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CanonEF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens
 
4.8

(based on 779 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (596)
  • Consistent output (468)
  • Easily interchangeable (398)
  • Strong construction (381)
  • Durable (332)

Cons

  • Heavy (145)
  • Slow focus (105)
  • Poor in low light (26)
  • Weak casing (13)
  • Blurry focus (5)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (413)
  • Portraits (138)
  • Wildlife photos (110)
  • General purpose (103)
  • Weddings (100)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (205), Enthusiast (143), Semi-pro photographer (103), Semi-professional (75), Casual photographer (70)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (332), Yes (26)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent for wildlife macro!

I shoot mostly desert wildlife and landscapes in Southern California. I needed a longer lens for my macro work since I only had the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 USM (which is excellent,...Read complete review

I shoot mostly desert wildlife and landscapes in Southern California. I needed a longer lens for my macro work since I only had the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 USM (which is excellent, by the way).
This lens is exactly what I wanted. The focal length is perfect on my 60D (APS-C sensor) for the subjects that I shoot. So far I have owned this lens for less than a week but took it on a 2-day backpacking trip in the Colorado Desert in California.

Auto-Focus:
The AF is fast and pretty accurate but it is not always reliable. However, to be fair, I think the main limitation is the less than spectacular AF system in the 60D. I mainly use manual focus anyway because it is much more precise and it is what I am used to.

Construction:
The construction is good. The manual focus ring is rigid and smooth. The weight is manageable. Compared to the tiny 60mm Macro, this thing is quite large and heavy. I have no problems walking around all day with this lens equipped. Even though the lighter weight and size of the 60mm is wonderful for hiking and backpacking, the longer focal length of this 100mm lens is just SO GOOD that the extra weight is worth it.

Image Quality & Performance:
VERY SHARP. Compared to the 60mm, I'd say the IQ is equal. Both are extremely sharp corner to corner even wide open. But the longer focal length of the 100mm brings the background closer and gives a very pleasing out-of-focus blur. Another thing I LOVE about this focal length is that the extra working distance to my subject is AWESOME. I don't have to worry about scaring off some of the shy animals I photograph... and it also allows me to keep my distance from the dangerous ones! Low light performance is good. I prefer not to use artificial lighting but I have not yet had problems even with very close macro subjects in shady conditions or landscapes at dawn & dusk. Yes, this lens can be used for landscapes. The medium telephoto capacity brings distant mountains up close which can allow some interesting compositions that you won't get with a wide angle.
Did I mention that I LOVE this focal length?

Value:
I think the price is fair considering what you get. AWESOME IQ. Good AF. Good construction. And AWESOME IQ!
You can get the L version if you have extra cash to spend but IS is extraneous if you can develop good shooting techniques.

Bottom-line:
I've put several miles of hiking on this lens over a few days. I can confidently say that this glass will go with me every time I go on an adventure.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

High Class, but in this range, not necessarily the best available

Having been a user of various Macro/Micro lenses over many years as a Professional, I can fairly state that although this still does rank among the best available in the 50-100mm range,...Read complete review

Having been a user of various Macro/Micro lenses over many years as a Professional, I can fairly state that although this still does rank among the best available in the 50-100mm range, I feel that it is no longer the best option available to Canon Macro enthusiasts. This is coming from someone who covets an extensive range of incomparable Canon L series lenses! Having recently been in the position of being able to compare an array of modern Macro lenses side by side, (with fellow club members in Japan) I feel that it doesn't hold a candle to two of the new Sigma models. The 70mm f2.8 and 150mm f2.8 ! Both of them floor it with regards to bokeh, and in the area of extremely fast focus and superb color rendition. I never thought I'd say this, but in this case, Canon has a little catching-up to do. It just seems a little dated against these two phenomenal lenses. One important point to remember if you do go ahead and purchase this lens, is not to bother buying the totally useless accessory tripod adapter ring. It comes with an inner plastic sleeve to fit it to this particular lens, but all it does is jam & jerk whilst being turned! It feels absolutely third-rate, and is a total waste of money! A very good lens, but in this case can be bettered at the price. (I went for the Sigma 150mm f2.8 Macro to replace my current Canon 180mm f3.5 Macro. Believe me, it's that good!)

Expertise: 37 years as a working pro in various areas of wildlife & nature photography

Problems Encountered: That absolutely awful accessory tripod ring!

Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Nikon 55mm, 105mm & 200mm Micro lenses. Canon 50mm & 180mm Macro lenses.

Items I Recommend: Nil

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4.0

Great purchase

By ClickChick723

from MO

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

Great lens. Fairly light for its size. Without IS can be hand held down to about 1/60 sec.

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5.0

I would buy this product again!

By Julia

from Los Angeles

Verified Buyer

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

Professional pictures, intraoral pictures in a dental office

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5.0

Looking forward to another great lens !

By Ernie J

from Chattanooga, TN / Ringgold< GA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography

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

    I shoot cast headshots, for Community Theatre productions in Ringgold, GA. I have used a 50mm Macro lens, for my portrait shots, and am looking forward to using this my new Canon 100mm Macro Lens not only for the Canon quality, but also for
    more separation between my subject and the camera.
    I have been using Canon products for over 50 years, and have never been disappointed with any!

