Sigma 180 APOmm F5.6 UC Macro A-mount lens review by teejay
|teejay#45566 date: Aug-16-2020|
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|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.