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105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro Lens for Sigma Cameras
 
5.0

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5.0

So Far So Good

By Leslie

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I bought this to use on a new Sigma SD Quattro H. The effective focal length is 140mm, so I use it the way I would a 135/2.8. I'm not equipped to do serious bench tests, but I did try it at various apertures and found it very good wide open, then even better up to f/5.6 or f/8, and still fine through f/16. I try to use it f/8, generally, sometimes with focus stacking in a studio setting. There are three switches on the lens: 1) image stabilization on, full, vertical only; 2) AF/manual; 3) focus limiter (full, 0.45m to infinity, 0.312 to 0.45m). Also a distance scale. Aperture is set by the camera body.

Because the Sigma SD's sensor is smaller than full frame, yet very high-res, I get the benefit of using the best part of the lens's coverage -- in other words, the corners of the frame are well inside the fringes of the circle, where definition inevitably falls off. The bench-test reviews I read before buying say this is an exceptionally sharp lens, and my results bear that out. I'm satisfied.

One reason I went for it is that's it's a true macro, capable of 1:1 reproduction, yet suitable for general use. It has a focus range limit switch to speed up AF, which is still slow on the SD. However, I use the camera mainly for studio/tripod work, mostly in manual-focus mode. I can't say how fast the focus would be on a Canon or Nikon body. It's silent, as you'd expect, but if you turn on OS (image stabilization) you get a little noise. Again, not a big problem for me, since I turn that off for tripod use. However, I consider stabilization essential on a lens of this focal length; I will use it handheld from time to time.

It's a biggish lens -- made for full frame use, after all -- and extremely solid. Externally, at least, it's very well made. A bit heavy, but hey. It came with two lens hoods, one for full frame and one for APS-C use, a nice touch. (On an APS-C body the effective focal length is 157mm.) The box also contains a nice case for the lens.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Terrific Lens & Retailer

By Wynnsfalls

from Southwest Virginia

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

  • NONE

Best Uses

  • Macro Photography
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife Photos

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

I am a Hobby photographer and have wanted a Macro lens for a long time. B&H's price and Sigma's great lens allowed me to obtain one. It is proving to be one of my best lens. Very sharp and clear photos. The only minus to it is that it is under rated. Professional photographers may feel the need to buy the more expensive brands but this one is perfect for me.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Terrific Lens!

By rmaki

from Easton, MD

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

Cons

  • NONE

Best Uses

  • Macro Photography

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

I used this lens yesterday for the first time and took 180 macro shots of butterflies. The lens performed terrifically. Focusing was fast, quiet, and accurate, and images are very sharp.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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