Reviews and Problems with Sigma APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM
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Peter, B&H Photo
6 October 2014
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 Macro EX DG OS HSM. This is a big bruiser of a lens, even for a telemacro.
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. That said, I will most often use this lens for general photography purposes, mostly outdoors. On my first test run, I used the lens to photograph buffalo and antelope in a state park.
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 had multilpe zooms. I was going for extra shapness and this len met the specalso I wantes image stabilization which nikon did not offer.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I was very surprised with the high degree of sharpness and color capture. Despite it being a heavy lens, the image stabilization even when handheld works real well as the images produced can be enlarged to 16x20 without loss.
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). But, the most delightful aspect of this lens is the gorgeous Bokeh it produces. It is heavy, however...feels like the 70-200 2.8 when it's hanging around your neck.
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 ! I cannot say enough good about this lens and have found absolutely nothing negative to say about it !
Pros: All Uses, Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: The majority of my photography is bird shooting, but in the last couple of years, I've become interested in macro photography and the whole new realm of possibilities it's opened up for me. I purchased the Sigma 180mm f/2.8 APO Macro EX DG OS HSM Lens based on the recommendation of professional photographer that I highly respect. I also read all the reviews on this lens that I could find.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I purchased this lens mainly for flower macro photography. I'd Sigma 105mm macro lens before, and wanted to upgrade to this lens. It is a beast. In the sense, sturdy lens, sharp, and what I loved is the range of 180mm. Which serves the telephoto need too. I did handheld flower macro shots outside with this lens using my D800, and I was amazed with the results. It is heavy, so kinda hard to lug in, but with monopod or tripod, and Kirk's LP1 lens plate, works great.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Good Bokeh, Great Macro Lens, Sharp photos, Strong Construction, Sturdy
Excerpt: This is the first 3rd party lens I have tried. After much research I decided to buy it. My first use was a game for my nephews at a major league baseball stadium. The f/2.8 on my 7d made for a very good match. The crop gave me the extra reach needed without the high iso that would be required with a slower lens. The results were very good!! Rich color and sharp focus. For macro shots the manual focus is easy and tack sharp.
Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I got this for macro but so far have mostly used it for wildlife; it's that good! Sharp, heavy (but I knew that going in) and seems very well built. AF is a little noisy and maybe a little slower than my Canon 70-200 f/2.8 II. Appears a little sharper than my Canon 70-200 f/2.8 II.
Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction, Very Good IQ