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

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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"

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 (807)
  • Consistent output (793)
  • Nice bokeh (725)
  • Strong construction (678)
  • Durable (624)

Cons

  • Slow focus (126)
  • Heavy (107)
  • Poor in low light (28)
  • Pricey / poor value (13)
  • Weak casing (12)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (1172)
  • Low light (430)
  • Weddings (404)
  • Wildlife photos (293)
  • Landscape/scenery (252)
    • Was this a gift?:
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    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (535), Semi-pro photographer (375), Pro photographer (265), Casual photographer (73), Photography student (37)

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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

The best lens in my kit.

By DGS Photo

from Clinton, TN

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    Using this lens for macro shots. Excellent images and preforms better than expected. By far the best I have seen. I would advise anyone who wants to the best macro shots to get this lens.

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    5.0

    Impressive, light and a must have!

    By Javo

    from Cincinnati, OH

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Macro Photography
      • Night Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Video

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

      We bought this lens to get more detail video on our product tutorial and to use in our product shots as well. Like the title says its an impressive lens! The image quality is amazing, focus speed is like no other and versatility is amazing. Forgot the build is just like a tank! One thing I notice is if the focal setting is not set the lens will focus a bit slower but thats expected with a macro lens. But all in all this lens is a must have! It has added another point of view i didn't think was necessary till this gem came along.

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      5.0

      Essential for u/w macro/supermacro

      By Guido

      from San Diego, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography

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

      The best macro/supermacro lens on the market that fits most u/w camera housings. This is my 3rd 100mm lens from Canon - please don't ask why.

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      5.0

      Use this lens for nearly everything!

      By yamark

      from Lexington, KY

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        I am a macro photographer for fun but earn my money in portraits and video work. This 100L is my go to lens for nearly everything. It can deliver superbly in every situation I throw at it. It can be slow to focus in lower light. However, when you learn how to maximize it's focus capabilities, it becomes easy.

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        5.0

        Great lens, great value.

        By Shaun

        from Charleston, SC

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography
          • Weddings/Events

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

          This lens is fantastic. Great for tight head shots and detail shots. Extremely sharp, and affordable as an L lens.

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          5.0

          A Must Have Lense.

          By Raed

          from Melbourne

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

          this lense has exceed my expectations, all from very fast focus to sharper images.
          I just can't get out with out this lense.

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          4.0

          Max sharp min depth of field

          By Bazilikus

          from San Diego, CA

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Blurry Focus

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

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

          I love how sharp the image comes out. The first thing I did was taking pictures of a snail outside. Although it looks extremely sharp, even at f/10 I could get one side of a snail in focus, focusing manually. Only then I found out from blogs that shallow depth of field was a main con of macro photography in general. There are tricks to work around this though. I still like the lens and keeping it.

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          5.0

          Super Lens

          By Dubelu

          from Indianapollis

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography

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

            Great for macro.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great Lens

            By Take 45

            from Lake Hopatcong, NJ

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography
              • Video

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

              I bought this to shoot a food commercial. Worked fantastic. Nice, clear, clean, close up footage and images.

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              5.0

              ONE OF THE BEST !!!

              By Fersal

              from La Paz, BCS MEX

              About Me Pro Photographer

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              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography
              • Weddings/Events

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

              I not only use this for MACRO, for portraid is excelent, it has to be L.

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              5.0

              Another L lens that delivers

              By Matt

              from New Market, MD

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography
                • Weddings/Events

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

                This great little Lens is another of Canon's L series that is both remarkable in build quality and shots taken. It has a quick and acurate focus, is great for both macro and portait work as well. At 2.8 you can really blow the background out nicely on a subject. Shooting portraits I love focusing on the eyes and blowing out the rest, makes for dramatic shots.

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                5.0

                Dead on

                By JR

                from Houston, Texas

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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

                      This lens is by far the best in auto focusing a sharp really nice image. Every time I use it I'm just amazed at the quality.

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                      5.0

                      bad lens

                      By Teresa

                      from Boyertown, Pa

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

                      Favorite by far. Grateful to be able to finally add this lens to my equipment inventory

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                      5.0

                      CLOSE UPS!!!

                      By Prince

                      from queens , Ny

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Video

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

                        Great really sharp closeups persist shots.

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                        5.0

                        Canon L-series Doesn't Disappoint!!

                        By Photoguy

                        from USA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Macro Photography
                          • Weddings/Events

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

                          This lens is an excellent macro lens and also an excellent lens for portraits. The image stabliization helps give the extra edge when needed. L-series build quality and image quality.

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                          5.0

                          Amazing!

                          By Wes

                          from San Antonio, Tx

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Lightweight
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Macro Photography
                            • Weddings/Events

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

                            This lens is just amazing. It is so smooth and very sharp! I had bought a Sigma version prior and it was loud and the focus would hunt. I sent it back to get this one and I'm VERY happy that I did. This lens is perfect!

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                            5.0

                            Wonderful lens

                            By Jonathan Yonkers

                            from Costa Rica

                            About Me Pro Photographer

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

                                  Great quality, light. I love it.

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                                  5.0

                                  One of the best !!!!

                                  By Albert

                                  from Chicago

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

                                  Very sharp lens. Great for macro as well other projects. Pictures are very sharp and color is great out this lens. I own few other L lenses from canon, and this one is on top. If you thinking of great macro lens this is the one. Buy it, you wont be sorry.

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                                  4.0

                                  Excellent Macros, decent focusing abilit

                                  By Marc Jacobs

                                  from Fairfield, CT

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                  • Slow Focus

                                  Best Uses

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

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

                                  The Lens is very helpful for the food photography that I do at work, but when it comes to taking photos of people for portraits, or things that are moving, the focusing comes to fall short a bit...

                                  All in all, a very good purchase; excellent image quality and wonderful bokeh.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great for macro and portraits

                                  By TD

                                  from Isanti, MN

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

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

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

                                    I've only done a few hand held macro shots so far but I'm very impressed! The IS really makes a difference. What has blown me away the most with this lens is how well it works for photojournalistic portraits! The length (on a FF camera) is perfect for stepping back and taking great shots with the background melting into creamy shapes and colors while the subject remains tack sharp. I haven't taken the lens off my 6D since I got it! The lens does hunt at macro distance but you have to set it to the right setting and use the manual focus or move the whole camera to dial it in.

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