If you photograph sensitive macro subjects, the Sigma 180mm f/2.8 Macro lens, with its minimum focus distance of 47cm, 1:1 reproduction and optical stabilisation, could be the one for you. Read the Sigma APO Macro 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM review...

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Sigma APO Macro 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM review – Introduction

Sneaking up on insects isn’t easy, as anyone who has attempted a macro shot of one will attest. With reactions many times faster than humans, trying to get close to a fly, wasp, bee or even a butterfly is often an exercise in frustration.

The key is to move slowly, and to remain as far from the subject as possible, but when you are using a 60mm or even a 105mm macro lens, it can be tricky to get the shot you want. However, help is at hand in the form of Sigma’s APO Macro 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM optic, which offers 1:1 macro reproduction at a minimum focus distance of 47cm. Compare this to the 18.9cm minimum focus distance of the Sigma 50mm f/2.8 Macro lens and the advantage of the longer 180mm focal length becomes clear.

There are other benefits to being further from the subject. For example, the shorter the minimum focus distance, the more likely it is that the photographer will cast a shadow over the subject. The extra space therefore allows the photographer to light the subject more easily.

The 180mm focal length also creates a narrow angle of view. This helps photographers avoid distracting backgrounds, and makes sure the viewer’s attention is drawn to the subject.

There are compromises to be made, though. The long 180mm focal length, combined with the large f/2.8 aperture, means that this lens is large and heavy. I was interested to see how well a lens with this range of features would perform, both optically and with the practicalities of shooting macro images.

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  • Mark

    This is a very basic camera. There are no picture modes, no movie modes, no optical or digital zoom. Because of these things though it has taught me more about photography than any other camera I’ve owned. It’s very good quality and the styling is nice and reminiscent of old Leicas if you like that sort of thing. It’s lens is approved by the likes of Magnum photography ( I think it was magnum, but in any case some top libraries) and when you get the pictures back onto your screen at home you will see why. It’s really about the essence of photography rather than upping selfies via wi fi. Add to that sits not cheap and you get the idea it’s for a quite small market. But I love mine.

  • Ibrahim

    focus, Bright, clear, high resolution LCD sceern, and excellent EVF. Physically, the camera is good build quality in a nice compact package. With a comprehensive range of controls & fast operation, Well designed menu system, and Lots of in-camera image adjustments, it’s exceptionally nice to handle. It has a powerful flash, Good movie mode (16:9, VGA, 30fps), usable raw mode (approx 4 second shot-to-shot with a fast card), and a powerful raw converter. Excellent optical zoom (can be extended even further optically by reducing resolution down from 8 to 5 or 3 megapixels), and the long battery life is very handy. For travelling and holidays I have found this camera invaluable. It’s so light and easy to take around, you never miss a photo opportunity. It takes such great photos, sharp, clear, and bright, and far higher quality than you’d expect from such a small bit of kit! There is very little red-eye syndrome, and it performs well in most lighting conditions. There are even plenty of functions to be able to custom set-up the camera to the way i want it (without the necessary complexity of dSLR’s). On the downside, there is no facility for electronic remote / cable release, lens performance can drop off slightly at long end of zoom range, and there can be some loss of fine detail to noise reduction even at ISO 100. All in all though, I’d say this camera performs exceptionally well for such a small bit of equiptment. It’s great value for money and I am well satisfied with it.

  • Paul

    respect, so many idiots go out and buy an exeivspne SLR without taking the time to learn to take good shots with it on manual. you can use auto on a powershot and get literally the same quality.

  • Phoenix

    I am now using that picture of The Karpster on his hawg with NYC in the banourkgcd as my new screen wallpaper. I feel so..so ..inspired. So .empowered.I think tomorrow morning I’ll take a PHP course online and buy a book on some of that MySql woodoo and then found a company. Prolly around noon. A social media company. Yeah, that’s it. Then I expect to have a tiny and cute hipster girlfriend by the end of the day tomorrow. With black glass frames slightly askew. Pictures of her slightly-covered ass on my personal blog tomorrow night. You’ll just be able to tell by looking that she’s a skilled fellatist. Oh, yeah.Thank you GOMI! You’ve changed my life!

  • Anna

    – George: oh yeah, but for the moment she rellay likes being photographed, so all is well Yeah, focussing is damn hard ain’t it? The first two days I rellay had problems, but it gets slightly better. Definitely takes a lot of practicelew: ben en fait, quand tu arrives a bien tout controler, ca sort des images avec un rendu vraiment special. Par exemple celle-ci, le rendu est pratiquement le meme qu’avec mon vieux hasselblad et du film NB. Pas mal pour un petit appareil qui tient dans une poche ben: ce qui est bien avec les montures M, c’est que tu peux trouver des vieux objos pas trop cher (tout est relatif, oui). Par exemple des vieux voigtlander, contax, nikon, ou meme certains vieux leica. Toi qui fais du film, tu pourrais facilement trouver un vieux M3 ou M6 pour pas trop cher.. Mais bon, t’as deja le Mam7 qui est deja bien compact, alors