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Sigma105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras
 
4.7

(based on 47 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (28)
  • Strong construction (28)
  • Consistent output (25)
  • Nice bokeh (22)
  • Durable (21)

Cons

  • Heavy (14)
  • Slow focus (5)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (42)
  • Weddings (12)
  • Low light (9)
  • Landscape/scenery (7)
  • Portraits (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (20), Semi-pro photographer (13), Pro photographer (7), Casual photographer (3), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (38), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

tripod required

Purchased this lens recently and haven't used it a lot but it does produce excellent images. It is a difficult lens to learn to use, what with the split focus and I'm still working...Read complete review

Purchased this lens recently and haven't used it a lot but it does produce excellent images. It is a difficult lens to learn to use, what with the split focus and I'm still working on that. However, as I said, the images are superior. In my case the Optical Stabilizer is of little use, I found that I must use my tripod. The lens is heavy, so you need a VERY GOOD tripod. Bottom line: if you are looking for super images, use this lens properly and you will be rewarded.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

not happy

I wanted to do more Macro photography with a lens just for macro, but found out it was heavier than I thought.It is a nicens but for me just to heavy.

I wanted to do more Macro photography with a lens just for macro, but found out it was heavier than I thought.It is a nicens but for me just to heavy.

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4.0

Nice lens

By kt29

from North Idaho

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography

    Comments about Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

    Bought this lens in a canon mount to use specifically for maco. Autofocus works great and picture clarity and sharpness is very good. When stopping down much more than F7.1, available light becomes a problem, as it would with any other F2.8 lens. Some sort of camera stabilization would be needed such as a tripod or a good lighting system. The cost of this lens, compared to a canon F2.8L macro,was also a contributing factor to buying this lens. A good bang for your buck with this Sigma. Some folks find this lens heavy. For some it may be. I find it very stable to handhold. I like that feeling in a lens. A nice product. It now joins several other Sigma lenses in my kit.

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    5.0

    great lens

    By txqpdoll

    from El Paso Texas

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography

      Comments about Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

      great lens for my 5D Mark III. It is less expensive than the Canon lens and the quality is just as good.

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      5.0

      super close-ups

      By rayboy7

      from Jackson, TN

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • No Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Macro Photography
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

      Auto Focus works great long or super close.
      no negatives.

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      4.0

      Great Lens

      By Larry

      from Florida

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

        I've only used once so far to check it out. My pictures of flowers came out very sharp, it surprised me because I was handholding the camera.

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        5.0

        terrific macro lesn

        By artbsn

        from Seattle

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

          The lens is super sharp, and focuses quickly. It is ideal for macro work and is usable for normal shooting as well.

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          5.0

          Very, very nice!

          By magic marker

          from Hobe Sound, FL

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography

            Comments about Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

            I haven't had much of a chance to use this lens to it's full potential but what I have seen so far it's a definite winner. My tripod hasn't arrived yet so I took some hand-held and braced images. They were great for tests but not for "show". I am attaching two images...one a full-frame and the other the same file cropped. The sharpness is fantastic. Buy this lens!

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            3.0

            not happy

            By sandaxkes

            from Kingsport, TN

            About Me Casual Photographer

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            Pros

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                I wanted to do more Macro photography with a lens just for macro, but found out it was heavier than I thought.It is a nicens but for me just to heavy.

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                5.0

                Great lens

                By Bob

                from Boise, ID

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                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography

                  Comments about Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                  I'm a very serious amateur. I use this on my Canon 6D. Very fast focus wether in manual or auto focus. Very sharp. Excellent results for the price. Like the hoods for both full frame and APSC lenses.

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                  4.0

                  Great lens

                  By wrsc2

                  from washington, dc

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                  Pros

                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography

                  Comments about Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                  Great lens, tack sharp images, easy to focus and holds its focus and alot less expensive than the canon glass.I'd give it a five if it were a little lighter, but it does cradle nicely in my hand.

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                  5.0

                  One Very Nice Lens

                  By Don R

                  from Maryland

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography

                    Comments about Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                    Just getting into macro photography and really needed to get a macro lens. Was looking at the Canon 100mm f2.8L which is Very Good but pricy. A friend advised I check the Sigma 105mm macro and when I did I found it basically has the same features as the Canon at a much more affordable price. The auto focus is not quite as speedy as the Canon but still very good and when shooting macro you mainly use manual focus anyway. Image quality is Super, and comes with a very good quality case. I am very happy with the Sigma 105mm macro lens, my first outside the Canon family. I will consider other Sigma products going forward.

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                    5.0

                    Sharp and easy to sue

                    By Filmflam Man

                    from Pennsylvania

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Macro Photography

                      Comments about Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                      I mostly shoot film. My SLRs, those with good pentaprisms, use film, and so I was looking for a lens that would work with an autofocus SLR.

                      So far I have tried this lens with the single camera that happened to be just about out of Fuji Velvia -- my Rebel 2000. Clearly that camera is not the one I had in mind when I purchased the lens. I do own an Elan 7 NE that fits my hand yet will probably balance well with the 105mm Sigma. I can't quite imagine trying to put the Rebel 2000 on a tripod with the lens, since I wonder whether the Rebel would really hold it solidly.

                      I did, however, photograph a few flowers while holding the camera and lens straight down. I find the results outstanding.

                      One thing I should have known. The lens's optical stabilization will not operate for most film cameras. (The EOS 1 is an exception.) I would imagine that battery issues are the problem.

                      I really like the lens' quick focusing and sharpness. Focusing is aided by a control that lets the photographer set the range within which the lens needs to focus.

