Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO

Here’s our concise review of the Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO telephoto prime lens…

Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO

Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO

Strictly speaking, this telephoto is a macro lens, capable of 1:1 life-size reproduction. While it may seem like a wild card, it can be used as a traditional telephoto to great effect, making it extremely versatile.

It offers the usual high-quality Sigma construction that we’ve come to expect, as well as 19 elements in 14 groups, boasting 3 FLD (Low Dispersion) elements. It also boasts a tiny minimum focus distance of just 47cm, perfect for close-up work.

Of course, the optics here are seriously sharp throughout the entire image frame. Even wide open at f/2.8 the corners are virtually as good as the centre, and from f/5.6 this lens is extremely hard to beat. You’ll also be hard-pressed to find chromatic aberration or distortion, thanks to this being a prime lens.

The OS (Optical Stabilisation) allows shooting at slower shutter speeds, while the Hyper Sonic Motor provides fast autofocus. There is no doubt that this is a great all-rounder, and not just for macro.

Find out more at the Sigma website.

Pros
1:1 macro ability
Very sharp
Optical stabilisation

Cons
Heavy
May need tripod-mounting

Spec
Min aperture: f/22
Max aperture: f/2.8
Elements: 19/14
Filter size: 86mm
Min focusing distance: 47cm
DxH: 95x204mm
Weight: 1640g