Anyone who has considered buying a macro lens in the past 19 years will probably have looked at a 105mm macro.

The focal length is long enough to provide some distance between you and the subject without the field of view and higher price of a 200mm optic. The Sigma 105mm f/2.8 has long been regarded as one of the best macro lenses for its price. The lens was last updated in 2004, when it was optimised for digital camera sensors.

Apart from some re-chipping to make it compatible with more recent cameras, the lens has remained unchanged. The new Sigma 105mm f/2.8 has been completely overhauled to bring it in line with the Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro.

The most notable addition is the optical stabilisation, which has resulted in a much larger, heavier optic and a higher price.

Image: This handheld shot makes use of the Sigma 105mm f/2.8’s optical stabilisation. Nikon D700, 1/25sec at f/6.3, ISO 3200

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