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Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro Lens for Nikon AF Cameras

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Product Highlights
  • Life-Size (1:1) Magnification
  • "Focus Free" Mechanical Design
  • 12.2" (31 cm) Close Focusing Distance
  • Non-Rotating Front Lens
  • Optical Stabilizer (OS)

The Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro Lens for Nikon AF Cameras delivers superb, distortion-free images throughout its broad focus range, from infinity telephoto to life-size (1:1) macro, as close as 12.2" (31 cm) without accessories. A Special Low Dispersion (SLD) lens and one high refractive index SLD lens provide excellent correction for all types of aberration and distortion. Its non-rotating front lens group makes it easier to work with polarizing filters. A focus limiter helps divide the broad focus range into more manageable chunks.

The "focus-free" mechanical design allows the lens to autofocus without any interference from the manual focus ring, making it easy to hold the lens without affecting the speed or normal operation of the autofocus function. Rugged mechanical construction also makes it durable enough for even the heaviest use required by professional photographers. An ideal lens for a wide variety of applications from nature photography to portraiture.

The improved DG lens design for this lens corrects for various aberrations. This macro lens is specially coated to get the best color balance while cutting down on ghosting caused by reflections from the digital image sensor. The lens provides the utmost correction against lateral chromatic aberration which is a serious problem for digital SLR cameras. Sigma's own proprietary OS (Optical Stabilizer) system enables handheld close-up photography.

Close focus capability of 12.2" (31 cm)
Optical Stabilization (OS) enables hand-held close-up photography
Super Multi Layer (SML) coating reduces ghosting caused by reflections from the surface of digital image sensors
Dual Focus (DF) makes the lens easier to hand hold during AF
Performance
Focal Length 105mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Angle of View 23.3°
Minimum Focus Distance 12.3" (31.24 cm)
Magnification 1x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:1
Elements/Groups 16/11
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 62 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.1 x 5.0" (7.87 x 12.70 cm)
Weight 25.6 oz (726 g)
Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro Lens for Nikon AF Cameras
  • Front & Rear Lens Caps
  • Lens Hood
  • Hood Adapter
  • Lens Case
  • Limited 1-Year North and South America Warranty Against Manufacturing and Workmanship Defects.
  • Limited 3-Year U.S.A. Extended Warranty Extension Against Manufacturing and Workmanship Defects.
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    Sigma105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro Lens for Nikon AF Cameras
     
    4.6

    (based on 34 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (22)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (24)
    • Nice bokeh (21)
    • Consistent output (19)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (19)
    • Easily interchangeable (16)

    Cons

    • Heavy (7)
    • Slow focus (5)

    Best Uses

    • Macro photography (28)
    • Weddings (7)
    • Low light (6)
    • Night photography (5)
    • Landscape/scenery (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (16), Semi-pro photographer (8), Casual photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (27), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great lens, great value

    I'm having a great time with this lens. I'm shooting with a D90 and purchased the Sigma to replace a Tokina 100mm macro. The Tokina was no slouch, but I was really looking...Read complete review

    I'm having a great time with this lens. I'm shooting with a D90 and purchased the Sigma to replace a Tokina 100mm macro. The Tokina was no slouch, but I was really looking for some OS/IS implementation. There are not many reviews online regarding using OS with hand held macro shooting, so I'll say that the Sigma performs well in that regard. This time of year I'm a bit of a bug hunter, and you've got to be quick (and lucky) to get a good shot. Not having to compensate for hand shake gives me more options, especially regarding shutter speed and DOF.

    Sharpness is good through the aperture range with nice bokeh as you open up. Auto focus is faster and more accurate than the Tokina was, and the ability to manually focus on-the-fly is great.

    Happy as a clam!

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good, but pricey

    I purchased this lens to replace my Nikon 105 Micro 2.8 D and to have the extra feature of OS, but after testing it against the Nikon, I decided that the OS (not...Read complete review

    I purchased this lens to replace my Nikon 105 Micro 2.8 D and to have the extra feature of OS, but after testing it against the Nikon, I decided that the OS (not as good as Nikon's VR system), was the only improvement. I tested it with identical settings as the Nikon and and in the end, optically, it was an even match. Good build quality, fast and quiet focus, but average resolution, for a macro.

