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CanonEF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens
 
4.9

(based on 1420 reviews)

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    (156)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (834)
  • Consistent output (826)
  • Nice bokeh (761)
  • Strong construction (706)
  • Durable (645)

Cons

  • Slow focus (133)
  • Heavy (109)
  • Poor in low light (31)
  • Pricey / poor value (13)
  • Weak casing (13)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (1226)
  • Low light (441)
  • Weddings (421)
  • Wildlife photos (301)
  • Landscape/scenery (263)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (1025), Yes (55)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (552), Semi-pro photographer (393), Pro photographer (279), Casual photographer (76), Photography student (40)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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

Incredible Lense

By Tom

from Eugene, Or

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography

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

    I bought this to use my 6D. I like the Sharpness and extremely quick focus. This is my first macro lens and is very impressive.

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    5.0

    I would buy this product again

    By gary

    from salt lake city

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography

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

      wonderful macro crazy sharp

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      5.0

      Nothing substitutes for a good Macro

      By Wells Fargo

      from Loveland, Colorado

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography

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

        Many zoom lenses come with a Macro setting, and, at medium distances, they serve just fine. But if you really need precise, clear, close-up control for nature photography or even art, nothing substitutes for a good Macro lens. This is one of the best. Relatively speaking it is well made and light enough to carry in your pack with other format lenses, yet is versatile at less than close-up distances, besides. When you move in close without second chances, this is the lens to count on. Even though I am an amateur photographer, the confidence of "quality" results is definitely reassuring.

        Right out of the box, this lens is more than a point-and-shoot lens and may surprise you, especially the three-zone switch. Advice: Make sure you read the instruction book to learn how to use it to best advantage.

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        5.0

        I've died and gone to heaven

        By BabyBunker

        from Atlanta, GA

        About Me Pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

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

          I love using macro to photograph jewelry, small product and a personal favorite flowers. Years ago Canon didn't have a L series macro. I had to use the standard macro. For a gift, my husband upgraded me to the L series and I couldn't be happier. This lens is amazing! Its just as good as my 70-200 2.8 L series but packed into a macro. This lens will not disappoint.

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          5.0

          Great Lens

          By R.Wiskirchen

          from Mechanicsburg, Ohio

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography

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

            Been wanting to break into Macro Photography. This lens is outstanding. Focus ring does have a lot of travel, but this works well for fine tuning. A Focusing Rail is also very handy to have. A Tele-converter is next on my list of accessories to buy.

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            5.0

            Awesome Macro

            By SP

            from VT

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • 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 have been using this lens for wedding detail shots. It is wonderful for the rings, dress, shoes etc... It also takes beautiful portraits.
            The IS is noisy and the AF is a little slow at times but there is an option to turn off the IS and use MF.
            For the money and the amount that I have already used this lens, it definitely gets 5 stars.

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            5.0

            Great Lens

            By Cosmetic Dentist

            from Mount Pleasant, SC

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            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography

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

            We bought this lens for dental photography with Canon MR-14EX II Macro Ring Lite and Canon EOS Rebel T6i DSLR Camera. It is heavier than the Nikon D70, Nikon macro lens and Nikon ring flash that it is replacing but the images have consistently better color and more accurate exposures.

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            5.0

            Just order it already....

            By Dr. Bob

            from Chesapeake, VA

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography
              • Product photos
              • Wedding Rings Cake Detai

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

              Flagship Macro. L-Series quality you expect. Will not disappoint. Results are only limited to your creativity. It's only downside is that it will make you want to buy more macro equipment. "Break out the focusing rails!!"

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              5.0

              Fantastic lens

              By Hstrynrd

              from Colorado

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography
                • Weddings/Events

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

                I haven't had a lot of time with this lens yet, but it is quickly becoming one of my favorites. This lens is opening a whole new world for me with the amazing sharpness that one can expect from Canon L glass

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                5.0

                Love this lens!

                By Filmgirl2289

                from New York

                About Me Pro Photographer

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography

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

                  This lens is really great for food and product photography. It's ability to focus on sharp details is amazing. Worth every penny!

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                  5.0

                  Great Lens

                  By Terry

                  from Arizona

                  About Me Photography Student

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography

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

                    I purchased this lens specifically for macro photography. I really like the IS features and the different focusing features. After receiving the lens, I took a close up photo of a flower. Reviewing the photo, I noticed a VERY small bug on part of the stem. The great thing about this is that I did not see it.

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                    5.0

                    Great Lens

                    By Terry

                    from Arizona

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

                    I purchased this lens to use exclusively for macro photography. After receiving it I took photos of a flower. As I looked at the photo I saw a very small bug on the stem. Now I did not see it when I took the photo. This is a great lens that produces tremendous photos.

