Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro review

The Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro is the last man standing from the company’s old-school line-up

Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro
(Image: © Sigma Imaging)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Not just a great macro lens for shooting extreme close-ups at up to 1.0x magnification, this Sigma works really well as a short, fast telephoto prime for portraiture, wildlife and sports photography. It predates the company’s ‘Global Vision’ line-up of Art, Contemporary and Sports lenses and is the last of the old-school lenses still in production. However, it very much earns its place in Sigma’s current line-up and is a great performer at a bargain price.


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    Excellent performance/image quality

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    Comfortable full-macro working distance

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    Fast AF and useful OS for general shooting


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    Not weather-sealed

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    Incompatible with Sigma’s USB Dock

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Like many modern macro lenses, the full-frame compatible Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro works equally well as a fast telephoto prime. The f/2.8 aperture enables quick shutter speeds even under dull lighting, while the fast ring-type ultrasonic autofocus system is good for tracking action. To speed up autofocus in tricky conditions, there’s also a three-position range limiter, with which you can select just the short or long focus range, either side of 0.5m.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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