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Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG Macro now available

By dpreview staff on Jun 28, 2011 at 15:42 GMT

Sigma has announced pricing and availability for its 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro lens. The optically stabilized version of the lens, originally announced back in February, is available now with a recommended selling price of $1,400. The 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM offers true 1:1 macro reproduction, and uses a floating focus system to maintain high optical performance at all distances.

Press Release:

Sigma Corporation of America’s 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro now available


Upgraded, large-aperture, medium-telephoto macro lens enables high-performance, close-up, handheld photography

Ronkonkoma, NY, June 28, 2011Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world's most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, is pleased to announce that its newly upgraded 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro lens is now available for the MSRP of $1,400.

The updated 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro lens now features Sigma’s own proprietary Optical Stabilizer (OS) technology, which allows for high-performance, handheld, close-up photography. The telephoto reach makes it a perfect lens for capturing images of insects and small creatures. Additionally, the wide maximum aperture combined with a short telephoto focal length make it very favorable for facial portraiture at lower magnification. A Special Low Dispersion (SLD) lens and one high refractive index SLD lens provide excellent corrections for all types of aberration and distortion.

“This lens is a fantastic addition to our extensive lineup of macro lenses,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “This is our fourth prime macro lens and the second of which that now includes our Optical Stabilization technology, which steadies the image for handheld use. This is yet another example of Sigma’s dedication to providing an array of unique lens that capture incredible imagery.”

Sigma’s Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) feature ensures quiet and high-speed autofocus as well as full-time manual focus capability. This lens also has a rounded nine-blade diaphragm that creates an attractive blur to the out-of-focus areas of the image. 

The 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro features a floating focusing system that moves two different lens groups in the optical path to different positions. This system compensates for astigmatic aberration and spherical aberration, and provides extremely high optical performance from infinity to 1:1 macro. The super multi-layer coating reduces flare and ghosting, providing high contrast images. It is also possible to use this lens with Sigma’s APO teleconverters.

This announcement comes as part of an ongoing celebration of the company’s 50th anniversary. Find out about special anniversary activities and features, including product videos, photo sharing, photography tips and monthly chances to win Sigma products by visiting the anniversary web page.

For information about Sigma Corporation of America, visit www.sigmaphoto.com. For more information about sigma’s lenses, visit http://www.sigmaphoto.com/shop/lenses.

Comments

Total comments: 94
JamesX88
By JamesX88 (Nov 16, 2011)

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Chris Cuennet
By Chris Cuennet (Jul 22, 2011)

Sigma automatically cheaper because less well, it is finished it... Today Sigma makes well and truly in another category !
50mm / 1.4, 85mm / 1.4, 120-300/2.8 OS HSM or still 17-50/2.8, 10mm / 2.8, etc. are exceptional objectives...
But for the 105mm OS HSM, he is too dear, Nikon and the Canon whether it is technically or optiquement are magnificent, it is going to be difficult for it 105/2.8 OS HSM SIGMA if the prices do not lower little...
Sigma cannot be any more compared with Tamron!

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Gangstar
By Gangstar (Jul 13, 2011)

I was waiting for this lens
I have seen it in UK priced at £799= $1275 sadly way to expensive for me

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YukonRick
By YukonRick (Jul 9, 2011)

I have seen this lens listed at an online retailer for almost $1,000 less than the price above. Just under $500.00

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Chris Cuennet
By Chris Cuennet (Jul 22, 2011)

Ridiculous... The new 105mm / 2.8 macro EX DG OS HSM macro will be available that from August, 2011... It is the former model without stabilizer and without HSM who is 500 dollars

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Robert Montagne de Cerises

That's a ridiculous price. I bought a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L MACRO IS USM for less than 800 euros about 2 months ago. One of the sharpest lenses in my collection. What's better about this lens?

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ahuet
By ahuet (Jul 7, 2011)

You compare a street price with release one, nonsense...

Faut le dire en Français aussi pour que tout le monde comprenne bien ?...

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Chris Cuennet
By Chris Cuennet (Jul 22, 2011)

Indeed make the difference between the prices of the street and the official list prices... But it is true that the Sigma remains all the same 10 in too expensive 20 % face to face Canon and Nikon 105mm / 2.8 macro... As much the Canon as the Nikon are excellent, let us wait to see the Sigma really and to judge it!

