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Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens Imported

You Pay: $1,049.00
Product Highlights
  • EF Mount L-Series Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-32
  • Life-Size (1:1) Macro Magnification
  • Ultra-Low Dispersion Lens Elements
  • Hybrid Optical Image Stabilization
  • Ultrasonic Focus Motor
  • Focus Range Limiter
  • Dustproof and Moisture Proof Sealing
  • Truly Circular Diaphragm
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 12"

The EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens from Canon is the L-series version of Canon's popular 100mm Macro lens. As an L-series lens it offers the utmost in optical construction, including ultra-low dispersion lens elements and moisture and dustproof seal structure on the barrel. Its 100mm focal length is effective for portraiture and other telephoto applications and as a macro lens with 1:1 magnification and a 12" minimum focus distance, it is ideal for life-size close-up imaging.

The lens features Hybrid Optical Image Stabilization with up to 4-stops of shake control for effective low light capture and with the vibration gyro and acceleration sensor it compensates for both angular and shift camera shake during close-up shooting. An ultrasonic focus motor (USM) provides quick and quiet auto-focusing and full-time manual focus override enables precise manual focus eve in AF mode. A focus range limiting function offers three distance ranges to control the range in which the AF looks for focus, thus reducing focusing time. Internal focus system means that the barrel does not extend when focusing, which is crucial when shooting macro.

This lens includes a dedicated lens hood and is compatible with an optional Canon tripod collar and Canon Macro Ring Lite.

Tele-Macro Focal Length
The convenient 100mm focal length of the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens allows for a comfortable shooting distance between the camera and subject, and less chance of shadow interference when shooting at closer focusing ranges.
Life-Size Image Reproduction
The lens allows for continuous focusing down to 1:1 life-size magnification. Optional extension tubes can increase this ratio for even greater magnification.
L-Series Optical Quality
As a Canon L-series optic, the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens can be counted among the sharpest, best-built, weatherproof optics available for Canon EOS SLR cameras.
Hybrid Optical Image Stabilization
With the vibration gyro and acceleration sensor, the hybrid image stabilization system is effective for close-up shots. With a 4-stop compensation the IS enables blur-free images when shooting telephoto in low light and when working close-up in macro mode.
Quick and Quiet Focusing
By incorporating an ultrasonic focus motor, Canon has improved the speed and reduced the noise levels of the lens's autofocus system, while still allowing for full-time manual override.
Focus Range Limiter
Focusing distance range can be selected with a switch on the lens barrel. By setting a suitable focusing distance range, actual autofocus time can be shortened. The three focusing ranges are 1-1.6', 1.6'-infinity and the full range of 1' to infinity.
Performance
Focal Length 100mm
Comparable APS-C 1.6x Focal Length: 160 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 24°
Tilt/Shift None
Minimum Focus Distance 1' (30.48 cm)
Magnification 1x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:1
Elements/Groups 15/12
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar Optional Removable - rotating
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:67 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.06 x 4.84" (7.77 x 12.29 cm)
Weight 1.38 lb (625 g)

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CanonEF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens
 
4.9

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (793)
  • Consistent output (778)
  • Nice bokeh (707)
  • Strong construction (663)
  • Durable (609)

Cons

  • Slow focus (121)
  • Heavy (105)
  • Poor in low light (27)
  • Pricey / poor value (13)
  • Weak casing (12)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (1147)
  • Low light (423)
  • Weddings (392)
  • Wildlife photos (291)
  • Landscape/scenery (250)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (947), Yes (53)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (532), Semi-pro photographer (363), Pro photographer (254), Casual photographer (73), Photography student (35)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Truly Excellent Lens ... but

This is a truly great lens in most respects, but it does have some faults. The resolution and the bokeh this lens produces are outstanding and place this lens among the very best macro...Read complete review

