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Sigma APO Macro 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM

Sigma APO Macro 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM
Sigma APO Macro 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM
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  • 1:1 magnification ratio 
  • 4 stops slower Optical Stabilizer 
  • Three FLD ("F" Low Dispersion) glass elements 
  • Floating inner  focusing system
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting 
  • HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor)
Sigma APO Macro 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM
APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens construction
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APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM mtf chart

Overview

Description by Sigma:

  • Designed for use with full frame digital SLR cameras. May also be used with smaller APS-c size sensors with a corresponding effective increase in focal length to about 260mm with most cameras
  • Focuses down to 1:1 magnification ratio at its closest working distance of 18.5 inches
  • Optical Stabilizer allows for hand held photography
  • A lens hood, front & rear lens caps are included with the lens.

This is the world's first 180mm macro lens incorporating a magnification ratio of 1:1 and a large maximum aperture of F2.8. It benefits from Sigma's original Optical Stabilizer function and the wide F2.8 aperture allows faster shutter speeds for narrow depth of field, enabling photographers to emphasize the subject. Three FLD ("F" Low Dispersion) glass elements provide excellent correction for color aberrations. This lens incorporates Sigma's floating inner focusing system. This minimizes aberrations which occur as shooting distances change, and enables stable rendering of the image from infinity to 1:1 magnification. The Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting and provides sharp and high contrast images even at the maximum aperture. Equipped with Sigma's own propriety OS (Optical Stabilizer) system, this lens offers the use of shutter speeds approximately 4 stops slower than would otherwise be possible*, enabling handheld close-up photography. The incorporation of HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) ensures quiet and high speed autofocus as well as full-time manual focus capability. This lens has a rounded 9 blade diaphragm creating an attractive blur to the out of focus areas of the image. At 1:1 magnification, this lens has a focusing distance of 47cm/18.5in, which is a greater working distance than shorter focal length macro lenses. This is advantageous when taking pictures of highly sensitive subjects such as butterflies and insects. Attaching Sigma’s optional Tele Converter's allows photographers' to shoot with an even greater working distance or with a magnification ratio larger than 1:1.

 

Reviews

"Sigma’s APO Macro 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM is the fastest macro lens with a 180mm focal length currently available. Canon has an EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM lens but it's not stabilised and it was selling for more than AU$2000 (US$1580) when this review was written.

Tamron has a 180mm f/3.5 macro lens, which is also unstabilised and was selling for around AU$1350 at the same time

Post date: 19/12/2012 - 00:00

"The Sigma 180mm f/2.8 macro lens costs around £1300 and offers optical stabilisation, silent autofocus with full time manual override and life size magnification at its closest focus distance.

If you can live with a slightly shorter focal length then Sigma also offer two 150mm macro lenses with a fast f/2.8 maximum aperture. One version also sports optical stabilisation and is considerably cheaper at around £690. A version without stabilisation is also available for around £600.

Post date: 13/12/2012 - 11:25

"The Sigma 180mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro provides a very sharp image even wide open at ƒ/2.8, but for maximum sharpness you need to stop down to ƒ/5.6. There are very light traces of corner softness at ƒ/2.8, which settle down nicely at ƒ/4, and all but disappear at ƒ/5.6. Performance at ƒ/8 is more or less the same as ƒ/5.6 (though

Post date: 07/11/2012 - 22:51

Sigma has 6 dedicated macro lenses in its lineup and is currently in the process of modernizing all of them, with image stabilization, better optics, faster AF, and in this case, even a faster aperture:

"In order to show you how good the Sigma is it would be enough to write that practically at every aperture and across the whole frame the lens is better than the Canon EF 200 mm f/2.8L USM II, so praised and liked by many users. Personally I

Post date: 04/11/2012 - 13:18

"The 180mm focal length of this Sigma optic provides both the best and worst of lens qualities. Such a focal length gives a good working distance from the subject and a great narrow field of view, but it also means the lens is bulky and heavy. To an extent, this is offset by the inclusion of image stabilisation, but in practice it provides a benefit of only around 1EV when shooting macro images.

Post date: 28/09/2012 - 00:00

Specifications

Release Date: 
01/2012
Specifications
Lens type: 
Macro
Lens Mount: 
Nikon F mount
Canon EF mount
Canon EFS mount
Sony A mount
Sigma SA mount
AF Motor type: 
HSM - Hyper-Sonic Motor
Optical characteristics
Focal Length: 
180mm
Max Magnification: 
1:1
Lens construction: 
19 Elements in 14 Groups
Diaphragm Blades: 
9 aperture blades
Maximum Aperture: 
f/2.8
Minimum Aperture: 
f/22
Minimum Focusing Distance: 
47.00cm
Stabilization system : 
No
Physical characteristics
Diameter: 
95.0mm
Length: 
204.0mm
Filter Diameter: 
86mm

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