Sigma has finally updated its 105mm macro lens with its latest announcement. The new mirrorless macro lens that Sigma has produced, is now an Art series lens. This means it now has the build quality and design that many have come to expect from these types of lenses.
The last Art series macro lens that Sigma produced was the brilliant 70mm f/2.8 DG lens, which has been widely praised for its performance. The only minor downside to this lens was the working distance, due to its wider focal length. For many photographers, lenses around a 100mm is the standard for most macro lenses. This is why it's great to see Sigma produce a 105mm macro lens.
Sigma states that this new lens will be exceptionally sharp at all shooting distances, especially when focusing up close. This obviously crucial when it comes to macro lenses, as working close to subjects is a primary focus for these types of lenses. Sigma also placed special emphasis on the bokeh that lens can produce, with its 9 bladed aperture rings.
An important point that Sigma makes is that aberration corrections were focused mainly on longitudinal chromatic aberrations which tend to be more difficult to fix with camera profiles. These kinds of issues tend to be a major pain point in some lenses.
- Lens construction: 17 elements in 12 groups, with 1 SLD lens
- Dust and splash-proof, water- and oil-repellent coating
- Super Multi-Layer Coating
- Aperture ring
- Angle of view: 23.3 degrees
- 9-blade rounded diaphragm
- High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount
- Minimum focusing distance: 29.5cm
- Filter thread size: 62mm
- Maximum magnification ratio: 1:1
- Minimum aperture: f/22
- Weight: 715g
Another point worth mentioning about this lens is the fact that it is fully compatible with Sigma teleconverters. This allows you the ability to get even closer to your subjects with magnifications increasing to 1.4:1 with the TC-1411 and up to 2:1 magnification with the TC-2011.
Considering how good the 70mm macro lens is from Sigma, it's probably safe to assume that this lens will also perform at a very high level. Image quality is an area where Sigma rarely compromises and it's great to see new and high-end options available for photographers.
Upon release, this new lens will only be available for L-mount and Sony E-mount cameras, with an MSRP of $799.00. Sigma is planning on shipping this lens late October 2020.