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The Sigma 105mm macro lens - Essential for real close up photos

Updated on April 16, 2014

I was keen to take some proper macro and close up photos, i.e. at 1:1 reproduction where the size of the image on the sensor is the same size in real life, and I agonised over what macro lens to get. I read reviews, I went to stores and I hired macro lenses to see which one best suited my needs, and after hours of painful research and reading, and taking test shots I finally decided on the Sigma 105mm macro lens, and boy am I glad I did.

With a focal length of 105mm the Sigma 105mm macro lens gives the longest working distance, i.e. distance between the end of the lens and the subject, of all macro lenses. This means you can still get proper close up images without having to get real close to the subject, which in turn means lighting isn’t such an issue as it is with shorter focal length macro lenses.

The longer working distance makes the Sigma 105mm macro lens perfect for running around capturing macro photos of insects, bugs, mites and other mini beasts, and I have to admit this is the primary reason I purchased this awesome lens.

The build quality of this lens is simply awesome and there are no problems at all. This is a tough and durable lens that is built to last. In fact, when I compared the Sigma 105mm macro lens to the Canon 100mm macro lens in store I can honestly say there is very little (if any) difference in build quality between the two lenses. Unfortunately, I didn’t compare the Sigma 105mm macro lens to the Nikon macro lens so I am unable to comment on the difference between build quality however I will say that if Nikon lenses are built to the same high level as Canon lenses then the Sigma 105mm macro lens will be just as tough as the Nikon macro lens.

The Sigma 105mm macro lens has a maximum aperture of f2.8, which is the same of all macro lenses. Images are a bit soft at f2.8 but if the Sigma 105mm lens is stopped down the sharpness is awesome. The softness at f2.8 won’t cause any problems because, in reality, no-one takes macro photographs with the lens wide open because the depth of field is so slight. I find the narrowest I use taking macro photos is f11, and it is normally set a lot narrower than that at f16 or even higher if I can get away with it, in order to maximise the depth of field. The point I am trying to get across is don’t discount the Sigma 105mm macro lens because you have heard or read that it is soft when used wide open.

The image quality of the Sigma 105mm macro lens is simply superb and there is excellent sharpness across the frame, once stopped down of course. The colours the macro lens produces are bright and vivid but still realistic and not over-saturated. I really cannot fault the image quality of the Sigma 105mm macro lens and if you decide too buy one you will soon be on your way to capturing macro photos that will impress and amaze your family and friends.

One of the best things about the Sigma 105mm macro lens is that it is available for Canon dslr cameras,, Nikon dslr cameras and all the other main brands, so it doesn’t matter what dslr camera you shoot you will be able to use this awesome macro lens.

Overall I think the Sigma 105mm macro lens is an awesome lens for macro and close up photography and I highly recommend it. I am really wracking my brain to think of some negatives, other than the softness when used wide open (but we have already established this is no issue at all) but I am struggling somewhat. So, if you want a specific macro lens for your digital slr camera (whatever brand it may be) and are not bothered about buying a third party branded lens I suggest you take a look at the Sigma 105mm macro lens. Believe me on this, you will not be disappointed.

If you want to get the most out of your Sigma macro lens, or any lens for that matter you are going to need some accessories. If you want some accessories to improve your macro photographs I can highly recommend the following, after all I have them and I can honestly say they improved my macro photographs and I have no doubt they can do the same for yours;

Sigma 62mm Multi-Coated UV Filter
Sigma 62mm Multi-Coated UV Filter

You will want to protect the from element of your macro lens and this is best achieved using a UV filter and the Sigma 62mm is one of the best out there.

 
Sigma EM-140 DG Macro Ring Flash for Canon SLR Cameras
Sigma EM-140 DG Macro Ring Flash for Canon SLR Cameras

Lighting is very important in macro photography and a standard flash gun isn't the best option. If you want the best macro flash you won't get better value for money than the Sigma EM-140 DG.

Don't worry if you shoot a Nikon DSLR camera as this macro flash is also available in Nikon fit.

 

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