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    • No

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    4.0

    Welcome to Macro Photograhy to Me

    By Lil Stevie

    from NYC

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

    Still getting used to the lens and now using my remote shutter and tripod more than ever

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    5.0

    new possibilities

    By d nelson

    from ukiah, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Video

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

      I'm enjoying the new macro possibilities. I'm finding best results require using a tripod if up real close and shooting f8 or higher. If money was no object, then I might prefer the IS version. But as it is I'm happily sharing clear and clean macro images on my blog.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Sharp images for a reasonable price

      By Genickstarre NYC

      from New York, NY

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography

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

        This lens is a must - have prime lens. You definitely get the best bang for your buck. Super sharp, crisp pictures, fast lens. Ideal for close ups. The only thing missing is the lens hood - you have to order it separately.

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        • No

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        5.0

        love this lens

        By Moshe

        from Chicago , IL

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Sports/Action
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          great quality output. super sharp image on my canon 7D

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          5.0

          Great Canon lense

          By kaskao big foot

          from Pompano beach FL

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Tough To Attach

          Best Uses

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

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

          Very Glad. The product meets my all my needs.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Very Versatile

          By EiNY

          from NYC

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Rugged

          Cons

          • Af 'hunts' Occasionally

          Best Uses

          • Commercialproduct
          • Headshots
          • Macro Photography

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

          In the past I've rented this lens for the occasional commercial project but I picked up a job where I needed the lens for a couple of weeks so it finally made sense to buy one. I mainly shoot headshots and I love my 70-200 but I'm really impressed with this 100 mm.

          Images are crisp across the frame and with very little CA. The bokeh probably isn't as 'creamy' as the 70-200 at full tele but it's less than 25% of the cost and it feels like 10% of the weight!

          In fact, with a 50 mm f/1.4 on one body and this 100 mm on the other, my 70-200 hasn't been out of the bag - at least, not in the studio.

          It's great for macro work - having rented the 100 mm L IS I don't really see a huge advantage, particularly given the current price differential.

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          5.0

          Awesome

          By nick

          from virginia beach

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Tripod is a must

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

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

          Great lens!

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great Lense for cropped sensor camers li

          By Rich in PA

          from Palo Alto California

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Strong Construction
          • Works With Ef And Efs

          Cons

          • Not Cheap

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

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

          Excellent optics, great build quality.

          I am mainly using this for macro work, but also use it as a 100mm prime lense.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Macro Lens

          By Henry(NJ)

          from Union City, New Jersey

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography

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

            Love it! I had to wait for some time before I could buy it but it was worth the wait!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Love it!

            By Lucy

            from Boston

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

            Great purchase at a great price! Also experienced great customer service with b&h. Will definitely be giving them more of my service.

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            5.0

            EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens by Canon

            By Ken

            from Reading PA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            This lens is very sharp and perfect for the macro photography I do which consists mostly of flowers and insects and at 100 mm is a good mid telephoto lens also. Being USM the focus is quiet, fast, and accurate but as with most macro lens you will want to use manual focus when shooting macro. The lens is well built and does not have that "cheap plastic" feel some others do. The lens is a bit heavy but I use a tripod for my macro work so for me that is not an issue. Overall this is a fantasic lens and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good reasonably priced macro lens.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great lens

            By submariner

            from Bronx, NY

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography
              • Wildlife Photos

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

              I use the lens primarily when photographing insects and plants, though it also does well when taking portraits.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Fast & Sharp!

              By Chick That Clicks

              from WA State

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography
                • Weddings/Events

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

                I bounced back and forth between this and the L glass; who doesn't want L glass of course but since I use this for wedding photography and shoot just details with it I didn't feel that making the jump in price to the L was needed. After much research I decided this would fit the bill for what it was going to be used for. I'm so impressed with the image quality of this lens and happy I chose it.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Fun lens

                By Keith

                from Tampa, FL

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Macro Photography

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

                  I got the lens to take pictures of the butterflies and bugs in the backyard butterfly garden. It has not disappointed one bit as I've been able to take clear, crisp close-ups of numerous insects that I didn't know existed. Great for portraits as well.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Good Macro for those on a budget

                  By NinaL

                  from Chicago, IL

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography
                    • Portrait

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

                    I have only been using this as a portrait lens so far, but backgrounds have been soft and creamy and focus has been sharp. I'm used to having IS in a lens, so I'll have to get used to this, but I didn't feel spending so much more for the IS version was worth it. For macro work, of course a tripod will be necessary.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Excellent lens!

                    By BLG

                    from Austin, TX

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography

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

                    An absolutely crystal clear image from this lens. Feels solid (and it's heavy). Great for both telephoto and macro.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Good lens

                    By Beth

                    from Seattle

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Macro Photography

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

                      I've really been enjoying this lens. I wish I'd splurged on the IS lens, because it's hard to keep steady in certain positions. But a monopod really helps.

                      On a tripod, the images are exceptionally sharp and colorful.

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                      • No

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