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Canon EF 180 mm  f/ 3.5 L Macro USM Lens

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Canon EF 180 mm  f/ 3.5 L Macro USM lens

Canon EF 180 mm  f/ 3.5 L Macro USM lens

Canon EF 180 mm  f/ 3.5 L Macro USM lens


Canon EF 180 mm  f/ 3.5 L Macro USM MTF Chart

Optical design

Canon EF 180 mm  f/ 3.5 L Macro USM optical design

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Prime lens

Focusing: Auto Focus (AF)

Lens mounts: Canon EF, EF-S

First year of production: 1996

Optical design: 14 elements in 12 groups

Features: Ultra-Sonic Motor, Macro lens
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Average price: $1507


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Additional information:

The Canon EF 180 mm  f/ 3.5 L Macro USM

  • three UD glass elements
  • USM autofocus drive
  • internal focusing and nonrotating front element
  • FTM
  • compatibility with Canon 1,4х and 2х extenders
  • diagonal angle of view  13.5°
  • maximum diameter  82.5 mm

The Canon EF 180 mm f/3.5 L Macro USM is Canon's longest telephoto macro lens . When used on APS-C digital cameras, the effective focal length is 288 mm. The focal length this long makes it possible to keep a  good distance from subjects (animals, insects, etc.) without scaring them away, as well as reduces the possibility of shadowing a subject with the lens. The lens offers a 1:1 macro scale, i.e. it is possible to take life-size pictures of microworld subjects.

Thanks to a thoroughly elaborated construction, the lens produces images with accurate color rendering, magnificent resolution, excellent sharpness and contrast across the frame. The system of floating elements provides a high image quality at close focusing distances.  The lens is equipped with a ring-type USM that makes focusing very fast, accurate and virtually silent. If necessary, a photographer can manually tweak autofocus with the focus ring. The lens has a focus limiter to provide shooting efficiency at different distances (from 48 cm to infinity or from 1.5 m to infinity). The lens does not extend, which makes the lens easy to use. As the front element does not rotate, it is possible to use circular polarizers and other attachments whose functionality depends on their position on the lens.

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Posted by: dv   Date of publication: 19.09.2010

Mechanical quality4.502
Optical quality4.502
Pricing / Value2.002
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