Sigma 105mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro

Macro lens • Announced in June 2004 • Digital era • Discontinued

EX Professional lens with high quality optics and robust build. Meets the highest standards and provides excellent performance and flawless image quality unachievable with traditional optical technologies.
DG The lens is designed for full-frame digital cameras but can be also used on APS-C digital cameras.
MACRO Macro lens. Designed specially for shooting close-ups of small subjects but can be also used in other genres of photography, not necessarily requiring focusing at close distances.

Model history

Sigma 105mm F/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro1:1A16 - 110.312mE62 2011 
Sigma 105mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro1:1A11 - 100.313mE58 2004 
Sigma 105mm F/2.8 EX Macro1:1A10 - 90.313mE58 1998 


  • The autofocus will not be available with Nikon D40, D40X, D60, D3000-D3500, D5000-D5600 digital SLR cameras.

Features highlight

Focus Clutch
Focus limiter


Optical design
Maximum format: 35mm full frame
Diagonal angle of view: 23.3° (35mm full frame)
18.6° (Canon EF APS-H)
15.3° (Minolta/Sony A APS-C)
15.3° (Nikon F APS-C)
15.3° (Pentax K APS-C)
13.5° (Sigma SA APS-C)
Lens construction: 11 elements - 10 groups
Mechanical design
Mount: Canon EF
Minolta/Sony A
Nikon F
Pentax K
Sigma SA
Diaphragm mechanism
Diaphragm control system: Mechanical (Nikon F, Pentax K)
Electromagnetic (Canon EF, Minolta/Sony A, Sigma SA)
Number of blades: 8
Closest focusing distance: 0.313m
Closest working distance: 0.121m
Maximum magnification ratio: 1:1 at the closest focusing distance
Focusing method: <No information>
Focusing modes: Autofocus, manual focus
Manual focus control: Focusing ring
Autofocus motor: Micromotor (Canon EF, Sigma SA)
In-camera motor (Nikon F, Pentax K, Minolta/Sony A)
Focus mode selector: Sigma Dual Focus System (Canon EF, Sigma SA)
Focus Clutch Mechanism (Nikon F, Pentax K, Minolta/Sony A)
Manual focus override in autofocus mode: -
Focusing distance range limiter: FULL;0.313-0.37;0.4-
Image stabilizer
Optical Stabilizer (OS): -
Physical characteristics
Weight: 460g (Sigma SA)
Maximum diameter x Length: Ø74×97.5mm (Sigma SA)
Weather sealing: -
Fluorine coating: -
Filters: Screw-type 58mm
Lens hood: Screw-type LH580-02 (round)

Manufacturer description

This macro lens is ideal for digital SLR cameras as well as film SLR cameras. This lens is designed to reduce the influence of harmful light caused by reflections from the digital image sensor.

The Macro 105mm F2.8 EX DG lens is very suitable for taking close-up pictures and it enables the use of natural light conditions or flash. The greater working distance of this lens is very advantageous when taking pictures of flowers or insects.

Depth of field of medium telephoto macro lenses is generally very shallow; however, Sigma, Canon and Konica Minolta mounts of this lens have a minimum aperture of f/45 (f/32 for Nikon and Pentax mounts) for incredible depth of field.

A screw-in hood is included, for convenient use of circular polarizing filters. It is possible to attach an 77mm filter in front of the lens hood.

This lens also incorporates a Dual Focus (DF) system that is designed to make the lens easy to hold during auto focusing. The large focus ring offers smooth and positive action while focusing manually.

From the editor

The overall length of the lens increases considerably with focusing from infinity to the closest distance. The front element is deeply recessed inside the lens barrel which eliminates the need for a lens hood. Nevertheless, Sigma offered deep circular screw-in lens hood as a part of the package. The hood has threads to accept 77mm filters but must be removed to mount the dedicated lens cap or a 58mm filter.

Typical application

portraits, travel, macrophotography and product photography

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35mm full frame

43.27 24 36
  • Dimensions: 36 × 24mm
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Diagonal: 43.27mm

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Among autofocus lenses designed for 35mm full-frame mirrorless cameras only. Speed of standard and telephoto lenses is taken into account.

