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Canon 2539A007 EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM Lens
     

    Canon 2539A007 EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM Lens

    Manufacturer: Canon U.S.A., Inc.

    Item #: CAN-EF180MUSM   •   MFG #: 2539A007

     

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    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.

     
    • Features

      • High-performance, outstanding image quality 1:1 macro
      • Longer working distance than most macro lenses (1.57ft. to infinity)
      • 3 UD glass elements and floating construction correct chromatic aberrations
      • Advanced USM for high-speed, quiet AF
       
    • Specifications

      • Focal Length & Maximum Aperture 180mm 1:3.5
      • Lens Construction 14 elements in 12 groups
      • Diagonal Angle of View 13 Degrees 30'
      • Focus Adjustment Inner focusing system with USM
      • Closest Focusing Distance 0.48m / 1.6 ft.
      • Filter Size 72mm
       
     

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    CANON U.S.A., INC.Canon 2539A007 EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM Lens
     
    4.4

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Superior build quality (6)
    • Super-sharp images (6)

    Cons

    • Heavy (3)
    • Slow auto-focus (3)

    Best Uses

    No Best Uses

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    First Macro Lense

    This is my first Macro lense, and I want to add a positive review. This is not a lense for point and shooters. This lense is for anyone who wants flexibility with a...Read complete review

    This is my first Macro lense, and I want to add a positive review. This is not a lense for point and shooters. This lense is for anyone who wants flexibility with a macro lense. I researched all the macro lenses Canon offered and a few other brands. Once I tried this lense I was hooked. You are not going to totally microscopic but you can zoom in on a target from a distance without disturbing them and receive outstanding results.. It is important to at least use a monopod but a tripod works better and with a shutter release or the shutter timer. I have used it for hand held for distance shots and the results were amazaing for a macro. With good light conditions it is a great hand held. The colors are sharper than any of my other L lenses. You can get action to a point but this lense is not designed for that. Overall I am very impressed and pleased with this lense. I only wish the butterflys would keep still a little longer. Anyone who wants macro with some flexibiltiy should be well pleased with this lense. Your exposures are going to be the sharpest ever!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Only if you need the longer focal length

    The biggest complaint is the distinct lateral color (yellow/blue fringes at edges of objects), and that the focus goes past infinity, which seems to be standard sloppy manufacture with AF lenses....Read complete review

    The biggest complaint is the distinct lateral color (yellow/blue fringes at edges of objects), and that the focus goes past infinity, which seems to be standard sloppy manufacture with AF lenses. That German 100/2.0-ZE makro (cannot use name, but the informed reader will know) has no lateral color at all. The lateral color is easily visible on a 20 MP 5D2, is more pronounced on 50 MP 5DsR. If you don't need the longer focal length, rather do not use this lens for better image quality. But if you need a longer range macro, this is getting the shot, but will require more post-processing.
    Lens collar is helpful to balance rigs on tripod. The bayonet of plastic hood does not easily connect to lens and has odd friction. Locking metal bayonet would have been by far superior. I am surprised the plastic hasn't cracked yet.

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    (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Only if you need the longer focal length

    By LADan

    from Los Angeles, CA, United States

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 2539A007 EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM Lens:

    The biggest complaint is the distinct lateral color (yellow/blue fringes at edges of objects), and that the focus goes past infinity, which seems to be standard sloppy manufacture with AF lenses. That German 100/2.0-ZE makro (cannot use name, but the informed reader will know) has no lateral color at all. The lateral color is easily visible on a 20 MP 5D2, is more pronounced on 50 MP 5DsR. If you don't need the longer focal length, rather do not use this lens for better image quality. But if you need a longer range macro, this is getting the shot, but will require more post-processing.
    Lens collar is helpful to balance rigs on tripod. The bayonet of plastic hood does not easily connect to lens and has odd friction. Locking metal bayonet would have been by far superior. I am surprised the plastic hasn't cracked yet.

     
    3.0

    Only if you need the longer focal length

    By macroman

    from Los Angeles, CA, United States

    Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 2539A007 EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM Lens:

    The biggest complaint is the distinct lateral color (yellow/blue fringes at edges of objects), and that the focus goes past infinity, which seems to be standard sloppy manufacture with AF lenses. That German 100/2.0-ZE makro (cannot use name, but the informed reader will know) has no lateral color at all. The lateral color is easily visible on a 20 MP 5D2, is more pronounced on 50 MP 5DsR. If you don't need the longer focal length, rather do not use this lens for better image quality. But if you need a longer range macro, this is getting the shot, but will require more post-processing. Lens collar is helpful to balance rigs on tripod. The bayonet of plastic hood does not easily connect to lens and has odd friction. Locking metal bayonet would have been by far superior. I am surprised the plastic hasn't cracked yet.

     
    5.0

    Macro

    By dc

    from Undisclosed

    Pros

    • Superior build quality
    • Super-sharp images

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 2539A007 EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM Lens:

        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)

         
        5.0

        Love it

        By jt

        from Herndon, VA

        Pros

        • Superior build quality
        • Super-sharp images

        Cons

        • Slow Auto-Focus

        Best Uses

          Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 2539A007 EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM Lens:

          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 :-)

          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Lens

          By pjcd

          from Long Island New York

          Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 2539A007 EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM Lens:

          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)

           
          5.0

          EF 180 Macro

          By DN

          from Raleigh, NC

          Pros

          • Beafy
          • Great Photos

          Cons

          • Heavy
          • not a price point lens

          Best Uses

            Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 2539A007 EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM Lens:

            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!

            (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best macro lens ever

            By jpcgpdx

            from Portland, OR

            Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 2539A007 EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM Lens:

            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)

             
            4.0

            Did Somebody Say Bokeh?

            By PhotographyByNC

            from Jacksonville, FL

            Pros

            • bokeh quality
            • Build Quality
            • Image Quality

            Cons

            • A bit pricey
            • does come with 72c adapter for the macro flashes
            • quite slow to focus

            Best Uses

              Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 2539A007 EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM Lens:

              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.

              (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              i use this lens for macro ...

              By suvra

              from Undisclosed

              Pros

              • excellent macro function
              • Good Color Reproduction
              • Sharp

              Cons

              • auto focus is not good
              • Heavy

              Best Uses

                Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 2539A007 EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM Lens:

                i use this lens for macro photography, excellent lens for macro photography, specially when need to shoot from a distance. as it is a classical macro lens, needs tripod for macro shooting, manual focusing is also required. i bought new 100mm IS macro lens for hand held macro photography, but that can not replace 180mm macro.

                (32 of 35 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Excellent for what it was designed for

                By Anonymous

                from Madison, WI

                Pros

                • Excellent macro
                • Superior build quality
                • Super-sharp images

                Cons

                • Heavy
                • needs tripod mounting

                Best Uses

                  Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 2539A007 EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM Lens:

                  This is a great macro lens, and can even be used as a telephoto in some cases. The build quality is well within what I expect from L series lenses. This IS NOT a AF lens. The MF is great but extremely precise (if not some times picky). The 3.5 is a decent plane but at macro is finer than even some 1.2 lenses. Telephoto can be used if tripod mounted and the 3.5 gives good depth of field at distance. A great macro (and occasionally telephoto) lens.

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