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Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX APO DSG HSM Optical Stabilised Macro Lens Canon Fit
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- 1:1 reproduction capability
- Optical Stabilisation
- Telephoto focal length for a greater working distance
- Fast f/2.8 maximum aperture
- High-speed internal focusing
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|Item Dimensions||20.4 x 9.5 x 9.5 cm||29.1 x 12.4 x 12.4 cm||8.48 x 8.48 x 16.57 cm||9.14 x 6.6 x 6.6 cm||8.8 x 8.8 x 12.3 cm||8.64 x 8.64 x 8.64 cm|
|Item Weight||1.64 kg||2.95 kg||203 grams||454 grams||0.91 kg||0.77 kg|
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|Min Focal Length||180 mm||120 mm||180 mm||30||24||33 mm|
|Mounting Type||Canon EF / EF-S||Canon EF / EF-S||Canonbayonet||Micro FourThirds||Canon EF / EF-S||Nikon|
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The world’s first 180mm 1:1 macro lens with a fast, f/2.8 maximum aperture. This lens includes three FLD glass elements that have a performance equal to fluorite and ensure exceptional correction of axial chromatic aberration and lateral chromatic aberration. A floating inner focusing system moves two different lens groups in the optical path to different positions. This system compensates for astigmatism and distortion and provides extremely high optical performance from infinity to 1:1 macro. The overall length does not change during focusing, ensuring convenient handling. Metal parts are used in the lens barrel ensuring high durability of the body.
This lens features three FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass elements, which have the performance equal to fluorite glass. FLD glass is the highest level low dispersion glass available with extremely high light transmission. This optical glass has a performance equal to fluorite glass which has a low refractive index and low dispersion compared to current optical glass. It also benefits from high anomalous dispersion. These characteristics give excellent correction for residual chromatic aberration (secondary spectrum) which cannot be corrected by ordinary optical glass and ensures high definition and high contrast images.
Super Multi Layer Coating
The optics are coated with Sigma’s Super Multi-Layer Coating which reduces flare and ghosting and ensures high contrast images. High image quality is assured throughout the entire focusing range.
This is the first 180mm optically stabilised telephoto macro lens in the world and offers effective correction of approximately 4 stops. The system compensates for camera shake even in the macro range photography where only a small amount of blur can be easily identified.
* The OS effectiveness will gradually decrease as the shooting distance becomes shorter.
F2.8 large aperture tele-macro lens
Tele macro lenses have a greater working distance. It is possible to enjoy Macro photography, even when you are far from the subject. This enables you to capture the small animals and insects without disturbing them. The very narrow depth-of-field allows selective focusing and less distracting backgrounds. Large aperture of F2.8 also makes this lens ideal for sports, action and indoor photography.
Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) with full time manual focus override
The HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) ensures quiet and high speed autofocus as well as full-time manual focus capability.
Rounded 9 blade aperture ring
This lens has a rounded 9 blade diaphragm creating a smooth blur to the out of focus areas of the image.
Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM MacroLens Hood APS-C Lens Hood AdapterFitted Padded CaseFront and Rear CapsInstruction Manual1 Year Warranty Card
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A few points, though:
1. It's heavy! Fitted as mine is on a Canon MkII, it takes a fair amount of lugging around on a lengthy field trip.
2. I just fail to understand why makers of lenses such as these go to the expense and trouble (and added weight and cost) of producing a lens capable of very wide apertures, since the resulting depth of field is so tiny that photographing anything that's vaguely three-dimensional is impossible. I tend to use around f/18 or 20, although I'd love to get closer to the f/8-ish 'sweet spot' for max performance. Loads of photos for focus stacking isn't practical with butterflies.
3. If you DO need to get a decent depth of field, and as a result use an aperture of say f/20 or even smaller, then in order to get a decently fast shutter speed you need to set the ISO high - maybe 2,500 or a lot more if possible. The MkII's high-ISO performance is OK but by no means the best; I would love to be able to afford a new full-frame DSLR which had much better very-high ISO performance (in fact I'd welcome any comments as to whether the newer Canon full-frame DSLRs would give that).
