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

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
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

(based on 1265 reviews)

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    (139)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (766)
  • Consistent output (750)
  • Nice bokeh (685)
  • Strong construction (642)
  • Durable (594)

Cons

  • Slow focus (117)
  • Heavy (103)
  • Poor in low light (26)
  • Pricey / poor value (12)
  • Weak casing (12)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (1104)
  • Low light (411)
  • Weddings (379)
  • Wildlife photos (283)
  • Landscape/scenery (241)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (905), Yes (49)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (516), Semi-pro photographer (343), Pro photographer (245), Casual photographer (72), Photography student (32)

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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4.0

Super Sharp Lens

By CD

from Ofallon, IL

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography
    • Weddings/Events

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

    Love this lens! Super sharp. Great for macro and portrait! Takes a bit of getting used to the focus on it but once that is figured out it is fantastic.

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    4.0

    great lens

    By LC

    from Michigan

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

    Still learning it's capabilities and nuances.... can confirm it is really sharp!

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    5.0

    Outstanding!

    By Wes

    from NC

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      I've been saving for this lens for about a year. It is everything I expected and more. I am a beekeeper and have always enveyed those really close up photos. I'm still getting the hang of useing it, but I've not found anything bad about this lens. It goes well with my 24-70L

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      5.0

      Awesome lens and great sale price

      By The Big Kahuna

      from Flat Rock, MI

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography
        • Weddings/Events

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

        Used for macro and portrait photography

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        • No

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        5.0

        My favorite lens

        By MJ

        from Minneapolis, MN

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          I use it for macro and mid shots. I've noticed how much sharper my images are with this lens than with others I've used. Well worth the price.

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          5.0

          Versatile Macro Lens!

          By Bob

          from Owego, NY

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography
            • Weddings/Events

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

            This 100mm/Macro, image-stabilized, pro lens is very versatile, with exceptional image clarity and excellent depth of field anywhere from 6 inches (in front of the lens) to hundreds of feet.

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            5.0

            Very Sharp Images

            By PJ

            from Arlington, VA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography

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

              I've used this for not just macro photography, but for creating very narrow depth of field images.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Nice photos

              By S. Roth

              from Braselton, GA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Sharp Macro Images

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography

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

                I wasn't sure about this lens at first since it seems more plastic than the other L-series lenses I have purchased from Canon. But the images are sharp and despite the noise of the auto-focus, it appears to be good quality glass. Makes nice portraits and I am enjoying the sharp macro feature.

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                5.0

                great lens

                By genio

                from ma

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Slow Focus

                Best Uses

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

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

                Macro is one of my favorite style of shooting and this lens renders great looking sharp images.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great lens!

                By Ashlyn Socinski Photography

                from Sevierville, TN

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Slow Focus

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife Photos

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

                I bought this lens to use for newborn detail shots and also ring shots. It does the job and it is a very tact sharp lens! The only con I have is the slow focusing especially if you have a moving object.

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                5.0

                Great lens

                By F3l1p3

                from Boston, MA

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

                Recently purchased this lens and absolutely love it, great macro lens and also great for portraits very happy with my purchase.

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                5.0

                Great Macro for shooting everything!

                By Gene the Machine

                from South Carolina

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  Used for close up/Macro photography and also portraiture.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  A Great Lens... practice needed

                  By Richz5

                  from Hazle Township, PA 18202

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable

                  Cons

                  • Slow Focus

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography

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

                  I bought the EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens by Canon because I always wanted to delve into Macro photography to expand my photographic horizons. I'm a rookie to this type of shooting so I'm going to have to practice at it. The samples of my first shoot speak for themselves. Focusing was tough but I muddled my way through it. This is a top shelf Macro lens. I need to use it more frequently. The pics are okays for the first time placing it on my 5D camera.

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                  5.0

                  A Macro above the rest!

                  By Shooter's Advocate

                  from Conway, SC

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    I use this lens for close up shots of insects, flowers, miniature figurines as well as portrait type of work!

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                    5.0

                    Wonderful Lens

                    By LIttlemilligan

                    from Tennessee

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Nice Bokeh

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Macro Photography

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

                      I have been saving for this lens and was so happy to finally be able to get it. I have wanted to do macro for a long time. I have tried extension tubes but they really weren't much better then my other lenses. Even though I haven't had the lens but about 2 weeks, I have gotten some great shots. I am looking forward to using it as more flowers bloom. I also used it to take some pictures of a friend and the pictures were excellent, sharp and clear subject with great bokeh.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great product

                      By Manas

                      from Los Angeles, CA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Macro Photography

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

                        This is a superb macro lens!

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Macro and portrait, an excellent lens

                        By Marcelo

                        from Bronx, NY

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Macro Photography

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

                          I've been using this lens for a month and I can say that since you take this lens in your hands you realized that it is a very high quality product. It is my first macro lens and it has been very easy to use. As a f/2.8 lens it is very bright and it works very nice in dark situations. I had the idea that a macro lens was useful only for macro photography, however it was for my surprise that this lens works very nice for portraits as well. A highly recommended lens.

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                          3.0

                          There's a lemon in every batch.

                          By SoCal Shooter

                          from Southern California

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Anticipated Sharper Image

                          Best Uses

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

                            When shooting with my new lens mounted to my 5D, the images I tried shooting (Macro, flowers) just didn't seem as sharp as those I came across when deciding on the purchase. And even after comparing the lens with a friends shot of like images, the images my new lens shot just seemed a bit softer. I was told on forums that sometimes this happens. Not sure what to do about it. I actually wish I hadn't sold my non "L" 100mm macro now.

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                            5.0

                            Must have for macro

                            By Merrick

                            from Jamaica

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

                            Upgraded from the non IS version (that was awesome in itself) but I needed this for my shaky hands. This really does not need another review.

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                            5.0

                            Amazing Macro Lens!

                            By mrsteresagonzalez

                            from West Palm Beach, Florida

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

                            This is hands down the most amazing macro lens I've ever had!!! Good for capturing the small details in weddings! I would highly recommend this lens!

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