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                    5.0

                    exceeded expectations

                    By owen

                    from westchester

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Macro Photography
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

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

                      i knew this lens was sharp fast, from all the reviews I've read and watched online before i bought it; but once i got my hands on it my mind was blown. this is my favorite lens now and is probably the best piece of glass ill ever buy. i highly highly recommend it. i use it mostly for macro and i sometimes use extensions tube that work perfectly with it. i was deciding between this and the 65mm 5X macro, whatever the name is, and i went with this and thank god i did, the 100mm focal distance is great and and works amazingly in a verity of settings. GET THIS LENS

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                      5.0

                      Great lens

                      By Ed

                      from Ringwood,NJ

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Macro Photography

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

                        Canon E series lens is everything I came to expect. Wonderful portrait lens as well as macro photography. As with all E series lens its a little heavy but well worth it.

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                        4.0

                        Great image quality, slow autofocus

                        By DavidV

                        from Space Coast, FL

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Poor in Low Light
                        • Slow Focus

                        Best Uses

                        • Macro Photography
                        • Wildlife Photos

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

                        I use this lens mostly on a 7D2. It makes very nice images very sharp (even on the crop sensor camera), high contrast, great background blur. I like it a lot and I'm not going to be parting with it any time soon.

                        However, the autofocus performance in low light has been something of a disappointment. Almost all of my other lenses outperform this one as far as autofocus goes; even zoom lenses like the 70-300mm f4-f/5.6L with smaller max aperture do many times better than this one in the same conditions. In medium-low to low light I find myself in manual with this lens more often than not. I guess I expected better for a fast L series prime.

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                        5.0

                        There is a bit of a learning curve, but so is Macro.

                        By Shutterbug

                        from MN

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                        Pros

                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Nice Bokeh

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro Photography

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

                          I've had the 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS for a week. There is a definite learning curve. I am new to Macro, so I was expecting it. The definition and detail that this lens captures is remarkable. The weight is not an issue for me, as others have mentioned. I use it with my Canon 70D and an extender.

                          The bokeh is unsurpassed. This lens challenges the photographer's creativity and gives photos depth.

                          I had debated purchasing this lens, due to the cost. I am glad that I saved up for it. It has the quality of an "L", it has already allowed even my first photos to reach a new skill level.

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                          5.0

                          Great detail and it's what you'd expect from a red ring

                          By RallyGibson

                          from Portland, OR

                          About Me Photography Student

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Macro Photography
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Weddings/Events

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

                            I've been using this lens on my Sony a7ii and its great! Pretty crazy how close you can get to your subject. The detail is outstanding. Only downside is that it is a plastic lens, although it feels just as sturdy as any other L lens (which is why I didn't give it a 4/5) Optics are sharp and crisp, bokeh is buttery and delicious (comparable to Zeiss bokeh). This lens is THE macro lens, all others are just trying to keep up. Also, the IS helps a lot when you're shooting up close indoors with not a lot of light. I also realized that this lens makes for a wonderful portrait lens on a Full Frame camera. Renders skin tones very nicely.

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                            5.0

                            Professional work with a pro lens

                            By Paul

                            from Ridgewood, NJ, USA

                            About Me 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
                              • Video

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

                              I am a technical photographer and video maker. I find this lens to be very sharp and fun to work with. The AF is accurate and fast. I have tried using two extension rings too with good success (36 mm total) with a 5DM3. My only warning is to watch the direction of light when you use this lens. Enjoy!

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                              5.0

                              I woud buy this again

                              By Kris

                              from Wildwood Crest, NJ

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • Poor in Low Light

                              Best Uses

                              • Macro Photography

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

                              Love this lens, I don't have a bad comment to make. excellant quality len.

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                              5.0

                              Canon made MAGIC.

                              By By L.A.W. Photography

                              from Superior, WI

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • Slow Focus

                              Best Uses

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

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

                              I have a deep love of Canon L-series lenses, but I didn't have a macro lens I loved, so when I got a chance, I picked up this one. As others mention, the bokeh is ridiculously perfect. The focus and clarity are every bit the best Canon has to offer: I would argue that only the TS lenses are sharper. If you're looking for an autofocus lens that will do 1:1--stop drilling, you hit oil.

                              That said, as much as I do love this lens and have it mounted on my camera a LOT, the autofocus is really laggy. It goes out to infinity...then back...then out...then back...then just gives up quite often. I find that as long as there is good light, it will find the focus, and the limiter does help some, but in mid-light to low-light, just save yourself the waiting and switch to manual. I know a lot of shooters use manual anyway, but because of my eyes, I can't tell exactly what's "sharp" until the camera beeps, so manual is harder for me to use.

                              Even for all that, I still would recommend this lens (hey--I'm giving it 5 stars) and I still love it and I still use it. Like every other lens, it's not for every scenario, but what it does, it does so bloody well, it's amazing. You might even say it's MAGIC!

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