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Tamron180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS
 
4.5

(based on 29 reviews)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent output (19)
  • Durable (10)
  • Strong construction (10)
  • Easily interchangeable (9)
  • Nice bokeh (8)

Cons

  • Slow focus (14)
  • Heavy (6)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (20)
  • Wildlife photos (8)
  • Wildlife (4)
  • Macro (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (9), Semi-pro photographer (7), Enthusiast (3), Pro photographer (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Dual Purpose Macro Lens

I am using this lens as a dual purpose macro and wildlife nature photography lens. This lens is very sharp and generates some great images that are either macro or short distance wildlife /...Read complete review

I am using this lens as a dual purpose macro and wildlife nature photography lens. This lens is very sharp and generates some great images that are either macro or short distance wildlife / nature portrait images.Just recently I sold a 150-500 sigma to generate some funding for a good macro lens. I think macro images will serve my needs and interests better than a huge wildlife lens that is not very sharp.I have used extension tubes and like the results with my Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens. But Auto focus does not work. Right away I could tell the difference in a 1:1 macro lens. Some say the autofocus is slow, but I think it is just fine for my nature photography purposes.You do however need a tripod or monopod if you want to keep the images as sharp as possible when shooting fine detail macro images, such as my hover fly praying image below.The lens may be better for hand held photos if it had Image Stabilization (reason 4 rating). But I am highly critical of my photos and expect super sharp images. So I find it works best when using something to stabilize, especially at low ISO settings (lower than 200).The price was very good, as I bought this with a $50 rebate. The lens seems to be well built and produces good results. I think in time I will get some really good images with this lens. overall I think it was a good investment based on my experience.

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So far so good

I am an amateur photographer and have just started testing the lens both for extreme closeups of natural objects and some distance shots. I like the close-up results very much, but I find it...Read complete review

I am an amateur photographer and have just started testing the lens both for extreme closeups of natural objects and some distance shots. I like the close-up results very much, but I find it is not as sharp as I'd like it to be on the long-distance photos, but it might be my lack of practice with a heavy lens.

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5.0

I love this lens...

By BCscrambler

from Vancouver, BC

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Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography
    • Night Photography

    Comments about Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

    I have recently become fascinated with macro photography. I have been using a Tamron 28-300 zoom with a set of extension tubes, and although that combo yielded consistently good results, I wanted to get closer into the subject (mostly flowers) and this dedicated macro lens has proven to be excellent. It is far sharper than my landscape zoom, which means a whole lot less throwaways after you get the images on the computer. Other reviewers have noted that the focus is loud, which it kind of is, but you get used to it. A bonus I didn't expect is that I was able to retain communication with the lens even with all three extension tubes on as well. Now, it isn't constant or flawless, but the metering and focus is workable even with extreme closeups. My previous lens would go silent if more than 1 extension tube was used.
    What else do I need to say to sum it all up? I have no regrets buying this lens, and I expect to be using it on a regular basis for the forseeable future.

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    5.0

    Great results so far!

    By Up close and personal

    from McDonald, TN

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography

    Comments about Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

    I do nearly all my work in macro and up close. This lens lets me work at a more comfortable distance and has better DOF, making the number of layers more manageable for a fully focused image easier and more efficient to achieve.

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    4.0

    Good Lens

    By someone

    from San Francisco

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    Pros

    • Image quality is great
    • The Price Was Nice

    Cons

    • It Has Slow Auto Focusing

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Macro Photography

    Comments about Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

    I got this for macro work in the studio. It works great for this. I'm using manual focus so the slow auto focus is not issue for me. If the auto focus was not slow I would give it 5 stars. It has most of the features I want in a macro lens. I'm very happy with this lens.

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    4.0

    Nice lens

    By Jerry H

    from St.Paul,MN

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

    I bought the 180mm Tamron because I enjoy doing macro photography. I have the 90mm Tamron, so I already knew from experience that Tamron makes a quality lens.
    The 180 gives me a little more working room for sensative subjects. This is a very sharp lens and has wonderful bokeh.
    I use these lenses almost exclusively in manual focus, so the slow AF issue is not a problem for me.
    I typically shoot handheld because my subjects move and using a tripod is a pain. A higher iso is needed with the 180 to attain a faster shutter speed than with my 90mm. I use the Canon 7D which handles the added noise quite well.

