Reviews and Problems with Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro
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A damn good lens!
23 January 2014
Summary: I picked up this lens because I shoot a ton of macro work all year round and have been doing so with the 50mm version for over 4 years the only problem i was running into was how close i had to get to my subjects (I.E bugs, insects, ect.) jumping to this 105mm had made it much easier to get the shot by not having to get as close and the silent focus is a big plus too I also happen to run a commercial studio and I use this lens for portrait work it has stunning details.
Summary: I got this lens for the macro, this I am still practicing and have achieved some interesting photos, it's not easy though and I figure this is the art of macro photography, not an issue with this lens. What surprised me though is using it out of macro, it's great, for such a relatively small lens for the reach and aperture, I have secured some fantastic shots. It is becoming a favoured prime lens even if you have to move around more to frame the shot.
Summary: The Sigma 105mm macro lens is a superb piece of kit. Robustly engineered, and yes it feels weighty because of all the glass inside, but not hefty to be bothersome or cumbersome in use. It has a smooth motor, and the auto focus and optical stabilisation work wonderfully on my Nikon D3200 camera body. And for the images, well they are beyond all my expectations, and are the best I have known.
Summary: This lens is a superb piece of kit. Having used the 40mm macro offering from Nikon for a couple of years I decided that it was time for a change. Don't get me wrong; the little 40mm Micro lens does produce some exceptional results but the lack of any vibration reduction combined with limited usefulness on full frame bodies was frustrating.The Sigma is heavy; this is bad when it's around your neck on the front of a D300s, but a boon when it comes to taking steady...
Summary: Overall I would rate this lens very highly. When used on a tripod for close up macro work, this lens easily out classes both my Nikon 18-55mm kit lens and Nikon 70-300 telephoto lens (both with/without extension tubes and/or macro filter lenses). It is good enough I feel to almost replace my kit lens, except when I need a shorter focal length lens. Cons: Not so good for Macro shots when hand held, even when using the optical stability settings.
Summary: I looked at several reviews before deciding on this lens for my Nikon D70S. It is excellent for close-ups of flowers and insects - the long focal length means you don't have to get too close to the insect thereby scaring it away. It is also an excellent portrait lens and medium telephoto for larger wildlife. It may not be cheap but it is worth it.