This is a truly great lens in most respects, but it does have some faults. The resolution and the bokeh this lens produces are outstanding and place this lens among the very best macro lenses out there. Actually, it is a better macro lens than all other 100mm offerings, except the Zeiss 100mm Makro Planar, and it is a better lens in many respects than the Zeiss.The biggest reason I didn't buy the Zeiss was the Zeiss isn't a true 1:1 macro lens (it's only 1:2), and the Zeiss doesn't have any AF or IS at all, which were limitations that were not suitable for my purposes (butterfly photography, where you don't have all day to focus manually, plus the hand-movement of doing so often startles the subject).However, the flipside to this is the fact the Canon's ability to manual focus (when critical MF is called for) is a joke compared to the Zeiss. In real numbers, you can focus from closeup to infinity with a mere 180 degree turn of the wrist with the Canon, while it takes you about 720 degrees of rotation to go from zero to infinity focusing the Zeiss. In other words, the Zeiss is 4x more precise in the manual focus department than the Canon, and it just feels like a much higher-quality instrument in this regard also.Both the Zeiss and the Canon take absolutely superb-quality images, and both produce superb-quality bokeh (out-of-focus background blur), both of which are key elements to macrophotography. Thus, if you're deciding on a macro lens for yourself, and want the very best, then your decision will be between this EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens by Canon or the 100mm f/2.0 Makro Planar by Zeiss. If you're serious about the best 100mm macro lens for your Canon body, it's going to be a choice between these two. The Tamrons and the Sigmas don't even come close.In order to decide which of these two lenses is best for you, you will need to question your own motives for getting a macro lens. If you always use a tripod, and if your subjects don't require true 1:1 magnification (e.g., portrait), and if your usual subjects stand still long enough for you to get absolutely perfect focus (and if your budget permits a ~$2000 lens), the Zeiss would be the clear choice. However, if you are out in the field alot, and if you shoot hand-held alot (and thus could use the Image Stabilization), and if you want to get true 1:1 magnification, and/or if many of your live-capture opportunities will be fleeting and so you need a fast auto-focus to capture a tiny creature while there's time (rather than a slow and deliberate manual focus that might take too long before the opportunity is gone), then I would get the Canon, which is what I personally did.As an owner of this Canon L lens, I love it for what it does: which is produce crystal-clear images and possibly the best bokeh I have ever seen out of any lens of any kind (even better than the Zeiss). But I would be lying if I said I still don't have it in my head to go ahead and get the Zeiss Makro Planar also, for what *it* does, which is offer absolutely precise manual focus. Because the biggest drawback to this Canon is its pitiful manual focus. If you move your hand, even a little bit, as you attempt to focus, it produces a dramatic difference because of the fact it only takes a 180-degree rotation to go from 1:1 to infinity, which again is a joke. The bottom line is the rotational elements for this Canon lens were made with auto-focusing as its main goal, and that's fine when you need it. But there are often some critical moments in macro-photography that require the super-precise focusing efforts, and 720-degree rotation capability of the Zeiss precision is simply superior to the Canon in this regard.But other than that, the Canon lens is a truly great lens in MOST of the key elements to macrophotography ... and the image-quality, the color rendition, and super-creamy bokeh it produces truly are top-notch ... and overall I am very happy with my desicion to have purchased it.Anyway, for what it's worth, that is my $0.02 ...Hope this helps,

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It's Manual Focus From Now On

Pros - Sharp images, IS gives you a fighting chance w/o a tripod-just don't lean forward or back.
Cons - Even w/range adjustments, the AF does too much traveling. It...Read complete review

Pros - Sharp images, IS gives you a fighting chance w/o a tripod-just don't lean forward or back.
Cons - Even w/range adjustments, the AF does too much traveling. It startled me when it made a loud staggering/grinding noise like you hear when shifting worn gears on a truck. I almost dropped the camera. I shoot w/a 40D and had plenty of light. I must have received a bad copy.
This is my 3rd L-series lens. The light weight is great, but I expected more. I take away one star for the AF issue, and one star for the Tripod Mount Ring gouging ($190 - Really?)

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5.0

Wow.

By Bryan

from Goshen, IN

Comments about Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens:

This lens is outstanding! Color, clarity, and sharpness could not be better. Wonderful for macro and portraits. Using it right now for product shots and loving it!

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5.0

Superb choice for macro

By Robb

from Oklahoma City, OK

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography

    Comments about Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens:

    Superb lens for macro photography. Razor sharp focus, solid build, typical Canon L series quality.

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    5.0

    Cant get sharper than that!

    By Yamell

    from Ocean City, NJ

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography
      • Video

      Comments about Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens:

      I was looking for a sharp lens for Macro, Portrait and Medium Telephoto. Well this lens does the job for all three. Very versatile, light weight (for a L). I just see a very awesome future ahead with this glass!I shoot video by the way!

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      4.0

      spectatular ...but..is it useful ?

      By fjdbassplayer

      from Hftd Ct

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens:

        I used the lens for 2 short afternoons and found it impeccable in most everyway..BUT...I found I had to be inches away from my subject and pray for the wind to stop or the bugs to freeze still..a longer tele macro will fit my style of photography..

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        4.0

        The image of perfection!

        By Galeno Garbe

        from Sao Paulo, Brazil

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

        • Light Plastic Body

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens:

        My first L lens! Just perfect! Fast and accurate focus, extreme sharp image and the expected quality of Canon L lens.

        Did not get 5 stars because the body construction! Yes, for a L lens the body looks kit plastic lens. I know Canon intended to create a light lens for field use but this gave us the impressions of using non L lenses when we touch or hold the 625g.

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        5.0

        Awesome Lens

        By Matteo's Photography

        from Myrtle Beach, SC

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Expensive

        Best Uses

        • Commercial
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens:

        THis lens is amazing, I wasn't sure about getting a macro but I love this, it works well with everything I photograph and is super sharp

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        5.0

        Exceptional Lens!

