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Advice please-- Canon or Sigma


14 Oct 2010 4:12PM
Hi all,looking for feedback please.I am looking to purchase a macro lens for my EOS 450D. I am torn between the following two---Canon 100mm f2.8 USM or Sigma 105mm f2.8. Both can be bought for virtually the same price(Sigma 30 euros extra).Can someone guide me as to which has the better optics and ultimately the better results?

Des

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Metalhead
7 1.9k 2 England
14 Oct 2010 4:22PM
Hello Des. Are you sure you've got those prices the right way round? The Canon is usually more expensive than the Sigma... Maybe the introduction of the 100mm L IS macro model has lowered the price of the non-IS non-L model?

Most people will tell you that optically there's not a lot of difference between the Canon 100mm, Sigma 105mm and Tamron 90mm macro lenses. So it comes down to other factors like build quality, how/if the lens extends during focus, and personal preference etc.

If the price is so similar, personally I'd stick with the Canon brand as you know it will always work on any future Canon DSLR using the EF mount. The Sigma, being a third party lens and much older, may not work on future models without the need to be re-chipped.

Image quality, I don't think you'll be disappointed with either of them as the Sigma gets raved about alot just as the Canon does.
fraser e2
10 631 14 Scotland
14 Oct 2010 4:26PM
I've heard the Canon lens described as an L series lens in waiting the quality is so good. I have one in my gadget bag and it's the best lens I have despite the fact I also have two L-series zooms. I'd say go for the Canon.
geoffash26 10 2.5k United Kingdom
14 Oct 2010 4:34PM
Canon Although there's nothing wrong with the sigma and tamron (have used both) I find the canon a bit better on image qoulity and a bit faster in the focusing department
14 Oct 2010 4:39PM
Thanks for the input guys,appreciated.And Metalhead I thought the same but the Sigma is slightly dearer,I checked twice.The prices came from two shops--one did not supply Sigma lens and the Canon was 500 euros,while the other shop was charging 530 for the Sigma and .........700 euros for the Canon.That is some difference!!! I hate being ripped off!!
Des
lawbert 7 1.8k 15 England
14 Oct 2010 4:42PM

Quote:Canon Although there's nothing wrong with the sigma and tamron (have used both) I find the canon a bit better on image qoulity and a bit faster in the focusing department


The Canon 100mm has a USM motor drive which is far faster at achieving focus (and also very quiet) compared to the grindy noisy Meccano motor the Sigma 105mm uses......Its a no brainer to me...Get the Canon...the prices are really chaep at the moment (even on the 100mm L IS version) which I guess is due to macro lenses not being a desirable purchase as we head into autumn and winter so dealers are clearing stocks.
Overread e2
6 3.9k 18 England
14 Oct 2010 4:45PM
Between the two I would agree that the canon has the overall better features and from what I've read remains one of the faster macro lenses for AF. The only downside to the canon is that it doesn't ship with a lens hood or tripod collar - those most consider the collar not needed the hood is something you will probably end up looking to purchase as well as some point.


Quote: which I guess is due to macro lenses not being a desirable purchase as we head into autumn and winter so dealers are clearing stocks.


Wonder if this means the macro twinflash might lower to a sane price point Tongue
fraser e2
10 631 14 Scotland
14 Oct 2010 4:49PM
I'd rather have the hood. The lens is no heavier than the body and it's not large so I think having the lens or body attached to a tripod would make no odds. My USM lens came with the hood BTW. It was a few years ago though and isn't the current IS lens.
fraser e2
10 631 14 Scotland
14 Oct 2010 4:51PM

Quote:Wonder if this means the macro twinflash might lower to a sane price point Tongue


That would be nice, but unlikely.
14 Oct 2010 5:01PM
Thanks guys for the feedback.Looks like it's Canon!

Des
cameracat e2
11 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
14 Oct 2010 5:49PM
The Canon is the only way to go, If the prices are very close.......Smile

I just " Focus " checked a Canon 100mm f/2.8 ( non IS ) ( non L ) version for someone, The lens was absolutely spot on, Not bad for a lens that has had a lot of use over many years.......Smile

Good though the Sigma might be, I doubt it will last as long as the Canon, Or keep its value......Sad
13 Dec 2010 7:32PM
It's got to be the Canon macro ...............every time. It's such a sweet lens (link removed - please see terms and conditions)
Cristian e2
10 950 1
13 Dec 2010 9:05PM
I looked at both lenses, plus the Tamron, but went for the Canon 100mm F2.8 (non IS) lens and glad I chose it. Sharpest lens I have, bought for macro images, but I'd had a fair bit of success with family portraits using it.

Super lens and I'd say worth the extra over the Sigma.
keithh e2
11 23.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
14 Dec 2010 10:37AM

Quote:I've heard the Canon lens described as an L series lens in waiting the quality is so good


It's classed as a Professional Lens by Canon along with all the L Series lenses. Is it better image wise than the Sigma? Not really.

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