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Sigma 258306 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens for Nikon DSLR 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
- Lens not zoomable
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon (DX)||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (DX)||—||Nikon AF|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic||automatic_only, manual_only||Ring-type ultrasonic||Ultrasonic||manual-and-auto-focus||auto-focus|
|Item Dimensions||3.07 x 5 x 3.07 in||2.87 x 2.87 x 3.74 in||3.27 x 4.57 x 3.27 in||2.72 x 2.56 x 2.72 in||2.81 x 2.81 x 3.82 in||4 x 4 x 3.1 in|
|Item Weight||2.5 lbs||—||1.74 lbs||0.52 lb||0.89 lb||0.99 lb|
|Lens Type||Prime lens||macro||Prime lens||Prime lens||interchangeable||Macro|
|Maximum Aperture||f/2.8||32 in||2.8||2.8||f/2.8||2.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||105 millimeters||100||105 millimeters||40 millimeters||90 millimeters||105 millimeters|
|Minimum Aperture||22||2.8 in||32||22||2.8||32|
|Minimum Focal Length||105 millimeters||100||105 millimeters||40 millimeters||90 millimeters||105 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||62 millimeters||55 millimeters||62 millimeters||52 millimeters||55 millimeters||58 millimeters|
The Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens for Nikon 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
|Lens Construction||16 Elements in 11 Groups|
|Angle of View||23.3 degrees|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||9 Blades (Rounded diaphragm)|
|Minimum Focusing Distance||31.2cm / 12.3in.|
|Filter Size||Diameter 62mm|
|Dimensions||Diameter 78.3mm x Length 126.4mm / 3.1in. x 5.0in.|
|Weight||725g / 25.6oz.|
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.
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.
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).
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Image quality is very good in my opinion. Viewing pictures on formats most commonly used by people (phones, tablets, laptop screens, 1080p monitors, etc) is very pleasing with no consistent discernment in sharpness, distortion, contrast, bokeh, or CA between this lens and other lenses in its peer group or better when comparing apples-to-apples images.
The stabilization (OS) motor is noisy at start up and shut down with a very audible mechanical "burp" occurring at the point of engaging the AF and/or metering function and a second after releasing your finger from the shutter. Annoying, but not a deal-breaker.
The lens weight and size are very good with the camera feeling very balanced when the lens is mounted. As far as in the "feel" department, I enjoy using my camera the best while using this lens.
Macro is a tricky subject and you should really assess what type of macro you will engage in before buying this lens. 105mm (168mm on a Canon crop) results in an incredibly shallow depth of field. At 1:1 magnification of a subject only at tiny portion of the subject would be in focus. A macro lens in the 50-60mm range might be better suited if you wish for a deeper depth of field.
There are probably more macro lenses at or near the focal length of 100mm than at any other focal length. If this were the only macro lens around 100mm, I would consider it a good lens worth having. It has pretty good image quality and a solid build. Unfortunately for Sigma, "pretty good" isn't good enough in a crowded field of ~100mm macros that include the Canon 100mm f/2.8, the Canon 100mm f/2.8L IS, the Tamron 90mm f/2.8, the Tamron 90mm f.2.8 VC, the Tokina AT-X 100mm f/2.8 PRO D Macro and the Zeiss 100mm F/2 Makro Planar ZE. I have had a chance to test and work with all of these except the Tokina.
Among the lenses I've tested, the Zeiss ranks highest in terms of image quality, but is a rather specialized, expensive f/2 manual focus lens that does not have 1:1 macro capabilities, auto focus or image stabilization. That rules it out for a lot of folks. Among the autofocus 1:1 macro lenses, the Canon f/2.8L IS takes the top spot for image quality, with the new Tamron 90mm VC coming in a very close second and the non-L, non-IS Canon 100mm and non-VC Tamron 90mm not at all far behind. In fact in the real world you're not going to see much difference in IQ between any of these four lenses, they're all that good.
The Sigma 105, on the other hand, while a good performer by most standards, has a hard time competing with any of the aforementioned primo lenses. It's just not as sharp and contrasty, the autofocus isn't as fast and hunts in low light, and it's too heavy. Why settle for a compromise when there are all those other great macros to choose from? Actually I really like and much prefer Sigma's 150mm macro, which is even heavier, but the image quality is superb, and that's really the main criteria I have for keeping a lens.
My favorite pick among all of these: The new Tamron 90mm VC released in early 2013. It has everything I want in a macro lens: super sharp, snappy focus, light weight, reasonably compact, and has impressive, nearly silent image stabilization. I never thought I'd say this, but I now prefer the Tamron 90mm VC over the Canon 100mm L.
Sorry, Sigma, you didn't make the cut this time. I've been holding off on writing this review until I sold the copy I had. It's gone and I won't be purchasing it again. Next.
I like to consider myself an intermediate amateur. Figured I'd save up and get this lens to use for macro photography AND as a portrait lens. It works well for both, BUT you'll need to take into account a few things that I learned while using this lens.
- This is not that fun to use with kids who run around. Not a great lens for casual use at the park, because you run into a lot of AF-hunt. Most photographers may already know this, but this is the first expensive lens I've ever purchased. You can help by setting the lens to focus between 0.45-infinity instead of having full range, but it doesn't help that much.
- Macro lenses, in general, will actually NOT shoot at the aperture stated at every distance. So you will not be shooting at f/2.8 with this lens at macro distances. Have plenty of lighting available.
- This lens works pretty darn well indoors shooting at f/2.8. (I'm talking about those dimly-lit gymnasiums that schools love to do concerts and ceremonies in.)
- The DOF on this lens at f/2.8 is RAZOR SHARP. You can lose focus and have undesirable results if you don't do something as simple as having your focal point on an actual eyeball (as opposed to aiming for the face and hoping). With the magnification, it is pretty noticeable when you miss focus.
I can add more details later as I run into them, but all in all, this is a great lens to have in your bag. I'll let a couple of photos speak for themselves. =)