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Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM APO HSM IF Macro Lens for Nikon SLR Cameras

by Sigma

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  • Telephoto macro lens with Nikon-D AF mount
  • Special low-dispersion glass for high image quality
  • 150-millimeter focal length
  • f2.8 maximum aperture
  • Ultra-quiet high-speed autofocus with full-time manual focus override
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Technical Details

Style: Nikon
  • Brand Name: Sigma
  • Model: B00063KO5C
  • Lens Type: zoom
  • Minimum focal length: 150 mm
  • Maximum focal length: 150 mm
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Product Details

Style: Nikon
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 3.1 x 3.1 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00063KO5C
  • Item model number: B00063KO5C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 17, 2004

Product Description

Style: Nikon

Product Description

The first high speed, tele macro lens for Nikon digital and film SLR cameras -- shoot up to 1:1. The maximum lens aperture is F2.8. Two Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass elements control various color aberrations and assure high image quality. A floating focusing system moves two different lens groups in the optical system to different positions. This system compensates for astigmatic aberration and spherical aberration. And, the high-speed motor (HSM) provides ultra quiet high-speed autofocusing as well as full-time manual focus override. Specifications: Focal length: 150mm Minimum Aperture: F22 Lens Construction: 16 Elements in 12 Groups Focusing System: Floating Internal Focusing Angle of View: 16.4deg. Number of Diaphragm Blades: 9pcs Minimum Focusing Distance: 38cm (15 ) Maximum Magnification: 1:1 Filter Size (diameter): 72mm Lens Hood: Petal shape bayonet Dimensions: Diameter 79.6mm (3.1 ), Length 137mm (5.4 ) Weight: 895g (31.6 oz.) Detachable tripod socket

From the Manufacturer

World’s first high speed tele-macro lens
  • Designed to give a superior performance with Digital SLR Cameras as well as 35mm Film Cameras.
  • Super compact and lightweight, large aperture telephoto lens with life-size macro capability.
  • Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) with full time manual focus override.
  • Floating Focusing System produces excellent optical performance.
  • Detachable Tripod Socket.

This large aperture telephoto macro lens enables you to shoot up to 1:1 life size close-ups. Its large F2.8 aperture makes it an ideal lens for digital SLR as well as film SLR cameras. The new lens power layout provides the ultimate correction against lateral chromatic aberration to which digital cameras are prone.

Two Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass elements control various color aberrations and assure high image quality.

A floating focusing system moves two different lens groups in the optical system to different positions. This system compensates for astigmatic aberration and spherical aberration.

The HSM models provide ultra quiet high-speed autofocusing as well as full-time manual focus override.


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Build quality is excellent.
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Excellent build, very sharp, good colors, excellent bokeh (out of focus areas).
Jayesh Sukumaran
The focus ring has a nice dampened feel to it.
Bill

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

79 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Jayesh Sukumaran on October 28, 2005
Style Name: Nikon
I had a Canon 100mm f2.8 Macro and it was working quite well for me but I longed for a little more working distance. When Sigma came out with the 150mm f2.8 Macro, I tried researching it but couldn't find much info because it was such a new lens, I found the MTF charts on the Sigma Website and it was amazing. This lens was very close to the performance of the Sigma 180mm macro and Canon's famed 180mm f3.5 L. So I went ahead and bought it. It was a little pricy but I thought I could always return it if I didn't like it.

My first impressions taking the lens out of the box was very positive. It was quite compact for the focal length and was very well made. It balanced quite well on my 20D. I never liked Sigma's EX finish but I could live with it. The EX finish looks cheap to me,particularly the golden ring, and the EX badge, but it's better than Sigma's old design. The only thing I like about the EX finish is that it seems very durable. Even after heavy use there are no marks or scratches on the lens body and every time I wipe the lens body with a damp tissue, it just looks like brand new. The focus ring is nicely ribbed and wide but it didn't have the kind of damping Canon L lenses have, so it felt a little loose. The tripod ring is made of the same material as the lens body itself, but it didn't feel as smooth as the Canon's L like the 70-200 2.8IS and the 300mm f4 IS. One advantage Sigma's tripod rings have over Canon is you don't have to take it off the tripod to remove the lens. You just pull a knob and the ring opens allowing you to remove the lens. This is good if you have it all set on the tripod and want to quickly remove it for some hand held shots.

