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Sigma 105mm f/2.8 Macro DG OS HSM : Specifications and Opinions


Sigma 105mm f/2.8 Macro DG OS HSM

The Sigma 105mm f/2.8 Macro DG OS HSM is a macro lens for FF and APS-C, manufactured from 2011. The focus is done by Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM), it has image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 434 €;
173 users have given it an average vote of 9.5 out of 10.


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MOUNT

This lens is available with the following mounts:

Canon EF: this lens is compatible with reflex fullframe and APS-C Canon EF.

Nikon F: this lens is compatible with reflex fullframe and APS-C Nikon.

Sony A-mount: this lens is compatible with reflex fullframe and APS-C Sony A-mount.

Sigma SA: this lens is compatible with reflex and mirrorless fullframe and APS-C Sigma SA-mount.



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 Specifications
 Focal lenght   105 mm
 Angle of view   23.3°
 Format   FF, APS-C
 Max. aperture   f/2.8
 Aperture blades   9
 Lenses/Groups   16 elements in 11 groups
 Min. focus distance   0.31 meters
 Reproduction ratio   1.00x

 Features
 Stabilization   Yes (built in lens)
 Focus   Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM)
 Internal AF   Yes
 Full Time MF   Yes

 Built and notes
 Tripod ring   No
 Extenders   Yes
 Filters   62 mm
 Lens hood   Yes, supplied
 Weather sealing   No
 Weight   725 g
 Dimensions   78 x 127 mm
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avatarsupporter
sent on November 21, 2017

Pros: Quality of Build; Metal barrel; Sharpness; Optical Stabiliser (though was very noisy on mine); HSM AF; Value, when compared to Nikon's own version; Standard kit, which includes two lenshoods (one for FX, a longer one for DX) and a decent case.

Cons: Weight; Noisy stabiliser (on mine)

Opinion: I bought this fine quality and well respected macro lens in mint condition used - and about a year later sold it back to the same seller (online trader) for only about £50 less. It was to replace an old plastic Tamron SP macro 90mm f2.8, which was very competitive in its sharpness but had an impossibly slow and basic screw-driven AF and no stabilisation. I then found that I could not sell this Tamron (I might have been able to give it away?) in the end and ended up with two macro lenses! The new Sigma was nearly twice the weight of the old Tamron and basically, I never took it anywhere and proved that I just don't do enough macro to justify owning it. IF I could afford to buy one now though, then I'd get the Nikkor 105mm VR, as it is supposedly just a little sharper than the Sigma and would banish the risk of having a really noisy stabilisation system. Or perhaps a new Tamron 90mm VC. (lighter). I did also find the Sigma's fastish f2.8 aperture 105mm on DX (157mm equivalent) to be quite useful to have with stabilisation, for hand-held night shots and live music photography. For now, I'm back to the old plastic Tamron, which does its job, at least. (Focused manually, which is how true macro shots are usually undertaken) However, if you are a true macro user and want a top quality optic, for the money, you cannot lose. As I found out, without a current replacement from Sigma, there is a strong market should you wish or need to sell it back on again, so your risks are low. 9/10

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avatarjunior
sent on March 27, 2021

Pros: Detail, bokeh, price, very valid also for portrait and generic use.

Cons: Sometimes uncertain and very slow, you abjure manually in the research, compared to newer lenses it is a bit noisy, but nothing unbelievable.

Opinion: I had it on Nikon, and I recently purchased the Sony version (which is definitely better). Lens purchased in 2018 to make macros, I actually used it almost always for portrait /events, and I must say that it convinced me, clearly it has a slow focus, but I always used it in AF-C with excellent results. It is difficult perhaps to find the subject in the first place, you have to accompany the focus manually, then when he has found the subject instead he no longer has problems and keeps AF-C like any other lens (clearly for portrait use, macros are made in manual). Beautiful the bokeh and remarkable the detail, being macro we would miss, has a yield similar to modern portrait lenses, also allowing close shots that instead a similar portrait lens fails to perform, at the expense as already mentioned of the speed of focus and a less open diaphragm. As for the marco use, I also used it with extension tubes and it seems to me an excellent lens, it being understood that I do not have the patience for this type of photography, especially the management of manual focus stacking, but it is certainly not a defect of the lens. Nikon lens has internal stabilizer, useful for portrait, close up and generic use. As a focus and stabilizer it is a relatively noisy lens, but nothing excessive. Last note the price, on Nikon is really tempting.

avatarjunior
sent on February 20, 2021

Pros: Also sharp on aps-c (especially f/8 to f/11). Very good quality stabilizer (on aps-c with a little luck you can reach sharp photos up to 1s of exposure). Soft focus ring. Made of plastic but very robust

Cons: Sometimes it does not find fire if the subject is close but more distant than 0.42m. Noisy stabilizer. On nikon you get f/2.8 only by focusing towards infinity, the closer the fire is, the closer the diaphragm closes until you get to f/5.6. Soft at f2.8 (already at f4 you can see an excellent sharpness). The buttons are a bit hard. Focus breathing can make composition difficult. The focus ring is inverted compared to nikon obbietives, you have to make us the abiudine. Not tropicalized

Opinion: Well what to say, I think for 400 euros it's a good purchase, although the diaphragm that closes with focus can be occasionally frustrating

avatarjunior
sent on January 05, 2021

Pros: Cost, especially in the used market. Brightness. Sharpness.

Cons: A little ballerina focus, slow and noisy. Construction, a little too "plastic" (but let's also remember the price). Maybe a little heavy, I should try more.

Opinion: On Nikon system. I bought it used and resold it a few months later, I certainly could not make full use of it, but my experience wanted to be purely "experimental". I wanted to try to make some macros and I didn't have much results but, seeing what real photographers can do, I clearly don't blame the optics: you have to spend time on it. On the portrait better, its sharpness and brightness satisfied me to the full.

avatarjunior
sent on November 28, 2020

Pros: Stabilizer, construction, sharpness, focus limiter.

Cons: Weight, sometimes inconstant focus, somewhat chilly colors, bokeh.

Opinion: Good lens overall. Purchased for portraiture, with the possibility to do some details, and used only every now and then for the macro. Great stabilizer, but noisy. Inconstant focus, even with the selector it happens to pale and face back and forth for some time, forcing you to correct manually. (Used on 5D mark II.) There was a good lens overall, but for me also on FF the focal is long for the use I make of it. I didn't like the colors very much, I consider them not bright and "alive", along with the bokeh, cute but nothing exceptional. The sharpness is still excellent, like many sigma, as well as the construction, decidedly solid and heavy just to realize it, but not too much to fatigue. Eventually sold to fund more. For its main application, the macro, it is definitely a good goal, those few shots I did do it justice. But if, as I did, you think about buying this lens for portraiture and some precision shots, for example a close-up in the eyes, you might really be disappointed.




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