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

(based on 1369 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (813)
  • Consistent output (803)
  • Nice bokeh (732)
  • Strong construction (687)
  • Durable (632)

Cons

  • Slow focus (128)
  • Heavy (108)
  • Poor in low light (28)
  • Pricey / poor value (13)
  • Weak casing (12)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (1185)
  • Low light (433)
  • Weddings (408)
  • Wildlife photos (294)
  • Landscape/scenery (252)
    • Was this a gift?:
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    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (540), Semi-pro photographer (380), Pro photographer (269), Casual photographer (73), Photography student (37)

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

Great Lens - Super-Sharp Accurate AF

By JonesNYC

from NYC

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography
    • Portrait

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

    Macro is my favorite type of photography and Canon's 100mm macro lens really delivers. Nice and fast (2.8), and super-sharp accurate focus - both of which are crucial for macro shots. Have used it as well for some casual portraits and I think it's now my favorite portrait lens. If you're serious about macro photography, skip the macro "setting" on other lenses - invest in a macro lens and unlock a whole new world of detail.

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    5.0

    Awesome lens

    By Sarah

    from Boonton, NJ

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

    This lens is absolutely wonderful. Great fall off with beautiful bokeh and perfectly crisp focus.

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    5.0

    Tremendous image quality

    By ryfoto

    from Phoenix

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography
      • Portraits

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

      Portraits are so sharp they might need softening. This is a light, but seemingly well-built multipurpose lens. Built for macro, but excellent at portraits.

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      5.0

      Amazing Lens

      By Kevin

      from Houston, TX

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography
        • Night Photography
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        The IS makes this lens awesome. I can shoot images at 1 to 1 handheld no problem and get very sharp images. I used this in the rainy humid environment of costa rica for a week and had no problem with fogging of the lens.

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        5.0

        Excellent Quality Pictures

        By eyephotodesign

        from Atlanta, GA

        About Me Pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Strong Construction
        • Tack sharp images

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

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

          I have been a professional photographer for 25 years, specializing in product photography. Being approached to photograph jewelry, I was not about to turn down business in today's market. I read all the reviews and tutorials, and settled upon Canon's EF25 II Extension tube to be used with my Canon 90 T/S lens to take advantage of the f-32 capability and the increased depth of field this f-stop provides. Not having any jewelry business, I was not ready to invest the money in a macro lens.

          I was never happy with the contrast and definition shooting white gold against white, trying everything from constant lights, timed exposures, and strobe lights with a tent. The crisp tack sharp lines were just not there. I tried several of my other L glass lenses as well using my extension tube.

          I rented the 100 mm Macro to try it out, and I was amazed at the difference. I am now able to blow up my images to 30" x 40" (with the help of Photoshop) for display with absolute clarity. I know medium format cameras are famous for this, but I do not have the business to invest $50K+ in an other camera system for just one purpose.

          With this lens, I am now able to provide large images, and the actual images are flawless out of the camera. My client is happy, and now I feel confident to pursue additional customers. All I care about are the results, which are excellent.

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          5.0

          Excellent quality!

          By KL

          from San Francisco, CA

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          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy
          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

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

          I purchased this lens mainly for its macro feature. I had to make a decision between the L and non-L, and fortunately I chose the L. The image stabilizer feature is especially useful for the macro, since I am a video shooter, I don't always use a tripod, and the IS does help a lot. As a lot of people mentioned, the focus does generate some sound, might cause a slight problem if you record sound via the internal mic..however, since most pro shooter uses external mic, shouldn't be a big issue..

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          5.0

          Excellent lens

          By JKOgden

          from Maine

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            I first used this a couple of years ago when Canon came to Acadia National Park to demo their products and offered learning courses. I had a great time photographing bugs and learning about it.

            This lens is so far durable and the clarity is excellent even zooming in several times.

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            5.0

            awesome!

            By Jackson

            from Illinois

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

            I just started newborns and love this lens! It's awesome for all the little details.

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            5.0

            sharp focus lens

            By hiker dan

            from lubbock, tx

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography

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

              i've just began close-up photography and after reading many lens reviews a purchased this wonderful lens. auto focus is very fast and manual focus is also fast and accurate. the lens is light and i can even hand hold it on some small subjects.

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              5.0

              Absolutely love this lens!

              By Guinness Tom

              from Tampa, FL

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              Pros

              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography

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

                I bought this lens just before Christmas, specifically for macro photography. I am very pleased with its performance. It also makes a great portrait lens. When the image stabilizer is turned on, the lens makes some noise, but I can live with it.