As far as it's optical performance is concerned, it's an absolute gem.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Al Swanson VINE VOICE on December 10, 2007
Style Name: Canon
Sigma's EX line is the Sigma equivilant to Canon's L series. These are Sigma's top of the line lenses and the 150/2.8 Macro is no exception.

This is one of the finest mid-tele macro lenses out there. I've been able to get some incredibly sharp shots with this lens. The 2.8 aperture means you can do some low-light shooting and that you'll blur out everything but your subject. Depending on how close your subject is and how good you are at focusing, you might blur out some of the subject at 2.8 as well.

This is a great lens for product photography to macro bug shots to mid-range tele subjects. Just don't expect fast focusing. Using the focus limter switch helps for tele shots, but seems to make things slower in macro. (Normally, using the limiter should HELP when shooting macro!)

The pluses are: included case, strap and hood. The 2.8 and incredible sharpness. The focus limiter switch. And the very decent working distance.

The minuses are essentially slow focus and hunting when shooting macro. Some purists would suggest you should be using MF instead of AF for macro anyway and they have a point. My old eyes don't see as well as they used to so AF is important to me.

In conclusion, if you're looking to get a mid-length telephoto lens, especially for macro, you can hardly do better, particularly for the money. Sure, the Canon 180/3.5L will give you better color and contrast, but at nearly three times the money.

This is a great lens!
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Bill on March 27, 2007
Style Name: Nikon
I have the Nikon 60 Micro lens and wanted something with more working distance. In the Photozone.de test, it was amazing. Very high resolution, even at f/2.8. And very low CA's(chromatic abberations). So I bought it and does it deliver that kind of performance? Yes it does! Sharpness and color redention was stunning. And at 1:1(life size on the negative or digital sensor), there's more than 7 inches working distance. Build quality is excellent. It's mostly metal construction. The focus ring has a nice dampened feel to it. The new Sigma rear caps fit tighter and do not come off. But they're a little harder to mount. About autofocus performance, it's fast, but hunted in low light with the Nikon D50 while shooting motocross. But that's a weakness of the camera body, not the lens. On the F100(a high end Nikon film camera), it was lightning fast and dead on. Yes it is a full frame lens, so it can be used on 35mm cameras also. There's a tripod collar and it makes for a well balanced setup when on a tripod. The collar is removable making it easier to do handheld shooting. The maximum aperture of f/2.8 allows more flexibility in low light. The filter thread is 72mm, and filters this big get expensive. It is a good all around telephoto-sports, portraits, landscapes...you name it. Just because it's labeled a macro doesn't mean a lens is good for macro only! It's not cheap, but if you want a solid performer that's great for all occasions, this just may what you're looking for.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Houston wildlife on April 23, 2008
Style Name: Nikon Verified Purchase
I've owned this lens for about 5 months now, and it is exceptional. Sharpness and color rendition are spot on and it is difficult to imagine any improvement (this lens really is tack sharp, it is a bit sharper than the 600mm IS). The extra 50mm on top of "typical" 100mm macros provides needed working distance with skittish insects. AF is quick (for a macro), silent, and accurate (for a macro). It even doubles as a pretty good tele, except that the focus speed cannot compete with a real tele. All macros are this way since the focus speed is compromised by the need to rack out the optics far enough to focus at 1:1. Does portraits too, though your subjects might find the optics to be a bit too sharp for their liking.

The focus limiter is a thoughtful and useful touch, as is the tripod ring. The build on this lens is excellent and it feels like a tank. Friction on the focus ring is perfectly damped which is especially important for a macro lens. The finish is nice and has held up to some heavy use (which is surprising since the same has NOT occured with the 50-500mm Bigma). No complaints at all with this lens. I recommend this lens over all of the ~100mm competitors due to the extra 50mm of reach, especially if you work with insects.
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