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Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM 35mm Primes

4.86 star rating
                      4.86 / 5 (7 Reviews)
MSRP : $2590.00


  • Camera Format35 mm SLR
    Lens TypeFixed Focal Length Lens
    Focal Length180mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/3.5
    Min Aperturef/32
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Macro LensWith Macro Lens
    Macro Magnificationx 1
    Closest Focusing Distance19.2 in
    Picture Angle11 degrees
    Attachment / Filter Size72 mm
    Groups / Elements14 Elements in 12 Groups
    Diameter3.2 in
    Length7.3 in
    Weight38.4 oz
    MPN2539a007
    Product ID20724802

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by thomas m a Professional from long beach ca. u.s.a

Date Reviewed: August 7, 2002

Strengths:    extremely sharp!sharp!sharp! reproduces colors well, compatible with ef 1.4x & 2x extender. nice tripod collar, well built

Weaknesses:    none that i could find, some would say the slow autofocus,but as i said above ,who needs fast autofocus on a macro.

Bottom Line:   
before i purchased this lens,i checked out the mtf graph on it ,it looked great,i then read all the reviews on this site about it,they were all positive reviews. so i bought it. this beautiful piece of glass way exceeded my expectations, this lens is razor sharp!!!its stunning. its got to be one of the sharpest L lenses in the lineup.its just as sharp at infinity as it is at closest focusing ditance, exremely sharp even wide open ,even with the 2x extender attached its extremely sharp. below youll hear about its slow autofocus, yes its true, autofocus is slow on this lens ,thats cool though ,no need for fast autofocus on a macro anyway ,it reproduces colors very accuratly ,its got a nice tripod collar, a nice lens hood as well, i purchased this lens for macro work ,but as it turns out 80% of the images i make with this lens are landscape/cityscape images. i have the 28-70L and the 70-200 L both awsome lenses ,but when i want exremely sharp images and breathtaking detail its the 180 macro that i put on my 1V, speaking of 1v this lens balances nicely on it if the PBE2 is attached, but this lens is best at home

mounted to a tripod, being that focus is so shallow/critical. if its extreme sharpness and detail you want ,and exellent color reproduction as well this lens is for you, dont mind the $1400.00 youll shell out ,youll forget all about that as soon as you get your first import or roll back.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   cameraworld

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Guclu Atamer a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: June 30, 2002

Strengths:    Life size image . USM silent focus motor . Very sharp , excellent build quality .

Weaknesses:    A little bit slow focusing but probably you won't need that speed .

Bottom Line:   
The best macro lense on the market .

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Similar Products Used:   Canon EF 100mm Macro f/2.8 USM

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by In_His_Image a Intermediate from Ohio

Date Reviewed: March 28, 2002

Strengths:    Life size image is definately a plus. USM is very quiet when in AF. Very sharp images. When coupled with the 1v, the 45 point AF is a deadly combo. Very durable.

Weaknesses:    Heavy.

Bottom Line:   
The first time I used this lens, I fell in love. I'm not sure why the other reviews say the focusing is slow. Mine is very fast and quiet. I don't use the AF when doing macro work though.

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $935.00

Purchased At:   Midwest Photo

Similar Products Used:   100mm macro
sigma 105mm
300mm USM
28-135 IS


Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by vega16valve a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: September 24, 2001

Strengths:    Internal focus,long focal length,build guality .

Weaknesses:    slow autofocus when set to full range

Bottom Line:   
Very sharp lens even wide open.Autofocus is very slow when set to the full range,but not bad when set to 1.5m to infinity.The long focal length is very usefull as is the tripod ring.Internal focusing is great this lens is a very good performer.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   B&H

Similar Products Used:   tamron 90mm macro

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by chris calabro a Intermediate from topsfield

Date Reviewed: March 26, 2001

Strengths:    quality build, 1:1 macro


Weaknesses:    slooow autofocus

Bottom Line:   
Great sharp lens which when used exclusively in macro work. Any attempt to use this as a mid range telephoto would be difficult due to the terribly slow autofocus

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Similar Products Used:   Canon 100 USM macro
Nikon 105 Micro


Type of photography:   Outdoor



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