Sigma has revealed its APO Macro 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens, which is the first macro lens of this length to feature 1:1 reproduction with an f/2.8 maximum aperture.

The lens is a successor to Sigma's f/3.5 macro lens, and now boasts the company's own Optical Stabiliser technology and a wide f/2.8 aperture to allow faster shutter speeds. The OS feature offers the use of shutter speeds approximately four stops slower than would normally be possible, which in turns enables handheld close-up photography.

Three "F" Low Dispersion (FLD) glass elements are also included, which provide correction for colour aberrations, while an inner focusing system minimises aberrations that occur as shooting distances change.

A further feature is the Super Multi-Layer Coating feature, which helps to reduce flare and ghosting while also delivering sharp and high contrast images, even when shooting at maximum aperture.

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Sigma's Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) has also been incorporated for fast and high-speed autofocus. Full-time manual focus capability is also available. A rounded nine-blade diaphragm helps to create an attractive blur to out of focus areas.

At 1:1 magnification, the lens has a focusing distance of 18.5 inches, which is a greater working distance of shorter focal length macro lenses, which should be particularly appealing to photographers shooting sensitive subjects such as butterflies.

The Sigma APO 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM 1:1 macro lens UK price is not yet known, availability is expected to be announced soon.