Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM
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Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM User Reviews
10 out of 10 points and recommended by Panurus (2 reviews)IQ on 5DII and 1DsIIIIQ on 7D + extender EF1.4XII
The CA must be corrected when use with the 7D but it's not difficult with DPP.reviewed October 19th, 2010 (purchased for $1,500)
9 out of 10 points and recommended by Akeyzerr (3 reviews)IQ, IQ, IQ, Tripod Collar, Focal Lenght, BokehNo IS, AF*
Just GREAT lens. Great! Color rendition is awsome. Bokeh is smooth and silky. It's built like a tank.reviewed October 4th, 2009 (purchased for $1,230)
On Canon 5D the focus tends to hunt IF the limiter is off. On Canon 1D Mk III this is not such a problem.
Would be great if this one had an IS built-in.
10 out of 10 points and recommended by mebailey (21 reviews)Sharp, built like a tank, great working distanceLittle heavy, slow focusing
This is the only macro I have ever used so cant compare to others. Iam very pleased with the lens. I shoot small creatures like bugs and frogs. The working distance is great as is the sharpness.reviewed December 14th, 2006 (purchased for $1,239)
I also use it as a long portrait tele on my 5D. In this role the focusing is alittle slow but still seems faster than the 85L. The 3.5 aperature is also a limiting factor in this role.
10 out of 10 points and recommended by twereliu (5 reviews)Good standoff, 1:1, useable with extention and 1.4x and 2xVery heavy, Slow to focus
For field work I would use a TS lens or maybe the 100 which is also great.reviewed December 30th, 2005
But for studio or out the tailgate this lens is just awesome.
Very good macro, a little less DOF would be appreciated but that can be done with TUBES, though then the working range is very limited.
Also works with the 1.4x and 2x which gives you good results and interesting effects.
This or the 100 with a ring flash does awesome butterfly stuff.
Both are great for flowers but I prefer the 180 for single subject and wide anlge with 12mm tube for multi subject shots.
If they made this a 2.8 and updated the focus speed it would be legendary (in my opinion) though the 100 is the same or better and lighter and cheaper.
Canon does good macro...