Sigma 70mm f/2.8 DG Macro ‘Art’ lens review with samples (Full-frame & APS-C)

Here’s a new Macro lens from Sigma – an update to their popular (and seriously aging) original 70mm f/2.8 Macro. But this new lens comes in at a somewhat high price of £500, and without image stabilization – does it have a trick up its sleeves?

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Luciano R says:

No offense Christopher, but I think you should do a bit of an extensive review with this one. I’m talking mostly about some macro shots with f/32 and stuff like that, which is what these lenses are truly designed for. Specially built lenses like these cannot be truly compared with a chart like the one you use (I guess you could start by posting some info on the settings for each shot too, if you can). All your points are valid though, I can’t argue against that.

rendezvous009 says:

Get the Tamron 90mm f/2.8, super fast and silent autofocus, internal focusing system, have Vibration compensation and relatively cheap too.

Vlad Lee says:

Well, don’t you think, that macro lens for studio usage is not to be convinient as a portrait or report photo lens? Оust like the toilet seat does not have wheels and rudder, the studio macro lens does not have a quick focus. Why the hell would there be a quick focus? Such thoughts need to be recorded with Texas accent, not Yorkshire!

Avi Faitelewicz says:

You should try out the Sony 90mm f2.8 Macro. I’ve heard that it’s razor sharp, has internal focusing, and is optically stabilized too. I’d be curious how it compares to this. Thanks for the great review!

Arjit Malviya says:

Very clearly drafted video. Thanks for reviewing.
I got a question though,why did you covered the labels ??? Did the company asked you to or just something else ?

simon ngan says:

wonder if it is better than FE 90 lol

Vlad Lee says:

At night? I’m surprised, that you did not test it as toilet paper…

Andrew says:

very great review indeed!their bokehmaster next please!

The Emo Emu says:

Wow. That has to be one of the loudest lenses made these days. Add it to the fact that the lens changes length and it’ll likely be a hard sell for many. Looks really sharp though.

Jim Huang says:

Okay it is sharp, but it’s a Sigma Art. We already knew that. Can we talk about the printer for the target though? It must be crazy high resolution that you don’t see the dots at 1:1, viewing at 100% on the screen!

Anyways, all joke aside, what’s up with the black tape?

Chris Umaña says:

Hi Chris, have you ever try making the AF noise test with the camera over a foam surface placed directly on concrete or a solid surface. I guess the resonance of the wood increases the noise in the recordings. That will improve your technical skills as reviewer. Greetings from Costa Rica, I hope to see you here someday.

Seanieboi says:


Tom Park says:

Crop sensor has more depth of field…?

Martin Weber says:

How about Zeiss Touit 50mm Macro in direct comparison?

Thunder Studios says:

Hi I agree that it is a little expensive. Apparently the best bang for your buck macro lens is the tamron 90mm f2.8(the newest version.) Could you test it please?

Windows Neptune says:

sigma? more like ligma

Chirag Parikh says:

didn’t expect this result from this 70mm, sharpness Centre to Corner,

would be interesting to see it in comparison with Fuji 80mm macro though fuji is an Apsc lens, and also Sony 90 macro

Macro Cosmos says:

The AF is slow but precise, I guess it’s their attempt to make AF work for macro distances.
It’s counterproductive though. For living subjects, it could be a distraction. For stills, it is… useless, since MF does the same thing.
It’s loud because a stepper motor is used, which is also why there’s no F-mount version yet. Nikon’s equivalent is AF-P.

Also for macro shooting, stabilisation is essentially useless. It is included in modern lenses because some people like to use them for portrait (for some reason). It’s an attempt to make said lens work like an army knife. What’s good about an army knife? Well it does a bit of everything, but it’s good at nothing. At least Sigma got the ergonomics of this lens right. No stupid stabilisation, extremely precise focusing ring, which also looks nicely damped, and really good image quality.

rendezvous009 says:

Sigma once produced the 150-180 macro lens and the autofocus speed is way faster and quieter than this though not very reliable (tends to break), this is Sigma technology going backwards. Bet only useful for product photography where focus accuracy and sharpness are paramount.

licht_v says:

OMG. What‘s that? It‘s 2018.

Maxi VL says:

is it sharper than laowa 60mm macro ?

Seanieboi says:

Thank you so much for these videos!

John Snow knows me says:

I think the price reflects the capital that was used to get those nearly perfect optics. It seems the closer we aim for perfection the more
costs skyrocket. Most people shooting macro use a tripod and want precise manual focus so they should love this lens and happily pay a premium for the best optics. The success of this lens will depend a lot on what the competition brings also, of course. Thanks always for the awesome videos!

Vintage Pictures says:

You should review the next upcoming Nikon Full Frame mirrorless camera someday. Your review presentations is very smooth and easy to follow.

Mblue Music says:

Hi Christopher, i’m looking for the new Samyang 85 1.4 AF test 🙂 Is there a chance?

frederickletterblair says:

At first glance I thought this is some kind of old rare lens.

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