Sigma 70mm F2.8 DG MACRO Art E-mount lens review by Wētāpunga

reviewer#45727 date: Jun-19-2021
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 100mm f2.8 RS macro
Minolta 50mm f2.8 RS macro
Voigtlander 110mm f2.5 macro
Tamron 90mm f2.8 macro
price paid:590 NZD used
Good weight
negative:AF motor a bit noisy
Lacks stabilisation
comment:It seems almost redundant to mention it is a bit slow on the autofocus as this is a characteristic of all macro lenses.

In terms of optical performance, it is simply outstanding. The detail and colours the lens generates are superb.

Some things to note are that it extends while focusing, it includes an MF/AF switch on the barrel, and has 3 focus limiters. It also lacks stabilisation, which may not be an issue if you are shooting on a tripod or your camera has stabilisation.

Another quirk is that it is longer than it needs to be, as Sigma seems to have just added to the barrel length from their original Sigma 70mm ART macro. This accommodates the shorter flange distance of the E-mount without having to change the position of the lens elements in the barrel. Hence it might be a tighter squeeze in some camera bags.

Overall an excellent option at a much lower price than the Sony 90mm or Voigtlander 110mm.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 3
  • sharpness: 5.00
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 5.00
  • flare control: 5.00
  • overall: 5.00 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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