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Sigma 180mm f/3.5 EX IF HSM APO Macro 35mm Primes

4.58/5 (26 Reviews)


  • MPN103101
    Product ID20724341
    Weight34.7 oz
    Length7.1 in
    Lens TypeFixed Focal Length Lens
    Closest Focusing Distance9.05 in
    Diameter3.1 in
    Camera Format35 mm SLR
    Attachment / Filter Size72 mm
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Min Aperturef/32
    Picture Angle13.7 degrees
    Focal Length180mm
    Groups / Elements13 Elements in 10 Groups
    Lens Max Aperturef/3.5
    Macro LensWith Macro Lens
    Macro Magnificationx 1

Product Description

This high performance telemacro lens can focus from infinity to full 1:1 Life-size reproduction without accessories. The models for Sigma, Canon and Nikon AF cameras employ Sigma's HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) for quiet, responsive AF function plus "full time" manual focus.


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by amattess a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: June 30, 2005

Strengths:    Tough metal body. Sharp focus.

Weaknesses:    Weight. Speed. AF hunting.

Bottom Line:   
Great quality with sharp focus and no noticible distortion. Autofocus hunts and burns batteries on my Nikons. Weighs a ton but tripod mount is sturdy and should be used. All in all if you can pick it up cheap (used as I did) it makes a nice Macro addition to the quiver.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Nikon 180mm Macro

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ferko a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: February 11, 2005

Strengths:    Build. The lens itself has a tank's massivity. IF: during AF nothing rotates or extends from the lens. The only thing what changes is the rotating distance scale under a small window.
The weight and size: In its category, where its "classmates" the Canon 180/3,5, the Nikon 200/4 etc. I think it is still the shortest and lightest lens, even with his 945 g own weight.

Picture quality is superb, not only in the macro range, but even in the whole.

Focus limiter: 3 positions (full; full to half life-size,(from infinity to 0.61 m) and from half life-size to 1:1 (from 0.61 m down to 0.46))Can be very useful.

Accept 72 mm filters (note SB-29 can be used without adaptor)

Bokeh is beautiful, thanks to the 9-bladed diaphragm.

Sharpness, contrast, resolution, colors;(the most important things) I won't write. Just go and see it yourself.

HSM: In a Nikon body it's even better than a Nikor 200mm. Silent. Full-time manual focus: you roughly set the focus, and the AF corrects it.And you still can hold the lens in your hand because focus ring doesn't rotates during AF.


Weaknesses:    Vignetting. NOTE: maybe YOU WON'T EVER NOTICE THIS.
Open at f/4 and with a light gray background without any pattern in it this lens ONCE "delivered" this. Fully opened I've never noticed it with green or even white background when I used pro slide film.

HSM: silent, but not as fast as you think. It's slow, silent, but in close distances it hardly find the correct focus. But in this range (=>very shallow DOF) the AF remains fast in the finder.

Shallow DOF. This lens is not designed to be your 1st lens what you buy. You need experience to can use it. As you wish.

The category. It is almost useless without a good, heavy tripod. Without it you 'll miss dozens of beautiful shots, and get nothing else but blurred, out-of focus photographs.


Bottom Line:   
1st: Dont't be shocked about the price I've paid for it. I bought it used in a tiny shop for half of its new price; a brand new one would cost about 1600 USD or even more because of the high taxes of my country.
It is a very useful and well constructed lens, overall. But it requires a steady hand:-)

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Budapest

Similar Products Used:   nothing yet.

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by b_nikon a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: August 22, 2004

Strengths:    - construction (almost entirely made of metal alloy)
- razorsharp
- HSM is really silent
- wide focus ring


Weaknesses:    - heavy (but I don't care)
- hunts at close range (macro shots)
- AF is not that fast


Bottom Line:   
This lens is superb. It is built like a tank what I like very much since I work outdoors all of the time. The tripod socket and collar are excellent in use. The lens produces very sharp images with excellent contrast and color (thanks to apo and sld elements - two of them). Very good price - quality ratio.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $590.00

Purchased At:   CVI

Similar Products Used:   -

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Levon5 a Expert

Date Reviewed: May 8, 2004

Strengths:    Great sharpness and color. It appeared fairly neutral in rendition to me and it displayed that little extra sparkle that great lenses do. (The best telephoto I've used for that little extra is an older 180mm F2.8 Nikkor.) I like the having the ability to immediately overide the lens' HSM focus at any time without pushing a button and/or body switch. The focus collar is good; read 'BIG'. You can find it immediately without taking your eye away from the viewfinder. Another plus was the ability to put a tripod plate on the 180mm's collar and the camera simultaneously because the lens' tripod mount sits lower. That enabled me to utilize the camera plate immediately when I switched lenses, cutting out an extra step. Thank you Sigma! Someone was thinking!

Weaknesses:    Little heavy (to be expected), searches a little (to be expected w/macro).

Bottom Line:   
I purchased the Sigma 180mm F3.5 HSM after I read all of the positive reviews here on Photography Review. I took special note of the reviewers who said that this macro was sharp even wide open. My macro shots indeed verified that the lens is sharp wide open and a even a little sharper when stopped down two f-stops. It turned in both stellar macro and APO telephoto perfomances. Thank you for your sage observations and recommendations!

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $399.00

Purchased At:   HotDigital (new lens

Similar Products Used:   Sigma 105mm Macro
Nikon 105mm Macro
Nikon 60mm Macro
Sigma 400mm APO Macro-Telephoto
Sigma 70-300mm APO
Leica 90mm Elmarit w/Elpro VII
Sigma 180mm F5.6 APO Macro


Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by olegv a Expert

Date Reviewed: May 6, 2004

Strengths:    Very good sharpness

Weaknesses:    Sigma's HSM autofocus turns to be a worst I ever seen. It hunts a lot even in day light and finally focuses in wrong position. The problem seems to be in mechanical slackness and unresponsive motor. Only 30-50% of shots appears to be of adequate quality. People in service sad that its normal. Shure in case you print 4x6 its normal but for DSLR its just unacceptable. The Sigma 105 macro with mechanical coupling behaves much better.

Bottom Line:   
Optically 5
Mechanically 2

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   foto.ru

Similar Products Used:   Nikkor 24-85 F3.5/4.5 AF-S
Sigma 105 F2.8 macro


Type of photography:   Outdoor



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