Sigma 180mm f/3.5 EX DG IF HSM APO Macro Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
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- Floating Inner Focusing System
- It is possible to use 1.4x or 2x Sigma Apo Tele Converters
- Use of SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass
- Inner Focus
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|Compatible Mountings||—||Canon EF||Canon EF||Nikon F (FX)|
|Focus Type||—||Ring-type ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic||Screw drive from camera|
|Item Dimensions||3.1 x 7.2 x 3.1 in||3.74 x 8.03 x 3.74 in||3.15 x 5.91 x 3.15 in||2.99 x 7.6 x 2.99 in|
|Item Weight||2.13 lbs||3.62 lbs||2.6 lbs||2.62 lbs|
|Lens Type||macro||Prime lens||Prime lens||Prime lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||180 millimeters||180 millimeters||150 millimeters||200 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||180 millimeters||180 millimeters||150 millimeters||200 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||72 millimeters||86 millimeters||72 millimeters||62 millimeters|
Taking picture of small animals & 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 & 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.The 180mm F3.5 APO MACRO lens has a very narrowfield of view, & 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. The Floating Inner Focus System of the APO MACRO 180mm F3.5 EX HSM provides highquality optical performance and superior handling & 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 frominfinity to 1:1 Macro. Macro photography requires precise focus adjustment. The HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) feature is ideal fo
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The construction is very solid and even with more than 5 years use, it show little use and I can't tell any performance drop. It comes with a tripod ring and lens shade. Most Canon lens do not include either and come for a premium additional price.
This lens is big and heavy so you will be shooting it on a tripod most of the time. That's not to say you can't hand hold it but you wouldn't want to do that for long. The upside to this it is built like a tank and will last for years. I'm very impressed at how well it has held up with all the use it has gotten. I have some Canon "L" lens that I've used less and show more signs of wear.
In my opinion the autofocus is pretty slow. That being said I have shot flying insects but there is a focus limiter ( for close and a separate setting for distance)that help cut the search time. Once it locks on it tracks pretty well. This is a very specialized lens and works very well for what it was designed to do.
Once you have it mounted on a solid tripod it usefulness really begins to shine. I rarely use the autofocus at all, because I want to be able to select what I want to be in focus. My copy is very sharp and I've compared it to the Canon 180 and the Tamron too. I've compared shot take with all three lens on the same day and colors and sharpness is on par with the Canon if not better. The only advantage the Canon 180 has that I can see is a faster autofocus.
This lens is ideal for subjects that you can't get very close to. The extra reach is very helpful as well as the small improvement in the depth of field over a shorter lens. I just finished a project of shooting cacti in bloom and it was nice to not have to crawl into a cactus to get a good picture. The longer range was great when shooting flower shows where they won't let you get too close or shooting a field of flowers where you can't walk up every row. I shot a rattle snake and would have never chanced that with a 50!
I had had little issue with flair and CA's. Most of this come from the coating used on this lens and the fact that most macro work you are controlling the setup of the shot to a greater degree.
I also own the 1.4 Sigma extender and it works well in combination. You will loose a little sharpness if you stop down too far, but for most uses you will hardly notice it.
The manual focus ring is easy to use and I love how I can use it with the autofocus to change what it selects.
So far I am very pleased with this lens and with the price half of the Canon, it's a wonderful deal. I've recommended it to friends with no reservations.
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 Manaual focus. My lens was a Nikon mount that didnt have an AF/MF switch but manual focus was smooth. The only minor hitch with my D60 was that after manual focusing something it would try to AF once in a while so I had to switch back and forth between AF and MF in my camera. Didnt have any issue most of the time. In my opinion its a small irritant considering the optical quality. The focus ring is HUGE and that helps in fine focusing which is essential for macro.
I am not a professional and dont shoot test charts. 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.
The working distance with 180 mm is surprisingly small. I'm glad I didnt get a lens of a smaller focal length. This is the second sigma lens I own and am not disappointed with either.
Extra light is a must if you want any DOF to speak of, so if you don't have a ring light or other ways to deal with it yet, you'll want to keep in mind that there's a cost associated with that aspect of this as well.
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.
It must be compared to the Canon 180mm macro lens, as that's really what it replaces. For that, all I can do is point to the many reviews on the net, as I don't have the Canon. I bought this after slogging through those reviews and finding most all of them favorable towards this lens as a great alternative to save money and still get a great shot - Maybe not as great as the Canon, but not generally enough difference to matter.
SIMILAR QUALITY. WELL SATISFIED WITH PERFORMANCE AND BUILD. HAVE BOTH
LENSES. COULD HAVE GOTTEN BY WITH THE SIGMA 180 MM LENS. IF YOU HAVEN'T
TRIED A MACRO, YOU'LL BE AMAZED BY THE QUALITY OF THE IMAGES COMPARED TO
THOSE PRODUCED BY EVEN AN L-SERIES NON-MACRO LENS.