The Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM would make a great companion for wildlife photographers – it is Canon’s longest lens in its macro category. And as an added selling point, the lens performed above average in four out five DxOMark evaluation categories.
Insects beware. Someone is watching you. And it is probably a photographer with a Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM lens.
The lens allows the most daring insect and wildlife photographers to get remarkably close to their subjects given the lens’ large focal length—you can focus on targets that are just under half-a-meter away.
Canon’s 180mm Macro, at more than 18cm in length and weighing a durable 1090 grams, is also the camera giant’s longest and heaviest lens in its line of macros.
While the lens receives praise in most of DxOMark’s quality evaluations, its one blemish was its brightness – its transmission score was 4.1 T-stop. This means its advertised aperture of f/3.5 is closer to f/4.1. This will make it difficult for photographers to take pictures in the dark, or in lowlight situations like at sunrise or sunset – times of the day when many species of insects and wildlife are most active.
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The Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM is a solid lens that holds up well against its competition. The lens excels at controlling vignetting and chromatic aberration, and its optics do a great job at limiting distortion. It is a quality lens, especially for nature photographers, but its sticker price of about $1,500 might be out of reach for some photographers.