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                4.0

                Takes A Little Practice

                By Ludis

                from Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Lightweight
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Slow Focus

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography
                • Weddings/Events

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

                I like the size, weight, and picture quality. This is not a heavy lens. My only concern is the AF ... it can travel a lot, depending on the (side of the lens) focus range setting. I have to remember to set it according to estimated distance of the object I am shooting to ensure the quickest focusing ,.. this took some "getting used to". Now, that I am trained, it works quite well for me. Still, it doesn't always seem to focus as quickly as my "70-200" or my "24-70" - both Canon L-series.

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                5.0

                This is an AWESOME lens!

                By dib

                from Colorado

                About Me Pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Durable
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography

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

                  This is an AWESOME lens! I wasn't sure I like the size of it, but it's really easy to handle. I don't care for the long lens hood that's provided with it, so I've ordered a shorter one, with which I can use the Canon snap on lens cap.
                  I use the lens for close-up product photograpy, and really like the features such as being able to turn OFF or ON the auto focus and the Image Stabilizer. Also, being a 67mm filter size is really good because most of my other L Series lenses are 67mm. I you want a GREAT macro lens, this is it.

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                  5.0

                  Excellent quality lens

                  By Christina

                  from Virginia

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

                  Canon 100 mm S/2.8 L macro IS USM lens is a great lens for any kind of macro work but I've also found it to be a great lens for portraits as well. As a professional I like when a tool can be used for several purposes. I originally wanted this lens for ring shots and other details at weddings. Which is why I went with the IS capabilities. After using it for an engagement session I was impressed with the quality and bokeh for portraits. Highly recommend this lens for macro work and for portraits.

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                  5.0

                  Excellent choice!

                  By Felix

                  from New Jersey

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Pros

                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                      I have wanted a macro lens for years, and just purchased this one last week. I now have no idea why I waited so long! I have used it for human and animal portraits, nature studies and landscapes. My camera is a Canon Rebel t2i. The level of detail I can achieve with this lens is impressive. I haven't used it with a tripod yet, but it is possible to take stunning hand-held shots if you're very steady. I mainly used manual focus with this lens, and found that it's faster and easier than the auto focus. I am really happy I purchased it and I look forward to other future upgrades to my existing equipment.

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                      5.0

                      Canon Never Ceases to Amaze Me!

                      By CX JIM

                      from Quakertown, PA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        The Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro lens was all that I expected and more! My hope was to use it both as a macro lens (which I am still learning) and as a portrait lens. As usual Canon delivers an outstanding product that clearly exceeds their own stated expectations. Taking extremely clear portraits was as easy as can be with the lens doing most of the work. In addtion, the macro function of the lens allowed me to take shots that I could only dream of in the past. And, manual focus for macro use was much easier than I was lead to believe by comments posted here. All in all, this lens is a great L series lens that I believe most everyone would want to add to their camera bag.

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                        5.0

                        In Love!!!

                        By Yamilette

                        from San Juan, PR

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                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • 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:

                          Images sharp, fast autofocus. I use this mostly for ring shots and other wedding details.

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                          5.0

                          Ah, what I've been looking for!

                          By David

                          from St. Paul, MN

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Macro Photography

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

                            On the spectrum of photographers, I'm an avid hobbyist with a limited budget. I usually don't even consider buying "L" glass as it's more than I would normally pay for a "hobby." BUT, I've been looking for a great lens for portraits and macro photography... a lens that will last for years and give great results.

                            I've only had the lens for a few weeks and I am extremely pleased with it. I love how you can set the general focusing distance to speed up auto focusing for macro photography. The lens is extremely well built and produces tack-sharp photos.

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                            5.0

                            The best lens in my kit.

                            By DGS Photo

                            from Clinton, TN

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Macro Photography
                              • Wildlife Photos

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

                              Using this lens for macro shots. Excellent images and preforms better than expected. By far the best I have seen. I would advise anyone who wants to the best macro shots to get this lens.

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                              5.0

                              Impressive, light and a must have!

                              By Javo

                              from Cincinnati, OH

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                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Macro Photography
                                • Night Photography
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Video

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

                                We bought this lens to get more detail video on our product tutorial and to use in our product shots as well. Like the title says its an impressive lens! The image quality is amazing, focus speed is like no other and versatility is amazing. Forgot the build is just like a tank! One thing I notice is if the focal setting is not set the lens will focus a bit slower but thats expected with a macro lens. But all in all this lens is a must have! It has added another point of view i didn't think was necessary till this gem came along.

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                                5.0

                                Essential for u/w macro/supermacro

                                By Guido

                                from San Diego, CA

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                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:

                                The best macro/supermacro lens on the market that fits most u/w camera housings. This is my 3rd 100mm lens from Canon - please don't ask why.

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