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

(based on 1563 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (914)
  • Consistent output (902)
  • Nice bokeh (840)
  • Strong construction (768)
  • Durable (703)

Cons

  • Slow focus (146)
  • Heavy (120)
  • Poor in low light (33)
  • Weak casing (15)
  • Pricey / poor value (14)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (1337)
  • Low light (471)
  • Weddings (458)
  • Wildlife photos (329)
  • Landscape/scenery (283)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (597), Semi-pro photographer (430), Pro photographer (306), Casual photographer (82), Photography student (42)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (1135), Yes (61)

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

Awesome lens

By JL

from 95630

Verified Buyer

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

Very nice lens to take macro pictures and portraits. Really enjoying owning it.

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5.0

love this canon product... super lens

By magoo

from palatine illinois

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography

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

    excellent for macro photograpy... flowers and insects

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    5.0

    Amazing Lens

    By Yehleen

    from Covington, Louisiana

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

    I love this lens. The quality is just beautiful and so sharp! It's worth it!

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Ideal Lens for Jewelry Photography!

    By JuliaPhotoFL

    from Largo, FL

    About Me Pro Photographer

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography

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

    I LOVE this lens for shooting jewelry! You need to utilize stack focusing if you want more than the tiniest bit of the item in focus however. I have a machine that does that for me (Ortery Photobox available here), but you can use Photoshop to stack. Just shoot multiple shots at different focal points (focus and recompose to center of object for each shot) put all image layers into one document, Then go to "Edit" "Auto-Align" projection option select "auto" then go to "Edit" "Auto-Blend Layers" select "stack". I've had great success. I've also used this lens for straight macro photography (plants, insects, etc.) also with fantastic results---gorgeous bokeh as well. I am beyond delighted!

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    4.0

    Very Nice

    By bashful bob

    from NC

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography
      • Sports/Action

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

      It is a nice fast lens with good glass, quick focus and is very versatile. I shoot everything from wild flowers to stock cars with it.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great macro lens

      By Kirk

      from Lewistown, PA

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography

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

        Very nice lens. It is fixed and most of the lens I own are zoom lens so I was kind of worried. But, the picture quality is great and fantastic for taking pictures of flowers and other macro subjects.

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        5.0

        excellent lens for good micro shoots

        By Bob

        from Boston

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          good price for such a good lens. Excellent micro pictures, stabilization feature is excellent to use when taking really close pictures

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          4.0

          Suited My Needs Perfectly

          By AMK

          from Baltimore, MD

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          Pros

          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography
            • Sports/Action

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

            There were 2 lenses I really wanted, a macro lens and a telephoto lens. I couldn't afford to buy 2 lenses, but this lens really helped with all my needs. I can take a photo of a flower up close and then turn around and photograph my son playing in his baseball game much better than I could before. :-D

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            • Yes

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            5.0

            Great lens for portraits and macro photography

            By kpt

            from Boston, MA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography

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

              Great lens for food photography and any application requiring detail views.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Macro review

              By Dislogical

              from Queens, New York

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography

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

                Teaching me a new perspective about photography.

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                • No

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                (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Tight as a knot

                By mark benjamin

                from NY NY

                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

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

                  Making TV series you need to paint every scene with the appropriate brush.
                  If you want to film a 'eye ball and lashes' close up there is only one lens for that. The 100mm macro. You can full frame a dime from 5 inches from the
                  front element. The lens is also so sharp you can use it for many applications
                  and it has a great stabilizer.

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                  5.0

                  Glad I made the purchase!

                  By Ryan LaPlante Creative

                  from Minneapolis, MN

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    I purchased this lens for macro photos at weddings. I am very happy with the purchase. The shipping was fast and got to me before my wedding season started for 2016! I would recommend this lens to any canon shooter.

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                    5.0

                    I love this lens ( 100 F2.8 macro)

                    By PNUTZ

                    from Brookings , Oregon

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Sports/Action

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

                      I really like macro and this my first macro and what I like the most is the sharpness and especially the longer working distance.

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                      5.0

                      Great Macro Lens

                      By Greg

                      from San Jose, CA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Macro Photography

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

                        This lens makes it fun to give macro photography fun. This lense is very clear and the focus is fast, great for portraits too. This is a real quality piece of glass.

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                        5.0

                        awesome

                        By Jody

                        from Wall, NJ

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        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:

                          Light, sharp and accurate. I am an amateur learning macro for the first time and this sense is spoiling me. I still need to get adjust to the differences in depth of field but really enjoying the experience.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          More than just a macro lens

                          By Ron

                          from Pennsylvania

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Nice Bokeh

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Macro Photography
                            • Weddings/Events

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

                            Although this is an excellent macro lens, it is also a very versatile lens. I enjoy most photography genres and I find this lens performs at an exceptional level for all of them. I use it for landscape and portrait photography, as well as macro and closeup. Every Canon lens I own is very sharp and this lens does not disappoint.

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                            5.0

                            Also nice for portraits

                            By Jerryrigged

                            from Modesto, CA

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                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Macro Photography
                              • Portraits
                              • Weddings/Events

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

                              Bought this to help with detail shots at weddings. Have found it works very nicely for Portraits (examples included). When not shooting macro, I usually leave the AF range limiter set to use the entire focus range... it really doesn't focus too slowly. Very Sharp!

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                              5.0

                              Worth every penny

                              By Flappy the Clown

                              from Buffalo NY

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

                              This is my first L series lens and lemme say.... Wow. I understand the price points on them now. Some serious glass. Was very torn between this and a tamron macro but very happy with this lens.

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                              5.0

                              I would buy this product again.

                              By Lisa

                              from New Jersey

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Lightweight
                              • Nice Bokeh

                              Cons

                              • Slow Focus

                              Best Uses

                              • Macro Photography

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

                              I'm new to the world of Macro Photography. This lens is going to take some time to get use to. But if there is one thing I have learned is you get what you paid for...I only buy Canon lenses with the red ring and none of my Canon lenses have ever failed me!

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                              5.0

                              Great macro lens

                              By Choi

                              from La Mirada, CA

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

                              Better than expected.

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