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180mm f3.5L Macro

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A macro lens that offers greater working distance. A great choice for portrait shots too.
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This telephoto macro lens with a maximum magnification of 1x offers life-size close-ups that 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.
You could also use this lens as a portrait lens. It's only a 3.5 maximum aperture opening (often times we look for at least a 2.8 with a portrait lens). But with the close focusing available with this lens, certain opportunities exist that just aren't possible with other lenses.

What's included:
Lens
Padded case
Rear and front caps
Hood
MTF Chart
Lens Construction
14 elements in 12 groups
Diagonal Angle of View
13°30'
Focus Adjustment
Inner focusing with USM.
Closest Focusing Distance
1.6 ft (.48m)
Filter Size
72mm
Size and Weight
3.2 x 7.3 in, 2.4 lbs.
More Information.
View what Canon has to say about this lens here.
We also provide a download for the user manual here. (744K download)

I usually shoot with the 100mm lens we offer when doing macro shots. But when I tried this one out I did like the results. It's takes a bit of time to get used to the greater working distance for the same 1:1 ratio, but with some subjects it's very nice (spiders and such!). It does slightly change the background rendering compared to the other lens given the narrower field of view. But I don't find this to be an issue, just something to be aware of. However, since macro backgrounds are so incredibly blurred anyway (usually) I doubt anyone will notice or complain.
I've yet to try it out for portraits, but I can imagine the results will be quite good, especially if facial or other body details are required. I'll report back when I get a chance to do so.

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