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Sigma180mm f/2.8 APO Macro EX DG OS HSM Lens (for Canon)
 
5.0

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Pros

  • Nice bokeh (3)
  • Strong construction (3)

Cons

  • Heavy (5)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (3)
  • Wildlife photos (3)
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5.0

Best Macro Lens I've Used

By Lame-Duck

from Fresno, CA

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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

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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

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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

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        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

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        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

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        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

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        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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