A Diversity of Small Subjects. With the Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro Lens … « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

A Diversity of Small Subjects. With the Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro Lens ...

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I spent the last two mornings photographing down by the lake with my brand new SONY 600mm f/4GM OSS lens and a SONY a7R iv., most often with the 1.4X teleconverter. For a variety of reasons that I shall expound upon in more detail in future blog posts, I am moth-balling my Nikon stuff for the next few months to give SONY a fair chance. When the trial period is over I shall decide whether I will stick with SONY or go back to Nikon … Either way, there will be some great buys on quality used gear.

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This weekend, I got a lot more done on the new galleries. And the pool is now down about five degrees! Fall is coming.

Your Favorite?

All are invited to leave a comment and let us know which of today’s three featured images you like best. And why.

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Selling your used (or like-new) photo gear through the BAA Blog is a great idea. We charge only a 5% commission. One of the more popular used gear for sale sites charged a minimum of 20%. Plus assorted fees! Yikes. They went out of business. And e-Bay fees are now up to 13%. The minimum item price here is $500 (or less for a $25 fee). If you are interested please scroll down here or shoot us an e-mail with the words Items for Sale Info Request cut and pasted into the Subject line :). Stuff that is priced fairly — I offer pricing advice to those who agree to the terms — usually sells in no time flat. Over the past year, we have sold many dozens of items. Do know that prices on some items like the EOS-1D Mark IV, the old Canon 100-400, the old 500mm, the EOS-7D, and the 7D Mark II and the original 400mm DO lens have been dropping steadily. Most recently the price of used Canon 600mm f/L IS II lenses have been dropping like a rock with the introduction of the 600 III. You can always see the current listings by clicking here or on the Used Photo Gear tab on the orange-yellow menu bar near the top of each blog post page.

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Canon Macro EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro Lens
My Favorite Canon frog lens!

BAA Record-low Price

Long-time friend Alan Levine — Alan and Sara knew Elaine! — are offering a Canon Macro EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro lens in like-new condition for the BAA record-low price of $799.00. The sale includes the front and rear lens cap, the tripod collar, the original box, the tough fabric carrying case, the lens hood (ET-78), and insured ground shipping via major courier to lower 48 US addresses only. Photos are available upon request. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Alan via e-mail.

The Canon 180 Macro was my mainstay macro lens for more than a decade. I love the extra reach that it provides over the various 100mm macro lenses. And, assuming that you will be working on a tripod, the Canon EF Extender 1.4X is perfectly compatible. The lens is great for flowers, bugs, butterflies, frogs, toads, and snakes among lots more. The lens, that is still in production, sells new for $1,399.00. You can save a smooth $600 on Alan’s practically like-new lens. artie

With the tripod-mounted Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM lens.

Image #1: Southern Toad

Southern Toad

I found this toad in my driveway and created a set-up with a weathered grey log set atop my Sequoia. It was remarkably docile. After a short photo session, I released it in the woods just west of my driveway.

The Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM lens was my favorite macro lens because of its reach, the fact that it came with a tripod collar, and because it accepted the 1.4X teleconverters. I do not know of any other 1:1 macro lenses that allow you to add a teleconverter. Feel free to correct me if I am wrong.

With the tripod-mounted Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM lens.

Tulipa Reknown, flower center, Keukenhof Gardens, Lisse, Holland

“Ruined” flowers …

When we arrived at the gardens, most folks in the group were dismayed to find that many of the tulips were in less than pristine condition; most had one or two petals drooped over. Co-leader Denise Ippolito and I realized instantly that the “ruined” flowers would provide a window into each bloom’s most beautiful feature: the tulip center. Then we went to work. The 180 macro on a tripod was the perfect tool for the job.

With the tripod-mounted Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM lens.

Corn Snake

Rescued and Released

A participant on a Southwest Florida IPT many years ago arrived with a cardboard box. She had stopped her neighbor just as he was about to kill the beautiful young snake with a shovel. We posed it in small, dead tree in the shade with the wall of what was then a Holiday Inn (near Little Estero Lagoon) as background. As the snake was quite comfortable, everyone in the group took turns sharing the 180mm macro lens. Most everyone was shooting Canon back then.

The snake was released into a woodlot near the participant’s home that evening.

Focus on Frogs by Andrew McLachlan

Focus on Frogs. Text & Photography by Andrew McLachlan: $50.00 via electronic download

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As you can clearly see while checking out Andrew’s amazing frog and toad images in this blog post, you will realize that his work might well appear with the credit line reading Andrew McLachlan/FROGS AS ART. That Andrew has worked long and very hard at his craft is quite evident. That Andrew has mastered the use of the gear needed for macro photography is quite evident. That Andrew has perfected the use of electronic flash for both daytime and night-time frog photography is quite evident. That Andrew is creative and has a great eye for image design and color is quite evident. That Andrew has an understanding of how important backgrounds are in nature photography is quite evident. And that Andrew has developed all the skills needed to create outstanding images of frogs and toads – both captive and in their natural habitats, is also quite evident. In short, Andrew is the Frog Whisperer.

Focus on Frogs is a comprehensive guide to photographing frogs and toads. In the wild; in the tropics; in home-made terrariums; and at set-ups. Andrew covers it all: camera systems, bodies, and lenses (of all focal lengths!), the use of polarizers and graduated ND filters, how to dress for frog photography, the essentials accessories that will save you time and money, the use of flash, keeping you and your gear safe, in-the-field tips and techniques, finding the best perspective, Photoshop tips and techniques, frog conservation concerns, all aspects of froggy habitats, getting the right exposure, frog biology and behavior, creating attractive set-ups, over-under frog photography, and artistic renderings. The book ends with a spectacular Webfoot Gallery to inspire you.


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The Art of Flower Photography

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5 comments to A Diversity of Small Subjects. With the Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro Lens …

  • Hey Artie, I think it is a good plan to give Sony a long trial. You will never know otherwise. It appears that mirrorless is the direction cameras are heading. Never having tried one I wonder about the viewfinder, I am sure like the LCD on the camera back some are better than others. I have read about a slight lag between what happens and when one sees it in the viewfinder. I look forward to your assessment and decision. Be safe and well.

  • avatar frank sheets

    Good luck with the new combo. I know you will love the lens but my curiosity will be regarding the A7RIV. Me, I am waiting for the A9II and a 600mm will be in my future, and the 400 2.8 will remain my flight lens when I know there will be a lot of opportunities. Looking forward to examples.


  • avatar Jonathan Ashton

    Artie I agree 180mm macro is a belter I used to have one. The sigma macro lens 150mm and 180mm also accept (Sigma)TC. I my experience the Canon when worked in combo proved more reliable in terms of focus acquisition.
    I now use the Olympus 60mm macro lens equivalent to 120mm full frame, it is tiny by comparison perhaps 1/4 size or even less………but it is sharper, and the need for a tripod is almost eliminated – even when focus stacking.

  • Hey Arthur, Can’t believe nobody has bit on that lens yet. I would buy it but all ready own one. Nice images all around.

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