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LensLineup
By LensLineup (Jun 29, 2011)

that's a typo, right?
supposed to be $400

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Ronan_M
By Ronan_M (Jun 30, 2011)

This one has OS.....

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tbcass
By tbcass (Jul 2, 2011)

Sigma and Tamron lenses often sell at less than half list price.

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The Scurvy Dog of PR
By The Scurvy Dog of PR (Jun 29, 2011)

I'll second that... way outside my budget. Guess I'll try to pickup a copy of 'last years' version.

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Hauer
By Hauer (Jun 29, 2011)

Typical Sigma... indicated launch price is way too expensive!
Totally unrealistic...

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Kiting Free
By Kiting Free (Jun 29, 2011)

When comparing lenses, price and quality are to be considered... as long as there is something to compare to! If this baby exists in 4/3 mounts, it would be a gem on my friends' Panasonic (he is jaleous of my Canon 135mm F2, I can't blame him), while there is very little alternative for such a lens on 4/3.
So the question is: would the Sigma 105mm exist on 4/3 mount?

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M_Hobart
By M_Hobart (Jun 30, 2011)

The Sigma website does not show this for the 4/3 mount, but the older 105mm F2.8 EX DG Macro (at less than half the MSRP) with no optical stabilization, is available in the 4/3 mount.

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Alinux
By Alinux (Jun 29, 2011)

Let's clear something out.
What means MSRP:
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-msrp.htm

Obviously the guys from Sigma are not kamikaze, they won't have a chance standing out in front of Canon L or Nikon VR macro lenses with this > 1000$ lens, the street price or web will be somewhere below 8-900$ as his big brother, Sigma Macro 150mm F2.8 EX DG OS it sells right now with 1100$.

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wijnands
By wijnands (Jun 29, 2011)

Ouch, that's an expensive lens! I'd take nikon's 105 VR over this

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Jun 29, 2011)

So macro lenses serve mainly for pictures of bugs, flowers, and other tiny or super-close subjects? Insect portraits may be more varied or even aesthetic than the average human snapshots, true. But the market for high-end lenses for bug-shots must be very small. If production scale is small, the prices must be higher. Here and there, a few rich guys or entymologists with big budgets may be stooped over (or bobbing around like robbins) peeking for choice beetles, moths, or worms. Centipedes must be spooky close-up subjects. But lice, mites, aphids, or daphnia must require something with more magnification and special lighting.

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Hugowolf
By Hugowolf (Jun 29, 2011)

The market for macro lenses (low and high end) is very large. It is a market driven by amateurs. Before the introduction of the Canon 100 mm IS L lens, the Canon 100 mm f/2.8 USM lens was Canon’s biggest selling lens with the exception of kit lenses.

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tbcass
By tbcass (Jul 2, 2011)

Tamron sells a 90mm f2.8 macro that is one of the best available for less than $500. The Sigma will sell for much less than list price.

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xmeda
By xmeda (Jun 29, 2011)

Get Pentax 100/2.8 WR macro instead.. cheaper and better. Stabilization is provided by body, so lens design does not have to deal with two more added IS elements.

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chris_j_l
By chris_j_l (Jun 29, 2011)

I don't like the new Pentax macro lenses - they sound like coffee grinders when they focus - I was hoping for a Sigma HSM macro to be in K mount.

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Miserere
By Miserere (Jun 29, 2011)

In-body stabilisation is practically useless at macro distances, as are most in-lens IS systems. The benefit of the Pentax is being smaller and lighter due to the lack of IS, as well as easier to design because of it. But if you shoot Canon, Nikon, Sony... then it doesn't matter what benefits a Pentax lens has, no? :-)

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roby17269
By roby17269 (Jun 29, 2011)

The VR in the Nikon 105mm doesn't stabilize a lot at macro distances. The IS in the newer Canon 100mm L does but it's rated 2 stops rather than 4 at macro distances. And Canon madea great fuss of saying that the IS system is new and made specifically for macro.

So how does the Sigma OS work at macro distances?

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erik12
By erik12 (Jun 29, 2011)

Seems 150 f2.8 macro OS is available too now, in stock at B&H. Price $1099

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Tony Lagniton
By Tony Lagniton (Jun 29, 2011)

Where is this Sigma 105 f2.8 EX DG Macro made? We know that Nkon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f2.8G IF-ED is made in China. Will the place of manufacture makes a price difference?

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AllOtherNamesTaken
By AllOtherNamesTaken (Jun 29, 2011)

All Sigma lenses are made exclusively in Aizu, Japan.

