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CanonEF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens
 
4.8

(based on 764 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (588)
  • Consistent output (461)
  • Easily interchangeable (391)
  • Strong construction (375)
  • Durable (326)

Cons

  • Heavy (144)
  • Slow focus (105)
  • Poor in low light (26)
  • Weak casing (13)
  • Blurry focus (5)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (403)
  • Portraits (138)
  • Wildlife photos (106)
  • General purpose (103)
  • Weddings (99)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (198), Enthusiast (143), Semi-pro photographer (100), Semi-professional (75), Casual photographer (70)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (323), Yes (25)

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

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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    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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      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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        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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        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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          5.0

          As good as it gets

          By Brian

          from Austin, TX

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                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

                      About Me Photography Student

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                            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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                            5.0

                            Great lens 4 close up detail photography

                            By Richard F Shuttered Light Photography

                            from Santa Clarita

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Nice Bokeh

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Macro Photography
                              • Video
                              • Weddings/Events

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

                              I work as a product and fashion photographer during the week and wedding photographer during the weekend.

                              I've been using the same lens at work to take detail shots of women's accessories. I bought the same lens for my wedding business for detail shots of the ring, shoes and decors.

                              You will really see the difference between a true macro lens compared to a regular lens that has "macro capability".

                              I would highly recommend this to serious photographers. It is worth the investment.

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                              4.0

                              great macro lens for cost

                              By PGDJ

                              from Silver Spring, MD

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Nice Bokeh

                              Cons

                              • Slow Focus
                              • Tough To Attach

                              Best Uses

                              • Macro Photography

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

                              much better value than the L series lens of the same nature

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                              4.0

                              Perfect for Jewelry Photography

                              By Chris

                              from Columbia, SC

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Macro Photography

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

                                Excellent lens for jewelry photography. Detail is stunning.

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                                5.0

                                Love the 100mm

                                By Edibles Exposed

                                from Minnetonka, MN

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Food And Product
                                  • Macro Photography

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

                                  I've borrowed a 100mm before and couldn't wait to have my own. A great lens for food and product photography as well as macro. I'm very excited to use this lens for a long time.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great lens

                                  By John

                                  from Charlottesville, VA

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

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

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

                                    This is my first maco lens and it's perfect for wedding photography. Definitely reccomend to anyone who is just starting out.

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                                    4.0

                                    Great Lens

                                    By jwhmusic

                                    from New York, NY

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Nice Bokeh

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Macro Photography

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

                                      All the reviews raved about this lens - and it didn't disappoint. Great, affordable macro lens - super sharp. If you don't want to spend a fortune on the L series lens, this is the one to get.

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                                      5.0

                                      Love this lens!

                                      By PaulaT.

                                      from Indiana, USA

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Reviewer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Landscape/Scenery
                                        • Macro Photography

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

                                        I am an amateur nature photographer, still learning my Canon T4i camera. I love this lens. I take floral photos and the images are nice and sharp. I am finding things in the flowers that I could never see with just my eyes.

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                                        5.0

                                        As promised.

                                        By Mine

                                        from Massachusetts

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

                                        Crisp colors, sharp focus. Heavier than a zoom.

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