Lenstip.com
http://lenstip.com/172.1-Lens_review-Si ... ction.html

SLRgear (give it a really bad review)
http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showprod ... 236/cat/31

Overall users seem very happy with it (I probably read 100+ user reviews, some of them are self proclaimed pros shooting live events like concerts and car racing, etc), while some complained they had models w/ focusing issues and had it either exchange it for another or use their in-camera focus adjustment to get the front/back focusing issue right. Looks like Sigma has some quality control issues. Vignetting also shows up at certain focal lengths.
Henrys in Mississauga has it. That's where I played with one a few weeks ago. It's just as heavy as the Canon 24-70 but it's slightly smaller. It doesn't also reverse zoom like the Canon 24-70. Try your local Henrys, maybe you'll have some luck.
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I am looking for a portrait lens that i can take really close up shots, kind of like macro like, i want it to be able to get close to my baby's eye, and show lots of detail.

Can the 85 1.8 do that? since its not a macro?
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mk5gti wrote:
Dec 7th, 2009 11:23 am
I am looking for a portrait lens that i can take really close up shots, kind of like macro like, i want it to be able to get close to my baby's eye, and show lots of detail.

Can the 85 1.8 do that? since its not a macro?
IIRC the 85 has a far min focus distance. you wouldnt be able to do that... the 24-70 with tubes seems to be the way to go but at that price you might we as well get a dedicated macro
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ryan_lau100 wrote:
Dec 7th, 2009 12:23 pm
.....you might we as well get a dedicated macro

any good dedicated macro lense you recommend for portrait? something affordable please, i don't have budget for anything with a "L" ;)
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^ You can't really go wrong with the Canon 100mm macro USM for about $500-550.00
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lz7j wrote:
Dec 7th, 2009 9:30 pm
^ You can't really go wrong with the Canon 100mm macro USM for about $500-550.00
+1... it's a great macro lens and also works great for portraits.

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