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Sigma180mm f/2.8 APO Macro EX DG OS HSM Lens (for Canon)
 
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Pros

  • Nice bokeh (6)
  • Strong construction (6)
  • Rugged (5)
  • Durable (4)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (4)

Cons

  • Heavy (6)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (6)
  • Wildlife photos (6)
  • Low light (4)
  • Sports/action (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
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5.0

Reviews are right.

By Flatland Doug

from Charleston, SC

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sigma 180mm f/2.8 APO Macro EX DG OS HSM Lens (for Canon):

Shoot macro and portrait with this lens. Had the Canon 100 non-L macro and sold it because while it was very sharp as a short tele I couldn't use it for dragonflies and the like because I could not get close enough with it. Then considered the Canon 180 f/3.5L Macro, but began to read about the Sigma 180. Decided after reading many reviews and comparisons to give it a try, my first non-Canon lens purchase since the days of film and manual focus equipment. Vs that Canon lens, 2.8 vs 3.5, and IS vs none. No regrets. I use Canon 5D MkIII and 5DSR, both able to profit from sharp lens performance. Sigma 180 is razor sharp in macro as well as portrait. Smooth bokeh. Focus hunted a bit in full range setting, but when reduced to .67m to Infinity range focused quickly & accurately. A hefty handful, especially when attached to a pro DSLR and tripod. Wouldn't recommend that combo for toting on strenuous hikes over tough terrain, but to be carried around for a couple hours at a time without tough footing, not a big problem. Along with a 24-70 to cover any wide angle needs, makes a decent carrying around lens. I have the newest Canon L series lenses in 11-24, 24-70, 70-200, & 100-400, and this Sigma is as sharp as any of them. I'm frankly amazed. Not in the market for other Sigmas, even if their quality is high, as I can't see replacing my current line-up without excessive spending, as the next step up, Canon or Sigma, is in the +$5000 range.

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5.0

Sharp!

By Jumar

from Atlanta, GA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Close-ups
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Macro Photography
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Sigma 180mm f/2.8 APO Macro EX DG OS HSM Lens (for Canon):

I use this for macro and close-ups, but it works pretty well as a telephoto.

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5.0

The Best Total Value in One Macro Lens

By John Koerner

from San Dimas, CA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma 180mm f/2.8 APO Macro EX DG OS HSM Lens (for Canon):

    Like many of you, I have been a "Canon/Nikon" thinker in terms of the only way to purchase truly quality macro lenses. The third party alternatives always seemed to be a step down, rather than a step up, for me. However, after reading countless articles, and after actually purchasing the Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro lens (while having owned 4 different Canon macro lenses), my opinion has totally changed. After reading this write-up, I think yours will too.

    Because, make no mistake, Sigma has drawn a line in the sand. No longer are they content to be viewed as a "third-party cheapie" alternative to more expensive name brand lenses. Sigma's philosophy now is to create "forever lenses," and they are seeking to lock horns with Canon and Nikon in top-tier lens production ... and not just to "lock horns" with the big wheels, but to defeat these name brands on many important levels. Sigma's upgraded APO 180mm macro lens is a great example of this philosophy.

    This lens offers so many features in one package it is hard to quantify them all. To begin with, the Sigma 180+mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO is the first 180 mm macro lens to offer f/2.8. It is the only 180+mm macro lens to offer image stabilization (OS). Unlike the Canon 180 and the Nikon 200 macros, this macro lens also offers blazing-fast AF to boot ... and its resolution/bokeh/color below the Canons out of the water (and are equal to, or slightly superior to) the Nikons.

    Keep in mind, the Zeiss Macro Planar 100 has been the macro benchmark for many years, and the Zeiss Milvus is its successor (and slightly better). The best way to describe the Sigma 180 APO macro is it gives Zeiss-approaching resolution, with equivalent-quality bokeh, color, and contrast ... but instead of having to settle for *no* AF and *no* true 1:1 (as you lose with the Zeiss), the Sigma 180 APO also gives you blazing fast AF (with a focus-limiter switch), true 1:1, and a customizable OS image-stabilization system ... with nearly twice the reach of the Zeiss 100 ... and it's $150 cheaper. There is simply no other single macro lens that gives you so much in one package.

    Now, from an actual user-perspective, I have refrained from writing this review until after I owned the lens for several months. I have been a macro shooter across a wide variety of terrains and have used many different macro lenses (the Canon 100 f/2.8, the 100 f/2.8L, the 180 f/3.5, and the MPE-65 f/2.7).

    I have been using the Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO since April 2015 and have found that the versatility of the Sigma 180mm lens is unparalleled compared to any of the 4 different macro lenses I have used. When considering the benefits of a lens in the field, I ask the reader to imagine himself hiking as a macro nature photographer and the wide variety of possible shooting scenarios we encounter.

