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Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens for Canon SLR Camera

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  • Designed for use with full frame digital SLR cameras. May also be used with smaller APS-c size sensors with a corresponding effective increase in focal length to about 150mm with most cameras
  • Focuses down to 1:1 magnification ratio at its closest working distance of 12.3 inches
  • A hood adapter, lens hood, front & rear lens caps are included with the lens
  • Filter size 62mm

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Style: Canon SLR Camera
  • Image Stabilization

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Maximum Format Size 35mm FF 35mm FF 35mm FF 35mm FF
Maximum Aperture Range F2.8 F2.8 F2.8 F2.8
Minimum Aperture 22 32 32 32
Photo Filter Thread Size 62 millimeters 58 millimeters 67 millimeters 62 millimeters
Minimum Operating Distance 0.31 meters 0.31 meters 0.3 meters 0.31 meters
Weight 2.5 pounds 1.3 pounds 1.4 pounds 1.7 pounds
Dimension 78.0 x 127.0 x 3.1 inches 2.1 x 3.0 x 2.1 inches 78.0 x 123.0 x 4.8 inches 83.0 x 116.0 x 9.0 inches
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Product Details

Style: Canon SLR Camera
  • Product Dimensions: 127 x 78 x 3.1 inches ; 2.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0058NYVXG
  • Item model number: 258101
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 4, 2011

Product Description

Style: Canon SLR Camera

From the Manufacturer


High performance, large aperture medium telephoto macro lens with OS (Optical Stabilizer).

High performance, large aperture medium telephoto macro lens with OS (Optical Stabilizer). SLD glass provides good control of aberration and the floating inner focus system ensures high rendering throughout the focusing range. By using Sigma's APO Tele Converter, it is possible to take photos at greater than 1:1 magnification. HSM ensures a quiet and high speed AF as well as full-time manual focus override. This lens has a rounded 9 blades diaphragm which creates an attractive blur to the out of focus areas.

Large aperture medium telephoto macro lens

This medium telephoto macro lens allows you to maintain an appropriate distance from subjects while still getting close up photos. Since the working distance at its closest focusing position is 142mm, shadows of the lens and camera will not affect photography making it suitable for taking photos of subjects, such as flowers, under natural lighting conditions. In comparison to the Sigma 50mm and 70mm macro lenses, the main subjects can be defined with perfectly smooth and blurred backgrounds.

Excellent Optical Performance
No Super Multi-Layer Coating (left). With Super Multi-Layer Coating (right).
High rendering performance

The lens power layout produces excellent optical performance. High refractive index SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass corrects chromatic aberration, spherical aberration and field curvature. It ensures high rendering performance at all shooting distances. The Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting, maintaining quality images with high contrast.

Optical Stabilizer
No Optical Stabilizer (top). With Optical Stabilizer (bottom).
Handheld photography with ease

Sigma's OS (Optical Stabilizer) system offers effective correction of approximately 4 stops. As the stabilization effect is visible through the viewfinder, it aids composition and accurate focusing.

* The OS effectiveness will gradually decrease as the shooting distance becomes shorter.

Floating inner focusing

This lens incorporates floating inner focusing which moves two lens groups separately. This minimizes aberrations which occur as shooting distance changes, and enables stable rendering of the image from infinity to 1:1 magnification. This also corrects image distortion, especially when taking close-up pictures. Since focusing does not change its overall length, this lens is easy to hold and use.

Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM)
Hyper Sonic Motor
Quiet and speedy AF

HSM indicates lenses equipped with a Hyper Sonic Motor, driven by ultrasonic waves. HSM provides quiet and high speed AF. It is also possible to use full-time manual focus, even if the lens is set to autofocus.

Rounded 9 blades diaphragm
Rounded Diaphragm

This lens has a rounded 9 blade diaphragm which creates an attractive blur to the out of focus areas. This also creates smooth, rounded out of focus highlights when taking photos which have a strong light source in the background such as lights shining on the surface of water.

Lens Construction
Lens Construction

In a conventional lens, focusing requires an extension of the entire lens or the front lens group. However, to better accommodate autofocusing mechanisms and closeup photography, a need has arisen for lenses that do not change their length during focusing or suffer from focus-dependent variation in aberration. Therefore, Sigma has developed focusing systems that only move elements within the lens barrel. These incorporate smaller and lighter moving lens elements which help improve auto-focus speed. With their unchanging barrel length and small variation in the center of gravity, these lenses also enhance balance and stability for the photographer. Furthermore, since the front of the lens does not rotate, polarizing filters can be used with extra convenience.