Professional lens

One of the best short telephoto macro primes

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Quality control issues

The manufacturer of this lens does not provide adequate quality control. If you do decide to purchase this lens, do not order it online, but choose the best copy available in the store. In any case, there may also be problems with the build quality, and warranty repairs can take months.

Model produced in a small batch. It is collectible and can only be found on the secondary market.

Image stabilizer

A technology used for reducing or even eliminating the effects of camera shake. Gyro sensors inside the lens detect camera shake and pass the data to a microcomputer. Then an image stabilization group of elements controlled by the microcomputer moves inside the lens and compensates camera shake in order to keep the image static on the imaging sensor or film. The technology allows to increase the shutter speed by several stops and shoot handheld in such lighting conditions and at such focal lengths where without image stabilizer you have to use tripod, decrease the shutter speed and/or increase the ISO setting which can lead to blurry and noisy images.

Classic focal length

100 and 105mm are the classic focal lengths of short telephoto lenses for 35mm full-frame cameras. Models of this class occupy an intermediate position between lenses with focal lengths of 85 and 135mm and, as a rule, do not offer a record speed. At the same time, they are able to provide smoother and more pleasing background blur compared to the 85mm models, so don't discount these lenses.


In-camera motor

In-camera motor


In-camera motor

Focusing distance range limiter

The lens features focusing distance range limiter which allows to choose between the following focusing distance ranges:

FULLFull range of focusing distances.
0.313m - 0.37mRange of focusing distances suitable for shooting nearby subjects.
0.4m - ∞Range of focusing distances suitable for shooting distant subjects.

By setting the suitable focusing distance range, the actual autofocusing time can be shorter.

Sigma Dual Focus System

A combination of focus clutch mechanism and a focus mode switch:

Position of focus clutch Position of focus mode switch Lens focus mode
AF AF Autofocus mode. The focusing ring is disengaged from the focusing mechanism and does not rotate during autofocus
M AF Autofocus mode. The focusing ring rotates during autofocus
AF M Focusing is completely disabled
M M Manual focus mode

For switching from AF setting to M, pull the focusing ring back (towards the camera). To return from M setting to AF, the ring should be pushed forth.

Focus Clutch Mechanism

Focus Clutch Mechanism allows the photographer to switch between AF and MF simply by snapping the focus ring forward for AF and back toward the camera to focus manually.


Format refers to the shape and size of film or image sensor.

35mm is the common name of the 36x24mm film format or image sensor format. It has an aspect ratio of 3:2, and a diagonal measurement of approximately 43mm. The name originates with the total width of the 135 film which was the primary medium of the format prior to the invention of the full frame digital SLR. Historically the 35mm format was sometimes called small format to distinguish it from the medium and large formats.

APS-C is an image sensor format approximately equivalent in size to the film negatives of 25.1x16.7mm with an aspect ratio of 3:2.

Medium format is a film format or image sensor format larger than 36x24mm (35mm) but smaller than 4x5in (large format).

Angle of view

Angle of view describes the angular extent of a given scene that is imaged by a camera. It is used interchangeably with the more general term field of view.

As the focal length changes, the angle of view also changes. The shorter the focal length (eg 18mm), the wider the angle of view. Conversely, the longer the focal length (eg 55mm), the smaller the angle of view.

A camera's angle of view depends not only on the lens, but also on the sensor. Imaging sensors are sometimes smaller than 35mm film frame, and this causes the lens to have a narrower angle of view than with 35mm film, by a certain factor for each sensor (called the crop factor).

This website does not use the angles of view provided by lens manufacturers, but calculates them automatically by the following formula: 114.6 * arctan (21.622 / CF * FL),


CF – crop-factor of a sensor,
FL – focal length of a lens.


A lens mount is an interface — mechanical and often also electrical — between a camera body and a lens.

