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Sigma180mm f/2.8 APO Macro EX DG OS HSM Lens (for Nikon)
 
4.9

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Pros

  • Nice bokeh (7)
  • Rugged (7)
  • Strong construction (7)
  • Consistent output (6)
  • Durable (6)

Cons

  • Heavy (6)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (8)
  • Wildlife photos (4)
  • Landscape/scenery (3)
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5.0

"Lenszilla"!

By Peter

from Tucson, AZ

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Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Good in low light
  • Good Working Distance
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Big 86mm Filter Dia
  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Macro Photography
  • Wildlife Photos

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

As other reviewers have mentioned, I too got tired of waiting for Nikon to upgrade the venerable 200mm f/4.0D ED-IF AF Micro-Nikkor. But when Photokina 2014 came and went without Nikon"s announcing a succsessor; and with it still back-ordered at B&H, I decided to purchase the Sigma 180mm f/2.8 APO Macro EX DG OS HSM. This is a big bruiser of a lens, even for a telemacro. It weighs a little over 3.5 lbs and with my D800 attached, that's around 5 lb of equipment hanging around your neck; a little less with my D610. Even so, hand-held shots are still feasible. So far, my results have actually been more satisfying than with my f/2.8 105mm G micronikkor. Sigma's image stabilizer is quite effective and gives me at least 2 stops of leeway, maybe a little more; but the best results will be obtained by using a monopod or preferably a tripod.The lens is very sharp between F/8 and F/16. I was concerned about chromatic aberration as, according to test reviews, CA is almost non-existant in the 200mm f/4.0D ED-IF AF Micro-Nikkor, whereas in the Sigm 180 2.8 CA is merely "well controlled." Nevertheless, I have not noticed any CA in the centers, edges or corners of any the several hundred shots I have taken so far; but then again, I was not going out of my way to induce it.I found that the focusing rate is quite good for a lens of this type and size. Remember, this is a MACRO lens; it's not going to be good for fast-moving sports action. There is a tendency to "hunt" if the focus limiter is not engaged. But not more so than any other modern macro lens I've used. And it takes a full 1.5-2 seconds to focus from 1:1 [about 10.5" subject to front lens distance] to infinity. I thought about taking off one star for the weight and the large [86mm] filter requirement which can restrict the use of macroflash attachments. Even Sigma has not issued [so far] an 86mm adapter for it's own Sigma EM-140 DG macroflash unit. It may not even be feasible, the largest available adapter is 77mm. So, if macro flash photography is your thing, you better think about getting some macro flash brackets from Novoflex or RRS.But the lens is what it is, a great big, sharp, bright beautiful macro lens with exquisite bokeh, which is best appreciated between f/2.8 to f/5.6.

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5.0

a must for macro work

By ken_in_fortmyers

from fort myers, florida

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

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

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

I bought this for three reasons. 1) outdoor macro photo of local flowers and wildlife-works great, good sharp focus,great bokeh. 2) Photo's of pets and poeple again sharp and great bokeh 3)I wanted a fixed focal lenght lens in this focal lenght for general low light and outdoor photography since I had multilpe zooms. I was going for extra shapness and this len met the specalso I wantes image stabilization which nikon did not offer. The lens is heavy(its a beast) but is well built and does focus smoothy. It meets my needs with my nikon d800e which requires a super sharp lens nd optica image stabilization for best results

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4.0

Great Lens!

By jmaho001

from Miami, FL

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Macro Photography

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

Awesome build quality. I am still experimenting with this lens but I am very impressed so far as it produces consistently sharp images with amazing bokeh and color saturation. It is a heavy rig and when used with included lens hood and adapter, it's massive. definitely a special purpose lens as I doubt anyone would want to lug this thing around for long without a specific need for a long macro lens.

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5.0

Awesome Lens

By Don

from Orange County, CA

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Macro Photography
  • Wildlife Photos

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

I was skeptical about the quality of a Sigma Lens...I usually buy Nikon. Nevertheless, since the Nikon 200mm Macro was not available, I decided to give this lens a try.

It produces sharp, colorful, images. The focus is as fast or faster than the Nikon 105 macro (which I also own). But, the most delightful aspect of this lens is the gorgeous Bokeh it produces.

It is heavy, however...feels like the 70-200 2.8 when it's hanging around your neck.

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5.0

Superb Quality

By Zone System Grandpa

from Springfield, Ohio

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Pros

  • All Uses
  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • No cons

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Macro Photography
  • Most Everything
  • Wildlife Photos

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

I use the Sigma f/2.8 APO Macro on my Nikon D800e mainly for Macro photography, but sometimes will use it for landscapes and for taking outdoor portraits.

