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Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens Canon DSLR Cameras

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  • Close focussing macro lens
  • Opticaly Stabilised
  • F/2.8^1:1 Macro Reproduction
  • Full Frame and APSC Compatible

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 7.8 x 7.8 cm ; 1.1 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Item model number: 258101
  • ASIN: B0058NYVXG
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 30 Jun. 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,801 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM

Produced in their legendary Aizu facility in Japan, Sigma presents their 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM prime lens. Building on 50 years of innovation in precision optics design and craftsmanship, the 105mm is a mid telephoto macro lens and direct successor to the widely acclaimed Sigma APO Macro 105mm F2.8 EX DG lens. Building on the success of its predecessor, the 105mm encompasses several advanced optical and design features which help to reduce various aberrations and loss of focus. Deep, clear and sharp images are produced as a result, making this lens a great value mid power offering to any budding photographer.

Sigma's dedicated Optical Stabilisation system offers a 4 stop blur correction

Sigma's dedicated Optical Stabilisation system offers a 4 stop blur correction

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The Lens Design

Design features make up the foundation of the Sigma 105mm lens. The most prominent feature is Sigma’s dedicated Optical Stabiliser system which is new to this model. The system offers an effective blur correction over 4 stops, helping to stabilise the image and counter shake. It is also linked to the viewfinder, allowing for more accurate previews and thus in focus images. The lens features Sigma’s in-house developed inner focussing system, which both eliminates the need to extend the barrel, reducing light loss, and the need to rotate the front lens. In staying fixed, the front lens can accommodate a hood (used in conjunction with the supplied hood adapter) that helps to counter light related issues such as glare. The inner focussing system also allows for the use of Circular Polarising filters. The lens also features Sigma’s exclusive Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) which works to auto focus images in a fast, accurate and silent manner. Combined with the Optical Stabiliser system, the lens has an extraordinarily efficient focus over long distances. The lens is manufactured to Sigma’s high standards with a splash proof body constructed from strong but lightweight polycarbonate, layered in a hard-wear paint finish.

Macro 1:1

The Sigma 105mm is a true macro lens, capable of capturing an object on its sensor at the exact same size as the object exists. This 1:1 magnification capability gives the lens an unrivalled ability to create scaled and realistic images. With an F-stop of 2.8, the lens is still capable of auto-focusing at a 1:1 magnification, very useful considering the often close-up style of photography that this type of lens is used for. Also when close-up, the 105mm focal length allows a user to increase the working distance between them and a subject giving the added benefit of reducing unwanted shadow formation in the composition.

2 SLD lens elements help to counter various colour and optical aberrations

2 SLD lens elements help to counter various colour and optical aberrations

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The Optical Composition

In all forms of lens construction, Sigma puts the highest emphasis on the quality and craftsmanship of the internal optics. As a result, the 105mm incorporates a set of cutting edge and unique optical features which work to create bright and sharp images, even at extreme close-up perspectives. Two out of sixteen lens elements are manufactured from Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass, renowned for its high resolution and light transmission properties. The SLD glass helps to counter various spherical and optical aberrations which are commonly found in macro lenses, such as chromatic aberration. The SLD elements also reduce field curvature and ensure high rendering performance at all shooting distances.

9 Diaphragm blades produce a much more desirable Bokeh effect

9 Diaphragm blades produce a much more desirable Bokeh effect

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The lens incorporates a 9 blade diaphragm which constructs a desirable blur (bokeh) effect on out of focus areas. The diaphragm also smoothes out intense back lighting, making them appear as rounded highlights as opposed to areas of over exposure. This effect helps to over emphasise the foreground subjects and smooth out the background, creating a well balanced image. Finally, Sigma applies Super Multi Layer coatings to all lens elements, which work to create an optimum colour balance by reducing the damaging effects of ghost and flare. The coatings also help to maximise light transmission to the DSLR’s sensor.

Super Multi Layer coatings work to eliminate flare and ghost irregularities

Super Multi Layer coatings work to eliminate flare and ghost irregularities

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A Lens Most Applicable For......

With a medium focal length of 105mm and macro 1:1 magnification, this Sigma lens is a perfect match for any photographer who would like to compose close-up or portrait images. Quick and accurate auto focussing combined with a dedicated Optical Stabiliser, mean that close-up and handheld images can be composed with accuracy and ease. The greater working distance accommodated by the 105mm focal length and the silent nature of the HSM, also make the lens ideal for taking close-up images of insects and other wildlife, subjects that by nature are easily scared off. The superior splash proof design helps protect the lens outdoors, when in pursuit of such nature. Finally, the first class optics allow for close-up subjects to be displayed in stunning clarity, opening up a previously unattainable world for photographers.

A range of separately available Sigma APO teleconverters can be used in conjunction. The converters substantially increase the focal length of the lens and in doing so allow users to increase their working distance from a subject while still maintaining a 1:1 macro magnification.

