Sigma 50mm 1: 2.8D Macro EX Review

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Sigma 50mm 1: 2.8D Macro EX Review

Sigma 50mm 1: 2.8D Macro EX Review


The lens exists in several versions: Sigma 50mm 1: 2.8D Macro EX (from this review), Sigma 50mm 1: 2.8 DG Macro D EX, Sigma AF MACRO 1: 2.8 f = 50mm Multi-Coated and Sigma 50mm 1: 2.8 DG Macro EX. Prefix DG in newer versions means that the lens is specially designed for use on digital SLR cameras, while the first version, '1: 2.8D Macro 'was originally intended for film cameras.

The versions differ in the focusing ring and small differences in the body ('DG' -schemes have no notches on the body, and the white focusing distance mark is shorter). I believe that optically these versions are very close to each other, and the lenses received a new name only due to the fact that Sigma slightly changed the coating to work with digital cameras. And on top of that, the Sigma 50mm 1: 2.8D Macro EX has another clone - Quantaray 50mm 1: 2.8D Macro.

Sigma 50mm 1: 2.8D Macro EX

Sigma 50mm 1: 2.8D Macro EX

For Nikon cameras, the Sigma 50mm 1: 2.8D Macro EX lens is an analog FX, AF, D lens. The 'EX' prefix in the lens name stands for 'Excellence' - that is, 'Excellence', which is the abbreviation for Sigma's premium lenses. The lens barrel is made of a rough material similar to the old Nikon line. The lens itself is made in Japan, and the build quality is very good, even the very lengthening trunk does not have any backlashes.

Such lenses are most often called “macro fifty dollars”. On the one hand, the lens can serve as a standard high-aperture “fifty kopeck piece”, and on the other, it allows you to get excellent macro shots with a magnification of 1: 1.

In addition, on cropped APS-C Nikon DX cameras, the lens can be used as a portrait lens (EGF is 75 mm). I have long ceased to be afraid of 'excessive' sharpness in portrait photography with macro lenses. Usually, amateur photographers joke that portraits from a macro lens can be sent to dermatologists for examination :)

Sigma 50mm 1: 2.8D Macro EX

Sigma 50mm 1: 2.8D Macro EX when focusing on MDF

The lens has aperture control ring (in the photo, the ring is easy to recognize by two rows of numbers: from F / 2.8 to F / 32). To control the value aperture of any modern TsKK Nikonneed to install ring aperture to F / 32 and fix it with a special button. If this is not done, the camera will display a 'FEE' error. This ring is needed to control the aperture on old film cameras, this is described in more detail in the section Non-G Nikon Lenses.

Sigma 50mm 1: 2.8D Macro EX

Enlightenment of the front lens Sigma 50mm 1: 2.8D Macro EX

It's important: auto focus with this lens is available only when using him on cameras with built-in motor focusing.

Exact list Nikon DSLR cameras with a built-in focus motor, on which this lens will focus automatically:

Exact list Nikon DSLR cameras without a built-in focus motor, on which this lens will not focus automatically:

Only auto focus and sound confirmation of focus will not work with these cameras, all other important functions, such as automatic exposure metering and automatic iris control, will work well.

You will find a lot of useful information on the types of cameras and lenses Nikon here.

I want to note that, as with any lens without a focus motor, the camera with the Sigma 50mm 1: 2.8D Macro EX is noticeable noise at work due to focus motor and gears.

Sigma 50mm 1: 2.8D Macro EX

Enlightenment of the rear lens Sigma 50mm 1: 2.8D Macro EX

The lens has a 'Full / Limit' focusing limiter. In the 'Limit' position, the autofocus speed is medium, the focusing ring rotates 90 degrees, forcing the lens to focus from infinity to 25cm and still obtain a macro 1: 3. In the 'Full' position, autofocus is slow, the focus ring rotates 180 degrees, forcing the lens to focus from infinity to 18,8cm MDF. At this focusing distance, you can shoot 1: 1 macro.

