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Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM Lens USA

You Pay: $1,499.00

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Offer ends: JAN 3 '15
Price after rebate: $1,449.00
Product Highlights
  • EF Mount L-Series Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5-32
  • True Macro 1:1 Magnification
  • Ultra-low Dispersion Optical Elements
  • Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor
  • Manual Focus Override
  • Focusing Range Limiter
  • Removable, Rotatable Tripod Collar
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 19"
  • Fits EF1.4x II & EF2x II Extenders

The EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM Lens from Canon is a high quality prime telephoto lens with 1:1 macro capability for sharp close-up photography. It is also ideal for portraiture and general telephoto shooting. An ultrasonic autofocus motor enables fast, smooth and quiet autofocus and manual focus override allows for precise manual focus, even in AF mode. Its internal focusing feature does not cause the lens length to change or the front element to rotate during focusing, which is particularly important when shooting macro. Three UD-glass elements correct residual chromatic aberrations and provide overall sharp, high contrast imaging.

A telephoto prime lens ideal for shooting distant subjects, portraiture and, with 1:1 life-size magnification, macro close-up photography.
Ultrasonic autofocus motor, inner focus system and floating lens elements enable fast, smooth and silent AF action. The front of the lens does not rotate or extend when focusing.
Focusing distance range can be selected with a switch on the lens barrel. By setting a suitable focusing distance range, actual autofocus time can be shortened. The focusing ranges are 1.6'' to infinity and 4.9' to infinity.
Manual focus override allows for precise manual focusing even in auto focus mode. This is particularly effective when shooting macro.
Features distance and depth-of-field scales on the lens barrel.
A removable, rotatable tripod collar enables mounting the lens to a tripod in both horizontal and vertical orientations.
Compatible with EF 1.4x II and EF 2x II Extenders.
Performance
Focal Length 180mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5
Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 13° 40'
Minimum Focus Distance 1.6' (48 cm)
Magnification 1x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:1
Elements/Groups 14/12
Diaphragm Blades 8
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar Yes Removable - rotating
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:72 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.25 x 7.35" (82.5 x 186.6 mm)
Weight 2.40 lb (1.09 kg)

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CanonEF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM Lens
 
4.8

(based on 85 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (70)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (63)
  • Consistent output (55)
  • Durable (47)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (47)
  • Easily interchangeable (44)

Cons

  • Heavy (23)
  • Slow focus (20)
  • Poor in low light (7)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (53)
  • Wildlife photos (19)
  • Landscape/scenery (9)
  • Wildlife (9)
  • Macro (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (27), Semi-pro photographer (14), Enthusiast (10), Pro photographer (9), Semi-professional (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (45)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro Lens Review

As a product photographer - I use the lens for my work, portfolio, and testing - for watches, jewelry, and other. In my profession this product is a must, it is light...Read complete review

As a product photographer - I use the lens for my work, portfolio, and testing - for watches, jewelry, and other. In my profession this product is a must, it is light weight, durable, and very sharp, the 180mm macro also gives me more lens to subject distance allowing lighting flexibility and better control over reflective surfaces.

Other lenses require you to be too close to your subject where it may cast a reflection and/or shadow on the subject - also, it's more difficult to light adding time to an already tight and time sensitive deadline.

Overall, the bokeh is desirable, relatively fast given its focal length and purpose, attractive design, and well built in addition to what has been discussed herewith.

Additional features:

Dual "Focusing Distance Range" allowing for faster focus at close or farther distances.

Placement of "MF/AF" and dual "Focusing Distance Range" switches are convenient.

Rubber Focusing Ring is larger/wider and easier to use than most other lenses.

Product comes with a Lens Ring or Tripod Mount Ring.

Quiet focusing - Ideal in nature photography

Great for portraits

Lens diameter of ø72mm is common and is consistent with other products.