                      I intend to try this lens later with portraits. Now I am feeling my way with macros, and I am very happy.

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                      4.0

                      Beautiful images

                      By KristinePPhoto

                      from Missoula, MT

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Super sharp images

                      Cons

                      • Heavy
                      • Loud image stabilization

                      Best Uses

                      • Food photography
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                      This is a fantastic macro lens, and it produces gorgeous images. The IS is loud (the manual describes it as "chattering,") so I tend to not use that a whole lot, but other than that, it's a great lens.

                      FYI - for those of you shooting with this lens on a 5d Mark III, if you have peripheral illumination enabled, you will see a funky white ring or other strange things in the corners of your pics. If shooting RAW, this shouldn't be a problem as your processing software won't show the jpeg preview upon editing, but if you're a jpeg user, turn off the illumination and the issue will be eliminated. It freaked me out at first when I saw this happen, and I nearly returned the lens. So, just keep that in mind.

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                      5.0

                      Great lens, on par wiht Canon.

                      By NR

                      from New York

                      About Me Casual Photographer

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                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • A bit heavy

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                          Great lens, on par with Canon for much less with Sigma discount. Lens hood included! If you are in to macro photography, flowers, insects etc. very sharp. Great for portraits too.

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                          5.0

                          For Macro Work

                          By Iowa Guy

                          from Sacramento, CA

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Macro Photography

                            Comments about Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                            For me I think this is the perfect lens. If you're thinking of purchasing one like it the main decision you'll be making is choice of focal length. I like 105 mm but I know some photographers would prefer a length of around 50 mm.
                            Focusing is sharp and quick -- both auto and manual and I have yet to see any distortion. While I ordinarily use a tripod, I have had some good luck hand-held and the optical stabilizer has proven very effective.
                            This is a fairly heavy lens so you may need to be sure that you have a tripod that will hold it firmly. I use a lateral tripod with a ball head. The aren't the most expensive or highest quality products on the market but they are of good quality. My tripod equipment does the job very well as long as I'm double sure that everything is fully tightened.
                            So far I have only used the lens for macro and close-up photography.

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                            5.0

                            Suesby - Photographer wannabe

                            By Suesby

                            from Saint Petersburg, Florida

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                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Macro Photography
                              • Pets

                              Comments about Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                              Right out of the box this lens was awesome. 3rd picture captured was a bumble bee on a flower - amazing detail. As with any new lens takes a bit of practice to get used to. It's a lot of fun seeing the small world up close. Also used for portraits of my animals and these show super sharp details. If you want to see the world from a tiny, but sharp perspective then this is a great lens to invest in. Bought for my Canon mount. I have one other Sigma lens and was happy with this also. While the L lenses are great they can be less affordable then Sigma. With the savings I made on this lens I was able to purchase another lens on my wish list! Cause, yep, it's all about the gear! Oh yeah, don't forget the tripod!

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                              4.0

                              Excellent lens

                              By Pete Ohthreeeighteleven

                              from Hancock, NH

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                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Nice Bokeh
                              • Rugged
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                              • Lens Creep
                              • Slow Focus

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                              The images this lens creates are stunning. Crisp images with beautiful bokeh.The AF likes to hunt but its a fairly moot point because shooting macro its quicker to dail it in manually anyway and the lens makes this very easy to do. The optical stability is a bit noisy but it performs wonderfully. The controls take a deliberate motion to change so there is no chance of changing the lens settings accidently.

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                              4.0

                              Solid lens

                              By grichardson

                              from San Diego

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                              Pros

                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Nice Bokeh

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Macro Photography
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                                Good build, use it for ring shots at weddings and products. Could be better build but for the price, it's worth it.

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                                5.0

                                Great Macro Lens

                                By 02Nomad

                                from Catonsville, MD

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Macro Photography
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                                  Since I've retired, I wanted to get back to doing macro photography of flowers and butterflies. Based on the recommendations of others, I purchased the Sigma 105 and have not regretted a thing. The lens is sharp and performs as well as my other Sigma lens (17-70).

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                                  5.0

                                  Sigma 105mm Macro Lens - Outstanding Len

                                  By Fast Ed

                                  from Bowden, Ab

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                  • Heavy
                                  • Slow Focus

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                                  Received this lens, from my wife, as a Christmas gift. Lens is very well constructed and works very well on my Canon 6D. The photos are very sharp with good detail, its everything I wanted in a macro lens. Have used it now for just over a week and love it. The only con that I have found with this lens, is that it does not focus as quick as my L lenses, but considering the difference in price it is forgiveable. Furthermore because I will be using this lens mainly for macro shooting I usually shoot in manual focus. This lens is a little heavy but I guess that is due to the fact that it has OS built into it. All in all this is a 5 star lens due to the lens quality and photo quality. Awesome!!!

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                                  5.0

                                  Best Macro I've ever used

                                  By freaky_friday

                                  from Las Vegas, NV

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                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Durable
                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Nice Bokeh

                                  Cons

                                  • Heavy
                                  • Is And Autofocus Noise
                                  • Noisy Os Autofocus

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Macro Photography
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                                  I've owned this lens for about 10 months, purchased new from a brick & mortar store during a Sigma demo. I've since taken some amazing shots of that look incredibly sharp and without any cropping, my favorite being a close-up of a female praying mantis that showed the separation of the individual segments on her antennae. Bokeh is stellar for a f2.8, suitable enough for portraits. Although it's heavy, it feels like a tank in hand and should provide many years of excellent pictures.

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