Specifications
Lens Construction 16 Elements in 11 Groups
Angle of View 23.3 degrees
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9 Blades (Rounded diaphragm)
Minimum Aperture F22
Minimum Focusing Distance 31.2cm / 12.3in.
Maximum Magnification 1:1
Filter Size Diameter 62mm
Dimensions Diameter 78.3mm x Length 126.4mm / 3.1in. x 5.0in.
Weight 725g / 25.6oz.
MTF Chart
MTF Chart

MTF (Modular Transfer Function) is one of the measurements that evaluates a lens' performance, and it contrasts sensitivity at different spacial frequencies. The horizontal axis is in millimeters and shows the distance from the center of the image toward the edges, and contrast value (highest value is 1) is shown in the vertical axis.

The readings at 10 lines per millimeter measure the lens' contrast ability (red lines), repeating fine parallel lines spaced at 30 lines per millimeter measure the lens' sharpness ability (green lines), when the aperture is wide open. Fine repeating line sets are created parallel to a diagonal line running from corner to corner of the frame, are called Sagittal lines (S) and sets of repeating lines vertical to these lines are drawn, called Meridional (M) line sets.

Distortion
Distortion Chart

effective distortion: When you take a picture of a lattice pattern, it will appear as the blue dotted line shows. the red line illustrates how the lattice pattern will appear in the actual picture when any lens distortion is taken into account.

relative distortion: In this chart, the horizontal axis shows the ideal image height (the distance from the center to the edge of the image [mm]). The vertical axis shows the extent of distortion. The extent of the distortion is represented by how much Y, which is the actual image height, grows (or shrinks) against Y0 which is the ideal image height.

Extent of distortion: D[%]=(Y-Y0/Y0)x100

When you take the picture of a square object, if the distortion amount show a minus value, the image will be seen as expanded (Barrel distortion). If the distortion amount is a plus value, it will be seen as a recessed (pincushi on distortion). When the distortion value is close to 0, the appearance of distortion is very minimal.

Vignetting
Vignetting

The horizontal axis shows the image height (the distance from the center to the edge of the image [mm]). The vertical axis shows the amount of light in the image (based on the amount of light in the image center being 100%). If the peripheral amount of light is lower than the center, the four corners of the image will be darker (vignetting).

Product Description

The Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens for Canon EOS DSLR Cameras offers advanced performance of close-up photography. The OS (Optical Stabilizer) system enables handheld close-up photography. A Special Low Dispersion (SLD) lens and one high refractive index SLD lens provide excellent correction for all types of aberration and distortion. A floating focusing system moves two different lens groups in the optical path to different positions. This system compensates for astigmatic aberration and spherical aberration and provides extremely high optical performance from infinity to 1:1 Macro.The Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting, providing high contrast images. It is also possible to use this lens with Sigma's APO TELE CONVERTERS. The HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) ensures quiet and high speed autofocus as well as full-time manual focus capability. This lens features a splash proof design for use in harsh conditions and a rounded 9 blade diaphragm creating an attractive blur to the out of focus areas of the image.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Very nice image quality, nice bokeh, good color.
Justin Bronder
Definitely happy with the quality of the images, performance and overall built of the lens.
hema3
If you are starting out learning macro photography, I highly recommend this lens.
Douglas Fowler

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By hema3 on April 23, 2012
Style Name: Nikon SLR Camera Verified Purchase
I bought this lens after a detailed comparison with the Nikon 105mm. Tested both with similar conditions, same images, one after the other and found comparable results. The only difference I saw between them was the focus speed of Nikon is slightly better than the Sigma. My considerations were more around sharpness and image quality as a whole: sigma's results were the same as Nikon. So I went ahead and purchased this lens.

Definitely happy with the quality of the images, performance and overall built of the lens. Good work by Sigma in creating this wonderful lens.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By dwarf on July 2, 2012
Style Name: Nikon SLR Camera Verified Purchase
This lens could never be considered to be poorly built. It is built like a tank! It's a very heavy piece of glass and gives excellent sharp photos with nice boke.
I would highly recommend this lens to anyone looking for a 1 to 1 macro / portrait lens.

