Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF

Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF

Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF

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Sigma 50mm f/2.8 Overview

  • 1Description

To maintain high optical performance from infinity to close-up 1:1 macro photos without accessories, the Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DG incorporates a "Floating Internal Focusing" (FIF) system. As a result, the lens also features a non-rotating front lens group which makes it easier to work with polarizing filters, and has a focus limiter to narrow down the broad focus range.

This lens is designed as a high-quality primary macro lens, good for film or digital SLR cameras.
The improved DG lens design corrects for various aberrations. This macro lens is specially coated to get the best color balance whilst 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.\

AF not supported by D3000, D3100, D5000, D40, D60 and other Nikon cameras with no AF motor in the body.

Close focus capability of 7.4"
Super Multi Layer (SML) coating reduces ghosting caused by reflections from the surface of digital image sensors
Screw-in hood also accepts a 72mm filter in the front of the lens hood
In the Box
Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF
  • Front & Rear Lens Caps
  • Lens Hood
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Limited 3-Year U.S.A. Extended Warranty Extension Against Manufacturing and Workmanship Defects.
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    • 1Description

    Sigma 50mm f/2.8 Specs

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    Lens Mount Nikon F
    Angle of View 46.8
    Minimum Focus Distance 7.4" / 18.8 cm
    Maximum Magnification 1x
    Optical Design 10 Elements in 9 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 7
    Physical
    Dimensions ( x L) 2.8 x 2.5" / 7.1 x 6.3 cm
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.4 x 4.1 x 4.1"

    Sigma 50mm f/2.8 Reviews

    50mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 29.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A must-have for humble Macro lovers I mainly use this lens for macro photography, being flowers and insects my main targets. I reckon this lens can also be great for close portraits (and not so close as well) and cuisine, although that's not something I do everyday.I still have a rocking Zuiko Micro 50mm f/3.5 for an Olympus OM-1 and the Sigma is a fairly good competitor.The only thing you may not like is how close the front element gets to the subject when doing a 1:1 macro: barely an inch, so there is little room for light to get in.And one thing you may love is that despite being a lens for digital cameras, it is also designed to work with film cameras, so it comes with a nice aperture ring (at least the one for Nikon) which gives you additional control. I love that....
    Date published: 2008-05-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very impressed I'm very impressed with this lens. I have used many different lenses, including some genuine high-end Nikkors, and this Sigma will rank right there near the top. In optical quality alone it seems to be pretty hard to improve on. There might be a slight bit of CA discernible at 100% magnification on some shots with extreme color/brightness transitions, but in most cases one will have to look really hard to find any fault with the image quality, -- so it is just plain nit-picking. It is sharp straight from f2.8. The bokeh is very creamy, and the color transitions and tones are very natural and just beautiful. The contrast is very good too. I haven't noticed any flare either. On a camera with a DX sensor this lens becomes also a 75mm portrait lens in addition to being a macro. The AF speed is very reasonable for a macro lens, and there is a focus limiter. The lens is compact and gives an impression of being very solidly built, -- there is nothing in the construction or materials that feels cheap to me. I have one minor design gripe: the lens hood is a screw-in type, and when it is on, one can't use the supplied 55mm lens cap. So, if you don't want to hassle with screwing and unscrewing the hood all the time just to put on the front cap, -- get a 72mm lens cap, -- it fits perfectly on the hood. The copy of the lens I got required a moderate AF fine tune adjustment (-6) to get AF perfectly on target. I can imagine that if I had a camera without the AF fine tune feature I could be very disappointed in this lens, -- as it is this is a non-issue for me, so I'm not going to deduct any points for this. Overall, I'm VERY pleased with this lens, and if you also factor in a very moderate price, it is really a gem hard to pass.
    Date published: 2009-12-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing for the price I already have experience with a 105 and a 180 macro and I wanted a short macro to experiment with the Nikon R1C1 macro flash with the RRS flash bracket which spreads the lights about 7 apart. This gives me great light modeling with this short focal length lens. I was using the lens with autofocus at almost 1:1 and I found that with my Nikon D2X it focused fast and reliably. I was shooting at f/22 and got excellent results. I have no complaints whatsoever about the lens and am just delighted with the result, and with its handling.
    Date published: 2008-04-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great macro lens I use this lens primarily for nature-based macros. The 1:1 macro ability is fantastic. However, note that you only have about an inch of space to work with when doing a full 1:1 macro. If you are not able to get that close to your subject, you won't be able to take full advantage of the macro abilities of the lens. Very fast lens, but it does slow down as you focus closer from infinity. At 1:1, the maximum aperture is only f/5. It's usually not a problem, though. Just remember that to do serious macros with low light, or a fast/shaky subject, you will probably need a tripod and/or flash. It has a lovely bokeh- a must for a macro. The autofocus is slow and cumbersome, but generally in macro work, manual focus is preferred anyways. Really, I look at is as a bonus feature- there and functional if you need it. As a non-macro lens, it still performs decently. The speed and bokeh are again excellent. The main flaw for this use would be the slow autofocus and, more seriously, the difficulty to fine-tune the focus at longer distances. This was designed to be a macro lens definitely-- close-range the focus can be adjusted to the most minute detail. Farther away, moving the focus a few millimeters changes it from a few feet away to infinity. Definitely better used just for macros, though it may be adequate in a pinch or for stationary subjects/studio photography. The lens bares excellent sharpness, contrast, and colors. It has more flaring issues than I would prefer, but that as well usually isn't too much an issue, so long as you're using it for macro purposes. For this price, you cannot go wrong. It is a great lens.
    Date published: 2009-05-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from perfect macro lens for a beginner i love this lens! i have never loved taking miniature stuff as my subject before not until i decided to try this lens. i have a d300s combined with this lens and i am pretty ecstatic about the tandem of the two. it has brought the thrill and excitement of photography to the next level. i love the quality and the vibrant outcome of pictures taken with this lens. landscapes are phenomenal! detailed and very rich in color. i now use this as my walk around lens and so far i have no known issues with this lens. cheap yet performance and quality is extremely superb.
    Date published: 2010-05-02
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from No good for professional use. I bought this lens mostly to shoot jewelry. Unfortunately I found out that it loses image quality at any aperture above f 22, rendering images useless to high resolution uses. Since high f stops are essential to macro photography due to the critical depth of field it is useless for me. I contacted sigma and the technician told me off the record that I should have bought an original lens (Canon, Nikon), and I certainly agree with him. I'll not take my chances with Sigma any longer.
    Date published: 2009-12-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Does not work with D5000 Nice lens, when hooked up to my D300. Unfortunately I did not buy it for my camera, but for my work's D5000. Had to send it back and get the much more expensive Nikon 60mm AF-S. So just a head's up for those D5000 shoppers. Like I said, otherwise a great lens for camera bodies that can support lens.
    Date published: 2009-12-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good quality lens I purchased this lens for the macro feature and the name Sigma. Normally I only buy Nikon lenses,but I thought I'd try a little less expensive lens and so far I'm satisfied with it. I'm an amature photographer and use this lens on my Nikon D90
    Date published: 2011-05-11
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    question

