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Thoughts on EF 180 f3.5 Macro

 
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Jan 05, 2014 07:13 |  #16

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My one and only macro lens is the Canon Macro 100mm L.f2.8 IS.USM.used with my Canon 70D.Not only is this superb at the macro end, but it is also a very good 100mm lens for portraits and the like.

However, that can be said of about 80-90% of the dedicated 1:1 macro lenses. They are all very sharp and all make great portrait or "other use" lenses due to their IQ.


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Jan 05, 2014 09:25 |  #17

I have the Canon !80mm macro. It is incredibly sharp and has excellent color and contrast. On the downside it is slower to focus then some lenses but all macros focus slower then comparable focal length non macro prime lenses. Focus speeds up a little if you use the limiter switch. One thing to note is that it is a rather heavy lens as are all longer focal length macros but when you take into account the strange positions macro photographers find themselves in the weight sometimes makes it tricky to hold steady. If this is the focal length you are looking for it is one of the best lenses you can get.


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Jan 05, 2014 09:59 as a reply to  @ Larry Weinman's post |  #18

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Jan 05, 2014 10:02 |  #19

Looks like you could have used a bit more shutter speed. That is the one thing with macros, it is a tremendous balancing act in getting the DOF and shutter speeds necessary to get a sharp image, all the while trying to keep the ISO low.

For example, some of my sharper images:

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Jan 05, 2014 10:05 |  #20

On the plus side this heavy lens has great bokeh for flower shots, but it is no accident that Canon sells it with a tripod mount. This lens is designed to be used on a tripod which makes it a pain to handhold and hunt insects. My Canon 100mm Macro F2.8 L IS is much more fun to use, and the IS will work at macro distances.


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Jan 05, 2014 10:05 |  #21

TeamSpeed wrote in post #16579293 (external link)
Looks like you could have used a bit more shutter speed. That is the one thing with macros, it is a tremendous balancing act in getting the DOF and shutter speeds necessary to get a sharp image.

Yeah, gets a little tricky...especially for moving bugs or butterflies, etc!


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Jan 05, 2014 10:08 |  #22

It does give you about 3" (9 cm) extra working distance compared to the Canon 100mm lenses, but that advantage comes at a cost. It is half again as expensive as the 100L, and more yet compared to the 100 non-L. It weighs a full pound (about 400 g) more than the 100L and is longer, meaning it is much harder to manage hand-held. If you want to go to higher levels of magnification, the impact of extension tubes gets smaller as focal length increases.

that said, although I shoot a great deal of macro, I have no personal experience, since these factors have been enough to persuade me not to buy one. On a crop sensor camera, I use a 60mm macro for a lot of flower shots and a 100mm L, often with a 36mm extension tube, for bugs. Yes, you have to get very close for 1:1, but with practice, it is doable.

I have no experience with Sigma or Tamron macro lenses.

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Jan 05, 2014 11:34 |  #23

Had the Canon 100 and 180 macor lenses, plus many others. You wat the new Sigma 180/2.8 OS. Not cheap but well worth it.


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