Sigma 105mm Macro for Canon | Macro Canon Lens

Sigma 105mm Macro for Canon

Sigma Macro 105mm for Canon

Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Medium Telephoto Macro Lens for Canon SLR Cameras

Optimized for Canon digital SLR cameras but also compatible with film SLR cameras, the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 medium telephoto lens allows a greater working distance between the lens and the subject, helping it excel in all shooting ranges. The increased working distance of the lens is ideal when taking the picture of a flower among several branches, or an insect on a leaf. The narrow angle of view helps simplify the background, while the shallow depth of field makes it easier to handle the composition.

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Sigma 105mm macro lens on Canon DSLR

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Canon Macro lenses come in several flavors, including Canon, Sigma, and Tamron. If you have not tried a Sigma lens on your Canon Digital SLR, this may be the one to get started with.

In addition to the great macro shots of insects and flowers, there are those who use this lens for some very specific applications, such as taking photos of dental work to document the dental repair process, dermatologists for the same reason, product shots of watches and jewelery, and many other work-related tasks that require accurate photos.

Here are a few of the comments from satisfied users:

  1. “As a professional photographer specializing in magazine and website photography, I have been using this lens in my studio for close to a year now. I’m very happy with the results I’ve been able to achieve and would recommend it to others. Images I’ve shot with this lens have appeared on clients websites, advertising in magazines, and used in various printed materials.”
  2. “This is a very fun lens with great color and clarity. This stays on my camera 90% of the time and with f/2.8 it’s still useful indoors.”
  3. “I have employed my Rebel XT digital SLR into my dental office. I upgraded to the Rebel XTi (10 mpixels) for home. I purchased the Sigma ring flash with a Sigma macro lens for the Canon SLR family…I compared the ring flash and lens with the ones offered by Canon and felt that it was worth saving $300 by purchasing the Sigma combo.”

The Techy Stuff:

  • Focal length: 105mm
  • Maximum aperture: f/2.8
  • Lens construction: 11 elements in 10 groups
  • Angle of view: 23.3 degrees
  • Number of diaphragm blades: 8
  • Minimum aperture: f/45
  • Minimum focusing distance: 12.3 inches
  • Maximum magnification: 1:1
  • Filter size: 58mm
  • Corresponding AF mounts: Canon
  • Dimensions: 2.9 inches in diameter and 3.8 inches long
  • Weight: 16.1 ounces
  • Warranty: 1 year

Why consider this lens rather than a Canon 100mm Macro?

Main reason is economic – the Sigma costs less, but when you add in the fact that the Sigma 105mm Macro comes with a lens hood, that makes the price difference even more significant. All in all, the Sigma offers great image quality.


The main objection is the auto focus of the Sigma 105 Macro. There is no HSM (Sigma’s answer to Canon’s USM focus motor), and the lens tends to “search” for focus. It is quite slow in some (not all) focusing situations compared to the Canon 100mm macro.

Sample Photos with Sigma 105mm Macro for Canon (click on any image to view at full size)

Lizard macro with Sigma 105mm macro lens

Lizard macro with Sigma 105mm macro lens

Very Hairy Caterpillar - Taken with Sigma 105mm Macro

Very Hairy Caterpillar - Taken with Sigma 105mm Macro

Cone flower with Sigma 105mm macro lens

Cone Flower - Sigma 105mm Macro lens takes great flower images

Sigma 105mm macro for canon - green spider on a yellow rose

This yellow rose hosted a green spider - perfect color contrast for the Sigma 105mm macro lens

Sigma 105mm Macro can be used for portraits

Sigma 105mm macro has a focal length that is favored by professional photographers for portraits as shown here