Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 Macro Sample Images

Here’s a selection of photos I’ve taken with the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro prime lens.

Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 Macro Sample Images
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Sigma’s 105mm ƒ/2.8 macro lens is quite similar to Nikon’s own 105mm ƒ/2.8 macro lens (or micro lens, as Nikon calls them). But it’s priced significantly lower, especially when you can get a good deal on it. It’s a 105mm prime, has autofocus, as well as built-in lens optical stabilization.

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

The 105mm focal length is my favorite macro length for the simple reason that I find it the most versatile for my needs. From product photography to close-ups of flowers, I find the 1:1 magnification it offers to be something I reach for often.

But one of the things I like about these lenses is that they’re not just macro lenses. I find them surprisingly versatile for general-purpose and even portrait photography (although other specialized lenses like Nikon’s 105mm ƒ/1.4 is even better for that, it’s also much more expensive). It wouldn’t necessarily displace something like a 28-70mm or 70-200mm in my travel photo kit, but it can nevertheless come in handy.

So I’ve included in the sample images below a mix of traditional macro shots as well as more general-purpose travel style photos.

Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens
  • Designed for use with full frame digital SLR cameras. May also be used with smaller APS-c size sensors...
  • Focuses down to 1:1 magnification ratio at its closest working distance of 12.3 inches

Most of the time, I use Nikon’s 105mm ƒ/2.8, and I’ve used the past two generations of that lens. But I’ve recently been shooting with Sigma’s 105mm ƒ/2.8. Or, more technically, the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens.

There are versions for Nikon and Canon; I’ve been using the Nikon version. These were all taken with a Nikon D810 and processed in Lightroom. I’ve not applied any of Lightroom’s lens corrections, such as chromatic aberration or lens profiles, to these.

You can click on each image to open a full-size version if you’d like a closer look.

Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens Sample Images

Price & Availability of the Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens

The Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens is available with Nikon F and Canon EF mounts. There is a very similar model, the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 DG DN Macro Art Lens, that is available in Sigma’s I-Series for mirrorless Sony E and Leica L mounts.

Sigma has set the MSRP for the lens at $969.

Check current price and availability at:

Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens
  • Designed for use with full frame digital SLR cameras. May also be used with smaller APS-c size sensors...
  • Focuses down to 1:1 magnification ratio at its closest working distance of 12.3 inches

If you’re in the market for a used copy, there are good odds of finding one at KEH, which is my go-to source of used photography gear.

Other Alternatives

If you’re shooting on a Nikon DSLR, Nikon has, which is also a great lens (and my regular 105mm macro. You can find some photos I’ve taken with that lens here.

Accessories for the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens

Filters. It takes standard 62mm screw-in filters: Polarizer | UV/Haze | ND.

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