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AllOtherNamesTaken
By AllOtherNamesTaken (Jun 29, 2011)

Some of you are hilarious. I'm not aware of a single lens Sigma makes that costs more than the Nikon/Canon direct equivalent. Every sigma lens is 2/3 of the Sigma MSRP at announcement time. Not sure why everyone is getting so excited over the MSRP. Clearly it will be around $800.

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rhorvath
By rhorvath (Jun 29, 2011)

There's the 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM, which is about $100 more than the Nikon/Canon equivalents, although perhaps not strictly "direct" equivalents.

Although I agree with your assessment of the expected price.

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Victor Major
By Victor Major (Jun 29, 2011)

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM is a different class of lens compared to the similarly priced Nikon/Canon lens. They are not "equivalents".

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aleckurgan
By aleckurgan (Jun 29, 2011)

And why is "Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM a different class of lens compared to the similarly priced Nikon/Canon lens"? Because it's heavier and bulkier? And what class is that anyway?

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maiaibing
By maiaibing (Jun 29, 2011)

"I'm not aware of a single lens Sigma makes that costs more than the Nikon/Canon direct equivalent."

Sigma 85mm f/1.4 is more expensive than the Canon f/1.8, the 50mm f/1.4 is more expensive than the Canon 50 f/1.4 and the Sigma 15mm fish is more expensive than the Canon version (in most countries). Maybe there are more that I just don't know of.

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AllOtherNamesTaken
By AllOtherNamesTaken (Jun 29, 2011)

How is an 85/1.4 the "direct equivalent" of a 85/1.8? haha. Even within Nikon's own lineup there is a $1000 price difference between the 85/ 1.4 and 1.8.

I am in Canada, for the record, so that is where I get my pricing. It's possible that it's different in some countries where exchange rates vary wildly.

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Barzin
By Barzin (Jun 29, 2011)

I just bought a Nikon 105mm F2.8 macro for $829.00 Canadian. This one almost twice as expensive and is a third party lens. Can't see how they can sell this lens for this price. Too expensive in mho.

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Eugene Powers
By Eugene Powers (Jun 29, 2011)

Sigma is not going to be $1150. more like $799-899 Canon is $999.
And Sigma would be better. Hell, old 150mm is sharper than Canon 100mm L
I have them both. Both new Sigmas are going to wipe .....with Canon.

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Karl Gnter Wnsch
By Karl Gnter Wnsch (Jun 29, 2011)

The Sigma will not be better, the old 150mm I had borrowed from a friend was quite abysmal in some respects (autofocus reliability and build quality) - it never managed to get even close to the Tokina 100mm I had at that time. The new Canon L trounces the performance of the Tokina and thus by simple induction the Sigma 150mm too... Face it, Sigma is the cheap choice - if that happens to be more expensive than the original manufacturer competition it's a failure!

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Eugene Powers
By Eugene Powers (Jun 29, 2011)

You are full of it. Not only I have both and both will go now on Ebay so I can get new OS but numerous reports/tests substantiate that Sigma is better than Canon.

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M_Hobart
By M_Hobart (Jun 30, 2011)

Up front, I've not used the Sigma lenses. But I have watched the reviews and comments. The issue with Sigma appears to be in the consistency. When they are good, they are very good, but lens-to-lens variability appears to quite a bit higher compared to other brands.

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Ztaz
By Ztaz (Jun 29, 2011)

)))))))))))))) Funny)))

Canon 100/2.8L IS - 1150$
Sigma 105/2.8 EX - 1400$

Guess which one is better ?!?!! ))))

Sigma? are you in your mind?

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Sosua
By Sosua (Jun 29, 2011)

Sigmas other issue of course is the fact the original 105 Macro was so highly regarded anyway and thats avaliable used for about $300-$350...

The OS obviously adds some benefit as a multi purpose lens, but not so much for a tele.

I'd take the Nikkor - The Siggy 50 1.4 as an example of when they have gone head to head on price (or above) with the manufacturers but that lens started more focus issue threads than the D7000!

Not worth the gamble, whether its $1400 or $900. $800 they may sell some.

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saralsth
By saralsth (Jun 29, 2011)

Why wouldn't anyone go for the Canon 100mm f/2.8L instead?

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Zebooka
By Zebooka (Jun 29, 2011)

Because Sigma EX are a great lenses.

