Reviews and Problems with Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro
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Very nice lens, quite sharp and the OS system is ...
29 July 2014
Summary: Very nice lens, quite sharp and the OS system is excellent. The reason that it is not a 5 star is it loses maxim aperture really quick, if focused with 1 meter the maxim aperture is no longer 2.8, I used a nikon 85mm F3.5G micro before and it keeps its maxim aperture better than that (although it still loses its maxim aperture when focused close, that's a common property of microlenses).
Excerpt: The lens does what it claims to and takes fairly good photos. It's difficult to avoid blur and it shoots best from a tripod. The photo below was taken on a tripod and the deer was about twenty feet away from me when I took it. It's a slow lens and in limited light noise will become a problem as you boost your ISO to compensate. Using it for macro it works well being held held provided you have a good base and there is enough light.
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Cons: Blurry Focus, Heavy, Poor in Low Light, Slow Focus
Excerpt: I will be using this product for flower photography mostly. It was a toss up between this lens and the name brand and I didn't want to be too snobby so I thought I would give this a try. In all of my shooting with it so far, I can see no visible differences between this lens and the name brand lens. This one is a little louder. At first I thought it was the auto focus that was loud but then realized it was the image stablization that was making the noise.
Excerpt: This is my first macro lens and for the most part I love it. Very sharp photos, haven't noticed any CA or distortion so far. The one negative that I've found is that the autofocus is slow and likes to hunt. I've found that it's actually faster and more accurate to use manual focus.
Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Sharp, Strong Construction
Summary: I ended up returning this lens as I bought a 70-200MM 2.8, so I have this distance covered (though no macro). I actually wasnt extremely impressed with the macro settings as I thought it wasnt as intuitive as I have seen Sigma lenses in the past (hence minus one star) but the lens takes great photos.
Excerpt: I bought this to use with my Sony a200 about 4 years ago. I have used many other types of lenses but this one is my favorite. It produces great results almost every time. The photos attached were taken without using a flash and without a tripod so you can see what this lens is capable of. The only reason I didn't give this lens 5 stars is because the auto focus (motor) broke. I baby my lens and have never dropped or abused it.
Excerpt: Photozone and DXO Mark rate this lens as being the best 1: 1 Macro lens for Nikon. The Zeiss is optically superior except for the fact that it lacks AF, image stabilization, and only magnifies at 1: 2, so if those features are important to you then your choice should be the Sigma I tested this lens on a copy-stand with a focus chart and compared it to the Nkon 85mm 1.8G which is widely considered to be the best resolving lens for DSLR (as of 5-19-13).
Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Sharp To The Borders