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

(based on 1350 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (805)
  • Consistent output (792)
  • Nice bokeh (724)
  • Strong construction (677)
  • Durable (623)

Cons

  • Slow focus (126)
  • Heavy (107)
  • Poor in low light (28)
  • Pricey / poor value (13)
  • Weak casing (12)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (1170)
  • Low light (429)
  • Weddings (404)
  • Wildlife photos (292)
  • Landscape/scenery (252)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (972), Yes (53)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (535), Semi-pro photographer (374), Pro photographer (264), 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

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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5.0

Use this lens for nearly everything!

By yamark

from Lexington, KY

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    I am a macro photographer for fun but earn my money in portraits and video work. This 100L is my go to lens for nearly everything. It can deliver superbly in every situation I throw at it. It can be slow to focus in lower light. However, when you learn how to maximize it's focus capabilities, it becomes easy.

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    5.0

    Great lens, great value.

    By Shaun

    from Charleston, SC

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography
      • Weddings/Events

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

      This lens is fantastic. Great for tight head shots and detail shots. Extremely sharp, and affordable as an L lens.

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      5.0

      A Must Have Lense.

      By Raed

      from Melbourne

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

      this lense has exceed my expectations, all from very fast focus to sharper images.
      I just can't get out with out this lense.

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      4.0

      Max sharp min depth of field

      By Bazilikus

      from San Diego, CA

      About Me Photography Student

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Blurry Focus

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography

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

      I love how sharp the image comes out. The first thing I did was taking pictures of a snail outside. Although it looks extremely sharp, even at f/10 I could get one side of a snail in focus, focusing manually. Only then I found out from blogs that shallow depth of field was a main con of macro photography in general. There are tricks to work around this though. I still like the lens and keeping it.

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      5.0

      Super Lens

      By Dubelu

      from Indianapollis

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography

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

        Great for macro.

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        5.0

        Great Lens

        By Take 45

        from Lake Hopatcong, NJ

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography
          • Video

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

          I bought this to shoot a food commercial. Worked fantastic. Nice, clear, clean, close up footage and images.

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          5.0

          ONE OF THE BEST !!!

          By Fersal

          from La Paz, BCS MEX

          About Me Pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • 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 not only use this for MACRO, for portraid is excelent, it has to be L.

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          5.0

          Another L lens that delivers

          By Matt

          from New Market, MD

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography
            • Weddings/Events

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

            This great little Lens is another of Canon's L series that is both remarkable in build quality and shots taken. It has a quick and acurate focus, is great for both macro and portait work as well. At 2.8 you can really blow the background out nicely on a subject. Shooting portraits I love focusing on the eyes and blowing out the rest, makes for dramatic shots.

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            5.0

            Dead on

            By JR

            from Houston, Texas

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

                  This lens is by far the best in auto focusing a sharp really nice image. Every time I use it I'm just amazed at the quality.

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                  5.0

                  bad lens

                  By Teresa

                  from Boyertown, Pa

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

                  Favorite by far. Grateful to be able to finally add this lens to my equipment inventory

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                  5.0

                  CLOSE UPS!!!

                  By Prince

                  from queens , Ny

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Video

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

                    Great really sharp closeups persist shots.

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                    5.0

                    Canon L-series Doesn't Disappoint!!

                    By Photoguy

                    from USA

                    About Me Semi-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
                      • Weddings/Events

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

                      This lens is an excellent macro lens and also an excellent lens for portraits. The image stabliization helps give the extra edge when needed. L-series build quality and image quality.

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                      5.0

                      Amazing!

                      By Wes

                      from San Antonio, Tx

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                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Macro Photography
                        • Weddings/Events

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

                        This lens is just amazing. It is so smooth and very sharp! I had bought a Sigma version prior and it was loud and the focus would hunt. I sent it back to get this one and I'm VERY happy that I did. This lens is perfect!

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                        5.0

                        Wonderful lens

                        By Jonathan Yonkers

                        from Costa Rica

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

                              Great quality, light. I love it.

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                              5.0

                              One of the best !!!!

                              By Albert

                              from Chicago

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

                              Very sharp lens. Great for macro as well other projects. Pictures are very sharp and color is great out this lens. I own few other L lenses from canon, and this one is on top. If you thinking of great macro lens this is the one. Buy it, you wont be sorry.

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                              4.0

                              Excellent Macros, decent focusing abilit

                              By Marc Jacobs

                              from Fairfield, CT

                              About Me Pro Photographer

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                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • Slow Focus

                              Best Uses

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

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

                              The Lens is very helpful for the food photography that I do at work, but when it comes to taking photos of people for portraits, or things that are moving, the focusing comes to fall short a bit...

                              All in all, a very good purchase; excellent image quality and wonderful bokeh.

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                              5.0

                              Great for macro and portraits

                              By TD

                              from Isanti, MN

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

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

                                I've only done a few hand held macro shots so far but I'm very impressed! The IS really makes a difference. What has blown me away the most with this lens is how well it works for photojournalistic portraits! The length (on a FF camera) is perfect for stepping back and taking great shots with the background melting into creamy shapes and colors while the subject remains tack sharp. I haven't taken the lens off my 6D since I got it! The lens does hunt at macro distance but you have to set it to the right setting and use the manual focus or move the whole camera to dial it in.

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                                5.0

                                Great Lens

                                By Agustin Zuniga

                                from Illinois

                                About Me Pro Photographer

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                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Durable
                                • Easily Interchangeable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

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

                                  Just got this lens and the quality of the pictures are amazing.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great prime, not just for Macro shots.

                                  By Michael

                                  from Denver

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                    This lens has partially replaced my 135 f2.0 and 85 1.2, if only because I can focus so closely. Not talking macro here, just detail shots but with a 100mm. It's also great for ring shots, etc. Love the IS. Easier than my 180 L Macro somehow.

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