Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM
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Slow Focus - Really Slow Focus
ejkosinski, B&H Photo
29 July 2010
Excerpt: 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.
Conclusion: for having spent this much money i would think that an image stabilizer should be a built in feature. by not having one shooting without a tripod is not recommended. it also autofocuses painfully slow and the manual focus is soso at best. for Macro MF is generally the recommended approach. however this lens does lend itself to a bit further away shots than macro only i am not sure why it was adorned with the red band. certainly in my opinion not deserving.
Cons: Semi-sharp images, Slow auto-focus, no is, mf is not all that great
Summary: Especially in the Canon line up. Buy the 70-200 F/2.8L at similar price or F/2.8L IS at a bit more, and get a few extension tube (you can get a set of 3 Kenko extension tube for around $170 at 12mm, 20mm and 36mm), you will get a fantastic zoom telephoto lens and a far more versatile package. With the 70-200mm zoom lens, you get all the focal length not just the 180mm.
Conclusion: This is a fantastic lens if you photograph 'garden' wildlife like insects and so on, because a long macro lens gives you more working distance with high magnification. It is very well built, and has a very nice balance on a pro body, but the benefit for me kind of stops here. My biggest disappointment with this lens is its lack of absolute sharpness when closed all the way down (ie f32 @nearest) since depth of field diminishes very quickly as you get closer to the...
Summary: Das wohl teuerste Makro, was sich in meinem Objektivpark befindet. Das Canon EF 180mm 3.5 L USM. Es ist mit 180 mm Brennweite das Längste Makro aus Canons Produktion. Da es sich um ein Objektiv der L-Serie handelt, darf man gehobene Qualität erwarten, was die Verarbeitung und Abbildungsleistung betrifft.