        By Ron

        from Powell, WY

        Comments about Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens:

        Whether you're taking portraits, macro images or everything in between, this is the lens for any serious photographer.

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        5.0

        Best Macro

        By Chrissy Vensel

        from Hartford, CT

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens:

          This is my favorite macro lens I've never used. It's amazing! I'm a full time wedding photographer and I use this a lot for detail photos. I can't believe I used to shoot without the beauty! :) It's perfect.

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          5.0

          close encounter of the macro world

          By Pabirder moore

          from Clarion County PA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • NONE

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens:

          Love it had it now for a few months and get out when I'm looking to get that close up that you need to photo bugs and people

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          5.0

          Canon's 100mm f/2.8 Macro is Excellent!!

          By Lori from NY

          from Yonkers, NY

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Have Not Found One

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens:

          I'm a serious photographer & this is one of the best lens I have ever owned. The one to one ratio is true and the close focus is just wonderful. I used it with flower arrangements, portraits and pet close ups the results are clear shots and wonderful color. For the money you can't beat this lens, it's a Canon L series lens and fast also at 2.8 Don't wait if you are thinking about this lens you need to own it. You will be amazed.

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          5.0

          EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens

          By Jerry

          from Blaine, Washington

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography

            Comments about Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens:

            I purchased the lens from B&H two weeks ago and am very happy with it's performance. Best results are achieved using mirror lockup (for a single shot), manual focusing at various focusing lengths, a tripod and stacking software. Hand held works okay but focusing becomes a challenge when shooting minimum focusing lengths. I have tried all apertures and found best results in the middle of the lens aperture range which was expected. My next purchase will be a macro focusing rail to complement the lens.

            I used the lens with my Canon 7d and 5d markII with great results. The lens performs as advertised.

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            5.0

            Sharp, sharp, sharp!

            By Barta IV

            from Wake Forest, NC

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens:

              Fantastic for up close and personal shots of faces, especially eyes. Incredibly clear and sharp.

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              5.0

              Fun Lens

              By Giant G

              from Erie, Pennsylvania

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens:

                I really enjoy this lens. I find the ability to shoot macro or telephoto with one lens is very practical. To carry les gear is always a plus..

                The image clarity is great. The only obstacle I have encountered is candid style portrait shooting in low light due to extremely slow focus under low light conditions. Being that the lens is not designed for this kind of low light shooting, I am not complaining but only pointing out the experience.

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                5.0

                Sharp!!!!

                By axiom

                from Rochester, MN

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens:

                  Supper sharp!

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Optically better but cheap feeling build

                  By stevehof

                  from So Cal

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                    Cons

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                        Comments about Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens:

                        A little sharper and better color contrast than my old 100 f2.8 Macro. I'm hoping the IS will make the swap worthwhile. This lens has a 67mm filter so you have to buy a Canon 'macro light' adapter to use a Canon ringlight or dual macro light. I would give this 5 stars but the cheap feeling plastic construction with a lens in this price range just doesn't work for me.

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                        5.0

                        nice

                        By BillyBob

                        from Bay Area

                        About Me Pro Photographer

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                          Cons

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                              Comments about Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens:

                              A wonderful lens. Keep the aperture at 11 or wider.

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                              5.0

                              LOVE this lens

                              By RJ

                              from San Diego, CA

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Nice Bokeh
                              • Sharp images
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Macro Photography

                                Comments about Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens:

                                I am in love with this lens. I've always wanted to get into macro, and this is making it very easy. The lens is very sharp, the IS is excellent and the bokeh is smooth. The auto focus is good, but I mainly use manual focus. I can also use this as a portrait lens as well. Highly recommended.

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                                5.0

                                Fantastic Lens

                                By hiTydes

                                from Cherryfield, ME

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Nice Bokeh

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Macro Photography

                                  Comments about Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens:

                                  Opens up a whole new world …I love it , beautiful, sharp images..I had the EFS 60, and the ef 2.5 macro, no comparison!

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                                  5.0

                                  Simply the best

                                  By Bossbuilt

                                  from Salem Oregon

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Rugged

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Macro Photography

                                    Comments about Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens:

                                    I use this lens everyday since buying it. Quality build and I love the AF switch options. Really nice having the IS. I shoot birds so hand held is my only option when not using my 50-500.

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                                    5.0

                                    Great Lens

                                    By JAG

                                    from Thomaston, GA

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Easily Interchangeable
                                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                    • Rugged
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Indoors/Low Light
                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Macro Photography
                                      • Night Photography
                                      • Weddings/Events
                                      • Wildlife Photos

                                      Comments about Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens:

                                      Photos of flowers, portraits, nature shots.

                                      Low light photos.
                                      No weakness identified

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                                      • Yes

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