Pros: Heavy well built, Sharp, Nice Boke, useable on both DX & FX cameras.

Cons: Autofocus HUNTS viciously in lower light, Heavy! a pain to carry around, Lens cap doesn't fit real well.

Overall I do have to say I love the lens and it's quickly become one of my most favorite despite it's cons.

I am using this lens with a Nikon D5100 body.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 1, 2013
Style Name: Canon SLR Camera Verified Purchase
I chose this Macro lens because of previous ownership of the brand name, the quality, features, and unparalleled warranty. I was right again. This lens is everything as described and more. I selected 3 choices: Canon 100mm IS Macro, Tamron 90mm VC Macro, and this Sigma 105mm OS Macro. The lens is actually more beautiful than how it looks in the pictures, and the photos I've taken are beyond belief.

I also bought the filter `Zeikos ZE-UV62 62mm Multi-Coated UV' for it at a very good price (reviewed here too). I mainly use this kind of filters on all my lenses as a physical protection and to keep the dust away, it works like a charm.

Another Sigma lens I own and adore is the Giant-Super-Zoom `Sigma 150-500mm f5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM' (also reviewed here). Some people say this lens is big and heavy, well, it's true, but it is satisfying and rewarding to use like no other lens.

Back to the `Sigma 105mm f2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro', you love this lens the moment you put it in your camera. The ability to shot at 1:1 magnification is an especial event, the simplest little thing becomes immensely interesting after macro-photographed at 1:1, and this lens is wonderful at that. Regular photography and portraits are fantastic too thanks to the magnificent 2.8 wide aperture that allows really good photos in low-light environment. If you're looking for an all-round Macro (1:1 to be a real macro) don't look farther, this is it.

I recommend this lens better than a short one because you have more space for lighting, 12 inches instead of 8; better than a longer one because you can get a lot closer to the subject. The Image Stabilization (OS Optical Stabilizer) in this lens is fantastic, handheld photography is most of what I do. So feel confident to get this Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM 1:1 Macro, I did and I feel good. Thanks God, thanks Sigma, and thanks Amazon.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Porterfield on December 28, 2013
Style Name: Sony SLR Camera Verified Purchase
I don't do a lot of macro but wanted a lens for beauty portraiture. This is hands down the best macro for general use photography for several reasons.

1: Autofocus speed is fast. Really fast. As long as you aren't focusing from the front to back of its range its AF will impress. It's also silent which is a nice bonus.
2. Doesn't extend. This is more a personal thing, but an extending lens can distract models and unbalances the camera.
3. Stabilization. This is less important to me because I usually shoot with strobes and have IBIS, but great if you do any shooting in low light. Huge benefit for non-tripod users.

I am also really impressed by the build quality and hood (which is adaptable for Full Frame or APS-C). I'm not much of a tech-nut so I haven't tested the sharpness extensively, but macro lenses are always sharp and this seems like it will be a perfect prime for all situations.

If you can get it on sale it's a no brainer, don't even bother looking at other primes in this focal length. At full price it's more expensive than other macros, but if you like the 105mm focal length it's absolutely worth the investment.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gehan Ranawana on June 10, 2013
Style Name: Nikon SLR Camera Verified Purchase
I'm really really impressed with the overall performance of this lens.

It's got solid construction and a nice finish and aesthetics.

Pros:
- Awesome image quality
- Good build
- Value for money
- Good design, aesthetics and material

Cons:
- The AF speed tends to be a bit slower (compared to the equivalent Nikon lens). However, when you take in to consideration the price difference, you really can't complain. This is the only slightly negative aspect of the lens I could think of, after using it for nearly a year.

Definitely would recommend for anyone looking for a good macro lens, but looking to save a few hundred bucks.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By L. Ehmer on July 6, 2013
Style Name: Nikon SLR Camera Verified Purchase
I read all the reviews on macro lenses. I wanted one that would allow me to take great pictures of bugs, etc. This lens didn't disappoint! It is rather heavy, but feels well made. I don't want to pay good money for a lens that feels like plastic. I use this lens on my Nikon D5100 and it auto focuses quickly and quietly. I just have to get used to not having to stand so close to get my pic as this lens allows me to stand back much farther from my subject and get a great close-up. Don't hesitate to get this lens!
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