APO MACRO 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM

A flagship large aperture telephoto macro lens, the worlds first 180mm optically stabilized telephoto macro lens that offers effective correction of approximately 4 stops

As a flagship macro lens, uncompromising high rendering performance is achieved. Three FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass lenses that have a performance equal to fluorite ensure exceptional correction of axial chromatic aberration and lateral chromatic aberration. A floating inner focusing system moves two different lens groups in the optical path to different positions. This system compensates for astigmatism and distortion and provides extremely high optical performance from infinity to 1:1 macro. The overall length does not change during focusing, ensuring convenient handling. Metal parts are used in the lens barrel ensuring high durability of the body.

* FLD glass is the highest level low dispersion glass available with extremely high light transmission. This optical glass has a performance equal to fluorite glass which has a low refractive index and low dispersion compared to current optical glass. It also benefits from high anomalous dispersion. These characteristics give excellent correction for residual chromatic aberration (secondary spectrum) which cannot be corrected by ordinary optical glass and ensures high definition and high contrast images.

Optical Stabilizer (OS)

This is the first 180mm optically stabilized telephoto macro lens in the world and offers effective correction of approximately 4 stops. The system compensates for camera shake even in the macro range photography where only a small amount of blur can be easily identified.

* The OS effectiveness will gradually decrease as the shooting distance becomes shorter.

Large Maximum Aperture of F2.8

This is the first 180mm telephoto macro lens in the world with a reproduction ratio of 1:1 and a maximum aperture of F2.8. The narrow depth of field enables photographers to emphasize the subject and the large aperture provides a bright viewfinder image. Together with the OS function, they help the photographer confirm accurate focusing.

Flare and ghosting conscious design

In order to achieve high rendering on this flagship lens, flare and ghosting were thoroughly measured from an early stage to establish an optical design which is resistant to strong incident light such as backlight. The Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting and provides sharp and high contrast images even in backlit conditions. The hood adapter extends the length of the lens hood and provides more effective shading to block out extraneous light which may have a harmful influence on the lens’s rendering performance.

* When using the APS-C Hood Adapter HA780-01 with digital cameras with larger than APS-C size image sensor, vignetting will occur. Please remove the hood adapter if you are using these cameras.

Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) is incorporated

The lens incorporates HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor), ensuring high speed and quiet AF as we as full time manual focus capability.

Brass made bayonet mount

This lens incorporates a brass made bayonet mount which has both high accuracy and durability. A special treatment to reinforce its strength is applied to the surface giving it greater strength and making it highly resistant to long-term use.

Rounded diaphragm

This lens has a rounded 9 blade diaphragm which creates an attractive blur to the out of focus area of the image.

APO TELE CONVERTER

The addition of Sigma’s 1.4x EX DG APO or 2x EX DG APO TELE CONVERTER produce a 252mm F4 AF telephoto macro lens* or a 360mm F5.6 MF telephoto macro lens respectively. Tele Converters can also be used to extend the maximum magnification ratio beyond 1:1.

* AF can operate between infinity and 0.67m.

Convenient handling

A Removable tripod socket that makes it easy to exchange lenses, and a focus limiter that restricts the range of AF operation are incorporated for improved usability.

Excellent macro lens lineup

Sigma provides an excellent lineup of 5 macro lenses with a reproduction ratio of 1:1. The MACRO 50mm F2.8 EX DG, a standard macro, MACRO 70mm F2.8 EX DG, a medium telephoto macro, and MACRO 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM which has Sigma’s original Optical Stabilizer function, as well as APO MACRO 150mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM, a telephoto macro, to this APO MACRO 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM. Standard macro is suitable for taking pictures of things like accessories by adjusting the position of the subjects by hand while still looking into a finder. Medium telephoto macro is suitable for taking pictures of flowers using natural lighting, and telephoto macro is suitable for taking pictures of highly sensitive subjects such as tiny insects with greater working distance. With the lineup, it is possible to select lenses according to subjects.

TIPA Best Expert DSLR Lens Award

A flagship large aperture telephoto macro lens, the worlds first 180mm optically stabilized telephoto macro lens that offers effective correction of approximately 4 stops

Lens construction

Specifications

Others

APO MACRO 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM

Lens Construction 19 Elements in 14 Groups
Angle of View (for SD1) 13.7 degrees
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9 Blades (Rounded diaphragm)
Minimum Aperture F22
Minimum Focusing Distance 47cm / 18.5in.
Maximum Magnification 1:1
Filter Size Diameter 86mm
Dimensions Diameter 95mm x Length 203.9mm / 3.7in. x 8.0in.
Weight 1,640g / 57.8oz.

The appearance and specifications are subject to change without a notice.

Corresponding AF Mounts

Barcode No.

Sigma 00-85126-107567
Canon 00-85126-107543
Nikon 00-85126-107550
Sony 00-85126-107628

A flagship large aperture telephoto macro lens, the worlds first 180mm optically stabilized telephoto macro lens that offers effective correction of approximately 4 stops

MTF chart

180mm

Distortion

180mm

Vignetting

180mm

A flagship large aperture telephoto macro lens, the worlds first 180mm optically stabilized telephoto macro lens that offers effective correction of approximately 4 stops

In the news

‘…it’s optical quality is outstanding, the handling is refined, and the build is very solid, so if you’re looking for a long focal length macro lens you’ll struggle to find a better one than this.’

‘Sigma has produced here a lens of exquisite quality that is not only feature-packed but also capable of yielding both impeccable image quality and beautiful pictures. This is not merely one of the best lenses to have been tested in WDC’s reviews, it could even be THE best lens tested so far.’

‘Image quality is superb, backed up by great autofocus speed and stabilisation. A true dual-purpose lens that’s equally adept as a telephoto and as a macro optic. Packed with fancy features and giving really sharp images, there’s a lot to love about this lens.’

“The Sigma 180mm is simply one of the sharpest lenses made, with those exotic and costly FLD elements positioned at the front showing what they can do….Very Few lenses, of any design or price, are as sharp as this one. For Sheer performance – from the stunning sharpness, to firsty class AF and OS operation, to superb build quality – this is clearly the best macro lens available, bar none’.

“The Sigma 180mm is simply one of the sharpest lenses made, with those exotic and costly FLD elements positioned at the front showing what they can do….Very Few lenses, of any design or price, are as sharp as this one. For Sheer performance – from the stunning sharpness, to firsty class AF and OS operation, to superb build quality – this is clearly the best macro lens available, bar none’.

Minimum focus distance is stretched further than with any other lens in the group, to 47cm. That’s 9cm more than with the 150mm lens. There’s a significant upgrade in terms of glass.  Whereas the 150mm features three SLD elements, the 180mm switches to three FLD (F Low Dispersion) elements, which are claimed to equal the performance of top-grade fluorite glass.  The result should be a drop in colour fringing.

A flagship large aperture telephoto macro lens, the worlds first 180mm optically stabilized telephoto macro lens that offers effective correction of approximately 4 stops.

Accessories

Hood Adapter for 180mm F2.8 APO MACRO EX DG OS

Part No. 107E43

£31.99

Lens Hood for 180mm F2.8 APO MACRO EX DG OS

Part No. 737E01

£31.99

Padded Case For 180mm F2.8 APO Macro EX DG OS

Part No. CS0328

£31.99

TS-21 Tripod Bush

The TS-21 Tripod Bush fits the 150mm F2.8 APO Macro EX DG OS, the 180mm F2.8 APO Macro EX DG OS & the 300mm F2.8 APO EX DG HSM

Part No. 566002

£89.99