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Sigma 70 mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro

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Manufacturer Sigma
Model 70 mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro
Lens style Telephoto
Focal length 70 mm
Maximum aperture f/2.8
Angle of view 34.3 o
Closest focusing distance 0.257 m
Maximum magnification 1
Minimum aperture 22
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Auto focus type AF
Lens Construction 10 elements / 9 groups
Filter diameter 62 mm
Macro Yes
Available mounts Canon EF
Nikon F
Sigma
Pentax K
Four Thirds
Dimensions 95 x 76 mm
Weight 525 g
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Average rating (10 owners reviews)
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4.60 Good
Owners reviews (10)
  1. quantman
    quantman 14 June 2016, 06:29
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    IP 67.169.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 279
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Hunts to focus so use the limiter when you can.

    Pros: Very sharp, even wide open. Works well as a portrait lens, excellent for indoor sports even shooting wide open. It is so sharp corner to corner that it is almost too sharp for a portrait lens. Accurate focus once in locks in.

    Summary: This could be the sharpest Sigma made.

  2. Vanquish1976
    Vanquish1976 31 January 2015, 16:08
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    IP 124.120.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: $600
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: no manual override, no hsm, no IS

    Pros: Great IQ, Low distortion and CA, Good bokeh, Limit button is very useful

    Summary: Greate IQ lens for portrait photography with 1:1 macro ability

  3. marc
    marc 18 May 2013, 20:02
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    IP 2.174.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 350
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: nothing

    Pros: very, very sharp lens, no remarcable CA's,use it for product photos

    Summary: highly recommanded for all macro photographers

  4. wmaldito
    wmaldito 10 February 2012, 18:17
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    IP 79.147.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 420
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Quite noisy and slow AF missing HSM, lens hood is not bayonet.

    Pros: Super sharp lens (even more so than tamron 90 2.8 macro that also have had). Very well built, good bokeh to 2.8 and 4.0, absence of longitudinal chromatic aberrations.

    Summary: Perfect for macro and portrait. I usually use for my panoramic photos by the almost total absence of distortions of all kinds. Spectacular.

  5. PMRMaeyaert
    PMRMaeyaert 7 November 2011, 22:46
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    IP 91.182.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 400€
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: autofocus too often not correct at all (Canon 5DII), particularly at normal distances manual focusing ring much too fast, and inaccurate slight magenta tendence

    Pros: very sharp at all apertures, distances as good as my Leica Elmar R4/100, Summicron R50, Elmarit R2,8/90

    Summary: very good price/quality keep attention on autofocus

  6. Mark
    Mark 22 July 2010, 13:50
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    IP 80.59.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 400
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: none

    Pros: my sharpest lens, extremly sharp!, build like a tank, nice outfit, softpouch, prize

    Summary: a clear winner!

  7. lightray
    lightray 4 July 2010, 03:48
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    IP 67.159.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: 360
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: bad autofocus

    Pros: macro

    Summary: i am not a fan of this lens.

  8. rainer
    rainer 12 June 2010, 12:42
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    IP 80.59.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: 400
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: none

    Pros: the sharpest lens in my bag and in many stores.... nice bokeh and buildings, fair price, no faults

    Summary: A real "Big Boy", one of the very best lenses around, perfect for macro and portrait

  9. Mixu
    Mixu 21 April 2010, 20:04
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    IP 85.76.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 299€
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: HSM would be nice since focus ring moves in AF mode. Also the lens would be totally silent (it's not noisy though). Aperture blades are not rounded which can lead to nervous backgrounds in some very challenging cases.

    Pros: Extremely sharp from corner to corner wide open and in full frame! Many tests also say that it's probably the sharpest consumer lens at the moment. AF is reasonably fast in normal range with limit switch. Lens is also built like tank.

    Summary: Even with few minor cons, I think this lens is extremely good, especially when you consider the price. If Sigma added HSM and made the aperture blades rounded, I would be first in the line to upgrade.

  10. chEEtah
    chEEtah 1 December 2009, 01:03
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    IP 92.233.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: £177
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: no HSM short working distance in 1:1 magnification

    Pros: excellent image quality, great for portraits, macro and panoramas. the best lens in my bag

    Summary: very versatile lens (70mm is almost the normal angle of view on FF), great value

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