Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG AF Telephoto Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras - USA Warranty

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About Sigma

A medium telephoto macro lens which is designed for traditional and digital SLR cameras, its lens power layout produces an excellent optical performance. The lens coating cuts down ghost. The DG lens is designed to reduce the influence of harmful light caused by reflections from the digital image sensor. Its outstanding optical performance provides the ultimate correction against lateral chromatic aberration and distortion. This lens boasts compact dimensions of 2.9" (maximum diameter) and 3.7" (overall length). It has a filter size of 58mm and, at just 15.8 OZ, is also extremely lightweight. The minimum focusing distance of 31.2cm (12.2in) is capable of macro photography with a maximum magnification of 1:1. It is possible to enjoy photography from life-size close-up to infinity.

. This lens is equipped with a "Focus Limiter Switch" that limits the AF range so improving the speed and accuracy of auto focus. It also incorporates a Dual Focus (DF) system that is designed to make the lens easy to hold during auto focusing. The large focus ring offers smooth and positive action whilst focusing manually. A screw-in hood is included, for convenient use of circular polarizing filters. This telephoto macro lens has an equivalent field of view of 178mm on a digital SLR camera (when used with the SD10).

Summary of Customer Reviews

(7)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Strong construction (6),Easily interchangeable (4),Fast / accurate auto-focus (4),Durable (3),Simple controls (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (3)

Sigma Features

  • Compact and lightweight medium telephoto macro lens.
  • Optimized image quality for Digital SLR cameras. Super Multi Layer (SML) coating reduces the ghost caused by reflections from thesurface of digital image sensors
  • Maximum magnification of 1:1
  • Focus Limiter Switch that limits the AF range so improving the speed and accuracy of auto focus
  • Dual Focus (DF) system that is designed to make the lens easy to hold during auto focusing

Sigma Specifications

Construction
11 Elements in 10 Groups
Angle of view
23.3°
F stop range
45
Closest Focusing Distance
31cm /12.2"
Maximum Magnification
1:1
Filter Size
58mm
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
94 x 74mm / 3.7 x 2.9"
Weight
450g / 15.8oz.

Reviews about this item

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4.3

(based on 7 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Lens Good Price

The resolution is great. The Macro capabilities are fantastic. The lens is a f/2.8 but has the capability for f/45 on Canon EOS cameras which provides a great depth of field range. A tripod is pretty much mandatory when using the lens stopped down near f/45 however, but it doesn't impact my macro work as I always use a tripod. The depth of field at f/2.8 is pretty shallow so the ability to stop down a considerable amount is greatly appreciated. The screw on hood I dislike somwhat, I prefer th...

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The resolution is great. The Macro capabilities are fantastic. The lens is a f/2.8 but has the capability for f/45 on Canon EOS cameras which provides a great depth of field range. A tripod is pretty much mandatory when using the lens stopped down near f/45 however, but it doesn't impact my macro work as I always use a tripod. The depth of field at f/2.8 is pretty shallow so the ability to stop down a considerable amount is greatly appreciated. The screw on hood I dislike somwhat, I prefer the 1/4 turn type of lens hoods, but on the bright side if you want to leave the hood on you can use a 77mm lens cap directly on the hood. The hood is rather redundant anyway as the frontal glass surface is recessed fairly deeply into the lens body. It has a funky manual focus push/pull clutch that takes some getting used to, but since the focusing ring turns during autofocus operation it is handy to disengage. Auto focus operaton is rather slow overall, but considering the range of focus from infinity to 1:1 macro it is understandable. There is a limit switch that comes in handy for when you are not using the lense for macro work that restricts the focusing to the normal (non-macro) range, which can help with the auto focus time. The auto focus also tends to hunt in low light situations, but I rarely use autofocus in those situatons anyway so it is not an issue to me. Most of my macro work is done with my Canon XTi or 5D and I use a Sigma EM-140 DG ringlight flash as well, which by the way can function as the Master with my Canon 430EX flash units functioning as slaves, which makes for some very flexible lighting options. Overall this is a great macro lens and I enjoy using it very much, the price is pretty good. If you use auto focus for the majority of your work you may be a bit disappointed but for those of us that prefer manual focus I highly recommend this lens.

Reviewed by 7 customers

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

An INCREDIBLY sharp lens, but slow focus

By

from Niles, Ohio  -  Semi-Professional

Let me start off by saying that if you can save a little more and get the Canon 100mm macro, do it. That being said, I cannot overstate how sharp this lens is. If you search for some macro shots made with this, you'll see what I mean. I have pictures of a dragonfly that you can clearly see the detail in the face and body. Flowers are gorgeous with this. Portraits are a little more difficult if you have a crop sensor, as 105mm makes you work from a long ways away. The results are very much worth it, though. The cons are that this lens focuses very slowly and is noisy. It does not have full-time manual focus, which is frustrating. All in all, I'm happy with this lens and would recommend it to those who refuse to spend a little more for the Canon version.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Lens

By

from Yonges Island, South Carolina  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I purchased it for my Canon XTi & have been using it with wildlife & flower photography so far. Great lens and really crisp results!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweet Lens

By

from Loma Linda, CA  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Excellent upgrade from entry level lenses. This is my first EX from Sigma and it won't be my last. Crisp, sharp, clear shots the first time. Great price.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great lens

By

from Grenwood Village, CO.  -  Casual user

Very nice lens for dental close up photography. A ring light is not necessary.

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

getting started new user

By

from new your city  -  Getting started

took nice pictures for me

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Lens Good Price

By

from Atlanta, GA

The resolution is great. The Macro capabilities are fantastic. The lens is a f/2.8 but has the capability for f/45 on Canon EOS cameras which provides a great depth of field range. A tripod is pretty much mandatory when using the lens stopped down near f/45 however, but it doesn't impact my macro work as I always use a tripod. The depth of field at f/2.8 is pretty shallow so the ability to stop down a considerable amount is greatly appreciated. The screw on hood I dislike somwhat, I prefer the 1/4 turn type of lens hoods, but on the bright side if you want to leave the hood on you can use a 77mm lens cap directly on the hood. The hood is rather redundant anyway as the frontal glass surface is recessed fairly deeply into the lens body. It has a funky manual focus push/pull clutch that takes some getting used to, but since the focusing ring turns during autofocus operation it is handy to disengage. Auto focus operaton is rather slow overall, but considering the range of focus from infinity to 1:1 macro it is understandable. There is a limit switch that comes in handy for when you are not using the lense for macro work that restricts the focusing to the normal (non-macro) range, which can help with the auto focus time. The auto focus also tends to hunt in low light situations, but I rarely use autofocus in those situatons anyway so it is not an issue to me. Most of my macro work is done with my Canon XTi or 5D and I use a Sigma EM-140 DG ringlight flash as well, which by the way can function as the Master with my Canon 430EX flash units functioning as slaves, which makes for some very flexible lighting options. Overall this is a great macro lens and I enjoy using it very much, the price is pretty good. If you use auto focus for the majority of your work you may be a bit disappointed but for those of us that prefer manual focus I highly recommend this lens.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Sigma 105 a must for macros on the cheap

By

from North Carolina

This lenses are very good, sharp and easy to handle for hand held pics. Very good and durable construction, dropped mine twice and still works like new! [...]

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Shopper  I've had this lens for about 2 years now. All of a sudden today my focus ring is super tight and I have to use a lot of force to get it past 1:2 Needless to say the autofocus no longer works. I did not spill anything over the camera nor has it ever been dropped. Anyone know what might have happened?
MOSHE S  I had a similar experience but it resolved when I recharged the camera's battery.
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