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Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens Canon DSLR Cameras
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 21 August 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. To summarize this is a good lens and I can't fault it but I bought this when Sigma-Imaging were having a £100 cashback so it seems a good buy at the time for just over £460 (minus the £100). Had it not been for the promotion I would have opted for the Tamron AF 90mm f/2.8 Di SP A/M 1:1 Macro Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras which has better reviews and won several awards and is priced without any cashback gimmick at about £360.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 29 November 2013
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 31 July 2013
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 19 April 2015
I went on a macro photography course and borrowed a Canon lens for the day which inspired me to want to get a lens for myself so that I could do more. However, I could not justify the cost of the Canon version for the amount of usage I would get. Whilst this is by no means cheap it is about half the price of the comparable Canon 100mm version. As far as I can tell, and I am only an enthusiastic amateur rather than an expert,, the results are every bit as good. My only slight criticism is that it comes with an exceptionally well padded carrying case but for me it is a bit bulky to be carrying round with me so, although I use it for storage, I have bought a more compact case for when I am carrying it with me.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 26 July 2013
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2015
Excellent lens, for both macro and non-macro photography. I recently Submitted an insect shot using this lens to Countryfile magazine and was awarded 'photo of the month' accolade.
Follow- up, July 2015: unfortunately my copy of this lens has developed AF problems and is now unreliable. I have replaced it with the Canon 100mm L macro.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 25 February 2014
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 29 January 2013
This is an absolutely brilliant lens, I have done some hand held but mainly a monopod, all have worked well even outside in this dull weather,
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 10 May 2013
I don't own this lens, I borrowed it off a friend for about 6 months, and it's now on my shopping list for when I can afford another lens. It is fabulous though. Macro shots are stunning. I usually have a Canon 16-35mm L lens on my camera, as I mainly do landscapes. And I have a hard time seeing any less quality in this lens than that one. I know Canon has the equivalent lens, but I'm going to go with the Sigma one as can't fault it, and a much easier price tag to boot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 June 2014
This lens is a worthwhile rival to any equivalent Canon 'L' series lens but much cheaper. Sigma have done a great job on this piece of equipment. Sharp and bright at any aperture and some of the macro shots I've taken have shown me how the tiny world of flowers and bugs is just as beautiful as anything you'll see.
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