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CanonEF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens
 
4.8

(based on 798 reviews)

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    (141)

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    (12)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (603)
  • Consistent output (477)
  • Easily interchangeable (408)
  • Strong construction (386)
  • Durable (341)

Cons

  • Heavy (147)
  • Slow focus (105)
  • Poor in low light (26)
  • Weak casing (13)
  • Blurry focus (5)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (428)
  • Portraits (140)
  • Wildlife photos (114)
  • Weddings (106)
  • General purpose (103)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (209), Enthusiast (143), Semi-pro photographer (111), Semi-professional (75), Casual photographer (72)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (347), Yes (27)

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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5.0

I am glad I added this lens to my collection

By Hakim Benkrid

from Allentown, PA

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Nice Bokeh

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Macro Photography
    • Video
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    got this lens for Macro video/Photo. also it is a great 100mm prime for my C100

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    4.0

    HIgh quality lens

    By rebel

    from NJ

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography

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

      Sharp pictures, with little distortion.

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      • No

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      5.0

      AWESOME!!!!!

      By Dave

      from MA.

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        Mostly used for macro photogarphy...

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        • No

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Can't beat the price--or the results!

        By Robert

        from Newark, DE

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Sharp
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • No IS

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography
        • Portraits
        • Weddings/Events

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

        On more than one occasion, my wife and I have considered upgrading to Canon's L-series macro lens. However, every time we pull this out of the bag, we are blown away by the results. Would image stabilization be nice? Of course it would be. Even still, this is a great lens. I would estimate that upwards of 95% of the images taken with this lens are taken with flash, making IS irrelevant. Another great aspect of this lens is its sharpness--L-series quality to be certain. Given its lightweight and wonderful image quality, I would not hesitate to recommend this model to anyone. What's more, it has been very versatile as well. Although it is a specialty lens (for close up images) it has been wonderful for portraits as well. Anytime that I don't want to lug around my 70-200 2.8, this is the lens that gets thrown in the bag! Overall, an A quality piece of glass.

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        • Yes

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        5.0

        Macro Lens

        By photogirl

        from Gastonia, NC

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

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

          Just started using lens but from what I have done so far this is a great product. I am doing a wedding in a week so it will be a good test of what it can really do! Looking forward to shooting more with it.

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          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very happy with this lens.. well worth the money

          By Jen

          from New Castle,Pa.

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            Very happy with this lens.. I use it for up close pictures and potraits

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great lens

            By Rick

            from Boston, ma

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

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

            I'm using this lens in studio to shoot artwork. No need for the IS when shooting with strobe and using a tripod. Great lens, very sharp. Nothing negative to say about this lens.

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            5.0

            Love this lens!

            By CCPhoto

            from Massachusetts

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography
              • Night Photography
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

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

              I got this lens for many uses but mainly for wedding closeups (rings, hands, flowers, etc...) I am extremely happy with the quality of the photo i.e., the sharpness. Also wonderful for my garden photo closeups! A nice quality lens for the price.

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              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Lens

              By Bea

              from Missoula, MT

              Verified Buyer

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

              Mostly use for weddings. Sometimes I wish it was able to shoot a tab bit closer, but none the less a great lens. Pretty great auto focus, I usually though manually focus my shots.

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              5.0

              Great lens

              By Lynn

              from Georgia

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography

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

                Love the lens. Fast shipping and great purchase.

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                • No

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                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great portrait and macro lens

                By MAM in KY

                from Louisville, KY

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    I do some wedding photography on the side, and have always struggled with the detail shots (rings, etc.) -- even with my L glass.

                    After doing some research on macro lenses, and learning that this lens also had portrait potential, I rented it for a weekend, and then immediately purchased it thereafter. There is very little editing to be done on photos shot with this lens, and the detail is crazy sharp -- so much so that I could not see the reason to purchase the IS. If you have enough light, you will be good to go!

                    I took one super sharp photo after another of my 8-month old (and very active) nephew on a sunny day in the shade on an undulating boat. This was my first -- and favorite -- shot of the day. Processing included very minor skin smoothing and a saturation of the blues only. I highly recommend this lens!

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                    5.0

                    nice close up

                    By Fezzikdog

                    from Boston, Ma

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easily Interchangeable

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography

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

                    Great for taking close up photos. Shows nice detail.
                    I have to work on lighting to better help show off the item being filmed. Had a choice of this or the 60mm. This will be interchangeable if I ever change my camera body. The 60mm would only be good if I stayed with what I have.

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                    • No

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    I like it

                    By David

                    from Philadelphia

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography
                    • Portrait And Product

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

                    I am going to use this lens for small product and portrait work as well as macro. I could not afford the L lens with image stabilization. However, this lens works great since I will be using speedlites or tripod with my efforts. The lens is incredibly sharp. My technique for photographing bugs needs to improve as they don't stay still. The lens is a little heavy but I am not complaining. I am happy that the lens does not extend while focusing.

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                    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great lens

                    By NW

                    from Surprise, AZ

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Rugged

                    Cons

                    • No Image Stablization

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography
                    • Portraits
                    • Weddings/Events

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

                    I purchased this just recently, really great for the price and although not 'L series' the image quality is not far off from the 'L series' I also use it with the canon ef25 extension tube for even better macro capabilities. It's not a bad portrait lens either.

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great lens!

                    By Punisher911

                    from Michigan

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

                    Bought this to try out macro. Got a couple of good frog and flower pics. Will take some nice portraits at f2.8 too. Fast focus. Sturdy build. Decent price. What more could you ask for?

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                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Impressive lens

                    By Cin

                    from Phillips,ME

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Macro Photography

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

                      Still new to using the lens,but I am learning and happy with the results.

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                      • No

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                      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Terrific Macro Lens

                      By MTW

                      from NYC

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Macro Photography

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

                        Really great, good lens speed. Gave us terrific macro insight to subject we were shooting

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                        • No

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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great lense

                        By lola

                        from worcester, ma

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Nice Bokeh

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

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

                          Fast auto focus, you can get really close to the subject and very sharp

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                          • No

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Fabulous pictures right out of the box!

                          By Mountain Gal

                          from Wyoming

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

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

                            I was INSTANTLY pleased with this lens. I have had a chance to use it as both a portrait and macro lens in the short time I have had it and my photos have been impressing all!

                            So far, have only used it inside - can't wait to get it out into the woods next week!

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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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