Sigma 70mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro

Last updated (18 July’10):
- Review by WDC

The Sigma 70mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro features 70mm at focal length with maximum aperture of F/2.8. The lens construction has 10 Elements in 9 Groups and has diagonal angle of view at 34.3 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 11.2cm/4.4in and has a filter size of 62mm. The Sigma 70mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro lens weighs 1.2 pounds and it measures 3 inches in diameter and 4 inches long.

Sigma 70mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro
Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info


Expert Reviews

Sigma 70mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro Reviews

Whatdigitalcamera reviews the Sigma 70mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro and writes;
“Image quality from this lens is great. It’s as sharp as a knife, with excellent contrast and resolution. Maximum resolution is around the f/5.6 to f/8 mark, with over 1000lw/ph in both corner and middle of the image. Chromatic aberration is also practically non-existent in the centre, though some minor edge chromatic aberration is apparent.”
Rating: ★★★★½

SLRGear reviews the Sigma 70mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro and writes;
“the Sigma 70mm f/2.8 is a superb macro lens, offering exceptional optical performance and good build quality at an excellent price. It outperforms anything in its price/focal length bracket by anything from a narrow to a wide margin, and represents one of the best bargains in a high-quality, medium focal length macro lens on the market today.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Photodo reviews the Sigma 70mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro and writes;
“Distortion, measured with the Imatest distortion module is negligible with a reading of 0.17% pincushion, which is visually undetectable. Chromatic aberrations are so well controlled that similar, negligible readings were recorded throughout the aperture range and are as good at the edge as in the centre.”
rating: N/A

Photozone reviews the Sigma 70mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro and writes;
“The Sigma AF 70mm f/2.8 EX DG macro is capable to deliver exceptionally sharp results throughout most of the aperture range. The bokeh (out-of-focus blur) is very smooth and buttery. Typical for macro lenses it also produces a negligible degree of distortions. On an APS-C DSLR vignetting is nothing to worry about. Lateral CAs (color shadows at the image borders) are comparatively high for a fix-focal lens but still fairly low in absolute terms and not really field relevant. The AF performance of the lens isn’t overly impressive – the accuracy is fine but it is both slow and noisy. Other than that the build quality is on a very high level. “
Rating: ★★★★★

Ephotozine reviews the Sigma 70mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro and writes;
“Long enough in its focal length to be useful for many forms of macro photography and virtually the ideal for portraiture (on a cropped sensor) the lens also lends itself to many other short telephoto uses too. Optically it is probably the best of Sigma’s already highly rated macro line-up, coming straight in with razor wide-open images.”
rating: N/A

User Opinions

Sigma 70mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro User Reviews

Super sharp lens | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I chose this as I didn’t want a 105 or 50mm macro, so far this is one of the sharpest lenses I have ever used, on par with the Pentax 70mm limited ( which is a great lens just can’t focus close ). Yes the lens is heavy and the AF is typical macro lens laboriously slow but for macros your typicaly shooting subjects that won’t need fast AF. Good rendering and good bokeh. “ – by Brendan Bhagan

Sigma macro review | Rating: ★★★★☆
“This is a great lens. We’ve taken some great shots of flora and fauna with it, also a few sports shots. Image rendition is excellent. We use it on Canon 30D and 40D bodies. It focuses quickly and without a lot of noise. We have no complaints at all with this lens. “ – by Michael F. Steeves

Great Macro & Wide Aperture Lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“I have been very please with the results obtained through this lens. It is ultra sharp, has a great macro range and the f/2.8 lets me use it as a portrait or low light lens as well! The focus limiter switch greatly helps with this if you are going to shoot in auto focus though, as you can limit it to the macro range or the infinity range in addition to leaving it open to its full range of both. “ – by J. Thrapp

Awesome macro lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“I chose this one because I’ve had good luck with Sigma in the past, and the focal length translates to about 105mm on my DSLR, supposedly the most common “workhorse” macro length. Extremely sharp photos, especially if you take your time and focus manually.” – by M. Mowery

Incredible, true 1:1 magnification! | Rating: ★★★★★
“Simply amazing. Crisp and sharp even at the lowest f/stop! The bokeh is beautiful, and the lens feels good in hand. I STRONGLY recommend picking up a Tripod with this one, it’s a little heavy on my Canon EOS 450D, and I find myself losing out on some real high quality shots cause of those shaky hands! Get a tripod and get this lens! “ – by Jeremy Juli

Long and Heavy | Rating: ★★★★☆
“The Sigma 70mm 2.8 lens gets an excellent review at [...] for its optics and image quality, and I think the 70mm focal length works well for close-up flower photos. I returned this lens only because I found it too long and heavy to keep steady while used with my monopod for garden and wildflower shots (it weighs 1.2 pounds).” – by John B.

Sigma 70mm Micro | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Good value micro lens… better than the Nikon 60mm micro in my opinion…also works well as a portrait lens.” – by huskymason

Great Lens for a Great Price with a few caveats | Rating: ★★★★☆
“this lens gives me nice sharp pictures from f/2.8 to around f/18, great soft bokeh at f/2.8, unlike the reviewer of June 2009, my lens DOES shoot at f/2.8 even when I am 2-3 inches from a subject at 1:1 macro, very solid construction. I had the lens roll off of my fanny pack about 4 inches to a gravel surface. Didn’t bother it at all. no perceptible lens creep (even pointed vertically down)unlike my Tamron 18-250. nice price (I paid $439.00) “ – by David L. Sharp

A great excellent macro lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“Great macro lens on my Nikon D700. Picture quality: Excellent. 9 Diaphragm Blades creates smooth bokeh, great for portraiture.Workmanship: Excellent, A full frame lens for serious photographers. “ – by Tomahawk One

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Features & Specifications

Sigma 70mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro Specifications

This medium telephoto macro lens is ideal for both digital SLR cameras and 35mm film SLR cameras. The 70mm focal length gives an equivalent field of view as our popular 105mm macro lens when used on digital SLR cameras with an APS-C size image sensor. The design of this lens makes it suitable for taking pictures in all situations from infinity to 1:1 macro, both with natural light conditions or flash. A Special Low Dispersion (SLD) lens and two high refractive index SLD lenses provide excellent correction for all types of aberrations and produce an exceptional level of optical performance.

Sigma super multi-layer lens coating reduces flare and ghosting, and helps create a natural color balance. The floating focus system provides extremely high optical performance from infinity to 1:1 Macro. A “Focus Limiter Switch” in incorporated on the lens, improving the speed and accuracy of autofocus by limiting the focus range. A screw-in lens hood is included for convenient use of circular polarizing filters.


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Comment by Travis Subscribed to comments via email
2011-01-16 14:41:39

How does this lens perform towards infinity? Can it double as a good prime for landscapes?

 

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