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Sigma105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens for Nikon AF Cameras
 
4.7

(based on 97 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (73)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Nice bokeh (40)
  • Strong construction (39)
  • Consistent output (37)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (35)
  • Easily interchangeable (29)

Cons

  • Heavy (14)
  • Slow focus (8)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (53)
  • Low light (17)
  • Weddings (13)
  • Wildlife photos (8)
  • Landscape/scenery (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (32), Semi-pro photographer (18), Casual photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (53), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fantastic lens, but f/2.8? see the chart

This lens has outstanding quality. The build feels durable. This lens is super sharp. Being 1:1 ratio, it is very hard to have the whole image in focus with wide open...Read complete review

This lens has outstanding quality. The build feels durable. This lens is super sharp. Being 1:1 ratio, it is very hard to have the whole image in focus with wide open aperture. No fault of the lens... just a flat sensor trying to recording texture. That's the way macro is being so close. This lens is high quality. I've used it for macro & sports. Focus is fast; not the fasted out there but pretty good.My only complaint.... is this really f/2.8??? Yes and no. The closer you focus the smaller the aperture. There is a chart in the manual explaining this. But nowhere is it advertised. I wish B&H would have this chart on the website. I though I was buying a f/2.8 macro. But it's not a 2.8 for macro. But 2.8 that close would have so little in focus it's not a huge deal... just have to have more light or slow shutter. Other than that I am completely satisfied with the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 and would buy it again!!!Pictures of 1:1 (taken with D7000 DX 1.5 crop sensor) and the chart of focus distance and aperture drop off.

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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

I would buy this product again.

By Nuala

from Astoria NY

Verified Buyer

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

Was new to photography. I have captured some beautiful pictures. Very sharp!

 
5.0

Great lens

By Raybug

from Deland

Verified Buyer

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

Great sharp macro lens

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent quality and performance at a reasonable price

By MelD

from Cambria, CA

Verified Buyer

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

I made a purchase decision for this lens based on professional lab results that compared the Sigma to other comparable "Macro" lenses with at least a 1:2 magnification. I tested the lens, practically, on both a Nikon D800E and D810 platform but I did not extensively measure the flat field, corner to corner sharpness which defines a true "Macro" lens. I don't make copies of 2-dimensional artwork, but rather shoot three dimensional objects, so the flat field performance is not of major concern to me. I do most of my photography with a tripod mounted camera. Nevertheless, the OS on this lens was nominally tested with a few hand-held exposures in sunlight conditions using an ISO of 100. Shutter speeds were around 1/125s. Images made under these conditions were sharp, with no evidence of camera shake. For the testing of the lens under my normal shooting conditions, the ISO was set at 100, the apertures between f/16 and f/22 and the shutter speeds were varied between 1/20-1/125s, with OS off (tripod mounted camera). Exposures were made with AF off, but with focus indication active in the viewfinder, so focus was set manually. Miror lockup was set to on. Results were excellent in all conditions. The images were sharp, correctly exposed, and no distortion was observed. I did not observe vignetting at these apertures, but I did not check for vignetting at wide-open apertures. Overall, this lens appears to satisfy my needs. It appears to be a well-made product at a reasonable price, with excellent optical and mechanical performance. I don't have an image to post that would be of value in illustrating this lens' performance for my testing, since I believe the thumbnails on this site are too small to adequately evaluate details in the image.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic Macro Lens

By Idaho Chukar

from Boise, Idaho

Verified Buyer

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

On sale became a great value. Excellent lens and the Sigma Ring Flash works great with it. Great combo on my Nikon D500 or D4S

 
5.0

I would buy this again and strongly recommend it to others

By Robert

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is a sharp lens and is exceeding my expectations for macro photography. Included were a DX specific hood and a high quality case.

 
5.0

I would buy this product again.

By Ronald

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I bought this to replace my old Nikon 60 mm macro. This lens is an upgrade in features from my old lens, internal focusing, fast switch to manual focusing, quiet motor, optical stabilization. The sharpness of this lens is great. It focuses fast and quiet. The OS works very well.

 
5.0

I would definitely buy this again

By Lirio

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I'm loving it, very happy with my purchase and the way my images are coming out.

 
5.0

A great macro lens,

By A.

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is the first non-Nikkor I have used since I bought my Nikon 8008s decades ago. I bought this Sigma after reading many reviews of it, all of them praising this lens. They were right, and at the price, it was a steal. I have been using this lens for table-top and macro work. It is tack sharp, focuses quickly, and the HSM is as advertised; whisper quiet. The fit and finish are exceptional, and it has a look of high quality.

If you are looking for a macro in this focal length range, buy this one.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding Lens

By Reivi

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

I picked this up as a general macro lens, as well as a portrait lens.  It is an outstanding lens, fast focus, sharp images.

 
5.0

AMAZING LENS

By TEE

from Virginia

Verified Buyer

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

I LOVE IT!

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Imperfection(big spot)  on the lens

By Free

from Undisclosed

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

I didn't notice until several months after I bought this that there is a spot on/in the lens that leaves a black circle on photographs.

 
5.0

Great macro lens

By Priscilla

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This lens is awesome

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

very good value

By Richard

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

very sharp micro lens. Also very good for portraits.

 
5.0

Love this lens

By Johnsnz

from Undisclosed

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

Great lens so far

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My first macro

By Madplaidphotos

from Undisclosed

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

Since my purchase I have had only a couple of days to work with the lens; it has been great. Little to no abrasion, (even when using the OS) needs very little post calibration, sometimes not at all. One thing I do not like is the focus is a little slow, granted I didn't buy this as a daily prime lens, some patients is needed.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Recommended

By Corey

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Have been using for portraits and macro work and results are stunning. A little noisy but has faster autofocus and sharper images than Tamron 90mm. Great deal on B&H with Cyber Monday Sale

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great lens, good price, it's a must

By Hefetze

from Israel

Verified Buyer

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

I use this lens for Macro and portrait, on a D750.
very sharp and great colors, OS works great (approximately 3 stops).
The combination of a macro lens and the 105 stabilized lens, makes it a very versatile and powerful tool.
In hard lighting conditions the focus can hunt a bit, not a big deal.
results are magnificent.
It comes with 2 caps (one for FF and the other for DX), very nice case, and cost 300$ less then the Nikon version. It appears to me as a great deal.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great macro lens, sharp and versatile.

By Eli

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Use it for Macro and portraits, great lens. very sharp (F4 - 11) a little soft at 2.8 in the corners , good colors and very nice bokeh.
the lens is almost silent, and the OS works down to 3 stops.
I love the resoles, and have fun working with it.
very good price performance as you get the same features as the Nikon for 300$ less.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good photos hard to get focus

By bokeh82

from Moline, Il

Verified Buyer

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

I love the photos from this lens but it tends to hunt for focus when in tight (at distance it's quick so good portrait but struggles with macro) and if you're shooting macro free hand tends to be a problem but the bokeh is smooth and round and the details can really be made to pop with it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Review 105 mm Macro Sigma Lens

By Danimdemezer

from Miami, FL.

Verified Buyer

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

Hi, I used this product for Food Photography and it's pretty good tool for this type of jobs. This type of lens will help you to get that shot that you need. To have the product in a good proportion and have the focal distance that you want. This Lens allows you to get in control of all this things and even get a pretty good macro shot.

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