cheaper macro lens instead of $1000 Nikon

Started Jul 16, 2013 | Questions thread
HappyPooPants
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Re: cheaper macro lens instead of $1000 Nikon
In reply to bradtort, Jul 17, 2013

bradtort wrote:

I recently replaced my Sigma 105 macro lens (purchased in 2005 - No VR) with a Tamron 90 with VC. I paid $749 + tax, but will get a $100 rebate in the mail.

Below are uncropped images of the same hover fly using the Tamron. Close and too close. I think the second one suffers from loss of sharpness (and that blown out wing), but shows what can be achieved hand-held with VC and a high shutter speed. For some reason the EXIF data is lost but I recall it was about ISO 800, F 11 and 1/500th.

How much of a part VC played, I don't know. My experience with the Sigma would tell me I couldn't get this close and this sharp with that lens.

The Tamron seems a little sharper and has better color and contrast than the Sigma.

For handeld thats not bad at all..! but i guess you were using a fairly fast shutter speed, so i don't believe the VR would have done anything...  
but thanks for the pics, I'm going to go to my local shop and see if I can play with some lens filters
thanks!

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