Sigma 180mm f/3.5 EX DG IF HSM APO Macro

Last updated (14 July’10):
– Review by Ephotozine

The Sigma 180mm f/3.5 EX DG IF HSM APO Macro features 180mm at focal length with maximum aperture of F/3.5. The lens construction has 13 Elements in 10 Groups and has diagonal angle of view at 13.7 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 18.11 in and has a filter size of 72mm. The Sigma 180mm f/3.5 EX DG IF HSM APO Macro lens weighs 34 ounces and it measures 3.1 inches in diameter and 7 inches long.

Sigma 180mm f/3.5 EX DG IF HSM APO Macro
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Sigma 180mm f/3.5 EX DG IF HSM APO Macro Reviews

Ephotozine reviews the Sigma 180mm f/3.5 EX DG IF HSM APO Macro and writes;
“The application of the DG digital coating to Sigma’s range of lenses, done to control light bouncing of shiny sensors back into the lens and causing ghosting, has had a beneficial effect on the contrast of their lenses and this can now be considered good. Chromatic aberration has also been well controlled, as might be expected in a prime lens, and no visible instances were recorded.”
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SLRLensreview reviews the Sigma 180mm f/3.5 EX DG IF HSM APO Macro and writes;
“Sigma APO Macro 180mm f/3.5 EX DG HSM is a very strong contender among telephoto macro lenses. The lens combines very strong image performance on both full frame and APS-C cameras, excellent build quality, low level of distortion and good color handling, all that at very aggressive price.”
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Photodo reviews the Sigma 180mm f/3.5 EX DG IF HSM APO Macro and writes;
“With the price of this lens being half that of the Marque competition and the performance being better in some areas and almost as good in others, we can do little else but to recommend this optic as an excellent buy.”
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Photozone reviews the Sigma 180mm f/3.5 EX DG IF HSM APO Macro and writes;
“The Sigma AF 180mm f/3.5 EX HSM APO macro is a very capable macro lens with very high resolution figures, marginal vignetting and non-existing distortions. The build quality is very high and thanks to HSM the AF operates pretty fast and virtually silent. Compared to similar genuine brand lenses the AF 180mm f/3.5 EX APO macro is an absolute bargain at less than half the costs. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

Lenstip reviews the Sigma 180mm f/3.5 EX DG IF HSM APO Macro and writes;
“Even without a lens hood, which is included in the accessory kit anyway, the Sigma manages the work against bright light very well. It is difficult to get any ghosting, flares or light artifacts and even the overall contrast loss, a usual thing in such situations, is not very visible. “
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User Opinions

Sigma 180mm f/3.5 EX DG IF HSM APO Macro User Reviews

Highly recommended | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I’ve only had this lens for a few days, but I am happy with it so far. Could even capture two ants attached to the wing of a butterfly. Getting close, as in the 18” minimum distance, works as described. Auto-focus does hunt a little when close to object, had to manual focus. Great lens for the money. “ – by K. Slowe

Good value, | Rating: ★★★★☆
“After a couple of weeks with this lens on my Canon 40D, I like it more all the time. I’ve found that the sweet spot on mine, aperture-wise, is about f/22. That gives me the most DOF and clarity combination for 1:1 macro shots. I would have loved to be able to use it at it’s full f/32, but my test shots with it show that 1:1 shots at that aperture lack the clarity I’m trying to achieve in my macros. As a 180mm prime lens, it performs well outside of the macro range too. I’m getting good, crisp shots throughout, and the AF works pretty fast.” – by Buck R. Cash

Razor sharp lens! | Rating: ★★★★★
“After using Sigma 105mm f2.8 macro, I have bought 180mm for more working distance between me and the object. This is a top quality lens with inner focus, Hypersonic motor and sigma EX finish.” – by Ahmet Cetintas

Sigma 180mm HSM Marcro for Nikon | Rating: ★★★★☆
“..It has an impressive build quality, nice heft ( I don’t find it heavy at all but I am used to swinging a 500mm lens lately) and I will post more after I give it some more testing with it on my D200.” – by S. Klett

excellent macro lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“The photo quality of the images I have taken so far is excellent; the contrast and colour very close to Nikon lens. In addition, the lens has a good balance when handheld (I don’t use a tripod and so I remove the tripod collar) with the hood. The advantage over macro lens of shorter focal length is the flexibility to work from a longer distance.” – by Classic Movie watcher

Sigma 180mm f/3.5 EX DG IF HSM APO Macro Lens for Canon SLR Cameras | Rating: ★★★★★
“I use this lens on a Canon EOS 5DMkII and I’m amazed! The lens is superfast and supercrisp, The colour reproduction is very lifelike and true. If using the focus limiter, AF (HSM) is quick and absolute silent too. Manual focus is very nice and exact, and it has a comfortable focus grip.” – by Mastercard

Razor sharp lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“Very smooth and quite AF. It fast given the range of focal lengths the elements of the must travel. There is a switch with three focus limiting settings which helps. I used it for mostly for macro work which needs to be done via Manual focus. My lens was a Nikon mount that didn’t have an AF/MF switch but manual focus was smooth. I loved the optical quality and it wowed family and friends. A few potrait shots were great too although it was a littel too sharp and I had to use GIMP to blur it a bit.” – by V. Ramchandran

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Features & Specifications

Sigma 180mm f/3.5 EX DG IF HSM APO Macro Specifications

Taking picture of small animals and insects can be difficult, because they often run or fly away, or can be dangerous or become aggressive if you approach them. Therefore it is advantageous to have a greater working distance between the camera and such subjects. Longer focal length lens can provide this greater distance, but most long lens do not focus close enough to provide a large image of small subjects. The tele-macro type lens solves this problem by producing a large, high quality image, up to life-size, while maintaining a long working distance. This can enable you to capture on film the world of photomicrography, without disturbing the subjects.

The 180mm F3.5 APO MACRO lens has a very narrow field of view, and can allow very narrow depth-of-field for selective focus and less distracting backgrounds. This lens is most desirable for photographers who are serious about producing high quality images both of macro subjects at life-size reproduction, as well as normal telephotography. Floating Inner Focusing System The Floating Inner Focus System of the APO MACRO 180mm F3.5 EX HSM provides high quality optical performance and superior handling and stability. This system moves two lens groups within the lens, so the lens’ physical length remains unchanged. This technique also maintains good correction for Spherical Aberration and Astigmatism, and provides extremely high optical performance from infinity to 1:1 Macro. Full-time Manual Focus with HSM Macro photography requires precise focus adjustment.

The HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) feature is ideal for this purpose as it allows quick and precise manual focus, even in auto focus mode. Simply focus with HSM auto focus, then while partially depressing the shutter release, turn the manual focus ring until any desired focus adjustment is made. Then depress the shutter release fully to take the picture. It is not necessary to switch from AF to MF. When the shutter release is next depressed, the AF function will resume

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