4. I find the auto-focus is really too unreliable to use; sometimes it works fine, but often, even when it produces a sharp focus it starts to hunt just before you press the damn shutter! So I find I need to use manual, and that's what I do all the time. I actually find manual focus quite hard on the Canon MkII; I also have a Fujifilm X100T with an EVF with focus assist - that is really wonderful: when using manual focus and turning the focus ring, the central part is greatly magnified and the image acquires red and white edges when precise focus has been obtained. Unfortunately the X100T has a (very good!) fixed 35mm-equiv lens, so is useless for macro with butterflies. BUT...if I could find a full-frame digital camera with that kind of focus assist, which permitted the fitting of the Sigma 180mm macro, AND with great high-ISO performance, then I'd consider myself to be in HEAVEN! If any reader of this review knows of such a camera, PLEASE do let me know!
By the way, don't drop this lens! I did, by mistake pressing in the lens-release button while unscrewing the (rather tight) lens hood. It fell 2 feet onto tiles; I sent it to the agent, but it was a write-off. Fortunately my home insurance company covered it less €250 excess.
I'd have given this a 5-star, if the auto-focus were better, and perhaps if the lens was weather sealed.
If you want something to photograph flowers, particularly handheld, or for dead insects under studio conditions you may well be better off with a smaller and cheaper lens which will also be handy for other general purpose photography.
This one is for serious use where you are physically incapable of getting closer, or that would scare away your subject.
Stabilisation does mean that it is just about possible to shoot handheld. I found that using just the centre autofocus point and AI Focus did work, although you can expect a lot of rejects because your depth of focus is very shallow, even at the F11 to F14 range where I normally shoot.
However, if you regard this as a tripod and manual focus lens, things work a lot better. I use a quick grip ball head tripod for faster working.
It is very well constructed and smooth to use. The autofocus is slow, but that doesn't matter when manually focusing.
Works fine with a 1.4x converter and being F2.8 it will also take a x2. But other than that, I can't see any advantage in it being F2.8 when a much narrower aperture will be used by most people.
The stabilisation will prove much more useful when used as a general purpose mid length lens, although it is possibly a size which many people won't need that often.
The minimum focusing distance is given as 47 cms which is quite long, but I find that with manual focusing I can actually reduce that by half which makes this a very useful lens.
The full length lens hood is very long. I previously shot without a hood because it could scare my subjects, but I find that just using the extension piece as a hood works fine as a compromise.
There is also a Tamron alternative which is much cheaper and gets good reviews, so that might make a better buy. I didn't really like the special features of that lens though. Like the method of switching between auto and manual focus and the rotating front element.
Personally, I'm using a macro lens like this in manual mode all day and don't find any need for quick switching; and it is only a flick of a switch to change anyway.
The Sigma seems much stronger, although this comes at a substantial price. But my lenses get a lot of knocking about. Tripod falling over is all too common for me when shooting on rough uneven ground so I want something which is extra robust.
So all in all, if you are a serious amateur entomologist or botanist working in the field under difficult conditions this could be the lens for you; but less useful for the occasional general user.
It also works with the Sigma 1.4X EX DG APO tele converter making it a 252mm macro And can be used with the 2.0X converter as well.
The longer focal length allows you to be further away which is very useful for photographing skittish insects.
Because of the focal length and large maximum aperture it unfortunately means it is quite heavy and physically large.
When mounted on my EOS 1Dx the total weight is over 3Kg that's 6.6lbs in old money!
I found that my arms would ache after hand holding it for more than an hour. If possible I use it mounted on a monopod using the supplied tripod mount.
The construction quality is excellent and has a quality feel to it.
Another reviewer had problems with the focussing. I have used mine on a EOS 7D, EOS 5D MkIII and an EOS 1Dx without any problems.
The image stabiliser works very well even at e very close distances I would say in practice at 1:1 it is worth about 1 stop.
I purchased the matching Sigma EX DG UV filter for it as it's much cheaper to replace the filter than the front element!
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