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Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM AutoFocus Telephoto Lens - USA

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About Canon 180mm F/3.5L

Another telephoto macro lens with a maximum magnification of 1x. Life-size close-ups can be taken from a farther distance without disturbing the subject (insects, etc.). The internal floating system minimizes fluctuations in aberrations caused by changes in the focusing distance. Optical performance is outstanding from 1x to infinity.

The Canon 180mm F/3.5L is commonly used for Macro photography, Wildlife and more.The Canon 180mm F/3.5L is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Enthusiast among others.The Canon 180mm F/3.5L is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon 180mm F/3.5L: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice bokeh, Rugged and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Strong construction (12),Consistent output (9),Rugged (8),Fast / accurate auto-focus (7),Superior build quality (6),Super-sharp images (6),Durable (6),Easily interchangeable (6),Nice bokeh (4)
Heavy (8),Slow focus (6),Slow auto-focus (3)
Best Uses:
Macro photography (8),Wildlife (4),Landscape/scenery (3),Wildlife photos (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (5),Semi-professional (3)

Canon 180mm F/3.5L Specifications

12 groups /14 elements
Angle of view
13° 30'
F stop range
Closest Focusing Distance
0.48m / 1.6 ft.
Maximum Magnification
Filter Size
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
7.3" x 3.2" / 186.6 x 82.5mm
2.4 lbs./ 1,090g

Canon 180mm F/3.5L Reviews

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(based on 24 reviews)


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Macro Up Close From A Distance

My long working distance Macro out of three other Canon Macro lenses. The lens is relatively expensive and heavy, but how could it be anything else and have the feel and the quality output. The 180 is as near to perfection, at its working distance, as is possible to be. Canon has done it again. As they say a picture is worth a thousand words!

Reviewed by 24 customers




from Undisclosed

Of course, macro is always with tripod or also with some focus adjuster. When this is heald steadily, images come up amazing. Again, you should balance depth of field with speed according to what the light allows!

(11 of 15 customers found this review helpful)


Love it


from Herndon, VA

I bought this lens to focus on macro photography. I am not a professional photographer but I wanted my pictures look great. I saw one of the reviews saying it doesn't have this and that, its all written in specs and wonder why it was purchased. Any ways, I got great shots of flowers and butterflies. When I compared my shots with the professional photos, some of them are on par with them :-) (not bragging, it is true). Yes! it is heavy on CC and to hold as well, but I learned to use it without tripod for portraits. I don't think I would use any other lens for portraits except this. Once; I removed the tripod ring and had hard time to fix it. Then I realized I had to align the red dot same way as aligning red dot when changing the lens. Only the bad part is - all the compliments go to the lens than to the photographer, that makes me feel jealous :-)


I'm in love


from oakdale, ny  -  Casual Photographer

I love this lens. I already own the Canon 100mm macro lens and the picture quality is superb. I can say no different about this lens. First the obvious, it is more "far reaching" than the 100mm and in times when you can't physically bridge the distance between you and the subject, this lens fits the bill. Focusing time is about the same between these two lenses, but when I am doing macro photography I 50% manually focus anyway. Pictures are crisp and clear. Before I received this lens as a gift I had been debating between cheaper manufacturers ($749) and the Canon ([$]). With such a wide difference btw the price I set out to view pictures submitted by users of both. At the end I had clearly decided in favor of the canon and decided to save up for the better of the two. Luckily I than got it as a gift from the Bf and didn't have to wait. :-)


Great Glass


from Milton, VT  -  Photo Enthusiast

I have both the Canon 100 and 180 macro. The 180 is an excellent lens, especially for any macro subject that stays still, e.g. flowers, or resting insects. The 180 macro allows me to be further away from Butterflies and Dragonflies so that they won't be spooked. My only downside, which is not the lens fault, is that Canon didn't make it an IS lens as well. Maybe someday. I would absoluetly recommend this lens.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Great Lens


from Long Island New York

Very pleased with this lens, sharp images, easy to use. The lens is a bit heavy and is more suited for use with a tripod, slow to focus, but that isn't an issue for me. Over all very happy with lens.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


EF 180 Macro


from Raleigh, NC

Heavy and the auto focus does not work well with macro in low light-USE THE MANUAL FOCUS! This lens takes beautiful pictures and will get a lot of use. The macro photos are really something else with this lens and it doubles as a telephoto lens. Either way, the photos are incredible. It is a little pricey, but the quality makes it worthwhile. If you want IS and to take hand held shots get another lens. A monopod comes in handy, if fact, you may consider a tripod that has a removable monopod. Once again, fantastic photos!


Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM AutoFocu


from Sonoma, Ca  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is a great Macro. Purchase this ONLY if you are going to do a lot of serious Macro work. If you are not sure, get a few close up lenses to play with before you invest in this lens. It is expensive to just sit on the shelf after a few months of using it. The auto-focusing is easy enough, but you'll need to use manual to get just what you want when using the Macro function, a bit difficult for us with poorer eyesight. In spite of that I manage to get some great photos among my many pictures. The depth of field is shallower than other types of lenses, even at the smaller apertures, so spend the time to focus on what is your main subject of interest. The Bokah is pretty good and allows you to set the focus on your point of interest instead of the background. It is not a light lens and I recommend a sling style strap for carrying it on your camera around in the field. The 180mm works great for outdoor close ups as well as portraits. You can get a bit further away from the subject and be less conspicuous for taking portraits and snapshots of people in crowds. A monopod works great for the landscape shots, but when you start into the Macro shots, a good tripod is a must. Also, get a good light ring, as the light gathering at high magnifications is slow, it takes forever and your subject may move or may fly away. The depth of field is too shallow to hand hold at any great magnification. This is a great lens and has great potential for great photos for those willing to invest the time.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great lens


from York, Pa  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I'm blessed to live within 2 hrs drive of about 20 of the top horticultural gardens in the country. This lens allows me to get the shot without getting too close that I either cast a shadowon my subject, scare it away, (if it's a bug), or step into areas that are to be protected. Having a greater working distance also give you room to use lighting or reflectors.

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)


Best macro lens ever


from Portland, OR

Stunning clarity and detail. I can't say it enough - the detail is simply staggering. Super sharp! It will exceed your expectations. Bokeh is mind bendingly creamy. Simply put, the finest macro lens I have ever had the chance to work with and almost the best lens I have ever worked with (and I've shot everything from 35mm to 4x5). Do yourself a favor and invest in this lens. Prepare to be blown away!

(21 of 22 customers found this review helpful)


Did Somebody Say Bokeh?


from Jacksonville, FL

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. That said, if your subject is small and you are unable to get too close, this lens is PERFECT for the job.


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
RAUL H  Great for macro photography.
gloria d  what settings do u use with the t2i canon camera and the 180 f/3.a5 macro?
JAMES W  I don't have the t2i, but that doesn't matter. I typicaly use aperture priority for close up shooting. That way I can control what part of my subject is in focus and be sure the background is out of focus. Good luck with your pictures.
PHILLIP S  What is the closest focus distance when using the Canon 1.4 extender?
JOSEPH S  Take a good look at the sigma 180mm f2.8 macr Pro it received excellent revues snd its a 2.8 lens at a more attractive price. Google it. Regards Joel
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