Affordable Macro Performance: In Praise of the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM

Sigma has been busy producing some interesting new glass over the last 12 months, but its 105mm f/2.8 Macro is one of its older lenses that’s proven to be popular over the years. How does it stand up almost a decade after it was released?

The Sigma 105mm f/2.8 DG Macro HSM OS for Nikon F and Canon EF (with mounts also available for Sony and Sigma DSLRs) was widely praised since its release in February 2011. Right now, it’s reduced from $969 down to $569, making it an appealing prospect for anyone looking for a sharp lens suitable for portraits or close-up work. Even better, you can scoop it up secondhand for less than $400

As you’ll note, autofocus isn’t the snappiest, but given that portraits and macro work tend to be a little slower, this probably isn’t much of an issue for most people wondering whether to add this to their arsenal. Corner sharpness wide open isn’t the best, but again, this shouldn’t concern those shooting macro at smaller apertures or portraits, where the subject tends to sit towards the center of the frame. 

Sony mirrorless and Leica shooters now have their option from Sigma in the shape of the recently-released 105mm f/2.8 DG DN Macro Art, which is available — notably without any stabilization — for $799.

Is this a lens that’s still worth buying today? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.


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