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Sigma MACRO 105mm F2.8 EX DG

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REVIEW: Sigma 105mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro

photodo
6 November 2008
  • Excerpt: It is one of the most popular macro lenses around, and ePHOTOzine's Gary Wolstenhome checks it out Sigma's 105mm macro optic costs around £380, which is the same price as their more recently released 70mm F/2.8. The 105mm gives a little comfortable working distance, which should make it easier to light your subjects at high magnification, and you are less likely to scare off the subject. It is also more flattering for portraits.
  • Pros: Good build quality, Easy to switch between manual and auto focus, Smooth manual focus action, Recessed front element reduces need to use supplied hood
  • Cons: Lacklustre performance at maximum aperture, Slow, noisy AF
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REVIEW: Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro

photodo
6 November 2008
  • Conclusion: 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. Improvements have also been made to the hood along with a reduction, albeit slight, in the AF noise. 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.
  • Pros: Very good optical performance throughout the aperture range, Edges as good as centre. (on APS-C sensor), Contrast and aberration control improved from older model, Value for money
  • Cons: AF still not lightning., Lens cap not useable with hood. (minor niggle)
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Lens Test: Sigma 105mm F/2.8 EX DG AF

Pop Photo
8 October 2008
  • Excerpt: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW : This DG-designated lens, which replaces the non-DG version (tested August 1998), is optimized for digital SLRs. Optical improvements include a new 11-element, 10-group design (up from 10 elements in nine groups), to improve correction for lateral chromatic aberration and distortion, and the addition of Super Multi Layer (SML) coating to reduce ghosting and reflections from digital sensors.
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Overall 9
9.0
Design 9
8.5
Value for money 10
9.5
Features 10
9.5
Performance 10
9.5
Picture quality 8
8.0

Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro

What Digital Camera
4 March 2008
  • Excerpt: Finished in Sigma’s signature matt-black coating and with an EX gold ring at the front, this is a good looking lens that exhibits excellent mid-aperture sharpness.
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Overall 9
8.8
Audio & image quality 9
9.0
Versatility 9
8.5
Usability 8
8.0
Build quality 9
8.8

Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro Lens

PhotoReview
1 August 2010
  • Summary: An affordably-priced true macro lens with an ideal focal length for portraiture.The 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro sits in the middle of Sigma's range of 1:1 true macro lenses. Keenly priced, it is designed for use with full frame digital SLR cameras, but can also be fitted to DSLRs with smaller APS-C size sensors. It covers a similar field of view to a 158mm lens in 35mm format when fitted to Nikon, Pentax and Sony cameras with 1.5x crop factors or 168mm with Canon DSLRs. . .
  • Pros: You want an affordable macro lens that can also be used for portraiture., You'd like to photograph live insects and other small, not-very-mobile animals., You require edge-to-edge sharpness for copying., You want a lens that requires no readjustment when you fit filters. Don't buy this lens if :, You want fast and quiet autofocusing., You require built-in image stabilisation., You're not prepared to use a tripod for critical macro work.
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Overall 7
7.0

Sigma 105mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro

ePHOTOzine
25 May 2010
  • Excerpt: Sigma's 105mm macro optic costs around £380, which is the same price as their more recently released 70mm F/2.8. The 105mm gives a little comfortable working distance, which should make it easier to light your subjects at high magnification, and you are less likely to scare off the subject. It is also more flattering for portraits.
  • Pros: Good build quality, Easy to switch between manual and auto focus, Smooth manual focus action, Recessed front element reduces need to use supplied hood
  • Cons: Lacklustre performance at maximum aperture, Slow, noisy AF
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105 mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro

LensTip.com
5 May 2010
  • Conclusion: 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.
  • Cons: slow, noisy and averagely accurate autofocus
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[REVIEW—SIGMA 105mm f2.8 EX macro lens]

DPexpert
9 February 2010
  • Summary: This is a fine lens and for the price is excellent value for money. Optically it is as good as it gets and manually focussed there is nothing to complain about. But the auto focus issue is baffling. Our test cameras were two Canons – a 7D and a 5D MkII. Perhaps the focus performance would be different on another make of body. We can only suggest that you take your camera body to the shop and try it for yourself.
  • Pros: Optically this is an excellent lens with outstanding sharpness, contrast and colour fidelity. Sharpness is consistent across the entire image with no fall-off in the edges and corners and is also consistent at all focus points.
  • Cons: There is extreme focus hunting with low contrast subjects and even with ordinary contrast the lens can take its time finding a sharp focus. Given the fast aperture (f2.8) this inability to focus quickly is inexplicable. When we compared the Canon 100mm macro on the same camera body as the Sigma the difference in focus speed was startling.
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Overall 9
8.7
Value for money 10
10
Overall quality 8
8.0
Build quality 8
8.0

Sigma AF 105mm f/2.8 EX DG macro - Review / Lab Test Report

photozone.de
26 February 2008
  • Conclusion: The Sigma AF 105mm f/2.8 EX DG macro is an excellent lens without any significant flaw. It's optically as good as the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM macro. The lens has a very good build quality though not quite as nice as the Canon due to its focus extension system and the conventional AF drive. However, the price tag is also lower so if you're on a budget the lens is certainly worth a deep thought (as is the Tamron AF 90mm f/2.8 SP).
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Overall 9
8.7
Value for money 10
10
Overall quality 8
8.0
Build quality 8
8.0

Sigma AF 105mm f/2.8 EX DG macro (Nikon mount) - Review / Lab Test Report

photozone.de
19 February 2008
  • Conclusion: Regarding all the excellent lens alternatives in this segment it is quite difficult to select a favorite ... but the good news is that there isn't really a wrong choice.
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