    If you have the MPE-65mm, you can shoot nothing but 1:1-to-5:1. You can't take a photo of a bird, your girlfriend, nothing but tiny objects (and then only with the purchase of additional equipment). Meanwhile, the Sigma 180mm gives class class-leading reach and bokeh, and is either #1 or #2 (or a close 3rd) in virtually every category across the board. It has ZERO weaknesses. While the Zeiss may be #1 in Resolution and Contrast ... if you need true 1:1 magnification, it's not there. If you have a fast moving subject, that you need to achieve instant-focus on, the Zeiss has no AF and no IS, so you miss another shot.

    By contrast, when you have the Sigma 180 APO Macro in your hands (or on your tripod) you are right there with the Zeiss in all of the important image-rendering qualities ... and, if you need true 1:1, you've got it. If you need to nail the focus quick, turn your AF on, and you got. Need Image-Stabilization for hand-holding? You got it. If a bird lands 50 yards away, you also have double the range of all the 100mm macros, and you can get that too. In a nutshell, the Sigma 180 macro offers stats that are either on top, or right there near the top, while offering more flexibility any other macro offering.

    All of these are practical considerations why the Sigma 180 APO is Number 1 in my book. ("It weighs too much," you say? Well, the flipside to the weight is that the Sigma 180 carries the best build quality of the bunch, too, and brings f/2.8 in a 180mm lens. Quality simply weighs more than cheapness.)

    In short, this lens was BUILT TO BE A KEEPER: in quality, in optical performance, and in versatility. I have personally bought and sold many other macro lenses, but lens will never leave my kit. The reason is, simply, it has every feature a macro lens needs and lacks nothing.

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    5.0

    An Awakening

    By fotolooney

    from Spearfish, SD

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Night Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Sigma 180mm f/2.8 APO Macro EX DG OS HSM Lens (for Canon):

      I do a lot of close up and macro photography, and I have wanted a good 180mm macro for more years than I care to admit. I take pictures of insects, lizards, snakes, scorpions and other nervous creepy crawlers. That said, I will most often use this lens for general photography purposes, mostly outdoors. On my first test run, I used the lens to photograph buffalo and antelope in a state park. When I viewed the captures on my computer, they were so sharp they took my breath away. I have used some other fine optics in my day and I have a small stable of Canon "L" series lenses, but this is easily the sharpest lens I have in my arsenal. Auto focus was fast (although not blazingly so) and extremely accurate. I was overjoyed at this because I have another Sigma telephoto zoom that is a front focuser and it's virtually impossible to focus it accurately either in auto or manual mode. I believe anyone familiar with fine and fast optics would know in advance that a fast lens like this would be heavy even before they ordered it. Never-the-less it balances well with my 5D Mk II and 7D. I think I would be inclined to use a monopod if I was going to carry it in the field all day.I am extremely happy with this lens! Best money I have spent in a long time. Don't let the price scare you away-it's worth it!

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      5.0

      Best Macro Lens I've Used

      By Lame-Duck

      from Fresno, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy
      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Sigma 180mm f/2.8 APO Macro EX DG OS HSM Lens (for Canon):

      The majority of my photography is bird shooting, but in the last couple of years, I've become interested in macro photography and the whole new realm of possibilities it's opened up for me. I purchased the Sigma 180mm f/2.8 APO Macro EX DG OS HSM Lens based on the recommendation of professional photographer that I highly respect. I also read all the reviews on this lens that I could find.

      I really am impressed with the image quality that the Sigma 180mm Macro is capable of producing. The longer focal length is a big plus, especially when trying to shoot subjects that don't like you to get too close to them.

      The only drawbacks to me are the weight of the lens (not a featherweight by any means), and it is not a fast focusing lens (which I'm used to when shooting birds with telephotos).

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      5.0

      1st non-canon lens

      By db phx

      from phoenix, az

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Macro Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Sigma 180mm f/2.8 APO Macro EX DG OS HSM Lens (for Canon):

      This is the first 3rd party lens I have tried. After much research I decided to buy it. My first use was a game for my nephews at a major league baseball stadium. The f/2.8 on my 7d made for a very good match. The crop gave me the extra reach needed without the high iso that would be required with a slower lens. The results were very good!! Rich color and sharp focus.
      For macro shots the manual focus is easy and tack sharp. The AF seams to search more for macro but the 2.8 vs the 3.5 with OS offset that issue for me.

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      5.0

      very nice macro/telephoto

      By Jumar

      from Atlanta

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction
      • Very Good IQ

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Macro Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Sigma 180mm f/2.8 APO Macro EX DG OS HSM Lens (for Canon):

      I got this for macro but so far have mostly used it for wildlife; it's that good! Sharp, heavy (but I knew that going in) and seems very well built. AF is a little noisy and maybe a little slower than my Canon 70-200 f/2.8 II. Appears a little sharper than my Canon 70-200 f/2.8 II.

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      5.0

      Great Optics. Not overblown.

      By Rowlando

      from Bosque County, TX

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Sigma 180mm f/2.8 APO Macro EX DG OS HSM Lens (for Canon):

      I use the lens for people photography and macro. The optics are truley remarkable. Very clean, sharp, tight images. It is big and heavy but with a Mongoose tripod head, who cares. I would recommend this lens. I am a Canon 1D user. This is the first non-Canon lens I have purchased, but I wanted the 2.8 that only Sigma offered. I am impressed with this piece of equipment.

