Sigma 105mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro EX DG On Flowers

Earlier today, I tried the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 1:1 Ex DG Macro on the same flowers that I tested Tamron but in different brighter afternoon lighting instead of morning softer lighting when tested the Tamron. The Sigma AF hunts more than the Tamron in close up and I have to turn to MF for few of the shots. Color seems to pop more in the Tamron and I have added some minor tuning in the set. A few test shots on flowers with the Sigma lens

Sigma 105mm f/2.8 1:1 EX DG Macro

Sigma 105mm f/2.8 1:1 EX DG Macro

Sigma 105mm f/2.8 1:1 EX DG Macro

Sigma 105mm f/2.8 1:1 EX DG Macro

Sigma 105mm f/2.8 1:1 EX DG Macro

Sigma 105mm f/2.8 1:1 EX DG Macro

I do notice a tendency of darker images from the Sigma.
Both Tamron and Sigma macro lens perform decently on flowers for me. My Tamron is an non-di version but I honestly can't tell if the later and more costly Di version can do any better for my casual shooting as an hobbyist. In the two shootings, I do find the AF in Tamron a bit better with less hunting. The manual focus are similar but I recall a longer extension from the Tamron. For normal shootings, both focus limiter does the job well. PF/CA seems better controlled in the Sigma. Both AF are too-loud to me for close up.

I am hoping that I don't rush into a decision until I figure out which one I like better in terms of color, IQ and ease of handling in making a shot on close up.



robin said...

Can't help you with your choice, but these are lovely images with sharp focal points and lovely bokeh. I think no matter which lens you use, you will get good shots. Something to do with what's behind the viewfinder. ;-)

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