Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 Macro Sample Images

A selection of sample images I’ve shot with the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro prime lens.

Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 Macro Sample Images
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.

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

DC Cherry Blossom Watch Update - April 4, 2018
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/4.5.
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/5.6.
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/2.8.
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/2.8.
Sony a7r iii mirrorless camera
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/5.0.
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/9.0.
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/7.1.
DC Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 10, 2018
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/2.8.
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/5.6.
DC Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 10, 2018
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/2.8.
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/5.0.
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/8.
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/2.8.
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/2.8.
Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 21, 2018
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/2.8.
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/3.0.
DC Cherry Blossom Watch - March 31, 2018
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/4.5.
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/2.8.
Saucer Magnolias at the Smithsonian Castle
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/2.8.
DC Cherry Blossom Watch Update - April 4, 2018
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/6.3.
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/8.
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/6.3.
DC Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 10, 2018
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/3.5.
DC Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 10, 2018
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/2.8.
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/16.
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/11.
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/6.3.
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/2.8.
DC Cherry Blossom Watch Update - April 4, 2018
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/2.8.
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/7.1.
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/2.8.
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/9.0.
DC Cherry Blossom Watch Updat: April 5, 2018
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/3.5.
DC Cherry Blossom Watch Update - April 4, 2018
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/4.
DC Cherry Blossom Watch Updat: April 5, 2018
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/11.
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/2.8.
DC Cherry Blossom Watch Update - April 4, 2018
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/5.0.
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/2.8.
DC Cherry Blossom Watch Update - April 4, 2018
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/3.2.
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/2.8.
DC Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 23, 2018
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/2.8.
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/2.8.
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/2.8.
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/7.1.
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/2.8.
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/5.0.
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/2.8.
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/9.0.
DC Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 2, 2018
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/2.8.
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/2.8.
Lincoln Memorial - March 26, 2018
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/2.8.
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/2.8.
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/2.8.
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/2.8.
MLK Memorial
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/2.8.
Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens at ƒ/2.8.

Where to Find Them

The Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens is available with Nikon F and Canon EF1—you can find them at B&H Photo, Adorama, and Amazon.

Sigma 258306 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens for Nikon DSLR Camera
  • 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.

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.


  1. There is a very similar model, the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 DG DN Macro Art Lens, that is available in Sony E and Leica L mounts. 

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by David Coleman

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2 thoughts on “Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 Macro Sample Images”

  1. Thanks! After a lot of research, I bought this lens to you already use it for portraits. It is incredibly sharp and I’m very happy with the purchase.

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