It combines sharp close-up performance and excellent
Floating Inner Focusing System
The Floating Inner Focus System of the APO MACRO 180mm F3.5 EX HSM
provides high quality optical performance and superior handling and stability.
This system moves two lens groups within the lens, so the lens physical length
remains unchanged. This technique also maintains good correction for Spherical
Aberration and Astigmatism, and provides extremely high optical performance from
infinity to 1:1 Macro.
Full-time Manual Focus with HSM
Macro photography requires precise focus adjustment. The HSM (Hyper
Sonic Motor) feature is ideal for this purpose as it allows quick and precise
manual focus, even in auto focus mode. Simply focus with HSM auto focus, then
while partially depressing the shutter release, turn the manual focus ring until
any desired focus adjustment is made. Then depress the shutter release fully to
take the picture. It is not necessary to switch from AF to MF. When the shutter
release is next depressed, the AF function will resume. Of course the AF
function can be disabled altogether, and only MF used, if desired.
It is possible to use 1.4x or 2x Sigma Apo Tele Converters.
Macro photography can be further enhanced by the 1.4x APO EX tele-converter,
which allows the photographer to use the new SIGMA APO 180mm F3.5 MACRO lens as
a 252mm F5 lens while maintaining auto focus function from infinity to 1.2m(47.2
in.) with Canon, Nikon and Sigma cameras. At distances closer than 1.2m (47.2
in.) the lens automatically switches to MF mode. When this lens and the 1.4x EX
tele-converter are used with Minolta or Pentax cameras the lens must be focused
manually. When used with the 2x EX tele-converter, the 180mm F3.5 lens becomes a
360mm F7 lens with manual focus function only, regardless of camera mount.
Use of SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass
Image quality depends in part on color Aberration, which occurs due to
differences in the wavelength (color) of light, causing the different colors to
focus at different planes. SLD glass in the front optical group helps compensate
for this phenomenon, and enables the lens to deliver images of high optical
quality, having outstanding crispness and sharpness.
Inner focusing improves handling and focus operation from infinity to
close-up, by keeping the lens length constant. It also allows easy handling and
use of circular polarizing filters, as the front barrel does not rotate during
focusing. The large grippable manual focus control ring is ideal for manual
focus photography. This lens also features a Focus Limiter Switch, to provide
quicker AF function.