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Sigma 180mm f3.5 EX APO Macro IF HSM

Review Date: Jun 2, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Colour, contrast, sharpness, focus distance.
slow AF, tripod mount could be 1cm deeper, to stop BG-ED3 interfering

Exceedingly sharp, and increadable colour, this is possibly the best macro lens. The 180 also makes a good standby telephoto and AF's happily with the 1.4x TC attached giving an f4.5 252mm with full AF and macro.

The HSM is slow if it has to hunt the whole range, but a quick manual focus assist and the AF locks quickly.

the optics are so good i'd recommend mine even if it was MF!