A lens mount may be a screw-threaded type, a bayonet-type, or a breech-lock type. Modern camera lens mounts are of the bayonet type, because the bayonet mechanism precisely aligns mechanical and electrical features between lens and body, unlike screw-threaded mounts.

Lens mounts of competing manufacturers (Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony etc.) are always incompatible. In addition to the mechanical and electrical interface variations, the flange focal distance from the lens mount to the film or sensor can also be different.

Lens construction

Lens construction – a specific arrangement of elements and groups that make up the optical design, including type and size of elements, type of used materials etc.

Element - an individual piece of glass which makes up one component of a photographic lens. Photographic lenses are nearly always built up of multiple such elements.

Group – a cemented together pieces of glass which form a single unit or an individual piece of glass. The advantage is that there is no glass-air surfaces between cemented together pieces of glass, which reduces reflections.

Closest focusing distance

The minimum distance from the focal plane (film or sensor) to the subject where the lens is still able to focus.

Closest working distance

The distance from the front edge of the lens to the subject at the maximum magnification.

Magnification ratio

Determines how large the subject will appear in the final image. A magnification ratio of 1:1 means that the image of the subject formed on the film or sensor will be the same size as the subject in real life. For this reason, a 1:1 ratio is often called "life-size". A lens is not considered to be "true" macro unless it can achieve at least life-size magnification.

Manual focus override in autofocus mode

Allows to perform final focusing manually after the camera has locked the focus automatically. Note that you don't have to switch camera and/or lens to manual focus mode.

Manual focus override in autofocus mode

Allows to perform final focusing manually after the camera has locked the focus automatically. Note that you don't have to switch camera and/or lens to manual focus mode.

Electronic manual focus override is performed in the following way: half-press the shutter button, wait until the camera has finished the autofocusing and then focus manually without releasing the shutter button using the focusing ring.

Electromagnetic diaphragm control system

Provides highly accurate diaphragm control and stable auto exposure performance during continuous shooting.

Convex protruding front element

The convex front element protrudes from the lens barrel, making it impossible to use filters.


Excluding case or pouch, caps and other detachable accessories (lens hood, close-up adapter, tripod adapter etc.).

Maximum diameter x Length

Excluding case or pouch, caps and other detachable accessories (lens hood, close-up adapter, tripod adapter etc.).

For lenses with collapsible design, the length is indicated for the working (retracted) state.

Weather sealing

A rubber material which is inserted in between each externally exposed part (manual focus and zoom rings, buttons, switch panels etc.) to ensure it is properly sealed against dust and moisture.

Lenses that accept front mounted filters typically do not have gaskets behind the filter mount. It is recommended to use a filter for complete weather resistance when desired.

Fluorine coating

Helps keep lenses clean by reducing the possibility of dust and dirt adhering to the lens and by facilitating cleaning should the need arise. Applied to the outer surface of the front and/or rear lens elements over multi-coatings.


Lens filters are accessories that can protect lenses from dirt and damage, enhance colors, minimize glare and reflections, and add creative effects to images.

Lens hood

A lens hood or lens shade is a device used on the end of a lens to block the sun or other light source in order to prevent glare and lens flare. Flare occurs when stray light strikes the front element of a lens and then bounces around within the lens. This stray light often comes from very bright light sources, such as the sun, bright studio lights, or a bright white background.

The geometry of the lens hood can vary from a plain cylindrical or conical section to a more complex shape, sometimes called a petal, tulip, or flower hood. This allows the lens hood to block stray light with the higher portions of the lens hood, while allowing more light into the corners of the image through the lowered portions of the hood.

Lens hoods are more prominent in long focus lenses because they have a smaller viewing angle than that of wide-angle lenses. For wide angle lenses, the length of the hood cannot be as long as those for telephoto lenses, as a longer hood would enter the wider field of view of the lens.

Lens hoods are often designed to fit onto the matching lens facing either forward, for normal use, or backwards, so that the hood may be stored with the lens without occupying much additional space. In addition, lens hoods can offer some degree of physical protection for the lens due to the hood extending farther than the lens itself.