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    4.0

    Dual Purpose Macro Lens

    By ForestWander Nature Photography

    from Charleston, West Virginia

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

      I am using this lens as a dual purpose macro and wildlife nature photography lens. This lens is very sharp and generates some great images that are either macro or short distance wildlife / nature portrait images.Just recently I sold a 150-500 sigma to generate some funding for a good macro lens. I think macro images will serve my needs and interests better than a huge wildlife lens that is not very sharp.I have used extension tubes and like the results with my Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens. But Auto focus does not work. Right away I could tell the difference in a 1:1 macro lens. Some say the autofocus is slow, but I think it is just fine for my nature photography purposes.You do however need a tripod or monopod if you want to keep the images as sharp as possible when shooting fine detail macro images, such as my hover fly praying image below.The lens may be better for hand held photos if it had Image Stabilization (reason 4 rating). But I am highly critical of my photos and expect super sharp images. So I find it works best when using something to stabilize, especially at low ISO settings (lower than 200).The price was very good, as I bought this with a $50 rebate. The lens seems to be well built and produces good results. I think in time I will get some really good images with this lens. overall I think it was a good investment based on my experience.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Best Lens

      By Clarence Beeks

      from switzerland

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

        If you are looking for a stunning macro lens. This is the one to go! Fantastic sharpness and great bokeh. I also use it for portraits. It's may not the fastest focus on planet but really sharp!

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        4.0

        Great quality for the price

        By MG

        from Melbourne, FL

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Macro

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light
        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

        I really liked the product. The price is also really good. It is a good alternative for canon lenses. I would like to buy Tamron again. THe auto focus is not really good but since you want to take macro shots you will not really use it.

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        5.0

        Macro Extreme

        By Athoskat

        from Sparks,NV

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

          Super fine Macro lens. It gives you good working distance.

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          4.0

          Macro Lens -- good value

          By Holly

          from Burlington WI

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

          little heavy - otherwise nice.

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          5.0

          Perfect for my needs

          By wpl

          from New Mexico

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          Pros

          • Good Image quality
          • Large working distance

          Cons

          • None for my application

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

          I got this lens because I needed a large working distance to accommodate a lighting system that I am developing for photographing coins. Because I wanted to do computer simulations of the lighting and imaging, I needed to make some measurements on the lens. I found that, at a magnification of 2/3 (1:1.5), the principal planes are both near the front element and the actual focal length is 130 mm. Also, I found that the entrance pupil is located 400 mm downstream of the image plane. Since the distance from the object to the entrance pupil is much larger than the object size, we should get nearly perspective-free imaging from this lens (is this good or bad?). The pupillary magnification of this lens has a very low value of 0.16. At an aperture setting of f/8, the effective aperture is f/14. I am still trying to understand the meaning of all this but it is clear that internal-focusing macro lenses have unusual properties. The focal length at 1:1 magnification is 96 mm but I have no other measurements for this magnification. (Of course, my numbers are not guaranteed and subject to revision.)

          For flat objects, auto focus works well but I normally use manual focusing. The focusing ring turns smoothly but is somewhat sensitive at large magnifications. I like to fix the magnification and focus by moving the camera up and down on the copy stand. I have a 1-mm-pitch lead screw (not rack and pinion) focusing slide that does not drift downward from the camera weight. Using live view (on camera or tethered), manual focusing works well, although a slightly larger pitch on the lead screw would be preferable.

          Image quality is very good. It is much superior to the 135 mm enlarging lenses and the 135 mm Topcor bellows lens that I had been using. The image quality is similar to that of the Canon 100 mm macro lens that I rented recently (I liked that lens but it did not have enough working distance). I really like the high-contrast look of the Tamron 180 (and Canon 100) images. The best aperture is about f/8. At apertures smaller than f/11, image quality begins to suffer and is very bad at f/32 (I know the depth of field is larger but it is hard to believe that this aperture could ever be useful).

          I am very pleased with this lens since it provides good working distance with good image quality. I just wish lens manufacturers provided detailed information on the optics so I don't have to measure it for myself (especially since this is hard to do without having the lens in hand).

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          4.0

          Cranky Autofocus but Beautiful results

          By Chrispy

          from Grand Ledge, Mi

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Price

          Cons

          • AF Loud
          • No focus limiter
          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

          Great Macro Lens. AF is slow and Loud. No Focus Limited Makes for potential focus hunting. All conjecture about the Auto-focus is a moot point if you focus manually. Can be hand held with lots of light (ie ambient sunlight, flash or both). All in all completely comfortable with having purchased Tamron over the other 180mm options.

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          5.0

          Finally!

