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

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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"
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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.
UPC: 013803108620
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
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)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 2.15 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.0 x 5.5 x 5.5"

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

(based on 1519 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (1342)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (164)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (886)
  • Consistent output (881)
  • Nice bokeh (814)
  • Strong construction (749)
  • Durable (687)

Cons

  • Slow focus (142)
  • Heavy (116)
  • Poor in low light (33)
  • Weak casing (15)
  • Pricey / poor value (14)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (1303)
  • Low light (463)
  • Weddings (447)
  • Wildlife photos (324)
  • Landscape/scenery (277)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (1103), Yes (58)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (578), Semi-pro photographer (422), Pro photographer (299), Casual photographer (80), Photography student (42)

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

Awesome lens - quiet fast

By Boomer

from Florida

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

Love this lens - great build - pleasure use - picture quality is fantastic- proud to own

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3.0

Sharp

By Jen

from Northport

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

Love how sharp this lens is just extremely disappointed in how slow it is to find a focus point. Not recommended for fast moving subjects

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5.0

Sturdy and good quality

By Fedmahn

from Brooklyn

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

I use this lens only for video with my canon 5D and it was the missing lens completing perfectly my 16-35, 70-200 and 24-105. I use it for close ups and macros only even though sometimes I try a couple med shots and they look great! I can't really tell evaluate its quality for still pictures as it is not my field but for you videographers out there, it is definitely a must have in your Dslr backpack

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5.0

Happy Customer

By HappyMacroLensOwner

from Maine

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

My experience was really good. I was able to order without any issues and my order came quickly in a few days. I love the lens & so far I'm having fun playing around with it. It's my first macro lens. My only suggestion is for the packing to be around the whole lens box, it was only around three sides when I opened it. But doesn't seem phased by that. That's just nit picky stuff, overall I'm really happy.

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5.0

Amazing!

By Alison

from Tennessee

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

I read so much about which lens to get for macro shots. I am so glad I bit the bullet and bought this one. It's an amazing lens. I look forward to using it with all my newborn sessions.

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5.0

This is great lens.

By albert ngo

from Orange County

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery

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

    This lens is wonderful. It works with my 7D and even with my old 40D canon.

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    5.0

    THE BEST!

    By rl0126

    from Dallas, TX

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography
    • Weddings/Events

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

    I love, love, love this! It's awesome. Highly recommended.

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    5.0

    Sharp and Fun Lens

    By Greg

    from Arvada, CO

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography
      • Weddings/Events

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

      I've only used screw-on closeup adapters to non-macro lenses. This lens is super-sharp and is a blast to shoot with. I read all the reviews saying you have to get this lens and I'm glad I did. Opens up a new genre of photography for me.

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      5.0

      Great portrait and macro lens

      By John

      from San Francisco, CA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Macro Photography
        • Weddings/Events

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

        light, multifunctional and sharp lens

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        • No

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        5.0

        SHARP, VERSATILE LENS

        By Sawdust

        from Spokane, WA

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        Pros

        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          The customer photos here tell the story. This is an incredibly sharp macro lens that is also great for portraits and general 100mm use. As with all "L" lenses, the price for that quality is the extra cost and weight. You get what you pay for.

          There are product reviews out there stating that the same quality of macro images can be had with Canon's standard 100mm macro non-IS lens, for several hundred dollars less, as IS isn't generally needed in macro work. For everything else, and in handheld and low light situations, the IS feature is worth it to me, as is the higher quality construction.

          While the casing of the lens is not metal, as is typical "L" construction, the lighter composite material Canon used is comparably rugged and is "L" quality all the way.

          The three focus range settings take a bit of getting used to, but that effort is worth it as to getting the quickest auto focus.

          I wish Canon would have included a tripod collar (more money again), but got the Vello collar which works just fine.

          As always, great service, packaging, and shipping from B&H. I'm very happy with this purchase.

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          4.0

          Excellent lens

          By Steve

          from Austin, TX

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography

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

            I got this to complement my Sigma 150 f/2.8 macro, which has too much reach for some types of closeup shots. The color rendition and contrast are superb, and it is very sharp. Autofocus is fast and accurate. It is also relatively light, even though it seems well constructed. The only negative for me is that it doesn't come with a tripod collar, which is required for macro photography. Canon's collar (sold separately) is ridiculously overpriced, This is why I only gave it 4 stars. But the lens itself is stellar, and I'm very happy with it.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great Macro Lens

            By SPF

            from St. Louis, MO

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography
              • Weddings/Events

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

              Great Macro lens. I use it with my Canon 5D Mark III. B&H was very helpful in answering questions and provided prompt service.

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              5.0

              Awesome Lens

              By Oscar

              from Laredo TX

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Difficult to Clean
              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Macro Photography
              • Weddings/Events

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

              Close ups, detail shots, and portraits, I love this lens.

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              • No

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              5.0

              A Step Up from the 100mm Macro

              By Strings

              from Gainesville, FL

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography

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

                I use this lens primarily to photograph butterflies. My old lens (sold to B&H) did not have image stabilization, and I found this feature essential. Also, the glass quality in the L-series makes a notable improvement in image quality.

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                5.0

                Fantastic Lens

                By BetsyM

                from Medway, MA

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

                After opening the box and sticking it on my camera, I have not wanted to take my 100 mm 2.8L macro lens off. I have taken macro shots, some portraits, as well as trying it at an indoor track meet. I have been really pleased with it in every environment I have used it.

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                5.0

                Beautiful lens

                By Raghu

                from Charlotte

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

                I have had the older version of this lens. This one beats the older one by adding weather proofing and image stabilization. Excellent quality!

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                5.0

                Great Macro

                By Fly Guy

                from Indiana

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

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

                Very sharp. The lens feels more plasticy than other L lenses but probably weighs less too.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Good Buy

                By Glenn Of Stuart

                from Stuart, FL

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography
                  • Weddings/Events

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

                  Haven't used the lens a lot at this point but with the limited exposure I've had to it I'm pleased. The build quality is good despite having a plastic body. Everything works smoothly and is intuitively positioned. Focus is reasonably quick and quiet. Probably not a real evaluation criteria but I love the way it looks on my 5DIII. Just looks substantial.

                  All of the non-macro images that I've taken have been very sharp with good color rendition. I'm still trying to adjust to the issues associated with macro shooting. I purchased this to do wedding ring shots and getting good focus without stacking has been a challenge. I'm confident that's my issue and not the lens's.

                  Anyway, good buy for the price.

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                  5.0

                  Fantastic lens

                  By Mike

                  from Orlando FL

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

                  I bought this 105mm 2.8 macro L lens for my wife. she loves it. she has a new favorite lens. she had a fixed 135mm L lens for portrait photography and never thought she'd fall in love with another (she's kind of like that) but she finds her pics as crisp as ever with the fixed 100mm AND a macro lens all in one. Great lens.

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                  5.0

                  Great glass

                  By Rico

                  from Santa Clarita, CA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • NONE

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Macro Photography

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

                  I tried taking macro shots of flowers and they were great. BH sent the merchandise right away and arrived on time.

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                  • No

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