Sigma 105mm AF F2.8 EX DG Macro A-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#45588 date: Sep-17-2020
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:180 USD
positive:Price-value ratio.
negative:Hood.
comment:Excellent macro and portrait lense. Is just realized that this is my only lense got 5 5 ratings. It means something.
reviewer#11518 date: Dec-3-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:I don't own anything comparable to this lens.
price paid:335 USD (KEH - used)
positive:- sharp, sharp, sharp
- good feel
- magnification scale on the inner barrel
- focus ring doesn't rotate in AF
- limit switch
negative:- screw driven
- engaging the clutch to drive the focus helicoid for MF feels a little wonky sometimes
- slow AF
- screw-in hood
comment:Negatives first:

- the lens is a screw drive design, and like all screw driven sigma designs, is susceptible to the dreaded gear strip. Mine was damaged by my A77 racking it in and out during a video and had to be sent in to have the gearing repaired.
- It uses a clutch system to keep the focus ring from rotating during AF, and engaging the MF helicoid sometimes feels a little flimsy.
- The hood is a screw-in design, which can be a hassle if you're one with a smaller bag who has to take hoods on and off for transport/storage. Leaving the hood on full time requires a 77mm lens cap to protect the front element, and 77mm filters, as the hood takes up the 58mm threads. (the lens is provided with a 58mm cap for the main threads)

That all being said, however...


This lens is my favorite one of all the lenses I own. It is *razor* sharp. The AF, while slow, is very precise. It rarely hunts on my 77, and the limiter is great for keeping it from running the whole length of the helicoid when it does miss. (and that's a *long* run) My 77, as I said above, managed to destroy the gearing, but Sigma fixed it for a little more than $100 and it's been good as new ever since.

The overall build quality is good, but I dinged it pretty heavily for the busted gearing, as I don't feel confident using it for video anymore. The design is no longer the current EX style, it uses the older, spackled black instead of the newer flat black of the global vision lenses.

I've never had any distortion problems, and the deep front element recession in addition to the hood pretty much eliminate any unwanted flare.

Overall, this lens is seriously badass. The newer version fixes a lot of the problems that the EX DG version has, but for a whole lot more money. Snagging this lens for a good price won't do you wrong. The sharpness, color, and contrast more than make up for the build problems. And again, the sharpness is incredible.
reviewer#10532 date: Sep-21-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sigma 70-200 F2.8 HSM
Sigma 17-70 F2.8-4 OS HSM
Sigma 120-400 F4.5-5.6 HSM
Sigma 30mm F1.4
price paid:400usd (used)
positive:When used well tack sharp, small, lightweight.
negative:Produces a lot of noise, hunts
comment:It produces a lot of noise when the AF is in use. It really jumps into sharpness. It hunts a lot when using AF. To get the best results switch off AF.
reviewer#9623 date: Nov-25-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 1.7 50mm
Sigma 3.5-6.3 18-200mm DC
price paid:
missing
positive:the sharpness is fantastic
bokeh
negative:
missing
comment:I just love this lens. It is real sharp and just a great macro lens. The focus is a little slow on my KoMi D7D but that is due to the fact that it is a macro lens and has quiet a tubus coming out for the focussing (4.5 cm). But therefore the is a focuslimiter to easy things up a little.
reviewer#8676 date: Feb-19-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:400 USD
positive:Sharpness
Focus limiter
Suitable focal length
Bokeh
negative:Colors are good, but not excellent (some yellowish)
Screw in hood
comment:Good macro lens for day to day shooting.
(dreamed (and dreaming still) about Minolta 200/4G APO Macro, but for real shooting bought this one).
Prefer this lens for suitable focal length (50 or 70mm of FullFrame camera too short for live objects).
And if I change this one - only for Minolta 200/4G APO Macro.