Sigma 50mm 1: 2.8D Macro EX does not change the F value at different focusing distances. On F / 2.8, you can shoot on MDF and at infinity. Usually macro lenses, for example Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 105mm 1: 2.8D, change the aperture value when focusing. True, I believe that the real number F on MDF is still less, and the difference is not noticeable, since the measurement system exposure easier to carry out the compensation :)

The focusing ring is rubberized, the front lens does not rotate when focusing. As with a macro lens, the focus ring is too slow. The depth of field scale is indicated for the F / 32 value only. The scale with the magnification factor is indicated on the lens trunk, which extends when focusing towards the MDF. The Sigma 50mm 1: 2.8D Macro EX uses a 7-blade rounded aperture. The diameter of the front filter is small - only 55 mm.

A minimum focusing distance of approximately 19 cm indicates that when shooting at a maximum magnification of 1: 1, the lens will almost touch the subject. The focusing distance is indicated from the subject to the focal plane (to the camera’s matrix). This may interfere with the shooting of any small living creatures, which will simply scatter from the view of the approaching front lens of the lens :)

ZK Sigma 50mm 1: 2.8D Macro EX view

ZK Sigma 50mm 1: 2.8D Macro EX view

Here link to the archive with the originals - 232 MB, the parameters of the photo in the archive and gallery are indicated here, shooting was made using protective filter Crystal-Optics 55mm UV Japan.

The lens is very, very sharp, especially in the center of the frame and even at f / 2.8. I was pleased with the very low level of chromatic aberration and zero distortion. True, at F / 32 the image begins to 'crumble' due to the strong influence of diffraction.

Zigzag Sigma 50mm 1: 2.8D Macro EX, rear view

Zigzag Sigma 50mm 1: 2.8D Macro EX, rear view

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The Sigma 50mm 1: 2.8D Macro EX is simply a great lens: reliable, sharp, fast, and captures “real” macro at 1: 1 magnification. True, Nikon non-motorized users will have to look elsewhere.

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Comments: 50, on the topic: Review Sigma 50mm 1: 2.8D Macro EX

  • Pastor

    An interesting lens and, as always, an excellent review. Interestingly, is this lens inferior to Nikon's 1,8D in image quality? But even more interesting is how much better / worse is Nikonovsky 40 2.8 micro? Given that the latter is cheaper by several thousand rubles (and even Nikon), which lens would you recommend to a beginner in macro photography?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      I can not fall into the arm of Nikon's 40-wka. In any case, 40-wka will be more convenient for younger cameras. I would advise a novice in macro photography a macro ring to any lens, so that for little money you can understand whether you need to do this business at all, because it is quite complicated.

      • Pastor

        Thank you for your prompt response. Probably, really, for a start it is worth trying macro rings ... And about 40mm - it's a pity that no one was honored to submit it to you for review :)

    • Yaroslav

      This sigma is much better than Nikkor 1.8d and does not lose both 1.4d and 1.8g. In the field of sharpness and limp, the glass is simply gorgeous.
      40 the frame itself is already a bit focal for a macro.
      if you advise a beginner like this, then it is better to sigma (if the carcass is with a screwdriver). Used, because its price on the secondary is 6-7 rubles, which is simply gorgeous for such quality glass.

      • Pastor

        Thanks for the comment. Since you say that sharpness and all sorts of aberrations bypass this glass, you can only regret the low aperture ratio (for fixing). Unfortunately, I haven’t seen such a thing in my region yet. Moreover, in general, macro lenses do not part with their glasses - I have not seen a single macro lens on sale in the last 3 months. Greedy mackerel :)

  • Yaroslav

    Note:
    I have a DG version of the lens, its F varies depending on the focusing distance. From 2.8 at infinity to 4.8 on MDF. Judging by the testimony of the camera (d700 and d90).
    By the way, the DG version has a slightly different body coating, something like light velvet, or how to describe it. In general, it does not shine like a sample from a review :). But then this coating is very dirty.

