Sigma 180mm f/2.8 APO Macro EX DG HSM OS for Canon

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The Sigma 180mm f/2.8 APO Macro EX DG HSM OS for Canon allows you a greater working distance when shooting small objects in true 1:1 magnification. It’s compatible with both full-frame and crop-frame Canon cameras and features Sigma’s fast HSM focusing motor and 4-stops Optical Stabilization. With full-time manual focus and a focus limit switch, this lens can be used to shoot a variety of subjects. Its minimum focus distance of 18.5" allows for plenty of room for lighting subjects.

Optically, the 180mm f/2.8 APO Macro EX DG HSM OS utilizes 3 FLD glass elements for correcting color aberrations, as well as a floating inner focusing system to reduce field curvature and distortion. Ghosting and flare is eliminated via Sigma’s Super Multi-Layer coatings, which also provides images with more contrast and sharpness. Its 9-blade diaphragm allows for pleasing bokeh (background blur) whether shooting 1:1 macro or portraits, especially when shooting wide open.

Roger Cicala

Roger's Take

Roger Cicala

President of LensRentals.com

Here’s another one of my ‘if you don’t already know what this is, you probably don’t want it’ takes. This is a pretty large lens- one I’d recommend using a tripod with. The Optical Stabilization works very well, but unless you’ve got strong hands you’re going to tire after using it for a while.

Other than that though, it’s an amazing lens. At 180mm you get a lot of distance between the lens and the subject, which simplifies lighting and positioning a great deal. The long focal length also tends to make the background more blurred, which really isolates the subject from the background.

It is, however, a specialty lens, so unless you’re a dedicated Macro shooter, you’d probably be better off with a Canon 100mm f/2.8L IS or Sigma 150mm f/2.8 Macro OS which are considerably smaller.

Important Note for 5D mk III and 1Dx shooters:
When using this lens with these cameras you MUST turn off Peripheral Illumination Correction in the Aberrancy Correction menu item. Otherwise your images will look like this:

Filter Size
86mm (nonrotating)
3.6 lbs
Minimum Focusing Distance
Maximum Magnification
1.0x / 1:1
Angle of view: (full frame)
Zoom method
Image Stabilization
Yes, 4-stops
Focusing System
Internal focus, Full time active, HSM motor, floating inner focusing, focus limit switch
Aperture Blades
9, curved
Low Dispersion Elements
Fluorite Elements
Aspherical Elements
Weather Resistant
Flare resistance
Minimal, Super Multi-Layer Coating
Canon EF
Crop, Full frame
  • Lens w/caps
  • Hood
  • Carrying case

LensRentals.com offers rentals ranging in length from 1 to 90 days. The shopping cart will automatically update the quoted price as you adjust the length of your rental. Our most common rental periods are shown below:

Rental Period Waiver Price Rental Price Total Price Approximate Day Rate
3 days $11.00 $71.00 $82.00 $27.33
4 days $11.00 $77.00 $88.00 $22.00
7 days $15.00 $102.00 $117.00 $16.71
10 days $20.00 $138.00 $158.00 $15.80
14 days $26.00 $179.00 $205.00 $14.64
21 days $35.00 $240.00 $275.00 $13.10
30 days $44.00 $301.00 $345.00 $11.50
45 days $58.00 $393.00 $451.00 $10.02
60 days $68.00 $459.00 $527.00 $8.78
90 days $87.00 $592.00 $679.00 $7.54
Rental Period Rental Price Approximate Day Rate
3 days $71.00 $23.67
4 days $77.00 $19.25
7 days $102.00 $14.57
10 days $138.00 $13.80
14 days $179.00 $12.79
21 days $240.00 $11.43
30 days $301.00 $10.03
45 days $393.00 $8.73
60 days $459.00 $7.65
90 days $592.00 $6.58

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