This lens has superb sharpness and top of the line contrast with great colors !

I cannot say enough good about this lens and have found absolutely nothing negative to say about it !

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5.0

Amazing lens for macro photography

By Vandana the Naturelover

from Bloomington, IL

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Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Good Bokeh
  • Great Macro Lens
  • Sharp photos
  • Strong Construction
  • Sturdy

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Macro Photography
  • Night Photography

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

I purchased this lens mainly for flower macro photography. I'd Sigma 105mm macro lens before, and wanted to upgrade to this lens. It is a beast. In the sense, sturdy lens, sharp, and what I loved is the range of 180mm. Which serves the telephoto need too.
I did handheld flower macro shots outside with this lens using my D800, and I was amazed with the results. It is heavy, so kinda hard to lug in, but with monopod or tripod, and Kirk's LP1 lens plate, works great.

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5.0

Wow!

By RT

from Charlotte, NC

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Pros

  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography
    • Portrait

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

    I'm a Nikon shooter and have always been a bit picky with my lenses. I've used only Nikon glass both fast primes and fast zooms. I've used the 105mm 2.8 macro for several years with great results but often want a little more reach. I've been hoping for a reboot of Nikon's 200mm macro lens as I'm hesitant to spend that much on a 20 year old lens with no VR. Tired of waiting and tempted by numerous excellent on-line reviews of this Sigma 180mm macro I decided to take the plunge. I've been nothing but impressed. The sharpness on my D800 is comparable to all my high end Nikon glass. The autofocus is extremely quick and accurate and works fairly well even at 1:1. I find I don't use manual focus any where near as often as on the Nikon 105mm macro. The optical stabilization is outstanding and greatly helps with hand holding when you're not able to use a tripod. The only negative is that the front element is so large(86mm) that ring flashes and Nikon's own macro flash system won't fit. Guess I'll have to spend more money on Really Right Stuff macro adapters. Overall this is a great lens and may make me a little more open to "off brand" lenses in the future.

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    5.0

    Excellent Long Macro Lens

    By StD

    from Hamburg, Germany

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    Pros

    • Image stabilization
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Sharp Corner-to-corner
    • Solid Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography

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

    I use this lens on a D800 mainly for macro photography - anything small that catches my eye. In this discipline the lens' auto focus is not really an asset - actually, I'd almost have to call it a liability as it tends to continue hunting after initially (quickly) locking onto something. You'll want to turn it off for better control in macro mode. Most macro photographers do this routinely with any lens they use.
    The OS is definitely an asset in any situation lacking a tripod - either in macro or in regular telephoto mode. I was looking for a long macro lens (for the increased working distance) and after trying the aged but optically amazing Micro Nikkor 200mm f/4.0D ED-IF, the Sigma's excellent image stabilization gave it the edge. Using a tripod, both can deliver outstanding results - but I know I will not always have one with me and most "Kodak moments" will not wait for me to go get one.
    The Sigma 180mm f/2.8 APO Macro EX DG OS HSM is also a very capable "regular" telephoto lens - fast (f-stop & auto focus), tack sharp corner-to-corner and a very pleasing bokeh. I would not however have purchased it only as such as I prefer the added flexibility offered by a zoom lens.
    Bottom line - if you're looking for a long macro lens then this one is a VERY compelling offer. If I dropped mine in the ocean today I would buy it again tomorrow.

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    5.0

    Another Winner from Sigma

    By Mike

    from Springfield, VA

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

          Sigma seems to have broken the code on superb macro lenses that are also superior telephoto lenses (most aren't). This 180/2.8 macro is every bit as good as the 150/2.8 and, like the 150, is an excellent telephoto even with the 1.4 teleconverter. Big, pricy, but well worth a look if you need a lens with these capabilities.

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          5.0

          Build quality feels very nice!

          By Fish_Man

          from Chicago

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          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Rugged

          Cons

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

              Sigma seems to have really done a nice job with this. When they say APO I think they mean it!this far outperforms my Nikon 105 in the areas of contrast and color fringing plus the 180mm gives you much more releif at 1:1. The background out of focus is also very pleasing on this lens even close up ( not busy at all ) so much so that I dont seem to want to take it off of my D700.Sigma has put a very nice finish on this lens and thankfully so as I was not a fan of their old finishes.This lens is big so be prepaired! if you don't want a big lens get the 150mm instead as it's very similar and much smaller and cheaper.

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