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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.
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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.
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
- Carrying case
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