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Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro Lens for Canon SLR Cameras (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Macro lens designed for Canon digital SLR cameras
  • 50mm focal length
  • f2.8 maximum aperture
  • Super Multi Coating reduces flare and ghosting common to digital SLR cameras
  • Screw-in lens hood included
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Product Description

Style: Canon SLR Cameras

Product Description

Super Multi Coating reduces flare and ghosting that tends to occur when using digital SLR cameras.

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Sigma launched its first standard 50mm macro lens in 1990, and followed it up with an improved model in 1998. The advent of digital SLR cameras, however, required updated optical technology and a better imaging performance. Enter the latest incarnation of the 50mm macro lens, with an improved design that corrects for various aberrations. Designed exclusively for Canon SLR cameras, this macro lens is specially coated to get the best possible color balance while cutting down on ghosting caused by reflections from the digital image sensor. The lens also includes a floating focusing system, which allows you to precisely photograph objects throughout the entire focusing range. Most importantly, this standard macro lens makes it possible to enjoy better communication with your subject. When viewing through the camera's finder, you'll be able to move the subject and make precise adjustments. For example, the lens offers a close working distance of 7.4 inches, making it extremely convenient to take close-up pictures of a fossil or other inanimate objects.

Other details include a minimum aperture of f/45 that provides a greater depth of field than most lenses, a screw-in lens hood that makes it easy to attach circular polarizing filters, and a 46.8-degree angle of view. All Sigma lenses carry a one-year warranty.

Specifications

  • Focal length: 50mm
  • Maximum aperture: f/2.8
  • Lens construction: 10 elements in 9 groups
  • Angle of view: 46.8 degrees
  • Number of diaphragm blades: 7
  • Minimum aperture: f/45
  • Minimum focusing distance: 7.4 inches
  • Maximum magnification: 1:1
  • Filter size: 55mm
  • Corresponding mount: Canon
  • Dimensions: 2.8 inches in diameter and 2.6 inches long
  • Weight: 11.3 ounces
  • Warranty: 1 year

Product Information

Style:Canon SLR Cameras
Product Dimensions 2.6 x 2.8 x 2.8 inches
Item Weight 11.4 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.1 pounds
ASIN B0002P19PS
Item model number 346101
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4.4 out of 5 stars 109 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,278 in Camera & Photo > Lenses > Camera Lenses > Digital Camera Lenses
#44,209 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories
Date first available at Amazon.com June 17, 2003

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By Courtney A. Craver on May 18, 2009
Style Name: Nikon SLR Cameras
My wife and I are wedding photographers. We are committed to L serious Canon lens. After hearing from several friends that the Sigma lens allowed you to get closer than the Canon lens, I had to order both. Needless to say...I returned the Canon macro lens.
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Bought this lens to assist in Small Product Photography. Since depth of field is normally limited in Macro Photography, the ability of this lens to stop down to F45 was crucial. The result was fine detail and color reproduction to the point where I could see my finger prints on the bezels of the watches. Got to wear cotton gloves!

Don West Photography
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Style Name: Nikon SLR Cameras
I recently purchased the Nikon D200 camera. I had several nice zoom lenses but I did not have anything which would take macro close-up photos. I did some research and found good reviews for this lens. So I got it.

The lens is an excellent lens for close-up photos. I am not a professional photographer but I try really hard to get good sharp photos. This lens will do the job.

Since it is also also a 50mm lens I have used it as a normal lens. The only problem with that is that over the years many of us have been spoiled with zoom lenses. With a zoom lens you can stand in one spot and zoom the lens in or out to get closer or father from your subject. With just the 50mm capability of this lens you have to physically move in or out to get a closer shot or a wider shot. This is not necessarily a criticism, just a comment about how we have been spoiled by zoom lenses.

I do not believe you will be disappointed with this lens. The price is great for the quality.
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Style Name: Minolta and Sony SLR Cameras Verified Purchase
I highly recommend this lens to anyone, and not just for it's macro capability which is amazingly sharp, but also as a super fine fixed focal length lens for portraits and general photography.This lens is tack sharp and very well made, frankly the only fault I can find is the screw in lens hood. The image quality on my Sony Alpha 200 is stunning, it blows the kit lens out of the water in sharpness, contrast and build quality.