    Another feature that I noticed. For some reason, this lens was not picked up on the d3100. Not just didn’t catch it, but the camera didn’t turn on at all with it. It was only necessary to patch up the contacts with tape, and everything became ok (well, with manual focus and settings, of course). A strange situation, but there is a place to be. Other screwdriver glasses picked up calmly.

    And so in general, probably one of my favorite glass. Excellent sharpness, and a very good bokeshka that does not lose its beauty even on covered diaphragms. The crop is simply masthevoe glass. On ff, it’s still 105mm more logical, 50 mm too geometry suffers (I remove the pupae, the 50 mm faces look sad).
    Thanks for the review!)

  • Oleg

    great post about a macro lens - no macro photography :)))

    • Do_Oraemon

      Yes, right here we are all so displeased! It’s not right for you, it’s not that way. Take the trouble to understand that this is an author’s blog and the author himself decides what to do: what to write and how to shoot. But trying to please everyone here is a waste of time and energy. Whatever the beautiful post, there will always be someone who is dissatisfied with something. Well then you come to Radozhiva if posts and pictures do not suit you? Or just blurt out, just to leave a comment and attract attention?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Oleg, take the trouble to download the archive with photos, you will find a macro there. Be careful and do not write nonsense.

  • Do_Oraemon

    If Sigma did not have such a variation in assembly quality, then all sorts of Tamrons would nervously smoke aside. And so many problems sometimes happen to them. Many are eager to take Sigma glass. By the way, Sigma’s super-wide are just magical.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Tokins have super-wide too, very good.

      • Do_Oraemon

        I have not used it yet, so I won’t talk.

    • Pastor

      Forgive me for getting in, but for several months I have been rushing about choosing a shirik. And here you are talking about the magic of sigma. What specific model do you mean? 10-20 dark / 10-20 3.5 / 8-16?

      • Do_Oraemon

        Used the dark 10-20. The glass was wonderful, but you can’t guess for sure, which is why I pointed out in the commentary that there is a huge variation in quality. The fact that it was dark for me did not play any role - they shot landscapes, architecture and occasionally genre scenes where an enhanced linear perspective was required. All with a clamped diaphragm. So for this type of glass I do not chase after aperture. 8-16 did not come across. They say that 12-24 is still pretty good, which EX, but I can’t confirm. By the way, 18-50 (which is also EX) I also found very, very worthy. True, the “over” range is small: you cannot go far on 18 mm alone :)

  • anonym

    Thanks for the NEF! Oleg is there macro

  • varezhkin

    offtop
    Arkady, where do some articles from the feed disappear to? I commented on the raw converter topic, and now it's gone ...

  • anonym

    And sometimes comments are not added for some reason; Certainly they are not deleted during moderation, namely they are not added :(

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Comments work fine, but if there are more than 1 external link in the comment, they get moderated. Comments from users from the blacklist fall into spam, they are not read to me and deleted forever, therefore I advise schoolchildren with foam at the mouth not to waste energy on thoughtless lines of text.

  • anonym

    Is the lynx banned?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Yes

  • Vladimir

    Please tell me - does the Canon version support autofocus?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Yes, it does.

  • Vadim

    I have a DG version. I use the standard version on film, and sometimes I put it on D200. I don’t take a macro. I can’t even say that it’s bad in this lens. I had almost all fifty rubles 1.4-1.8 from Nikon (and now I have one). Optically, Sigma is perhaps the most perfect. It is inferior in luminosity as BE, but 2.8 it is 100% working, and not conditionally. The picture of this particular lens is noticeably different from other modern sigma. It does not have a specific "plasticine" ... Problems with focus were not noticed. to vertical, mechanical resonance may appear when the lens unit moves - it does not affect the focus accuracy. The glass is super rrrr !!! Thanks for the work done on reviewing this wonderful lens.

  • Gendolf

    Hello everyone. The lens is excellent, I completely agree. But they forgot about one decent flaw - the backlight. Taking a picture against the light comes out not at all contrasting.
    For lovers of macro shots, a few of my photos are here ttp: //gendolf.info/macrokolca/.

  • Vadim

    Strange, I did not notice any problems with the contrast, at least in conjunction with the F801 and D200 I do not see a noticeable drop in contrast ....