Box Contains

  • Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM
    Lens Hood
    Lens Hood Adapter
    Fitted Padded Case
    Front and Rear Caps
    Instruction Manual
    1 Year Warranty Card

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    19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By brianf on 21 Aug. 2013
    In the interest of clarity I'm writing this mainly to correct a couple of product details that Amazon seem to constantly and annoyingly misdescribe on many items.

    The lens weighs approx 750g (not 1.1 kg). This weight is without the hood (of which there are 2, one wide and one narrow) which can be used individually or joined together each 4.5cm long). The lens is 12.7cm long by 7.9cm diameter (but I have no idea what the dimension "321.1" quoted above by Amazon means).
    The minimum focus I've found to be between roughly 13cm (manual) and 14 cm (AF) from the lens face, so I'm assuming the "Focus Limiter Switch" settings on the lens (position 0.312 to 0.45m) equates somehow to the overall distance from object to camera sensor. I've found the width of an image captured at this close range to be 22mm (M) and 23mm (AF) (I'm using a Nikon D7100 which has a DX sensor) which agree the manufacture specs of a 1:1 reproduction ratio (DX sensor = 22.5mm x 15mm). Also AF tends "unsurprisingly" to hunt in this close range working under room light conditions but works fast and decisively in both daylight and when the subject is further away from the lens under the same low lighting conditions. I think this primarily because the AF assisted light is shaded by the long lens length and unable to illuminate close-up objects.
    The optical stabilization I think is not as quiet as Nikon's VR system (e.g, the 16-35mm), although it is still quiet and you need to listen out for it but it sound that it has system is slowly spooling up over 4 to 5 seconds.

    Lastly these optics give excellent image quality (IQ), and after some scrutinizing pixel peeking on my images produced so far, both macro and general photography, I really struggle to find any significant signs of chromatic aberration.
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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Simon on 29 Nov. 2013
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    This lens is simply brilliant. It's super sharp and produces excellent pictures. I shot some of my best pictures with this nice piece of glass.
    Apart from using it as a macro lens, it's really good for portraits and as a general medium range lens, if you are into prime lenses.
    The stabilizer works like a charm and you can easily take shots handheld at a lower shutter speed and still get sharp pictures.
    I also tried the Canon stabilized version, and although it's slightly better, the difference is so small that it doesn't justify the higher price of the Canon version.
    Highly recommended.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robbiebox on 31 July 2013
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    Well pleased with this Lens. It's quite heavy, but the results are worth it.Apart from a great macro lens it takes great portraits too
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lucas on 17 July 2014
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    Having read up a lot about which macro lens to get and having tried them all out I knew the Canon 100mm macro f2.8L was the right lens. Unfortunately it's out of my price rage so I went with the Sigma 105mm instead.

    The lens is well build and feels very solid in hand, the focus is smooth and has just the right amount of resistance for me, the switches are a little stiff, but they are big enough for even the most tiny hands to get to grips with. I liked how the lens comes with two lens hoods (or one hood in two parts) and the lens cap is an inner pinching one, unlike the canon caps.

    Where this lens really falls down is on image quality. When shooting at f2.8 there is a very noticeable halo to every image - I've tried shooting into the light, off camera flash, macro flash, side lit and so on; the halo is always there. The good news is that the lens profile in LR5 automatically corrects this problem. The halo is gone by f4.

    The next problem is the autofocus. Sigma's reputation for build quality and testing has improved, but the need to adjust the AF for each lens is still there - each lens leaves the factory slightly different. My own lens is back-focusing, so when shooting at f2.8 and focusing on the eyes, the models ears are in focus. More than anything this is annoying and should be spotted before the lens leaves the factory - but I only need the AF for portraits as I manual focus for macro.

    Over all, it's a good lens, but there are little annoying things that add up to take away from my enjoyment of it. As soon as my finances improve (and my shopping list of other lenses is shorter) I will be replacing it with the L-series Canon.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Brearley on 26 July 2013
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    What a great lens. It compares well to the Canon 100mm macro L lens that my son bought but quite a bit cheaper.
    Excellent build quality with a very well made carry case.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By stephen mansfield on 25 Feb. 2014
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    I spent a long time looking at the reviews of these macro lenses before plumbing for this one , and I'm so glad I did , the image quality is supurb and I am able to Keep a good distance away from the subject with my crop sensor camera . if you are thinking of buying this lens go for it you will not regret it .
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mervyn J Upsher on 23 Jan. 2014
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    I was told that this was a good lens and am not disappointed. Better than the Cannon and cheaper. Brill!
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roberto Tiago Sol on 12 Jan. 2014
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    Excelent quality, very good built. Excellent results, a "must have" surely. Great lens from Sigma. I am very pleased with it.
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