Excerpt: 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
Excerpt: 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...
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Rugged, Strong Construction
Summary: For macro this is incredible, with a couple of caveats... No IS so handheld is near impossible for macro, and you really need to manual focus for macro as the autofocus just isn't accurate or hunts a bit too much. When you're in focus on a tripod though, the bokeh is "unfreakinbelievable"! (new word).
Excerpt: This lens is a real macro work horse. The working range that it allows me is phenomenal and the creatures that I shoot are appreciative as well! The clarity and sharpness of the lens are truly professional in quality. I have heard others say it is a slow focusing lens. As a telephoto lens it is, but I bought it for macro work not for shooting birds in flight. I highly recommend this lens for any serious macro photographer.
Excerpt: Excellent lens, allows you to take photos of insects without scaring them away by being too close.Sharp with excellent bokeh.My only complaint is that the autofocus is slow, but this is not a big problem. That is the only reason I gave it 4 stars.
Excerpt: This lens offers wonderful sharpness, lovely color rendition and fantastic bokeh (due to its longer 180mm focal length, the DOF is very small). However, its strongest feature for the macro photographer is the greater "working distance" is hugely advantageous when photographing living subjects in the field (eg. insects). This lens is also fantastic for portraiture. The only drawback is the lack of IS, but this ens is by far better used on a tripod.
Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I have owned the EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro, the EF 100mm f/2.8 "L" IS Macro, and now I have the EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro.Having experienced all 3 lenses, I would say the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS is the best value for the money. If you are a hobbyist, or enthusiast, I would say the smaller 100mm "L" lens is more "handholdable'--and will produce the most consistently-excellent photos for you, just "snap-shotting," no question.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I use this lens for macro only and it is very sharp.This is the second macro lens that i have recently bought i got the sigma 150 2.8 first and it wasn't as sharp as the canon.I am not happy with the recent price increases on canon lenses this lens cost twice as much as the sigma.I wish it had image stabilazation. Solid well built lens.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction