Sigma 70mm f/2.8 DG Macro Art review

The Sigma 70mm f/2.8 DG Macro Art was the first macro lens in Sigma’s ‘Global Vision’ line-up

Sigma 70mm f/2.8 DG Macro Art
(Image: © Sigma Imaging)

Digital Camera World Verdict

This lens has a tough act to follow, as we’ve always rated the veteran Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro very highly. Optically, the newer 70mm is a fabulous lens that delivers incredibly sharp close-ups with immense fine detail, complete with ultra-precise focusing. The only real drawback is that, with an extending inner barrel, the full 1.0x macro working distance is quite short at 6cm from the front of the lens to the subject.


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    Superb image quality

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    Ultra-precise focusing

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    3-position autofocus range limiter switch


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    Extending inner barrel

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    Short macro working distance

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The full-frame compatible Sigma 70mm f/2.8 DG Macro Art is available in Canon EF and Sigma mount options, as well as in Leica L and Sony E for mirrorless cameras. The build quality and finish of the new lens is top-class. Premium materials include Sigma’s TSC (Thermally Stable Composite) plastic and a brass mounting plate that features a weather-seal ring. The lens is compatible with Sigma’s optional USB Dock for applying fine-tuning and firmware updates, and it’s also compatible with Canon’s in-camera corrections for the likes of lateral chromatic aberration, distortion and peripheral illumination, where featured in the host body.


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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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