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      5.0

      Great Macro Lens

      By Tony

      from Walton, KY

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast
      • Sharp
      • Stabilization Feature
      • Well balanced

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Close-ups Of Anything
      • Flowers
      • Insects

      Comments about Sigma 180mm f/2.8 APO Macro EX DG OS HSM Lens (for Canon):

      I like to shoot nature subjects including some insects and flowers that are quite small. I wanted a macro lens with a long focal lenth so that I could have greater working distance between myself and the subjects I shoot. I considered this one and the Canon 180mm macro. I decided on this one after reading numerous reviews and test reports that indicated that it was very good. I have not been disappointed. The lens is very sharp and with the stabilization feature and large maximum aperature allows me to shoot many subjects handheld that I previously would have had to shoot on a tripod with my old zoom/macro lens. I use it with a Canon Eos 60D and it works great. The only drawback is that it is rather heavy and can get tiring to carry around for long periods of time but you expect that with a telephoto macro that has such a large maximum aperature. For me, the results are worth the inconvenience of the extra weight.

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      5.0

      No Regrets!

      By cspada

      from Lake Forest, CA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Excellent Optical Quality
      • F28 Maximum Aperture
      • Fast quiet autofocus
      • Image Stabilization
      • Rotating Tripod Collar
      • Solid Build Rugged

      Cons

      • bulky
      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Long Portrait Lens
      • Macro Closeup
      • Moderate Telephoto

      Comments about Sigma 180mm f/2.8 APO Macro EX DG OS HSM Lens (for Canon):

      Although my Canon EF L macros in 50mm and 100mm focal lengths teamed with 1Ds and 5D MkII bodies continue to serve me well, I wanted a longer macro lens that would also be versatile enough to be effectively employed as a long portrait lens and moderate telephoto for getting grab-shots on the street. I've stayed with Canon L glass, but the excellent reputation of Sigma macro lenses compelled objective comparison with the Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L macro. My hands-on tests demonstrated that both lenses are optically outstanding choices, with the Sigma exhibiting a very slight edge over the Canon with respect to edge acuteness and contrast. Given the respective price-points of these lenses, the Sigma's maximum aperture of f/2.8 tipped the scales in its favor. I don't regret the decision.

      Yes, the lens is a bit bulky and heavy, but that's a price one must pay for a larger maximum aperture (along with the need to buy substantially pricier 86mm filters). Given that the lens is first and foremost purposed for macro/closeup applications, bulk and weight are secondary issues because a tripod will usually be part of the equation for critical work. I also sometimes employ a shoulder pod in some mobile camera applications. The image stabilization feature is a nice touch, but wasn't an important factor in my purchase decision. My field experience with the IS has allowed me to obtain critically sharp results with a 2-stop leeway instead of the more optimistic 4-stop range claimed in Sigma's literature. That's still a decent degree of helpful headroom when you just need to get the shot.

      Some reviewers have complained about the slow autofocus speed of the Sigma. My experience has been quite different: autofocus has been relatively fast and very quiet with no appreciable hunting even under low-contrast situations. Selection of the appropriate distance with the focus limiter switch really does influence autofocus response.

      This lens sports absolutely gorgeous bokeh. The best way I can describe it is "smooth and creamy".

      Construction and surface finish are very high quality; although the lens will withstand a lot of rugged use, it lacks the customary weather-proofing found in most Canon L-series lenses.

      Other nice touches: The Sigma lens comes supplied with a rotating tripod socket collar as well as a lens hood extender for cameras with an APS-C format sensor, and a well-made padded water-repellant lens case.

      Bottom line: If you're looking for a full-featured longer macro that gulps in a lot of light and grabs razor sharp images with excellent contrast, don't be intimidated by the price tag. Take a serious look at this lens.

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      5.0

      Sigma 180mm F2.8 APO Macro EX OS HSM

      By George

      from CT

      Comments about Sigma 180mm f/2.8 APO Macro EX DG OS HSM Lens (for Canon):

      Amazing picture quality. Very effective OS. I can now shoot macro at 1/15 without a tripod. Used to have its older non-OS version, but OS opens a whole new world. Excellent build quality. Also makes a nice portrait lens. Focus is slow (as expected).

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      5.0

      Upgraded from the older 180mm f3.5

      By Peter

      from Canterbury, New Zealand

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Sigma 180mm f/2.8 APO Macro EX DG OS HSM Lens (for Canon):

      This lens is faster to focus than the old one. The quality of output is better than the old one (already very very good as most Sigma macros are) and then there's the key improvement - the optical stabilization. This is rated at 4 stops.... too be honest I didn't expect it to be that good - marketing hype I thought. Well my first photo was a 1/10th of a second shot of black text on a white sign 30 feet away. I could not see eny evidence of blur at maximum review zoom on my Canon 5D MkII. When you move the lens, the optical stablization can be seen as the image lags - visual proof of it doing its job. I recently also purchased the OS version of Sigma's 120-300mm f2.8 lens and am impressed how the OS works on both these lenses. Far better than I expected.

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