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Lens review

2012-11-02
 

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

1. Introduction

Sigma offers you a lot of macro lenses with different focal lengths: 50, 70, 105, 150 and 180 mm. From some time now that company have been launching newer versions of those devices with image stabilization and HSM autofocus ultrasonic motors. In recent years we’ve seen the Sigma 105 mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro and the Sigma 150 mm f/2.8 APO EX DG OS HSM Macro introduced to the market. The latest launch concerned the Sigma 180 mm f/2.8 APO Macro EX DG OS HSM which is a kind of exceptional instrument. Here the producer decided to add not only stabilization but also they enlarged its relative aperture from f/3.5 to f/2.8 – it makes the new Sigma the fastest macro lens with that focal length on the market.

We weren’t impressed by the older version of the Sigma 180 mm f/3.5 EX DG HSM as, out of all Sigma macro devices tested by us, it got the lowest score. That’s why we were very curious how its successor would fare. We didn’t hesitate to check it as soon as possible and the results of our tests and our impressions you can find in the next chapters – enjoy!

We would like to thank the Sigma ProCentrum company for lending the lens for the testing purposes.

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

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