- Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 10.2 x 7.9 cm ; 449 g
- Boxed-product Weight: 821 g
- Item model number: 257101
- ASIN: B0002P19XA
- Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 11 Oct. 2006
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Sigma 105mm f2.8 EX DG Macro Canon Fit Lens
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- Compatibility Canon EOS Reflex
- Optical lensesgroups 109
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Top Customer Reviews
I am from the old school of film, manual settings and focussing, long evenings in my smelly dark room, long waits for colour prints and so much disappointment at wrong settings etc. This digital age is amazing and no way would I go back to 'good old film' and all that it entails. Having this lens on my Canon EOS30D is a marriage made in heaven. It also brings out the photographer in me once again, simply by being fixed, as opposed to zoom, it means I have to use my feet to find the right spot, causing me to take more care and time both framing and setting depth of field before I begin to press that shutter.
So there you have it. A brilliant macro lens and a superb portrait lens rolled into one.
UPDATE: 23rd January 21013
Last year I updated my EOS 30D to an EOS 50D and have to say that this lens and camera combination has allowed me to get some exceptional shots. As a macro lens some of my bumble bee and hover fly shots have exceeded all my expectations. I have used this lens for thousands of shots and can honesty say it is my most used and favourite lens and continues to come up with some fantastic photographs. My best lens ever, to my mind almost as good as an 'L' lens.
This Sigma lens is solidly built and certainly doesn't feel plastic at all - it's part of the EX range which are the top tier of Sigma lenses (easy to spot by having a gold ring at the end of the lens). Focussing is sharp and as a keen amateur I certainly can't see any shortcomings in this lens in terms of quality (f2.8 is certainly wide enough for me as even at that aperture I can throw the sharpness on macro shots very easily - I actually found I was using f4 most the time as the sharpness was falling off too quickly so focus has to be spot on)
There are a few things I don't really like about this lens though. The auto-focus is quite slow (especially when compared to the USM Canon equivalent, albeit quite a bit more expensive), and the collar which is used to select auto or manual focus is quite clumsy and just doesn't feel right. That said for most pure macro work you're best off using the manual mode and once in that setting the control is pretty good.
My other complaint is that if you put a UV filter on you can't put the cap on - this is because the cap fits the inside of the front of the lens in a slightly different way to most lenses... easily rectified with either not using the UV filter (which is fine since the front of the glass is set a long way back from the front of the lens so is difficult to damage) or buying a suitable cap (prob £10).
It can sometimes be difficult when using it hand-held, but once you figure out the settings, you will be producing excellent results.
I found that setting my 450D to fully automatic often produced images with very shallow depth of field, so now I use Ap priorty and set the aperture to around F8 ro F10.
The macro capabilities are far better than I had hoped, and this lens should be a part of any photographers kit.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Had this for several years. Going to mirrorless. No complaints. Good build quality and image quality. I didn't have any comparable lens for review but found this great.Published 23 months ago by Mr. B. Thomson
My son bought this lens in 2008 to use with his Canon 400D and seeing the images taken with it, they look great. Read morePublished on 19 Mar. 2013 by Jennifer Mccormick
Although this lens is marketed primarily as a Macro lens.I purchased this lens for my Canon EOS 450D for use as a portrait lens.The results are fantastic. Read morePublished on 13 Oct. 2009 by T. Mckeon