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    5.0

    Is a lens that every photographer should have

    By Jose M.

    from Los Angeles CA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

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          Comments about Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro Lens for Nikon AF Cameras:

          Is a lens that every photographer should have, has an outstanding focus and a ideal opening!

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          5.0

          Very pleased!

          By Andy

          from Becker, MN

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography

            Comments about Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro Lens for Nikon AF Cameras:

            Had been using an all-in-one type lens for flowers and insects. This is just a hobby, but I was not happy with the quality. This Sigma macro was just the trick. Phenomenal close ups!

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            5.0

            Love the lens

            By acaida3

            from Fort Polk, LA.

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Macro Photography

              Comments about Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro Lens for Nikon AF Cameras:

              Thanks so much for my lens.

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              5.0

              Great Underwater Lens

              By Rayallyn

              from Marathon, FL

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography
                • Underwater Photography
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro Lens for Nikon AF Cameras:

                I purchased this lens to go with my Nikon D5200 and Nimar underwater housing. I am very happy with the results. It may not be quite up to the quality of a Nikon lense but very close. Great Lense for the price.

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                4.0

                Good Lens but hard to get used to.

                By Tim

                from Harpers Ferry, Wv

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Blurry Focus
                • Heavy
                • Poor in Low Light
                • Slow Focus

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography

                Comments about Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro Lens for Nikon AF Cameras:

                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. Otherwise you will need a tripod or you will have to move your subject indoors.

                The image is sharp in macro, less so further away. My prime 50mm lense is sharper for general photos and I was expecting something a little sharper when I read all of the reviews about how it was a good portrait camera.

                At any rate, if you buy it, be prepared to play around with it quite a bit before you figure out the best depth of field and its best uses.

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                5.0

                Amazing!

                By Miss Artsy

                from Ohio

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro Lens for Nikon AF Cameras:

                    It took getting used to, but the quality of the photos is outstanding. A friend told me about this lens a while ago and I finally decided to purchase – and glad I did. It's quickly becoming my new favorite and looking forward to a lot of shooting!

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Excellent lens

                    By Pat Bank

                    from State College, PA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Sharp images
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Noisy Auto-focus
                    • Slow Focus

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography
                    • Video
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro Lens for Nikon AF Cameras:

                    As a macro photographer I have to say the images are as sharp as they can get. The auto focus is a little noisy but you shouldn't be using that for macro anyway. Once again great lens very sharp and clean images highly recommended!

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                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    Excellent macro lens

                    By Daffyfoto

                    from Salem, OR

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Smooth focus ring
                    • Strong Construction
                    • Tack-Sharp Images

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Macro Photography

                      Comments about Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro Lens for Nikon AF Cameras:

                      I bought this lens primarily for flower photography. It has performed beautifully, with the ability to produce tack-sharp focus on the subject while totally blowing out background where I don't want any detail. I principally use manual focus with autofocus assist (which Nikon calls "rangefinder"), and the focus ring works smoothly enough, and with low-enough gearing, to allow me to achieve perfect focus on the targeted point. It's by no means a lightweight lens, but because I shoot almost exclusively with a tripod the weight is not an issue for me. I'm totally satisfied with my purchase.

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                      5.0

                      Great lens

                      By Rio

                      from Colorado

                      Comments about Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro Lens for Nikon AF Cameras:

                      Just bought this lens before heading to Hawaii, wanted it for the macro in taking flowers. Takes great photos of flowers and other bugs such as a spider I found by the pool. I then took this lens up to the top of Mauna Kea and it gave me nice clear photos of the sun set even in 60 mph winds.

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                      5.0

                      Exactly what I was looking for

                      By Howdo

                      from Sarasota, FL

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro Lens for Nikon AF Cameras:

                        The Sigma 105mm was rated highly by a number of reputable reviewers so I decided to give it a try. I was hoping I could do better than the Nikon competitor for a lot less money. As soon as I opened the box, I put it through a test for sharpness and distortion. I got what I was looking for. Great lens. I couldn't be more pleased.