    Is this autofocus compatible with a D3200?
    Asked by: Erica B.
    Unfortunately, no, the Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF will not autofocus on the Nikon D3200 DSLR camera as there is no built-in HSM Hypersonic Motor inside the lens.
    Answered by: Manzell L.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    question

    My Sigma 50mm f:2.8 Macro lens has an EX designation, not a DG. Would it still link with my Nikon D810? Thanks for any help.Bill
    Asked by: William A.
    The Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF is a full frame lens, and would be fully compatible for use with the Nikon D810 DSLR camera.
    Answered by: Manzell L.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    question

    i have nikon d7100 will work togethere???? what happen with d70s and d40 thanks
    Asked by: Anonymous
    This Sigma lens will work with the D7100 and the D70s, which both have the built in motor for autofocus, but it will not work with the D40, which lacks the motor necessary for autofocus.
    Answered by: Kirk R.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    question

    where are the 29 reviews listed for this item please?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    The customer reviews for the Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF can be found on the Reviews tab on the product page of this item.
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    question

    I have an older Sigma 50mm f:2.8 Macro lens. Can I adapt it to work on my new Nikon D810? Thank you.
    Asked by: William A.
    The answer would simply depend on the age of the lens in question, and if it works when you connect the lens to your camera. If the Sigma lens you own is designed for use on the Nikon F-mount, then it should work on the Nikon D810 DSLR camera. However, if the lens is not fully compatible due to its age or date of manufacture, then you would have to contact Sigma directly to inquire if the lens can be updated for use on your current camera, or if you will need to purchase a replacement lens.
    Answered by: Manzell L.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    question

    will this lens work with d200 ?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    It certainly does; I've used it with my old d200 for a couple years. Be aware that the focal length will be different, though. It will shoot more as an 80mm lens than a 50. I have used this lens professionally for years and really enjoy it. It is even great for portraits.
    Answered by: Cristin C.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    question

    This lense works with D5100?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    The Sigma 50mm f/2.8 macro lens for Nikon can be used on the D5100, though autofocus will not be supported. You would need to manually focus the lens.
    Answered by: Christina S.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    question

    Will the autofocus work with a Nikon D750?
    Asked by: Gregg K.
    Yes, the lens is fully compatible with the Nikon D750 including autofocus.
    Answered by: Yos O.
    Date published: 2018-08-27
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