The new Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS Macro. Image copyright 2012 Robert OToole Photography
Sigma just started shipping a new 180 macro lens that is really unique for a couple of reasons. First of all it is the only optically stabilized 180 on the market today but at the same time this lens has a fast f/2.8 maximum aperture which makes it the fastest of it's type. So it looks awesome on specs alone but thanks to Sigma I was able to get my hands on one and I was able to sneak out for a couple hours before I had to jump on a flight to brasil. So what was the lens like in the field?
Female white-banded flower spider waiting for it's next customer. Palos Verdes, Southern California. Nikon D800E, Sigma 180mm f/2.8 OS Macro lens, single Nikon SB-R200 flash with diffuser @ 1:8 power, hand-held, Manual mode 1/200th s, f8, ISO 200. Image copyright 2012 Robert OToole Photography
The first thing you notice about the new 180 OS macro is what a massive and solid monster of a lens it is. In the short time I had the lens the first day I was able to make some good images quickly without any issues, see one of my favorites above, made with a monopod. The viewfinder image was very bright and contrasty so focus was quick and snappy. Back in the office the images were all very sharp without any noticeable aberrations or optical issues thankfully. So I just need to spend more time in the field and I will share my findings here.
Is the added weight of the OS system and the faster maximum aperture really worth the premium price tag with the new lens? I will post a review in October with lots of images and notes from the field including using the lens with Nikon and Sigma teleconverters.
Leave a comment below with any questions about this lens and I can answer them in the review.
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