Don`t like only screw-in hood, and colors sometime seems too yellow.
But, when I shoot children with this lens - my friends tell, that this is best shots of them.
(But be awared: for adult people shooting - this Sigma has too much contrast and sharpness!)
reviewer#8439 date: Dec-21-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 70-200mm f2.8,
Sony 70-400mm f4-5.6,
Minolta 400mm f4.5,
Minolta 600mm f4.0,
Sigma 500mm f4.5,
Sigma 10-20mm F4 - 5.6
Sigma 105mm F2.8,
Sigma 85mm f1.4,
price paid:325 USD (New)
positive:Sharpness, color & build is way beyond what I expected when I got this lens.
negative:None
comment:None
reviewer#7459 date: May-21-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 135/2.8, Cosina 100/3.5
price paid:
missing
positive:Very sharp, real 1:1 macro
negative:AF could be faster, but there's a limiter.
comment:
missing
reviewer#7196 date: Mar-29-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:350€ used
positive:- AF limit=faster AF
- 1:1 macro
- no need for sun hood
negative:- I am little bit concerned about AF/MF switch - its pull mechanism, hope there will be no problem.
- at 1:1 is lens quite long, MFD 29cm = lens lenght+14 cm...
comment:I bought this lens as my first real macro lens and I am quite satisfied as far. 105mm is quite usable range, goes well with 18-70mmm. Nice colors, no need for sun hood. Lens lenght at 1:1 is sometimes problem, because object has to be around 14 cm from lens = tripod is better choice than hand.
reviewer#7061 date: Mar-12-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Very good sharpness
Fast focus (not in macro),
really good in manual
negative:screw hood
focus speed in macro and low light
comment:My first and only macro lense,
i love it ! ;)
reviewer#6705 date: Jan-5-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:KM 18-70
S 50/1.8
T 17-70
M 70-210/4
M 28-85
M 28/2.8
M 50/1.7
price paid:$220 used
positive:sharp
no need in hood
nice bokeh
AF limit switcher
negative:screw mount hood
af/mf switch is not convenient
58 filter... why not 55?
very slow AF
comment:A very nice lens for wild nature macro. Also it is convenient for indoor macro. It also can be used for portrait photography as it has very pleasant colours and soft bokeh wide opened 2.8-3.5
From time to time I take this lens instead of my 'beercan' for medium tele or portraits.
AF speed slower than minolta's "beercan".
reviewer#6696 date: Jan-5-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 70-200 f2.8
Sony 28 f2.8
Minolta 50 f1.7
price paid:600$ C (new)
positive:Very good IQ, my first choice for Macro.
negative:None really, I rarely put the hood on.
comment:If I was to start building my lens kit tomorrow morning, it would be in the top three.
reviewer#6456 date: Nov-24-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:sigma 150-500mm
sigma 12-24mm
price paid:€ 350
positive:sharpnes
colors
negative:screw in hood

just got it back from repairs, €200,- wasn't able to focus any more manual and auto felt like something was broken inside probably a broken gear.
comment:have bin using it all summer great lens to sxplore the abilities of your camera
reviewer#5834 date: Aug-8-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 100 2.8 D AF Macro
price paid:250 EUR
positive:Sharpness from 5.6 to 11
Bokeh
Focus ring
negative:Screw-in hood
Slow focus
comment:I bought this lens new on ebay, it was an occasion I payed little euros, so lucky.
The lens is just perfect, well built and perfect on the camera even though it's an old style design, with no internal focus and a crazy hood!
The large focus ring is easy to use and accurate since I only use it in MF when I do macros.
I also use it for animal portraits and I think it's razor sharp...in that case AF works well for me and the quick AF/MF switch is pretty smart even though you have to operate on the selector on camera.
I only found something silly the metal screw-in hood....but I solved like suggested by Goden buying an original Sony Alpha 77mm lens cap.

EDIT 04 Aug. 2010: I lowered Color field by 1 point because now I have a Minolta 100 2.8 macro way better than Sigma in color rendition.
EDIT 11 Jan. 2011: Lowered build vote because I saw the new Sigma 150 macro and Canon 100 L macro!
reviewer#5737 date: Jul-20-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.1
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:-an older Sigma 50mm macro lens (Now discontinued)
-Sigma 70-300 (tested with macro feature)
price paid:$650 CAD - (New- Store bought)
positive:-Sharp, sharp, sharp!
-Great focus ring
-Functional 2-step limiter
-Good build, feels good in the hands
-Screw-in hood allows for easy turning of Circ-Pol filters
-Reasonably priced
-Focus ring can disengage to stop spinning during AF
negative:-AF hunts, but this is no problem as it's a macro lens
-Screw-in hood means provided lens-cap cannot be used (Read my solution below)
-Somewhat susceptible to flare
comment:If you're looking for a macro lens with a bit more reach than the standard 50mm, then this is your best bet. Takes great sharp pictures with all distortion and chromatic aberration in very tolerable levels. However, the screw-in hood covers the spot the lens-cap would normally fit on. To fix this issue, I purchased a 77mm lens-cap from Tamron to cover the hood face.
reviewer#5655 date: Jul-6-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony STF 135
price paid:420 Euro (new)
positive:Sharp
Good color
Flare well controled
negative:AF
Manual focus ring (design of focus ring)
comment:A good mid-class macro lens. The huge problem of this lens is the AF and the focus ring design.

AF hunting is horrible. Focus ring easly jumps from MF to AF. MF focus is not nearly as smooth as on the STF 135. But the STF 135 is a other class of lens.