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Ztaz
By Ztaz (Jun 29, 2011)

Better than Canon L ? I dont think so!))

http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/canon_100_2p8_is_usm_c16/

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nekrosoft13
By nekrosoft13 (Jun 29, 2011)

@ Zebooka, haha, sure they are.

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irish-george
By irish-george (Jun 29, 2011)

Let's see, the Nikon debuted at $750 and is now up to $950. This thing needs to be in the $600-750 range to be viable on the market. Either the price plummets or the product disappears is my prediction. Third party lenses sometimes have firmware issues with newer camera models because they usually reverse-engineer rather than pay licensing fees, so I'd NEVER pay the same (let alone 50% MORE) than the OEM's offering.

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Tormenborba
By Tormenborba (Jun 28, 2011)

hell!
I paid my Canon 100mm f2.8 L in a shop in Melbourne au$1150,
I dont know much about Sigma,
but if I have to spend more than for a Canon L...

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GMack
By GMack (Jun 28, 2011)

Say what? $1,400! Thing is grossly overpriced by more than twice the price they want for it.

Nikon's 105mm macro f/2.8 is $949 at B&H Photo.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/424744-USA/Nikon_2160_105mm_f_2_8G_ED_IF_AF_S.html

Ridiculous unless it is so sharp it puts the Nikon lens to shame, which I doubt.

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Eugene Powers
By Eugene Powers (Jun 28, 2011)

Why bother to install TC $250 then 150mm would be about the same price?
Also, DP says available. Where?
They said 120-300mm available a month after it was actually in my hands and I was not the first.
Is it a lame attempt to be first?

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Karl Gnter Wnsch
By Karl Gnter Wnsch (Jun 28, 2011)

The TC allows for a bigger magnification. A 1.4x teleconverter allows magnification ratios up to 1.4:1 a 2x ratios up to 2:1.

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Thanatham Piriyakarnjanakul
By Thanatham Piriyakarnjanakul (Jun 28, 2011)

Teleconverter will drop a lot of image quality.

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Karl Gnter Wnsch
By Karl Gnter Wnsch (Jun 28, 2011)

@Thanatham: Have you ever tried it in macro photography? From 1:1 onwards a TC is quite a viable option.

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AllOtherNamesTaken
By AllOtherNamesTaken (Jun 28, 2011)

On most lenses, a 1.4 TC has next to zero image degradation, especially if stopped down. Sigma and Nikon 1.4 TC's are very good. The 1.7 and 2.0 range is where you start to see degradation, but even then, with good technique and PP you can get surprisingly good results.

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sspivey
By sspivey (Jun 28, 2011)

I don't see the point of OS in a macro. The camera and lens I can secure--it's usually the subject that I can't get to keep still enough.

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AllOtherNamesTaken
By AllOtherNamesTaken (Jun 28, 2011)

Macro isn't the only use for a 105/2.8 :). Macro lenses are very commonly used as portrait lenses as well, among other things. You can always turn OS/VR/IS/VC (depending on brand) off, so I think most people would rather have the option to use it than none at all.

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Martin Muehlemann
By Martin Muehlemann (Jun 28, 2011)

forgot two important features

+ HSM
+ Extender Compatible, where the Canon 100L IS USM is not

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Entropius
By Entropius (Jun 28, 2011)

I'm confused by this "extender compatible" thing -- on Four Thirds you can use any lens with an extender, from ultrawides to fisheyes to macros to kit lenses to the superteles.

You may not like the results, but the point is that it will at least *work*. Why is this different for Canon?

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jun 28, 2011)

Canon branded extenders are optically matched to specific lenses and physically do not fit on the rest. You could use a Kenko or Tamron, etc, on the Canon 100L, though.

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nekrosoft13
By nekrosoft13 (Jun 28, 2011)

While Canon Extender will not work, you can use extender from any other brand and it will work.

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Martin Muehlemann
By Martin Muehlemann (Jun 28, 2011)

Street price here in Switzerland is 1149 CHF or in USD 1376 ;-)

It has weather sealing and OS :-)

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Thomasbd
By Thomasbd (Jun 28, 2011)

this is a crazy price!!!!! and I am absolutely satisfied with Nikon 105mm 2.8 VR.... It rocks really!!!!!!!!!

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nekrosoft13
By nekrosoft13 (Jun 28, 2011)

Sigma is pricing themself out of their league, for that much money is better to buy first party Canon or Nikon lens. With canon or nikon you don't have to worry about Sigma poor quality control or future camera compability.