True 1:1 magnification - 2:1 with EF2X Extender.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Slow Focus - Really Slow Focus

This lens is great for quality no doubt, however I own a 100mm Macro 2.8 IS lens as well. Because the 100mm focuses much closer than the 180 and much faster, it is...Read complete review

This lens is great for quality no doubt, however I own a 100mm Macro 2.8 IS lens as well. Because the 100mm focuses much closer than the 180 and much faster, it is a much more practical lens.[...] no doubt the image quality is great and if using only for manual focus macro shooting, a perfect fit. Don't expect to get this if shooting weddings and have any better performance than with the 100mm lens. In fact, the slow focus is horrible. I have never experienced any lens that focuses so slow. Seriously. It is almost a joke how slow this thing focuses.

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5.0

a great long macro

By Ruth the hiker

from Kingman AZ

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography

    Comments about Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM Lens:

    nice and sharp even on my old Canon 40D which this picture was taken, now when the desert wildflowers bloom in the spring I won't have to get up and down off the ground this is especially hard for me being over 3/4 century old I can even get shots handheld like this one

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great Macro/Telephoto

    By Argus

    from Boston, MA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM Lens:

      I use this as a tight 1:1 Macro on a 7D as well as for super sharp telephoto shots. Color rendition is superb.

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      • No

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      180 3.5 Macro

      By BobboyShazam

      from West Bloomfield

      Comments about Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM Lens:

      Everything you could ask for in a Macro lens. Works exactly as eve one describes. Coming from the 100 macro you get much more focal length and even sharper. It is worth the money to just start with this lens instead of trying to finds a replacement. It just won't hopped If you are looking for a long focal length macro lens. Canon 180 3.5 L will not disappoint you at all. Little tough to hand hold but that is why there is mono pods and tripods. For now using 580EXII and working good for now. Would like to get Ex 24 lens eventually. Great buy, if you like Macro you won't regret this purchase. Also put an B&W UV Haze filter on it. A great purchase you will love out of the box.

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      5.0

      Taking Macro Photography to andother lev

      By walter

      from palm beach gardens, fl

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM Lens:

      Great Focus and Bokeh

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      • No

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      5.0

      I would buy this product again and again

      By LUIS ALFREDO VEGA

      from BOGOTA - COLOMBIA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM Lens:

        this product makes my dreams come true

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        • No

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        5.0

        Superb

        By macrocode

        from Michigan

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM Lens:

        Stylish, and gives superb image quality.

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        5.0

        highly recommended

        By Tere

        from Fort Lauderdale, Fl

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM Lens:

          I love it!! it's a versatile macro lens.

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          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Outstanding Build Quality

          By ishy

          from Reno, NV

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography

            Comments about Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM Lens:

            This is a great lens. Well-built and super sharp. I bought this to complement my 100mm macro lens. Using this lens handheld with Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash produced some very sharp images with beautiful smooth background.

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            • No

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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            180mm canon macro better fit than Tamron

            By Edgardo

            from Chula Vista, California

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography

              Comments about Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM Lens:

              I ajm a careful buyer, painfully caraful. I borrowed from friends the Tamron 180 and the Sigma 180 (2.8). All three were very good. I could not use any without a tripod even using them as telephoto lenses. I decided for the Canon lens because i have a 5D Mark3 camera and since I really could not discern differences between the 3 lenses I opted for the one I knew would have optimal communication with my camera. I am very happy with my decision.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great Macro Lens

              By TNPhoto

              from Nashville, TN

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Expensive
              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM Lens:

              Purchased this lens to supplement my 100mm macro lens. This lens adds a bit of extra telephoto to capture macro subjects from a greater distance. In addition, this lens is a Canon "L" lens so its build and optical quality are excellent. Does exactly what I wanted.