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                        4.0

                        First dedicated Macro

                        By Pribby

                        from Wisconsin

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output

                        Cons

                        • Slow Focus

                        Best Uses

                        • Macro Photography

                        Comments about Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro Lens for Nikon AF Cameras:

                        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. For my purposes that will be fine, but if you will want to shoot insects and other little critters it might be too loud which is why it got a 4 rating instead of 5.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great Lens for Macro work

                        By MI & TX Traveler

                        from Michigan and Texas

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Rugged
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Macro Photography

                        Comments about Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro Lens for Nikon AF Cameras:

                        Have not had a chance to use this as much as I wanted, due to weather and travel. But pictures are tack sharp and the OS is great. Focus is quick and manual ring makes final focus easy. This well built easy to use lens. Have not used for portrait work as of yet.

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                        4.0

                        Very Sharp Lens

                        By Marty

                        from NJ

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Macro Photography

                        Comments about Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro Lens for Nikon AF Cameras:

                        This is a very sharp one even wide open.

                        The color is a little dull compare to Nikon.

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                        5.0

                        Great lens

                        By Dave

                        from Jackson, Califormia

                        Comments about Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro Lens for Nikon AF Cameras:

                        I have had this lens for a little over two weeks and so far it has prove to be a very good investment. Immage quality is outstanding, has very quick focusing overall worth the money. A little large but that is no problem for me.

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                        5.0

                        A GREAT BUY!

                        By BIG BAD BOB

                        from UNITED STATES

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Rugged
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Night Photography
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro Lens for Nikon AF Cameras:

                          THIS IS AN EXCELLENT MACRO AND PORTRAIT LENS THAT MORE THAN LIVES UP TO THE MANUFACTURERS CLAIMS. SUPERIOR QUALITY IN SHARPNESS, COLOR RENDITION, IMPERCEPTABLE DISTORTION, AND ALL OTHER CHARACTERISTICS, THIS LENS WILL FOCUS TO 12.12", PROVIDES FULL-FRAME COVERAGE, IS BUILT TO LAST, ALL FOR A REASONABLE PRICE. I HAVE FOUND NOTHING TO COMPLAIN ABOUT AND IT IS A PLEASURE TO USE.

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                          4.0

                          105mm f2.8 macro HSM OS is a good lens

                          By Paul

                          from Atlanta, GA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Difficult to Clean

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Night Photography

                          Comments about Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro Lens for Nikon AF Cameras:

                          105mm f2.8 OS is a good macro lens.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Excellent lens for the price

                          By Rhino

                          from Willowbrook, Illinois

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Rugged
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Slow Focus

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Night Photography
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro Lens for Nikon AF Cameras:

                          I use this lens for portrait and macro photography. It works great with the Nikon D 7100.
                          I like this lens a lot, but if I could change one thing, I would have it focus faster on close distance range.

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                          5.0

                          Absolutely tack sharp

                          By Michael

                          from Washington, MI

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Rugged
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Case Is A Bit Cheap

                          Best Uses

                          • Macro Photography

                          Comments about Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro Lens for Nikon AF Cameras:

                          I've been a big fan of Nikkor lenses for years. I was lloking for a 105mm macro lens and researched my options. The test reports I read rated this lens not only sharp but THE Sharpest for the Nikon. I've used this hand held and the optical stabilization works well. On a tripod with my Nikon D800 the images produced are stunning. I highly recommend this lens for anyone serious about tack sharp macro work.

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                          4.0

                          Very Good Macro and Portrait Lens

                          By photographme

                          from Bronxville, NY

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Sharp To The Borders

                          Cons

                          • Image Stabilization

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro Lens for Nikon AF Cameras:

                            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). I did not use a computer to analyze the MTF resolution, however, according to my eye, the center of the Sigma resolved as well as our reference Nikon Lens from f5-f9 AND the borders of the image resolved SIGNIFICANTLY BETTER.

                            The autofocus is accurate, quiet and fast.

                            My only complaint with this lens is that the image stabilization is probably 1-2 stops less effective than on the Nikon Makro, otherwise, this lens has better optics and a better price.

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                            5.0

                            Great Macro Lens

                            By PJSPhoto

                            from Brooklyn, NY

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Nice Bokeh
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Macro Photography

                              Comments about Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro Lens for Nikon AF Cameras:

                              This is a fantastic macro lens. Auto focus is quick. Can be used to photograph the smallest flower or be used for portraits with a very pleasing bokeh

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