Sigma AF 180mm f/3.5 EX HSM APO macro - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Canon EOS (APS-C)

Sample Images

All images taken with the EOS 350D and converted via RawShooter Essentials 2006.

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Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 180.0mm
Exposure Data: f/5.6 @ 1/500s
Size 3471x2311
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 180.0mm
Exposure Data: f/3.5 @ 1/3200s
Size 2311x3471
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 180.0mm
Exposure Data: f/5.6 @ 1/500s
Size 3471x2311

Verdict

The Sigma AF 180mm f/3.5 EX HSM APO macro is a very capable macro lens with very high resolution figures, marginal vignetting and non-existing distortions. Unfortunately CAs are a on the high side which is unusual for a tele fix-focal lens - this is a correctable issue though (via PS ACR, RawShooter, etc.). The build quality is very high and thanks to HSM the AF operates pretty fast and virtually silent. Compared to similar genuine brand lenses the AF 180mm f/3.5 EX APO macro is an absolute bargain at less than half the costs. However, all-in-all the Sigma AF 150mm f/2.8 EX HSM APO macro DG was a little more convincing.

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