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Sigma 180mm f3.5 EX APO Macro IF HSM

Review Date: Nov 2, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Good image quality, good colors, robust construction
Lack of image stabilization, auto focus hunts and often fails to lock correctly

I bought this lens for macro photography. It was my first non-Canon lens, but the price of Canon's 180mm was just way too much. I was positively surprised about its solid construction and image quality. Good bokeh, superb colors. Lack of image stabilization limit usage of this lens to tripod mount or bright conditions. The auto focus of the lens is considerably poorer than my Canon lenses. The lens hunts and locks to out-of-focus "often".

In general the lens has been a good buy. I have especially satisfied with colors and sharpness of the photos (when in focus).