Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro

Last updated (20 July’10):
- Review by Popphoto

The Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro features 105mm at focal length with maximum aperture of F/2.8. The lens construction has 11 Elements in 10 Groups and has diagonal angle of view at 23.3 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 31 cm/12.3 in and has a filter size of 58mm. The Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro lens weighs 450g/15.9oz and it measures 2.9 inches in diameter and 4 inches long.

Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro
Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info


Expert Reviews

Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro Reviews

Popphoto reviews the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro and writes;
“SQF data indicate excellent performance. There was minimal pincushion distortion (0.45%) and light falloff was undetectable by f/4. At the closest focusing distance of 12.25 inches (1:1), center sharpness was acceptable f/2.8-4, good f/5.6-8, very good f/11-16, good at f/22, and acceptable f/32-45. Corner sharpness was acceptable at f/2.8, good at f/4, very good at f/5.6, excellent f/8-16, very good at f/22, and acceptable f/32-45.”
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SLRGear reviews the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro and writes;
“The Sigma 105mm f/2.8 macro lens follows true to form for its class, delivering exceptional sharpness, low distortion and low chromatic aberration. On cameras with APS-C sized sensors, light falloff or vignetting is very low as well, with a maximum of about 0.1 stop of light loss wide open. It holds its own very well against the similar offerings from Canon and Nikon.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Photozone reviews the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro and writes;
“The Sigma AF 105mm f/2.8 EX macro DG is an excellent lens without any significant optical flaws. The resolution figures are excellent and neither distortions nor CAs nor vignetting is something to worry about. Similar to the Tamron or Tokina counterpart it is basically as good as the much higher priced Micro-Nikkor (the classic one, not the VR). The build quality feels very good although the implementation of the Dual-Focus mechanism isn’t really perfect.”
Rating: ★★★★★

Lenstip reviews the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro and writes;
“If only Sigma decided to equip the 2.8/105 lens with an HSM motor we would have a nearly perfect device. Practically everything, concerning this lens, deserves our praise apart from the work of the autofocus. If you can forgive the Sigma such a slip-up you will get an instrument with exceptionally good optical properties. “
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Ephotozine reviews the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro and writes;
“A good lens made better. The improvement in contrast and extra control of flare and ghosting provided by the DG coating are, in themselves, worth the upgrade. optical quality cannot really be faulted and with the edges performing as well as the centre on a cropped camera you can expect good edge performance on a full frame body too.”
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The-digital-picture reviews the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro and writes;
“CA (Chromatic Aberration) is very well controlled. Vignetting is minimal. Distortion is negligible. Although it has 8 aperture blades, bokeh (quality of OOF areas) is only OK (not as smooth as the Canon 100mm Macro for example).”
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User Opinions

Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro User Reviews

Great lens! | Rating: ★★★★★
“I’m very happy with the results I’ve been able to achieve and would recommend it to others. Images I’ve shot with this lens have appeared on clients websites, advertising in magazines, and used in various printed materials. At this time I use it exclusively in my work in the studio along with my Nikon D80. “ – by Zeitlos Imagery

Multi-purpose portrait, sports, macro at reasonable price | Rating: ★★★★★
“The Sigma is pretty fast at f/2.8. The roughly equivalent Olympus kit lens is the 40-150 f/4-5.6, which you will note gets slower as the zoom goes out. At 105mm, it will be about 1.5 stops (=2^1.5 = approx 3x) slower than the Sigma. For indoor shooting, all else being equal, if you have 1/30th on the kit lens, you will see 1/60th or even 1/100th on the Sigma. The Sigma will shoot much superior pictures for this subject.” – by Jeremy

Great macro/portrait lens | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I feel the 105 lenses work at more flexable distance from the subject, the quality of the immage between a the nikon 105 and the Sigma is nearly identical. But difference in price is inportant to me. Summar, the sigma has a signifant price/performance edge of the Nikon competers. “ – by Roger B. Tyrrell

Great macro/portrait lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“There were two options: this Sigma and the Pentax equivalent that was slightly more expensive. I’ve seen some great recommendations for the Sigma on photo.net, so I decided to go with it and I don’t regret that choice. If you’ve been using cheaper lenses, this lens will show you why it’s worth investing more into a good prime lens. I’ve been using it for macro photography (flowers) and for portraits with great results.” – by Laurentiu Cristofor

Excellent performance lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“From life-size close-up to infinity, from 35mm to digital, this lens provides superb, sharp and distortion free images. I would highly recommend this lens to be added to your camera bag. It delivers clear crisp images at normal focusing ranges while providing high image quality. And at life sized magnifications, you receive a realistic impression of your subjects. “ – by angbrey

Buy this. Do it nao. | Rating: ★★★★☆
“When it came I didn’t even read any of the fine literature that comes with it, I just put it on and started shooting pepsi cans, keyboards, and creepy collections of Hummels my mom has. They immediately looked awesome, thats without modifying any settings. I’m sure I have no idea what I’m doing and yet I took some photos that look sweet.” – by Chad P. Vincent

If you are thinking about getting it; GET IT! | Rating: ★★★★☆
“It is a Macro lens meaning its field of focus is very small at 2.8 so it will tend to go back and forth at times, especially if there is a lot of things in the viewfinder. If you know how to use a DSLR then should be able to Manual Focus it. When shooting portrait style photos I have no problem with the autofocus, now with nature it doesn’t always want to focus perfectly no, but like I said above it is a Macro lens and focuses very tight.” – by Jeremy D. Catchings

I Love this Lens!!! The colors are fantastic! | Rating: ★★★★★
“The lens works well with my Nikon D90. It doesn’t make any noise at all and is very snappy to lock in when I use auto focus. It doesn’t hunt at all. I did find that in taking pictures of things close up it is easier to take the pictures in manual focus. Focusing in manual is real easy with this lens. The picture quality is fabulous! I just love this lens!!” – by Rolla Gravett

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Manual

Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro Specifications

A medium telephoto macro lens which is designed for traditional and digital SLR cameras, its lens power layout produces an excellent optical performance. The lens coating cuts down ghost. The DG lens is designed to reduce the influence of harmful light caused by reflections from the digital image sensor. Its outstanding optical performance provides the ultimate correction against lateral chromatic aberration and distortion. This lens boasts compact dimensions of 2.9″ (maximum diameter) and 3.7″ (overall length). It has a filter size of 58mm and, at just 15.8 OZ, is also extremely lightweight. The minimum focusing distance of 31.2cm (12.2in) is capable of macro photography with a maximum magnification of 1:1. It is possible to enjoy photography from life-size close-up to infinity. This lens is equipped with a “Focus Limiter Switch” that limits the AF range so improving the speed and accuracy of auto focus. It also incorporates a Dual Focus (DF) system that is designed to make the lens easy to hold during auto focusing. The large focus ring offers smooth and positive action whilst focusing manually. A screw-in hood is included, for convenient use of circular polarizing filters. This telephoto macro lens has an equivalent field of view of 178mm on a digital SLR camera (when used with the SD10).


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