Sony 85/1.4 ZA, Sigma 70/2.8 Macro, or Tamron 90/2.8 Macro

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Carl Zeiss Planar T* 85 F1.4
4
50%
Sigma 70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro
2
25%
Tamron SP AF 90 F2.8 Di
2
25%
 
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Re: Sony 85/1.4 ZA, Sigma 70/2.8 Macro, or Tamron 90/2.8 Mac

Unread postby pakodominguez » Sat Jun 19, 2010 2:55 am

Hi Kevin,
So?
what happened?
did you get your 70-200 f2.8?
show us your pics!
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Re: Sony 85/1.4 ZA, Sigma 70/2.8 Macro, or Tamron 90/2.8 Mac

Unread postby KevinBarrett » Sat Jun 19, 2010 5:03 am

In the end, I got the Sigma 70/2.8 macro. I couldn't justify spending $800 to get one stop over my beercan, even if the Sigma 70-200/2.8 is sharper overall, its still a lens I'd have to stop down for ultimate sharpness. I began this search trying to find a lens that would be sharp at f/2.8, and by all sources, the Sigma macro is that lens. My brother loves his, and I've always been envious. The thought crossed my mind that the Tamron 60/2 macro should have been an option, but I can't rule out going to a full-frame camera eventually.
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Re: Sony 85/1.4 ZA, Sigma 70/2.8 Macro, or Tamron 90/2.8 Mac

Unread postby Dr. Harout » Sat Jun 19, 2010 8:22 am

Congratulations and enjoy it Kevin.
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Re: Sony 85/1.4 ZA, Sigma 70/2.8 Macro, or Tamron 90/2.8 Mac

Unread postby KevinBarrett » Thu Jun 24, 2010 3:05 am

Meh, I'm kind-of underwhelmed. The Sigma 70/2.8 Macro got here yesterday and I spent the morning playing with it. It isn't as sharp as I'd been led to expect, or maybe my lens is a dud. Either way, I don't think macro photography is right for me, or this isn't the right season for it, or Texas isn't the right place. I hate using tripods and the paper-thin DoF makes tripods a necessity. So, the close-focusing capability of what is probably a very nice macro lens is wasted on me.

As a portrait lens, the Sigma becomes redundent for me. Though the f/2.8 aperture should mean accurate auto-focusing, mine seemed to hunt quite a bit, and sixteen AF-screw turns from 1:1 to infinity takes a good while. The beercan focuses much faster and maybe a bit more accurately, too. F/2.8 is nice, but again, the lens isn't at its best there. Above f/4.5 the lens starts to act like a beercan with a bokeh upgrade; smoother and more circular OOF highlights. My beercan already behaves very well at 70mm, with plenty of sharpness and no CA to speak of, so I can't see carrying both lenses.

The Sigma 70mm is going back. I'm sure it's a good macro lens, but I learned my lesson about using a macro for portraiture. A side effect of this experience: I REALLY appreciate all the lenses I already own. I'll rent another body for my upcoming wedding and use the Tamron 17-50 on one and the beercan on the other. As for a lens purchase with my "allowance," I'll wait and see about the new Sigma 85/1.4, or maybe the Tokina 11-16/2.8.
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Re: Sony 85/1.4 ZA, Sigma 70/2.8 Macro, or Tamron 90/2.8 Mac

Unread postby pakodominguez » Thu Jun 24, 2010 4:25 am

mmm
I'm sure the 70-200 f2.8 was THE lens that will make you happy -get it and sell the Beercan!
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Re: Sony 85/1.4 ZA, Sigma 70/2.8 Macro, or Tamron 90/2.8 Mac

Unread postby KevinBarrett » Thu Jun 24, 2010 5:28 am

pakodominguez wrote:mmm
I'm sure the 70-200 f2.8 was THE lens that will make you happy -get it and sell the Beercan!
;-)


Your store quit selling it! It's back to August availability with B&H and Amazon...
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