I compared the two macro lens on both flowers and portraits, both do well in my book neck to neck for performance, value, and ease of use. I prefer both Macro lens over my experience with Lester A Dine 105mm f/2.8 1:1 Dental Macro. The Lester has better color but I find both the Tamron and Sigma serving me better with AF and the addition of focus limiter making the macro lens well rounded lens for both macro shots as well as for portraits, street shooting and candid shots.
I took out my Sigma this morning shooting out on trees with interesting bark and tree sap. The Sigma has beautiful bokeh and color. I find a tendency of underexposure again but it is all good in my book with +0.3 Ev.
Impressions & Notes
- I prefer Sigma and Tamron macro over the old faithful in Lester A Dine 105mm f/2.8 1:1 Dental Macro.
- Though the Lester A Dine has better color, I don't favor the lens due to absense of focus limiter and the difficulty to achieve 1:1 with long focus throw. Perhaps, a good macro and lighting set up would have altered my not-so-impressive experience before with Lester A Dine
- I picked Sigma over Tamron solely based on my focal range too close to FA 77mm
- The Sigma and Tamron will be toss for me, I can take any one and I will be just as happy
- Sigma has a tendency of underexposure with Pentax K20D.
- Sigma 105mm f/2.8 1:1 Flower Test Shots
- Sigma 105mm f/2.8 Portrait Test Shots
- Sigma 105mm f/2.8 1:1 Ex DG Macro On Spiders
- Tamron 90mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro non-Di
- Tamron 90mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro non-Di On Portraits
- Lester A Dine 105mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro
- Pentax FA 77mm f/1.8
- Pentax K 100mm f/4.0 1:2 Macro
- Pentax A 50mm f/2.8 1:2 Macro
- Vivitar 135mm f/2.8 1:2 Close Focusing from Komine
- Kenko 2x Teleplus 1:1 Macro Teleconverter
- Hin's Camera Gear