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Keywords: Sigma Tele Prime Macro 35mm DG HSM APO OS Stabilized tested


Registered: January 2015
Posts: 1
Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro review by fotolooney
Review Date: 1/31/2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $1,500.00| Rating: 10 

Pros: super sharp, very effective OS
Cons: Just a tad heavy

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. I have some zooms of high repute, but they are not even in the same league with this bad boy.

I have used it for wildlife photos and indoor sports photography. The wildlife photos are amazingly sharp. The sports photos are the best I have taken. Which is to say pretty good. Lighting in gymnasiums around here is so poor that even with f/2.8 I still have to use ISO's of 2000 or above which doesn't make for cuttingly sharp images. In this low light, the focusing is a little slow but it is just as good as any other f/2.8 lenses I have used in this same situation.

Although I haven't used it extensively for macro work yet, the testing I have done indicates it is somewhat, though not dramatically, sharper than my Canon 100mm 2.8L IS.

My only complaint is that is a tad too heavy for this old man to hold up for a whole basketball game, so I use a monopod with a cine head. That is a sweet set up and works really well for me.

Registered: May 2013
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Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro review by deej2005
Review Date: 5/31/2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $1,700.00| Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharpness, effective OS, flare resistance, colours
Cons: weight

The lens design is without compromise. There are no optical defects, only biting sharpness at all apertures. The optical stabilization (OS) is extremely effective. I think of this lens as a 180mm focal length prime that happens to focus close. I chose this lens over any of the 70-200 variants. Despite being a prime, I find this lens exceedingly versatile and use it for landscape, portraiture, street photography and macro. I would buy it again and highly recommend it.


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