Tamron SP 180mm f/3.5 Di Macro LD-IF Autofocus Telephoto Lens for Canon EOS

Tamron

About Tamron 180mm F/3.5

Di: Digitally Integrated Design, is a designation Tamron puts on lenses featuring optical systems designed to meet the performance characteristics of digital SLR cameras. This lens employs an IF (Internal Focusing) system that maintains the overall length of the lens during focusing. Uses two LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements that effectively compensate for chromatic aberration. Provides high-contrast, outstanding image quality and a soft out-of-focus background effect. Incorporates an AF/MF one touch switchover mechanism built into the focus ring(for Canon & Nikon only). Super performance series provides high performance through outstanding design specifications. Features the new FEC (Filter Effect Control) function that enhances operational ease of Polarizing Filter use. The new Filter Effect Control is designed to rotate the filter to the desired position while the hood is attached. This is accomplished by turning the FEC ring that in turn rotates the portion of the filter mount where the filter is mounted.

One reason why the Tamron 180mm F/3.5 is popular is because of its Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Consistent output (16),Strong construction (15),Easily interchangeable (13),Durable (12),Fast / accurate auto-focus (12),Nice bokeh (10),Rugged (10),Lightweight (7)
Cons:
Heavy (9),Slow focus (7)
Best Uses:
Macro photography (14),Wildlife photos (5),Landscape/scenery (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (9),Semi-pro photographer (4),Enthusiast (3),Pro photographer (3)

Tamron 180mm F/3.5 Specifications

Construction
11 Groups/ 14 Elements
Angle of view
14°
Closest Focusing Distance
0.47m (18.5")
Maximum Magnification
1:1
Filter Size
72mm
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
6.5" x 3.3" (165.7 x 84.8mm)
Weight
32.5oz. (920gm)

Tamron 180mm F/3.5 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.4

(based on 22 reviews)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Quality Macro Lens for a Great

I use this lens to photograph flowers and plant details in the field and in the studio. It has many uses when a macro lens is needed to isolate detail. I like the longer focal length especially when using in the field and the subject is not easily accessible. Surprisingly, I prefer to use it in my studio more than my Canon 100 macro lens because of the more convenient working distance and the ease to rotate the lens and camera in the mounting collar. That allows one to switch quickly from ver...

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I use this lens to photograph flowers and plant details in the field and in the studio. It has many uses when a macro lens is needed to isolate detail. I like the longer focal length especially when using in the field and the subject is not easily accessible. Surprisingly, I prefer to use it in my studio more than my Canon 100 macro lens because of the more convenient working distance and the ease to rotate the lens and camera in the mounting collar. That allows one to switch quickly from vertical to horizontal format without detaching the camera from the tripod. I found it to be sharp through out the available f/stop range from the center to the edges. The price can't be beat and the quality of construction is as expected for a high quality lens. I really like the filter ring rotating collar feature that I wish other of my lenses had. It allows one to easily rotate the filter without having to try to turn the filter with the lens hood inplace. That is a great feature when using a graduated neutral density or polarizing filter. The light weight is very much appreciated when I am carrying equpment in the field. I also like the quick sliding collar that switches from auto to manual focus rather than a small slide switch that I never can easily find. You can't go wrong buying this product. It is a winner as much as their 24-75 mm APO f/2.8 lens.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Didn't work with Canon 10D

I bought this a couple of years ago and it wouldn't work with the Canon 10D. [...] I have many other lenses [...] and they work fine with my 10D.

Reviewed by 22 customers

 
4.0

Awesome manual focus macro lens

By

from Morristown, Tennessee  -  Photo Enthusiast

The 180mm focal length is perfect for small moving subjects because you're far enough away with this lens not to bother them. The image quality like most macro lenses is outstanding. The sharpness of the lens is impressive even wide open a f/3.5. The tripod collar makes using the lens easy but rotating the collar is difficult. You have to almost completely loosen the collar before you can rotate it. The collar on my Sigma 150 is smooth and easy to rotate compared to the Tamron. Now for the manual focus part of the evaluation. Auto focus is okay if you have good light and you're not focusing at macro distances. If you're shooting something close in macro mode the lens hunts and hunts requiring you to use manual focus. Compared to the Sigma I own in a different camera mount the Sigma 150 focuses fast in macro mode and even faster for non macro use.

 
5.0

Works great.

By

from okc  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Superb images.

 
5.0

Great Macro Lense

By

from Richfield, OH  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Mostly used for flower and insects. Great so far.

 
5.0

I would buy this product again and again

By

from Orange, Ct.  -  Photo Enthusiast

I am a lifetime amateur phtog. However, with the little time I have had avail. since purchase, this lens is outstanding. It beats my old 100mm by a long shot. I am very pleased with the results I have achiveed with my new 180.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Does what it's supposed to

By

from Austin, TX  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use this lens mostly for insects, especially dragonflies and butterflies. It produce sharp images. It is easy to switch from autofucus to manual; this is important to me because autofocus is usually only approximates the exact plane of focus I want - no fault of the lens, it's macro photography where one often needs to fine-tune focus. That said, autofocus is slow. It would also be nice to have stabilization.

 
5.0

Good lens, great value

By

from St Louis  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Useful for closeups of insects and flowers at the local botanical gardens

 
4.0

Product as explained

By

from India  -  Photo Enthusiast

Use this for macro photography. Since the focal length is 180 also good for portrait

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Fantastic lens/value

By

from Redding, CA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Aside from slow auto focus I think this lens is near superb. Tack sharp images at all apertures, beautiful smooth bokeh at larger aps. I've used this lens now for over 5 years with my canon 5d (and now my 5d mk3) and I smile every time I reach for it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Affordable long macro for the masses

By

from Indiana  -  Pro Photographer

This is a great long macro lens for Sony users who can't, and won't spend over $2K for the extremely rare Minolta Maxxum 200mm f4 macro. This is a true bargain.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Lens!

By

from Albuquerque, NM  -  Photo Enthusiast

Gets great close-up images without having to be on top of the subject.

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Larry B  Will a Tamron SP 180 Macro for Canon EOS Elan7 fit on any Cannon EOS DSLR?
ROBERT W  Larry, I browsed Google and could not confirm an answer to your question. I wasn't aware that there was a Tamron 180 specifically for the Elan 7 . . . Since that's a serious purchase, and I can't give you a definitive answer, I'd suggest going to the Tamron corporate site with a set of compatibility FAQs, where they invite you to contact them if you you have questions not answered there (which you do) Adorama won't let me include a link, so just go to the Tamron-USA corporate site, follow the links to "Photographic Lenses (learn more)" to find the compatibility FAQs, or just figure out how to contact them with your question. BTW I use my standard Canon-mount Tamron 180 macro on a Canon EOS 60D, and love it. I do a lot of close-up and on occasion 1:1 macro, and this lens is very good for shooting like frogs in the middle of a pond, tree branches and many other objects where I can't get close enough to use my Canon 60mm macro lens.
Shopper  Is this compatible with canon 1.4 and 2x lens?
WILLIAM M  Hello. I can't say. I don't have the Canon tele-extenders. But I have been told by others to use the same lens brand tele-extenders. All the best Bill
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