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              (2 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Not a quality product

              By snailman

              from Los Angeles, California

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Pros

              • Least Evil

              Cons

              • Not High Quality

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM Lens:

              This is an out of the box review, and I am not impressed.
              - Focus ring has some play, as all AF lenses have, but not like Zeiss.
              - Hood is made of hardish plastic, not sure it will survive outdoor use for long.
              - Hood bayonet is difficult to engage. No comparison to Zeiss.
              - DOF scale (f/32) is vastly too narrow. Lines are about 1 mm from center line, but should rather be about 5 mm from it.
              - Infinity focus is about 1 mm past infinity mark.
              - Lens focuses another 2 mm into hyper infinity.
              AF on my 5D mkII is slow, quite frequently hunts without success.

              I bought it as a lens for moderate size wild life (lizards, grass hoppers, some flowers) to get a bit more distance between me and the subject, and with a bit more ease of use. Thus far I got out the Canon 300 f/2.8 IS, occasionally with extension ring to focus closer. AF performance is no issue, as I mostly focus manually anyway.

              Bottom line: It seems to be the best long macro for a Canon body, but It sure is not a quality product. To qualify for that descriptor more attention to relevant detail would be necessary. Will be interesting to do some comparison shooting.

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              (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              I have only used it twice

              By birdwatcher

              from Chicago,IL

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Nice Bokeh
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM Lens:

              I am basically still experimenting with it. It is incredibly sharp, but I find the auto focus a bit slow. It is a totally different experience from using a zoom, or telephoto lens, and u have a lot to learn, but I think i am going to enjoy iy greatly

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              • No

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              It is as a microscope

              By Judy

              from Lake Worth, FL

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM Lens:

                This lens is really great, high definition, good close-up and wonderful telephoto

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                5.0

                Great Lens

                By SteveColorado

                from Fort Collins, Colorado

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography

                  Comments about Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM Lens:

                  I use this shooting pharmacuetical drugs. It works splendid and a very good lens.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Is perfect

                  By Tm

                  from San Francisco ca

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Slow Focus

                  Best Uses

                  • Food
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM Lens:

                  Great looks on food photos

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                  • No

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                  (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Solid, Heavy and Super Sharp.

                  By Image By Fuad

                  from Wisconsin Rapids, WI

                  About Me Pro Photographer

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM Lens:

                    I bought this lens used from the BH used Dept. Worth each penny. This lens is solid and heavy. I use this lens mostly hand held, mounted to a 1DS MK lll. The image quality is incredible.
                    Focusing is super slow when the switch is set to close focus. Focusing is as fast as any other lens when not in close focus setting. I have used this lens for some high action sports as well.

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                    5.0

                    Great Lens

                    By Src

                    from New York, NY

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Macro Photography

                      Comments about Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM Lens:

                      Percent for studio product.

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                      • No

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                      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Nice Lens

                      By Star

                      from Rapid City, SD

                      About Me Photography Student

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Slow Focus

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography

                      Comments about Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM Lens:

                      I Don't have a 100 macro lens so My View is from a ef 180 only I purchased this lens for macro. I am happy with this and this is my only L series lenses. I am looking at a ef 70-200 f2.8 II lens. I also got a canon MT-24EX flash.

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                      (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Awesome macro lens

                      By Tim

                      from St. Louis

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Tough To Attach

                      Best Uses

                      • Macro Photography

                      Comments about Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM Lens:

                      This lens is great for taking close ups of flowers and things like tree bark.

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                      4.0

                      Sharp but needs IS.

                      By none

                      from Phoenix, Arizona

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Macro Photography
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM Lens:

                        I am a freelance writer/photographer specializing on nature photography and outdoor articles.The 180mm macro is exceptionally sharp and I love using it, but it truly needs to be updated with image stabilization like the 100mm macro, which I also own. Fortunately, with the pro-level Canon cameras I can increase the ISO to give me higher shutter speeds to compensate, but I would rather not have to.The advantage of the longer focal length was made apparent while doing a close up of a butterfly on a wildflower, and yet was able to get a decent shot of a coyote passing nearby in the desert near Phoenix.

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