Reviews and Problems with Sigma APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM
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Manual Focusing Issues
Mike A Rickard, Amazon
5 September 2013
Summary: This is a macro lense, so of course I use it for nature close-ups. I shoot 20,000+ snaps a year of butterflies and dragonflies. For dragonflies and damselflies manual focusing is essential, and the Sigma lens makes this very difficult by having a stiff focusing ring. It is very hard to rotate the ring just the micro-millimeter required, so that one keeps rotating the ring back and forth hoping to achieve focus before the subject flies away.
Summary: This is a sharp lens, but it did not meet up to my expectations, especially given how expensive it is. One reason I bought this lens is because of the optical stabilization. I was hoping that I could take macro shots without a tripod. I may have been hoping for too much, but in any event this was not possible. Handheld closeup photos were still quite blurry. The lens does take very sharp photos on a tripod with manual focus.
Summary: It is a good lens , but for the cash .. meh. I bought this lens for butterflies as i wouldn't have to get so close . I also have the Canon 100mm is L series macro . Comparing the two , the Canon poops all over this for sharpness , and it's cheaper . However , in honesty it is only on sharpness that I can fault this lens ..