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CanonEF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens
 
4.8

(based on 772 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (593)
  • Consistent output (465)
  • Easily interchangeable (397)
  • Strong construction (379)
  • Durable (329)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (410)
  • Portraits (138)
  • Wildlife photos (109)
  • General purpose (103)
  • Weddings (99)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (203), Enthusiast (143), Semi-pro photographer (101), Semi-professional (75), Casual photographer (70)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (329), 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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5.0

Great Canon lense

By kaskao big foot

from Pompano beach FL

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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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5.0

Very Versatile

By EiNY

from NYC

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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

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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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5.0

Great Lense for cropped sensor camers li

By Rich in PA

from Palo Alto California

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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.

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5.0

Macro Lens

By Henry(NJ)

from Union City, New Jersey

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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!

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    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

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    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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    5.0

    Great lens

    By submariner

    from Bronx, NY

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    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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      5.0

      Fast & Sharp!

      By Chick That Clicks

      from WA State

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      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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        5.0

        Fun lens

        By Keith

        from Tampa, FL

        About Me Photography Student

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        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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          4.0

          Good Macro for those on a budget

          By NinaL

          from Chicago, IL

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          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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            5.0

            Excellent lens!

            By BLG

            from Austin, TX

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            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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            4.0

            Good lens

            By Beth

            from Seattle

            About Me Casual Photographer

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            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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              5.0

              As good as it gets

              By Brian

              from Austin, TX

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                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    I really don't have anything bad to say other than it's a very heavy lens, so my wrist gets tired quickly. Other than that, this is a perfect lens. Image quality is outstanding - no fringing or warping, and everything is crystal clear.

                    If I could have justified the extra cost I'd have gotten the IS version because image stabilization would be very nice for handheld shots. I tend to shoot 1 or 2 stops low just to increase the shutter speed, and then fix it later in Camera RAW.

                    Oh, the autofocus is pretty wonky at closeup. It has a very hard time getting a proper focus, and often the focus goes berzerk (on my old Canon 450d). Not a big deal since macro photography is best done manual focus anyways.

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                    5.0

                    Oh, what fun it is...

                    By Lynnie

                    from MA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Macro Photography

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

                      Practicing but I'm loving this lens. I have taking images of flowers, inside and out, and different objects up close. I have also taken shots of my cat from a distant and love the way they came out. I have used the macro setting or manual setting on my Canon 60D for close ups but this lens is so much sharper on the details. Very happy with purchase. A little heavy but I use a tripod.

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                      5.0

                      Great lens for the price

                      By Kat

                      from San Antonio, TX

                      About Me Photography Student

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Macro Photography

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

                        I love this lens. Price was great and it works well for what I need it for. The lack of image stabilization just makes me require a tripod a little more but thats a small inconvenience.

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                        5.0

                        Amazing lens

                        By Michael

                        from Fairbanks, AK

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Lightweight
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Slow Focus

                        Best Uses

                        • Macro Photography

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

                        This lens is truly amazing! One thing to note for beginners in Macro Photography is that is almost impossible to autofocus when that close to an object, you'll want to manual focus. However, if you are shooting from a decent distance (as a standard 100mm) then the autofocus works fine and the quality is quite good. Also I would suggest shooting in burst mode to maximize the likelihood of a good shot, well that or use a macro/lens flash.

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                        5.0

                        New world and phenomenal quality

                        By DD

                        from North Carolina

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                        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:

                          Never used a macro lens much in the past..so I was not aware of the
                          "new world" it's opened up for me. I am a full time director of photography for a number of public television programs. We do not produce any "nature" programming, so I've never needed to use any macro imaging. Bought this lens for it's use as a high-quality medium telephoto, and am absolutely blown away by what it will do in its macro role, as well as serving as a telephoto. Macro is truly a new world for me to explore now. Image quality (sharpness, contrast, bokeh, color fidelity) is supreme with this lens. Love it.

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                          5.0

                          Love the details!

                          By Jp

                          from Cookevill, TN

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                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                                This is my first macro lense! It is just as wonderful as all the reviews say it is! Captures detail so beautifully!

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                                5.0

                                Awesome

                                By Wannabe Great Photographer

                                from Los Angeles, CA

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                • Heavy

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Macro Photography

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

                                I bought this for dental photography, but I also love it for taking macro photos of basically anything! Photos look great. Would recommend to anybody in the dental or medical profession for sure.

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