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The Canon EF 180 f3.5 is a telephoto macro lens with a maximum magnification of 1x. Macro life-size close-ups can be taken from a farther distance without disturbing the subject (birds, insects etc). The Canon internal floating system minimises fluctuations in aberrations caused by changes in the focusing distance ensuring razor-sharp delineation from 1x to infinity. More
Telephoto macro lens
The EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM is a telephoto macro lens which offers a maximum magnification of 1.0x. Life-size close-ups can be taken from further away, and at less risk of disturbing the subject (ideal for insects and other wildlife). The internal floating focusing system minimizes fluctuations in aberrations caused by changes in focusing distance. This ensures the lens is razor sharp from 1.0x to infinity.
Incorporates Canon’s highest standards of precision engineering and optical superiority. The L-series is Canon’s flagship professional lens range, combining outstanding image definition and ultimate performance with all-weather construction to prevent dust and moisture ingress.
Ring USM auto focus with manual override
Canon’s ring USM auto focus system employs ultra-sonic frequency vibrations for fast, accurate and virtually silent operation. Full-time manual focus override, via a large ring that does not move during auto focus, allows photographers to fine-tune focusing instantly.
Super Spectra coating
Super Spectra coatings help ensure accurate colour balance and high contrast, while suppressing flare and ghosting by absorbing stray light that might be reflected off internal lens elements and image sensor.
The lens comes supplied with a lens hood and a soft case.
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Canon EF 180mm f3.5 L USM Macro
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Comments about Canon EF 180mm f3.5 L USM Macro Lens:
The format conversion factor of the Eos 600D that this lens is used with is 1.6, giving an equivalent focal length if it were on a 35mm film camera of close on 300mm and, since the ISO can be tweaked up to 3200 and maybe more without showing too much noise (with the noise reducer activated), this makes for a good all-round general purpose telephoto but without the seriously scary price tag, bulk and weight of the larger aperture 300s or even bigger 400s and 600s. The bonus is that this is available in a lens that focuses down to about a couple of feet – 0.48 or 1.5m depending on the position of a small switch on the lens barrel - and allows 1:1 image magnification. All black with red bands, rather than the almost ubiquitous Canon telephoto cream livery, it looks as mean as a stealth fighter and smarter than a Hugo Boss three piece.Kept on the camera, it can be grabbed ready to go off the window sill when you want to photograph the blue 'appurtanences' [word not allowed] on the bird feeder ten feet away and also when you spot, say, a bumble bee in the floral border, when it will give you pretty decent images from close up – but unlike shorter macro lenses, not so close that you disturb the insect. For that you pay more than the price of an ordinary 300 of modest aperture – an f4.5 say - although some of them are not that far behind: it seems to depend on the presence or otherwise of anti-shake devices, glass types and different USMs or what have you. The 'macro' setting available on the camera, which allows most if not all lenses to get closer than would otherwise be expected – just not as close from as far away – should be considered when deciding what to buy; if you don't go in for it much, you don't need a dedicated macro lens.Recalling the time needed to set up the likes of a normal 50, 80 or 100 mm lens on a set of bellows, mount them on the camera, add a double cable release and check its calibration, almost always also mount a pair of flashguns left and right or a ring flash in order to get some depth of field on the wildlife photographer's film of choice, Kodachrome 25 P, do the inverse-square maths for the fall-off according to the extension, clap the lot on a tripod and get the entire structure sneaked close up on the busy insect without disturbing it, a lens like this allows good photography to be undertaken at any time, without necessarily having to mount a fairly significant expedition that makes your back lawn look like the Kalahari.True, Canon did have the 200mm macro back in the day and, for the really keen, the 200mm medical with its built in ring flash (or was that a Nikkor? – perhaps they did one each) but as a professional photographer at the time, I simply could not afford such tools. Now that I'm not, I can, and although I just dabble these days, the convenience makes it all the more enjoyable. The weight saved is not without its benefits, as years of hanging a heavy bag off one shoulder means the lumbar vertebrae are now simultaneously crumbling, fusing, trapping nerves and throwing discs with joyful abandon. This lens, while noticeably lighter than something around the same size from years gone by, balances very well on the 600D and the tripod collar makes for a good grip, allowing easy shooting hand-held, which makes it an excellent insect-hunting lens, for example. In fact I tried it on a monopod and mostly prefer it without.Naturally a lens this long, especially when racked out to its closest, has very little depth of field – you might want to consider the 100mm - and needs as much stop as you can give it, which is where the high-end ISO settings come in. One of the autofocus settings on the camera is faster than me [others are far too slow for 'hunting'] but is not always completely reliable, using sometimes just one or two of 9 autofocus points shown in the viewfinder to focus on the closest object. Unfortunately this can mean a twig or leaf and not the insect or bird just beyond it, which will almost always be far enough outside the shallow zone of sharp focus to be fuzzy. You can use the manual focusing ring for final adjustment, even when the lens is set to autofocus, but when you're aiming at a bird flying up to the peanut feeder… well nobody's that fast, so it should be back to the old fashioned manual pre-focus and wait technique. For that, a tripod would be advisable.It comes with its own lens case, a nylon and other synthetics semi-padded tough looking thing with a reinforced base, long deep twin-zippered opening, a rather thin shoulder strap and a hefty belt loop on the back that I can only imagine would be used to hang it off a rucksack since this much weight on the belt would result in a trouser falling incident. While it is a seriously smart looking piece of kit, as with all lens cases it seems only good for storage, as in everyday practical use the lens would be carried in the gadget bag.Niggles: just one. The lens hood bayonet flanges on the lens are very thin and the slots on the hood are correspondingly narrow and the fit is too tight, so it is possible to mount the hood misaligned by wedging it at a slight angle. Although the instructions say you shouldn't, getting a grip on the far end of the hood rather than its base provides more leverage to overcome the tightness of fit and get the thing in its proper place. An application of something oily, greasy or maybe graphite in this close proximity to the front element might help fit the hood but is not recommended for obvious reasons. And anyway, for this much money, you shouldn't even have to think about that. No doubt it will free up with use and some damage to the hood's slots has already been sustained in attempts to get the thing on – although a long way from being loose, it's not so tight these days.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Best lens in my kit bag.
By jel 1969
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Bought this as an upgrade from the 100mm, wish I'd done it long ago. Worth every penny.
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Expensive but well built, and so sharp.
This lens keeps you at a reasonable working distance from butterflies and other insects so even I can fill the frame without frightening my subjects off. It is very sharp at F3.5 so I can hand hold in low morning light when the subjects are less flighty and the light is most flattering.
(17 of 19 customers found this review helpful)
Best macro lens I've ever had
from Prague, Czech Republic
I love this lens. It opens up a whole new world of the small/tiny! With its 1:1 ratio you can literally fill your sensor life-size. Although the auto-focus works just fine, focusing is often best done manually. This is because depths of field can be extremely shallow and you'll want to be choosy about which parts of your image are sharp. This can be quite a tricky process because the movements are so tiny. But at the same time, it's this precision in operation of this lens that you'll enjoy.For live subjects, the 180mm means you can fill your sensor without getting too close to your subject. This is an indispensable feature in my opinion.Another real bonus is that this lens makes a fantastic long portrait lens. Great for candid shots etc and extremely sharp as it's a prime.Enjoy!
Included Accessories: Tripod collar
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