On close objects the tubes extends far out.
A good lens for its price.
reviewer#4652 date: Jan-8-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:I have these lenses but none directly compare since none are dedicated macro:

SAL-1870
Big Beercan
Tamron 17-50
Tamron 70-200
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharpness is just amazing!!
Bokeh
Speed
Weight

negative:AF speed... see comment below
comment:The only negative is AF Speed and possible hunting in the lowest of light(dark concerts, etc)

This is a macro lens for taking macro shots! If you use it as something other than that(I do fairly often), you cannot expect it to be have lightning fast AF and still have the fine focusing capability to fine focus for a DOF .02 inches.
reviewer#4304 date: Nov-1-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Phoenix 100mm f3.5, Minolta 28-85 with close focus, minolta 50mm 1.7, Tamron 17-50, Sigma 100-300.
price paid:348 usd new
positive:Great sharpness. Much sharper than the Minolta 50mm 1.7 accross the range. Lightweight and well made.
negative:Using the focus limiter on an A700 it focusses fast. Low light and macro and it will hunt, use mf.
comment:Great sharpness across the range, easily the sharpest lens I have. As a telephoto for general and portrait use it's excellent. Typically excellent macro sharpness, even at f2.8 and goes way up there to f45 for fantastic dof in good light. I see no problems with the bokah, smooth as it should be. Build quality is excellent, lightweight with good quality materials. The EX finish looks great to me and wears well. You'll buy it for the macro capability and price but you'll be pleasantly surprised by how usefull it is as 150mm prime on an A700.
reviewer#4114 date: Sep-18-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Zeiss 85mmF1.4
50mmF1.7
price paid:400 AU (new)
positive:Sharp
A real macro lens
negative:Focus speed (which macro isnt)
Screw mount hood.
comment:As sharp as the Ziess 85mm, very good colour and contrast. Seems to be as good as a Tamron90mm macro I have used and a Minolta 100mm macro I have used.

My first real macro lens, and it doesnt disapoint, but as all macro's a bit slow on focus speed.

Build rating I would actually give 4.5 if I could, the focus ring implementation could have been a bit better I think.
reviewer#3964 date: Aug-13-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:50 1.7
Tamron 18-200 3.5-6.3
Close up lenses +4 +2 +1
price paid:$289 new ebay
positive:-Usable @ 2.8 and razor sharp by f4
-Limit switch works in both directions from 1:4
-Built Quality is solid
-Comes with padded case
-4 year warranty
negative:-Screw in hood
-flimsy cap
comment:I think this is one of the best buys for a macro if compared in price with the Min and Sony 100mm. I'm on budget and really wanted a used copy of the minolta but they currently selling for $400+ on ebay without any type oF warranty from a 10+ year old lenses. I used this lens 2 weeks now and regret not buying a real macro sooner, so much better resolution than my close up lenses on the 50 and Tam 18-200. I also considered the Tam 90 but it was more expensive and didn't quite reach as far as the siggy.

AF is acutally faster than my Tamron zoom which is quite slow. I really like the simple clutch mechanism to disengage the focus ring during AF. The focus ring feels good in the hand and is smooth in operation. AF limit switch makes this lense useful for portarit or a sharp medium telephoto about 157mm on aps-C

Colors are not as warm as the 50 or Tamron but are easily adjusted in PP. Bokeh is buttery smooth.
reviewer#3941 date: Aug-8-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:370
positive:Very nice in manual mode
great for the price
negative:AF not been particularly useful- it hunts alot
Wish it was 55mm to be compatible with sony/minola flashes
comment:
missing
reviewer#3634 date: May-27-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Min 20mm 2.8
Min 28-85 3.5-4.5
Min 35-70 4
Min 35-105 3.5-4.5
Min 50 1.7
Min 70-210 f4
Sigma 24-60 2.8 EX DG
price paid:350 USD (new)
positive:Great sharpness, great detail, great bokeh, clutched focus ring.
negative:AF hunts all over the place, esp. in low-light (normal for macro?), can't use filters or lens cap with hood on
comment:You can take some great pictures with this lens, but my recommendation would be to use the manual focus. It hunts for focus all the time, and is relatively slow (it's got a wide focus range to hunt through). Easier to just put in manual and take the time to do it yourself, probably still faster than the AF. The lens hood is a screw-on type, so there's no applying the cap or any filters while it's on, however, once the lens hood is on, the actual glass is so far in there, you won't need to worry about damaging the lens when the cap is off.
This is my only macro, so I don't know how it stands up to other macros, but I absolutely love how close you can get and how much detail can be resolved with this lens. It's so sharp, and it's bokeh is nice and smooth. Great image quality.
I also like how you can slide the focus ring into AF mode so that the focus ring doesn't turn while you're holding the lens.
reviewer#3541 date: May-2-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:18-50 2.8 SIGMA
50MM 1.7
24-105 MINOLTA
price paid:390 USD
positive:- SHARP
-SMOOTH MANUAL FOCUS
- FAST APRATURE
- GOOD WORKING DISTANCE
negative:HATE THE LENS HOOD
SLOW AUTO FOCUS BUT NORMAL FOR A MACRO
comment:Good Macro and portrait lens. Works better with A-700 than with 7d
reviewer#3274 date: Feb-17-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:400 usd (new)
positive:
missing
negative:hunts for sharpness sometime long
comment:first macro i have had ever am happy with it so far.
reviewer#2878 date: Oct-26-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:None other to compare to
price paid:$360 US
positive:Build (save lens hood)
sharpness
color
negative:Hood
comment:Very sharp, good color, good build. The lens hood is very inconvenient (screw in round hood). Focus can hunt, but it is surprisingly good in macro mode on the A700 (hunts like mad on the 7D). Good portrait lens (although you have soften the images in PP, esp. for the ladies).
reviewer#2077 date: Mar-29-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 100 - 300 F4 EX DG IF APO
Sigma 50 F2.8 EX DG Macro
Minolta AF 200 2.8 G APO HS
price paid:420 € (new)
positive:Very sharp from f4 - f13
sharp from f2.8 to 16

