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8.7 out of 10

Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM

Another telephoto macro lens with a maximum magnification of 1x. Read more

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

SLR Lens and Camera Reviews
6 June 2009
  • Summary: Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM is a pretty solid lens. Image performance is pretty good, although not necessarily unique among telephoto lenses. The much cheaper Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM can easily match its longer, more expensive brethren in this area. The lens shows good handling of color fringing, practically non-existent distortion, excellent build quality, semi-decent handling of vignetting. The only glaring weakness is the AF system, which is just too slow.
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REVIEW: Canon EF 180mm L Macro

photodo
14 July 2008
  • Conclusion: A lens that is obviously built to last a lifetime of hard work is the way I would describe this optic although the robustness leaves it looking a little chunky. It possibly goes some way to warranting the price, which is high. Optical output is at the high end of good for the type, although it is not outstanding. I would like to see Canon develop a quick release mechanism for their tripod collars to make hand holding a little more comfortable.
  • Pros: Superb build quality., Good optical quality, Good contrast and colour with no distortion
  • Cons: A little heavy., Trapped tripod collar (when on camera), Price
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Expert Review

photo.net
19 April 2008
  • Excerpt: This is an expensive high-quality lens that focusses continuously down to 1:1 (i.e., you can take a picture of something that is 24x36mm in size, the dimensions of the standard 35mm frame). The lens has an ultrasonic motor that allows manual focusing even in AF mode. However, I found that the brand new lens I borrowed from my friend Rob was not able to reliably AF at all, even at normal distances of 10-12 feet. It worked great as a manual focus lens, though.
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Overall 10
10

Canon EF 180mm f/3.5 L USM Macro Lens

The Digital Picture
18 September 2007
  • Excerpt: The Canon EF 180mm f/3.5 L USM Macro Lens is Canon's longest macro lens . This lens offers the longest 1:1 macro working distance of any Canon lens and produces a beautifully smooth out of focus background . Another distinction the 180 L has is that it is currently the Canon's longest and heaviest black lens. This is an L lens , so addictingly excellent build quality comes along with this weight.
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Overall 8
8.0

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

ePHOTOzine
21 June 2012
  • Excerpt: The Canon EF 180mm f/3.5 L Macro USM is a telephoto macro lens which sports an ultrasonic focusing motor, internal focusing and a removable tripod collar and costs around £1249.
  • Pros: Good build quality, Excellent optics, Low falloff, Low CA, Low distortion
  • Cons: Foot on tripod collar may be too short to use with pro bodies, No hood supplied as standard, Price versus performance doesn't add up
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Overall 8
7.7
Value for money 6
6.0
Overall quality 7
7.0
Build quality 10
10

Canon EF 180mm f/3.5 L USM macro - Review / Test Report

photozone.de
10 October 2006
  • Conclusion: The Canon EF 180mm f/3.5 USM L macro is an interesting lens with a very good optical performance and exceptional mechanical qualities. Nonetheless the lens wasn't really able to fulfill the high expectations associated with a Canon L grade lens - there're even some zoom lenses performing better in terms of resolution.
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Canon EF 180mm L Macro

ePHOTOzine
4 July 2006
  • Summary: A lens that is obviously built to last a lifetime of hard work is the way I would describe this optic although the robustness leaves it looking a little chunky. It possibly goes some way to warranting the price, which is high. Optical output is at the high end of good for the type, although it is not outstanding.
  • Pros: Superb build quality., Good optical quality, Good contrast and colour with no distortion
  • Cons: A little heavy., Trapped tripod collar (when on camera), Price
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