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AllOtherNamesTaken
By AllOtherNamesTaken (Jun 28, 2011)

Like all sigma lenses, Sigma's MSRP and street price will be vastly different - usually 2/3 or so of the MSRP. They won't sell a single one unless price drops below that of the Nikon/Canon equivalents, so expect the price to end up somewhere around $810 CAD/$950 USD (current price of Nikon 105/2.8 VR). 2/3 of 1400 is ~$925, which is probably where the lens will start on the market, and slowly drop assuming sales aren't up to par due to the Nikon/Canon equivalents being similarly priced.

Just like Sigma's new SD1 with a $9,000 MSRP. I wouldn't be surprised if in not too long they are selling for half that. Not entirely sure what will happen with this camera though as the MSRP is just so unbelievably absurd.

Also look at the new Sigma 150/2.8 OS MACRO. Sigma MSRP: $1600 USD. Actual price: $1069.00 @ B&H - exactly 2/3 of MSRP (notice a trend?).

I don't think anyone has to worry about this new 105 from Sigma being anywhere near $1400.

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Yves P.
By Yves P. (Jun 28, 2011)

Heuuuuuu Expensive ...

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GagBagger
By GagBagger (Jun 28, 2011)

Sigma's departure from reality: (1) Release a $9,000 APS-C dSLR (SD1). (2) Release third-party lenses and price them 30% higher than the OEM lenses they are designed to compete with.

Note to Sigma: You're SIGMA -- not LEICA! You have no "laurels" to rest upon that would justify your current insanity. What's next? A $90,000 Kia?

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Paul North
By Paul North (Jun 28, 2011)

Well, lets see how it performs, if this lens follows in the footsteps of the other new sigma lenses such as the 70-200 OS, 120-300 OS, and 150 Macro OS then the price can be justified. It will probably sell for $849 street price, maybe less.

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stanic042
By stanic042 (Jun 28, 2011)

no weather sealing?

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Martin Muehlemann
By Martin Muehlemann (Jun 28, 2011)

This lens features a splash proof design for use in harsh conditions

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Entropius
By Entropius (Jun 28, 2011)

How splashproof is that? There's a big difference between moderate weathersealing and the "put it under the shower" weathersealing of Olympus (and some others).

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chris_j_l
By chris_j_l (Jun 29, 2011)

I wonder if the 'Harsh Conditions' includes dpreviews comments section :)

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svx94
By svx94 (Jun 28, 2011)

This price seems unreasonably high compare with Nikon's 105/2.8 VR. Need to see the justification.

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Karl Gnter Wnsch
By Karl Gnter Wnsch (Jun 28, 2011)

@goetz48: f/2.8 at 105mm isn't that huge to begin with and the thin DOF is a matter of physics that at 1:1 is the same for all focal lengths. As to the mount, well the only mount in which this lens is really worthwhile is SA, both Nikon and Canon have perfectly fine top of the line 100mm lenses with image stabilization available which happen to be less expensive and offer more functionality - so the new Sigma 105mm is a failure to tend to the market, they bring nothing to it that isn't there for quite some time already.

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goetz48
By goetz48 (Jun 28, 2011)

105mm / 1:2.8 means a huge front lens and a paper thin DOF unless stepped down.

And lack of VR: Presently there are only Canon/Nikon/Sigma mounts available. So Oly/Pentax/Sony in-body-stabilization does not help.

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Entropius
By Entropius (Jun 28, 2011)

There are probably plenty of copies of the old version floating around for those mounts; I know people shoot the old Sigma 105/2.8 on Four Thirds just fine, using the in-body IS.

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Entropius
By Entropius (Jun 28, 2011)

Again with the silly price -- Canon and Nikon make nearly the same product with excellent optics for a lower price, and nobody else needs the VR since Olympus/Pentax/Sony shooters already have it.

Not sure why this is needed since it competes with Sigma's 150/2.8 macro at a price that's about the same. On Four Thirds (for which the 105 and 150 are both available), the 150 is preferred because of the longer FL and because it's internally focusing. The 105 is a perfectly fine lens, though.