  • M

    > The lens is available in three versions: Sigma 50mm 1: 2.8D Macro EX (from this review), Sigma 50mm 1: 2.8 DG Macro D EX and Sigma 50mm 1: 2.8 DG Macro EX. The first version has been released since about 1998, the second and third have been released since 2007 to this day.

    The second and third versions are one and the same. The letter D is used in the names of the options for "Nikon" and "Minolta", emphasizes compatibility with the transmission of information about the shooting distance.

    About 1998 is true, and the DG version has been produced since 2004. Last year discontinued.

    A new design without recesses and with a different design of the focus ring was also a model without DG in the last months of release, but it is, for accuracy.

  • Noa

    An interesting observation - everything works fine on the Nikon D610, I transplanted to the Nikon D5100 - the lens is not detected, writes that it cannot determine the focal length (I remind you that the aperture ring is correctly fixed at the extreme 32).

    • Noa

      tried on different modes

  • Alexander

    I have a Sigma 50mm 1: 2.8 DG Macro EX. But the coating is different from the presented glasses, or rather its absence. What is this modification?

  • Alexander

    Yes, the case cover is similar to Quantaray, but everything else is similar to Sigma. (scars, marks).

  • Gordey

    My aperture value changes depending on the focus position

  • Ksenia

    I am faced with a choice between Nikon 50 and Sigma DG….
    Nikon's price is very attractive ... but I also want to try the sharpness and the possibility of macro shooting on Sigma ... prompt + and - ...

  • Andrei

    Bought Sigma 50mm D from the Japanese a couple of days ago, arrived without a hood. Tell me, should it be included there or is it additionally bought? Maybe someone has it, then I would like her number.

    • anonym

      LH 550-02

    • Andrey

      You can be very disturbed by the hood or completely remove the ability to shoot at close range. If only for a super-sharp portrait.

  • Okay

    And what are the differences between this and the older lens for film machines?
    http://www.dyxum.com/lenses/Sigma-50mm-F2.8-AF-Macro_lens518.html

  • Makunochimaster

    Will the image from this lens be better and sharper than on the Nikkor AF 50mm 1,8 or Nikkor AF-S 50 1,8? Not counting macro

  • Alexander

    Hello Arkady, say Sigma AF 50 mm f / 2.8 Macro MC in terms of picture quality with Sigma 50mm 1: 2.8D Macro EX will be the same.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      If you ignore enlightenment, then this is the same lens

      • Alexander

        So the Sigma AF 50 mm f / 2.8 Macro MC will be worse. I just wanted to take it for the subject, and so for everyday use.

  • Alexey

    I want to buy such a lens with RK bayonet mount and use RK-EOS adapter for Canon 600d - will it work?

    • B. R. P.

      Is that like a manual.

  • Alexey

    Hello. I bought a Sigma 50mm 1: 2.8 DG Macro D EX from my hands, I fix it at 32 aperture, but the camera does not adjust the focus or aperture. I switch to manual mode on the camera - I can adjust the focus, but the aperture cannot be adjusted from the camera. Nikon D7000 camera. What could be the reason? Thanks.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      there are many options
      1.the lens is broken
      2.poor contact between lens and camera

      • Alexey

        Or maybe the screwdriver doesn't work in the camera? How to check the lens and camera? Or not an option? Do you want to clean the contacts? Thanks.

      • Alexey

        Thank you so much for your help, apparently there were problems with contacts, I wiped it neatly and it all worked! Hurrah! Sincerely.

  • Andrey Korzun

    Can you tell me if it will be possible to shoot macro with this lens on the Nikon D5200? And in general, how will he behave on a cropped camera? Thanks.
    With all respect, Andrew.

    • Sergey Sulzhenko

      Andrey Korzun, you can shoot macro)))
      If with the “trunk” fully extended (1:1 magnification), there will be about 4 cm between the lens without a hood and the subject being shot.
      Well, focusing only manually.
      The D5200 does not have a “screwdriver”.

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