          By Ambling Barb

          from Saugerties, NY

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Clear textured images
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • A little Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

          I've only had my new lens for about a week, and I'm already having a great time with it. It's great for beautiful, up-close, textured macro photos and also brings sunrises to a new perspective. I've been waiting to get this lens for a looonnnggg time - it was worth the wait!

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          5.0

          Outstanding product and price

          By Buster6X6

          from London Ontario CANADA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

            After researching the net for several weeks. it made sense what people were saying in different forums about this lens. It does 1:1 with ease. because of the focal range you don't have to get to close to squeamish critter. Some complaints were that AF was not working fast enough. I found if you set your distance close enough it works perfectly .

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            5.0

            Best MACRO lens out there

            By MACROKING

            from Los Angeles, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Slow Focus

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

            I did my research before buying this lens. I was about to spend a $1000 more for a Canon 180mm macro, when I came across a professional site focused on macro photography. Side by side comparison of photos taken with a Canon, and Tamron lens was extremely close. Normally, I would only by Canon lens to go with my Canon camera, but with the image quality of Tamron being in par, and at times better than the Canon lens, I just had to go for quality. And in the process, I saved close to $1000 which went toward a telephoto lens from Canon :) (sorry Tamron, Canon still makes the best telephoto lenses).
            I was even able to take some nice photos of some pet birds using this lens. I was really surprised by the very good focus, color, and amount of detail. Initially, I thought all I will use this lens for would be flowers and some insects, but was I in for a surprise...This lens is great for almost anything in the 180mm range.

            The only negative drawback is the noisy auto focus feature. It is VERY LOUD, it can scare anything away that is not a flower. But since most macro users use manual focus anyways, this problem can be overlooked.

            Another annoying thing about the lens is changing between manual and auto focus. It is a bid hard to change (also loud).

            But if you are planning on staying in manual mode...it is the perfect Macro lens.

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            5.0

            Extremely sharp telephoto macro lens

            By bgrand

            from New York, NY

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Extremely Sharp
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Slow Focus

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography

            Comments about Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

            The Tamron 180mm macro lens is a solidly built, extremely sharp telephoto macro. Picture quality is probably the highest I've seen outside of Canon L or Zeiss ZE glass. Razor sharp center sharpness on a full frame sensor extends to the corners, particularly in the sweet spot of f/8 to f/16. Bokeh is smooth and nicely defocused, with some CA along high contrast edges. AF is slow and tends to hunt with distant subjects — I use MF and stick to macro, where this lens shines. For half the price of the Canon 180mm L, this lens offers extraordinary optical quality and value.

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            5.0

            An excellent macro lens!

            By Asher

            from Tel-Aviv, Israel

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • No Image Stabilization
            • Slow Focus

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

            Very sharp images and ease of use!
            The lens is extremely good because of its focal length, when you can not approach the object too much as it may fly or run away

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            4.0

            Very good lens for it's price

            By Rjj

            from UK

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Sharp alternative

            Cons

            • Lens Creep
            • Slow Focus

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography

            Comments about Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

            Very sharp lens with good lens mount. If you use AF more will get disappointed.

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            4.0

            Works like it should

            By hemipteran

            from michigan

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easily Interchangeable

            Cons

            • Heavy
            • Slow Focus

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

            New to macro photography but this lens is great for it. Awesome clarity and great color contrast. If you have a tripod and/or a good light source, you should get great shots. Good working distance for arthropods. Haven't used it much for portraits yet.

            AF loud and slow, but I think MF would work better for macro anyways. A little heavy but hasn't been a problem for me.

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            4.0

            Great Lens

            By awilder

            from Atlanta, GA USA

            About Me Pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Slow Focus

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography

            Comments about Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

            Great macro lens. You can see lots of images I use this lens on at [@] The only thing I don't like about it is that it is slow to focus on AF. Other than that it a wonderful lens. I like using it over my Canon EF "L" lenses. Great price as well.

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            5.0

            Fantastic IQ, slow but accurate AF

            By BOTW

            from Maryland

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Slow Focus

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography

            Comments about Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

            I use this on both my 5D2 and 40D. I get very accurate AF but it is fairly slow. Because there is no focus limiter, it can take a whiile to rack back and forth. In bright light, I found it tracked well in AI servo.

            I primarily use this as a Macro lens, however, where I usually manually focus. I have been very, very happy with the image quality of this lens and use it much more than my Canon 100 macro.

            I'm very happy with this lens.

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