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Karl Gnter Wnsch
By Karl Gnter Wnsch (Jun 28, 2011)

So both main rival lenses (Canon 100mm f/2.8L IS USM and the Nikon AF-S VR 105mm f/2.8 G) are both less expensive and more versatile because they allow using a tripod ring (Canon offers an own tripod ring, for the Nikon there is an aftermarket one). The Canon lens even has hybrid IS which is designed to be effective at macro ranges - had Sigma had something similar available they would be very vocal about it, so the silence here is telling that the Sigma OS is less effective at macro ranges (to the extent of not being useful at all at 1:1).

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Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (Jun 28, 2011)

always thought Sigma was an alternative to the mainstream manufacturers. But the prices like can be justified if this lens performs similar to offerings from Canon or Nikon. Will wait for the review though.

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Thomas Kachadurian
By Thomas Kachadurian (Jun 28, 2011)

More than the Canon L macro? Someone at sigma is smoking something.

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fucile
By fucile (Jun 28, 2011)

It has been determined on the Sigma Forum that high level executives at Sigma have been smoking Godzilla Dung AND are suffering from radiation exposure.

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Eugene Powers
By Eugene Powers (Jun 28, 2011)

The actual price in the stores is going to be more like $799

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pc168
By pc168 (Jun 29, 2011)

The price has to be competitive. Otherwise, better go and can the original brands. $799 looks better, but even lower is welcome.

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CollBaxter
By CollBaxter (Jun 28, 2011)

Ieeesh $900 more for OS. Sigma are going to price themselves out of the market.

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Entropius
By Entropius (Jun 28, 2011)

This is why we're spoiled by in-body IS. Don't have to think about it at all, it just happens.

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Brian Lund
By Brian Lund (Jul 1, 2011)

$900 where do you get that number? The old one has a MSRP of $640 so that makes it "only" $760 difference...

Oh wait, so the old one is sold below MSRP? I bet the new one will go at MSRP for sure! ;-)
But yeah it's still expensive, let's wait 6-12 months and see what the price is then!

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ZAnton
By ZAnton (Jun 28, 2011)

$1400 is it not too much?
Even canon's 100mm IS macro L costs less than that.
I wonder how much will it cost in Europe. If it will be ~1400 Euro (same number but in Euros, like it often is), then Sigma has lost the connection with reality.

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kb2zuz
By kb2zuz (Jun 28, 2011)

Canon's 100mm f/2.8L IS lens costs (street) $1,000. The MSRP of the Sigma lens is $1,400. Sigma tends to put the MSRP much higher than the actual street price. I'm guessing it will likely cost closer to $1,000-1,100 which is too high but not as completely insane as $1,400.

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Brian Lund
By Brian Lund (Jul 1, 2011)

848 Euros at AC-foto in germany... It's allready on their webpage (not in stock though)!

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Michael
By Michael (Jun 28, 2011)

So, it's priced like Canon Macro L IS? whats the point?

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ZAnton
By ZAnton (Jun 28, 2011)

I hope it will drop soon to reasonable numbers.

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xtranch
By xtranch (Jun 28, 2011)

I have the original 105 Sigma macro. it is a very good lens. for the price , I think I will stick with it.

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russbarnes
By russbarnes (Jun 28, 2011)

The RRP means nothing at this stage - Sigma will only be able to sell it well below Nikon's or Canon's price. No one will buy a third party lens at premium prices unless it is deemed to be exceptional - see Zeiss by means of example. Sigma just don't have that reputation - they have a reputation today that is based on mediocre delivery and have positioned themselves as a cut price alternative. Merely repositioning themselves based on price absolutely won't work unless the product is exceptional. The problem here is that both the Nikon and Canon equivalent both already fall into that bracket...

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SaltLakeGuy
By SaltLakeGuy (Jun 28, 2011)

I used to have the non OS version way back which I got for about $450, so somebody at that factory has been dipping in the Sake too deep. I'd much rather have a 150mm f2.8 EX DG OS for under a grand. What are they thinking?

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sonics
By sonics (Jun 28, 2011)

Who is going to buy a Sigma when the canon 100mm L is as expensive? I think no one. My sigma experiences so far were not good anyways. All lenses had some kind of decentering or focussing issues.

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phlr
By phlr (Jun 30, 2011)

It's to expensive. I think that too.
I have a SIGMA 150mm F2.8 APO MACRO DG EX AF.
I lilke it but it misses the OS....
I baught it for arround 450€ some years ago.
So I'm staying with the "old one"...

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MX_shooter
By MX_shooter (Jul 2, 2011)

lol. im sure this is a top quality lens buy why get this when you can get the 100 2.8L HIS for even less . USD 1,000 here in singapore.

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