Reviews and Problems with Sigma APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM
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Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro review by fotolooney
31 January 2015
Summary: I have been shooting with zooms in recent years, and I bought into the narrative that they are almost as sharp as primes. Never having used a truly excellent prime lens, I didn't know. When I opened some images taken with this lens on my computer, they were so drop dead sharp that I almost fainted.
Excerpt: As other reviewers have mentioned, I too got tired of waiting for Nikon to upgrade the venerable 200mm f/4.0D ED-IF AF Micro-Nikkor. But when Photokina 2014 came and went without Nikon"s announcing a succsessor; and with it still back-ordered at B&H, I decided to purchase the Sigma 180mm f/2.8 APO...
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Good in low light, Good Working Distance, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I do a lot of close up and macro photography, and I have wanted a good 180mm macro for more years than I care to admit. I take pictures of insects, lizards, snakes, scorpions and other nervous creepy crawlers.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I bought this for three reasons. 1) outdoor macro photo of local flowers and wildlife-works great, good sharp focus,great bokeh. 2) Photo's of pets and poeple again sharp and great bokeh 3)I wanted a fixed focal lenght lens in this focal lenght for general low light and outdoor photography since I...
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Awesome build quality. I am still experimenting with this lens but I am very impressed so far as it produces consistently sharp images with amazing bokeh and color saturation. It is a heavy rig and when used with included lens hood and adapter, it's massive.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I was skeptical about the quality of a Sigma Lens...I usually buy Nikon. Nevertheless, since the Nikon 200mm Macro was not available, I decided to give this lens a try. It produces sharp, colorful, images. The focus is as fast or faster than the Nikon 105 macro (which I also own).
Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I use the Sigma f/2.8 APO Macro on my Nikon D800e mainly for Macro photography, but sometimes will use it for landscapes and for taking outdoor portraits. This lens has superb sharpness and top of the line contrast with great colors !
Pros: All Uses, Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Summary: This lens really surprised me. I have other SIGMA lens and they normally are very good, so my expectation was set to a very good lens. However, this lens is a super performer. If you visit my truetoad site, Portfolio (macro and flowers) you will see a few examples.