Sigma 180 APOmm F5.6 UC Macro A-mount lens review by teejay

reviewer#45566 date: Aug-16-2020
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:minolta 100 mm macro
minolta 200 mm f2.8
price paid:100 Euro
positive:- weight and size
- good sharpness at macro to portrait distances
- no CA or LCA
- nice bokeh
- pleasant headshot portraits
- focus hold button
negative:- less sharp at landscape distances
- slow and sometimes inaccurate focus
- focus ring a bit gritty
- old coatings, loss of contrast against backlight, flare
- Zen finish is starting to get sticky
comment:This is a relatively rare lens which makes a lot of sense on today's cameras, where the f5.6 aperture is easily offset by the high iso performance and the EVF experience.
The lens is very portable and lightweight and therefore finds itself in the camera bag more often than not.
It is capable of beautiful macro to portrait shots, but it is less impressive at infinity focus, where sharpness is weaker.
It came with 2 close-up filters, which allow 1:1 macro to be reached, but I haven't tested them yet (1:2 macro is good enough for flowers and large insects).
The focus ring is not very smooth on my copy (I have also witnessed this on a same generation sigma 50 mm macro lens, so far the gears haven't stripped...)
If you can find one on the cheap, and be able to test it before buying, I can wholly recommend this lens.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 11
  • sharpness: 4.73
  • color: 4.45
  • build: 4.00
  • distortion: 4.82
  • flare control: 3.27
  • overall: 4.25 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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