negative:AF hunts in some situations
AF could be faster
No IF - When AF hunts the moving front lens is a problem
comment:Very good macro lens.
105 mm - gives a reasonable distance to insects
Since I got the 50 2.8 EX DG Macro - the 50 has faster AF and is sharper I use the 105 only for macro and only for the extra distance.
reviewer#2056 date: Mar-26-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Phoniex 100mm macro, kit, Tamron 18-200, Minolta Beercan, Sigma 30 mm f 1.4, Minolta 50mm f 1.7
price paid:$360
positive:Very sharp, plenty fast, smooth MF. nice bokeh, nice build, reasonable price
negative:Slow AF but who really cares with a macro lens?
comment:No question that this is the sharpest lens i've ever used. Spectacular levels of detail. Perfect colors. It also is a pleasure to use. The build quality is solid and it has a gigantic focusing ring that is very smooth and has huge travel which makes a difference in macro where you spend so much time manually focusing. The lens is a tremendous value and their is no need to spend more on anything else. Sigma makes some great lenses.
reviewer#1998 date: Mar-19-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Tamron 90mm, Minolta 100mm macro
Sigma 50mm macro
price paid:150 GBP
positive:-Value
-Optical performance
-EX coating is nice :)
negative:-Feels a little cheap
-Screw in hood
comment:Great lens but I like the Tamron (and the Minolta Orig) better.
It is very sharp, and quite useful, performs well as a short/mid tele as well as a macro. The focal length is perhaps a bit long on a 1.5x crop DSLR but thats not the lens' fault!

AF is as slow as any other macro, manual focus feels good - wide ring with comfy rubber grip (like the Tamron). The lens barrel has a soft touch coating (EX) which feels nice, like you want to pet it.
However I believe the barrel to be plastic, so it still feels a bit fragile. Tamron also feels fragile but has a nasty shiny finish. Minolta is made of metal and feels the most solid.
Mine had a plastic hood, though I believe most have a metal one. Oddly, it screws in, making it tiresome to use. Or you can leave it on, making the lens much bigger. The front of the hood is threaded for 77mm filters which is quite handy actually.

In comparison I thought the Tamron (and ofc the Minolta) give a slightly better bokeh. The Tam has an extra diaphragm blade (9 v 8) and also produces a more circular aperture as you stop down. The Sigma makes a hard octagon which can give worse looking specular highlights. The Minolta Orig also has 9 blades, but not circular.

Minor things, but when 3 lenses are so close you have to get down to the little details to split them. Minolta takes it by a whisker over the Tamron > Sigma.
reviewer#1461 date: Nov-22-2006
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:minolta beercan 70-210
price paid:500 CAD
positive:excellent macro
to my suprise i rediscovered portraits
feels good in my hand and on camera
sharp sharp sharp
negative:hunting auto focus at times when doing macro shots - use manual focus
comment:my second lens for my sony a100
wanted a macro lens that would get me in close
found the lens to extremely fast in bright light, sharp , crisp pictures
was not much of a portrait picture taker, but after seeing what this lens can do it has given me new options/possibilities.
once again, ordered this lens from the usa as not available in canada, and with conversion and duty, still came out ahead in cost

i love my beercan for other reasons and will keep both

extremely satisfied with my sigma 105
reviewer#1107 date: Aug-24-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:200 USD
positive:excellent build, bokeh
negative:
missing
comment:For the price. It is an excellent lens. Sharp and good color rendition. AF is slow though good thing a limiter switch was provided.
reviewer#785 date: May-13-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:build,gamut, bokeh
negative:speed
comment:http://www.kostas7d.wz.cz/ipage00009.php
reviews found: 32    1 2 >>

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 32
  • sharpness: 4.83
  • color: 4.56
  • build: 4.44
  • distortion: 4.84
  • flare control: 4.75
  • overall: 4.68

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