Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM
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Value for money 6
Overall quality 10
Did Somebody Say Bokeh?
7 October 2010
Conclusion: I still hold firm that amongst all of the other L lenses and sharp primes I've owned, this is the sharpest lens I've ever used. The image quality is incredible and the background blur this lens gives pictures is second to none. Sure the focusing is a bit slow, but if you use the focus limiter it becomes bearable rather quickly. Even then, don't expect to pan on anything as it generally won't keep up.
Pros: build quality, image quality, bokeh quality
Cons: quite slow to focus, a bit pricey, does come with 72c adapter for the macro flashes
Conclusion: i use this lens for macro photography, excellent lens for macro photography, specially when need to shoot from a distance. as it is a classical macro lens, needs tripod for macro shooting, manual focusing is also required. i bought new 100mm IS macro lens for hand held macro photography, but that can not replace 180mm macro.
Pros: sharp, excellent macro function, good color reproduction
Summary: I used this lens to take photos of flowers and insects in local gardens. Clarity is incredible. The lens is heavy, and a tripod and flash make a huge difference. The depth of field can be very shallow so take more than one photo! I also used the remote camera cable so I wouldn't shake the camera.
Pros: Consistent Output, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction
Summary: On receiving this lens, the first thing that struck me was the build quality. The lens weighs a fair bit and the focus ring moves smoothly and firmly. It feels like a quality product and you don't notice the weight while using it and the tripod ring provides a useful handle too. I use it with a Canon 1Ds MkIII and 40D for Macro shots, mainly plants and insects. On a couple of occasions, I have used it as a telephoto lens.
Summary: This lens is great for its purpose but you can achieve results just as sharp with the canon 100mm macro which is not an L series lens. The advantage of this lens compared to the 100mm is a greater working distance from subject and It blurs the background a little better. Disadvantage compared to 100mm is that it is heavier and the subject tends to be a little more difficult to focus. If your not a serious nature photographer save your money and purchase the 100mm.
Summary: I bought this lens this spring because I was being allowed to photograph an award-winning garden in Switzerland, and I wanted an excellent macro. This one did not disappoint. In one shot, I was able to catch a bee hovering above an iris, which may be one of the best photos I've ever taken.
Conclusion: This was my second Canon lens. I was surprised and disappointed at how slow the auto focus was on it compared to my EF300/2.8L IS. Sure, I know "real" macro photographers always focus manually anyhow. Still I was disappointed. I have no regrets about the lens however. For some unusual fun, I mounted the EF1.4X teleconverter and two extension tubes on it and photographed a cranefly at high magnification.
Pros: Working distance and high quality of images. Removable mounting foot for hand holding, but . . .
Cons: I sure wish it was an IS lens! Slow to focus too.