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Sigma105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro Lens for Nikon AF Cameras
 
4.6

(based on 37 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (24)
  • Nice bokeh (22)
  • Consistent output (20)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (19)
  • Durable (16)

Cons

  • Heavy (8)
  • Slow focus (5)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (30)
  • Weddings (7)
  • Low light (6)
  • Night photography (5)
  • Landscape/scenery (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (18), Semi-pro photographer (8), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (29), Yes (4)

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!

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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

Great Lens

By Stan

from Bulgaria

About Me Photo Enthusiast

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

        Very sharp, fast. you must have it! Great price!

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        4.0

        No f/2.8 for me so far

        By Donna

        from Southern USA

        About Me Photography Student

        Pros

        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

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

          Same as Raftrdude - I've never been able to open the lens up to f/2.8 on my Nikon D700. Aside from that, I really have had a great time with this lens. I received it as a Christmas present last year and I didn't do much with it until I took a macro course but after that, it has spent A LOT of time on my camera. I don't use the auto-focus aspect often at all. I seem to get much better results with manual focus when I'm truly doing macro photography. If I'm just using the lens as a straight 105mm, I will use the auto-focus and choose my focal points - all with pretty good results.If anyone knows what I might be doing wrong that is not allowing me to open up the lens to the full f/2.8, I'd sure like the info!Thanks!

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          5.0

          Excellent Overall and Macro Capabilities

          By Brad

          from Boston

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Quality images

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography
          • Portraits

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

          I bought this lens primarily for its macro capabilities but its become a frequent addition to my bag for general purposes. The quality of the glass is excellent and it produces terrific results. As a macro capable lens it may be a bit heavy but otherwise a lens I enjoy quite a bit.

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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

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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

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                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

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                    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

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                      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

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                      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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                          5.0

                          Excellent lens

                          By Pat Bank

                          from State College, PA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                          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

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                          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

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                            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

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                              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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                              5.0

                              Great Lens for Macro work

                              By MI & TX Traveler

                              from Michigan and Texas

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                              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

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                              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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                                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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