Great glass.
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Style Name: Minolta and Sony SLR Cameras Verified Purchase
I recently purchased a Sony A300 and was looking for an affordable lens for photographing plants and flowers close up as the kit lens that came with the camera is unsatisfactory for macro photography.

I chose the Sigma 50mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro and have found that I made a very good choice. I don't know all the technical in's and out's of a camera lens so I can't really discuss that topic.

But... the day I got my lens I mounted it up, put my camera on a tripod and took some killer macro shots of small plants. I may not know the tech stuff but I do know a great picture and this lens is helping me get them.

I'd highly recommend this lens.
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Style Name: Canon SLR Cameras
This was my first Sigma lens. Canon just doesn't have a 50mm 1:1 macro for full frame in their line-up. I really like the pictures I get out of this lens. I can have it on my camera all day and get a ton of different kinds of shots, from landscapes to close-ups. Compared to the Canon 50mm f/2.5 compact macro (only 1:2 magnification), I think it's capable of slightly sharper results with less chromatic abberations, and of course it has more magnification in the macro range.

This lens is relatively small and light, which makes it great as a walk-around lens, although it does extend to about twice its length for 1:1 macro work. The build quality is very nice and Sigma's speckled matte black with gold ring is handsome, but the extending front element has just enough play to be able to feel it wiggling in my grip when I grab it, so not Canon L build standards. Auto-focusing is a little noisy, but quick and accurate. Manual focusing is quite pleasant, as the focusing ring is well dampened. The ring has about 180 degrees of turn for its macro range, but only about 1/2" of that travel is for 2 m to infinity.

The minimum working distance for 1:1 magnification (the distance between your lens and what you're focusing on) is about 1 3/4", and for 1:2 magnification, it's about 3 1/4". In reality, most of my macro shots are somewhere between there, but 1:1 will not be practical with this lens for most insects.

There are two main drawbacks. The main problem that bugs me is that there is no full-time manual focusing in AF mode, which I have come to expect in modern lenses. If you're auto-focusing, and the lens just isn't hitting the mark, you should be able to just grab the focus ring and manually fine tune it.
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Style Name: Nikon SLR Cameras
I own a Nikon D200 and already have a 300 mm lens that will do "macro" which for me, isn't the kind of macro I like to do. A lot of professional photographers don't 'get it' as to why I would want a 1:1 ratio. I love this lens from the moment I tried it out. What convinced me to buy it was a lens review in PC Photo magazine (the most recent issue) that reviewed the Sigma, Nikon and Canon 50mm macro lenses. This one won hands down and I can easily see why. You can view some of my macro shots at my web album: [...]
They say a picture is worth a thousand words.
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I use to own an Olympus Om-1n, and the OM50mm F1.8 had great bokeh. Since switching to the Nikon line; I have not liked any of the 50mm lenses from Nikon. With the advent of photoshop and other corrective software; I will not make the case to why when you select a lens, bokeh should be your FIRST criteria.

The bokeh on this lens is exceptionally smooth, the lens itself is quite sharp, and there is basically no distortion. CA is fairly well controlled, and there isn't very much vignetting when used as normal lens, and in macro, a 50mm is generally too wide to be used effectively as a macro down to 1:1 because you are so close to your subject you block your own light and create your own vignetting. There really isn't anything bad about this lens period.

So why would you pick this lens over the offerings of the primary manufacturer's 50mm offerings? Because of Bokeh. The Bokeh on this lens in a word, is exceptional. I don't own any Canon gear so I can only speak about the Nikon and it's Nikkor line as a comparison.

The old Nikkor 50mm f1.8 was sharp but had horrible bokeh. The Nikkor 50mm F1.4 was sharp also but it too had horrible bokeh. The newer Nikkor 50mm F1.8G, while improved, I find the bokeh to be quite nervous still.

When designing a lens, engineers need to decide and compromise between a few things:

Cost
Size
Weight
Speed
CA
Vignetting
Sharpness
Bokeh

It's a juggling act they try to perform, and so let's take a closer look at these categories.

Cost: Lenses are one area where throwing money at it really DOES improve. $99 Sigma zoom, vs a Zeiss prime? I don't even need to test it, I know what will win.
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