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CanonEF 100mm f/2 USM Lens
 
4.7

(based on 110 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (95)
  • Consistent output (63)
  • Lightweight (51)
  • Nice bokeh (50)
  • Easily interchangeable (49)

Cons

  • Heavy (6)
  • Slow focus (4)
  • Weak casing (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (60)
  • Weddings (53)
  • Sports/action (46)
  • Night photography (29)
  • Portraits (27)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (37), Semi-pro photographer (22), Pro photographer (17), Casual photographer (10), Enthusiast (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (66), Yes (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best Canon lens for me

I used a lot of Canon lens but i always keep this one as my favourite. For portraits it's impossible to do better. I feel comfortable with the 100mm range, the f2 aperture,...Read complete review

I used a lot of Canon lens but i always keep this one as my favourite. For portraits it's impossible to do better. I feel comfortable with the 100mm range, the f2 aperture, the size, look and the weight of this lens. It is very good for street shooting and some landscape. I simply love this lens, it always give me stellar images. If it was rugged like the 100L F2.8, it would be simply perfect, but the built quality is very good so it's not a big drawback. I prefer it over the 85mm f1.8 that is very good too. If i had only one lens to keep, it would be this one.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Disappointing relative of the 85mm f1.8

I shoot primarily high school sports and rely heavily on my 85mm f1.8 lens for indoor events, as the lighting in high school gyms, field houses, and pools is iffy. I bought the...Read complete review

I shoot primarily high school sports and rely heavily on my 85mm f1.8 lens for indoor events, as the lighting in high school gyms, field houses, and pools is iffy. I bought the 100 f2.0 to extend my reach and still manage high speeds in low light.

I have used this lens for girls' volleyball and swimming and have found it to be nowhere near as quick to focus as my 85 f1.8. I'll try it for wrestling, as I like the extended reach, and wrestlers are more likely to stay put, needing less speed for focusing. For basketball, I'll stick to the 85.

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4.0

Compact fast 100mm

By seymour templar

from NY NY

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Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens:

    I love its size, it is a very easy lens to live with. It looks sharper once you stop it down to 4 or 5.6. AF not the fastest, but it seems precise.
    A good lens to take along on the road. If you have the money, the Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM is extremely good in the same range, but twice the money (and twice the AF speed)
    The 100mm f/2 USM is extremely good value for the money.

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    5.0

    Good things come in a small package

    By seymour templar

    from NY NY

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography
      • Street

      Comments about Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens:

      very sharp telephoto in a very small package.

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      4.0

      Great product for a great price

      By Bia

      from Los Angeles, CA

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      Pros

      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

      • No Stabilization

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens:

      This lens is great for portraits. I shoot a lot of weddings, and even in low light, this produces a great image with an aperture of f/2. In good lighting conditions it really shines. The only thing I have an issue with is the lack of IS (Image Stabilization.) But, for the price, I can overlook that.

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      5.0

      Best Lens in price range

      By Jon

      from Kentucky

      Comments about Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens:

      Tremendous quality - sharp - clean - clear. THE lens for portrait photography. Great outdoors too!

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      5.0

      Awwsome

      By Ethan

      from NJ

      Comments about Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens:

      This lens has become my favorite lens in my Arsenal. Amazing bokeh, incredible sharpness (L quality), great color out of camera, and solid. This is a pure beauty and for the price, you CANT. C-A-N-T beat it.

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      5.0

      Buy this lens. Now.

      By jimwww

      from Vancouver, BC

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Portraits
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens:

        1. Should be an L Lens.2. Best portrait lens out there.3. Amazing aperature. It is really a 1.4 ish lens. (big long explanation)4. Better than the Canon 85mm 1.8 - Owned em both. Skip the 85mm.5. Image Quality. Unbelievable.

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        5.0

        Lives up to its reputation an excellent prime

        By Mr Tambourine Man

        from Greenville, SC

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Sports/Action
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens:

          Lens is nice and sharp with excellent color and clarity. Works great for portraits and getting good background blur. On a crop body its a fast 160mm telephoto - I use it for shooting people up on a stage and I like the fact that its very compact and easy to handle. It's also is a very good choice for some sporting events, like a high school basketball game. As always with a fast prime - be careful of thin DOF when wide open.
          For indoor portraits on a crop body, it'll probably be a little too long unless it's a very large room.

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          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I like it very much

          By Ruth the Hiker

          from Kingman AZ

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens:

            Haven't used it much yet but from what I see I like it. Sharp even at f/2 and I just love the bokeh

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            (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens by Canon

            By Syl

            from Miami, FL

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens:

              This is a great lens, except that it didn't suit my purposes and I returned to buy a 70-200 f\4 L IS instead. Here is why.I wanted to have a high aperture lens to take portraits of my 3-year old. At f\2 I would have a nice blurry background. Yes, except that she is moving all the time and at f\2 a slight movement and the eyes are out of focus and your photo is trash.Also, I am used now to heavier and stabilized lenses (how snob :)), I didn't realize how much I am shaking. This lens is so light!This is my personal experience. Again, nothing against this lens, it is just not meant for me.

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              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              super sharp

              By TyrephotoATL

              from Atlanta, GA

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens:

                  I have had this lens for several years and it is my go to for portraits.it is so sharp, I often find myself softening the pictures to satisfy my clients. great weight to performance ratio ( is that a thing?). I chose it over the 85 becuase of the bokeh being just that little bit nicer...YMMV. excellent build, can't say enough about this glass. Can it really get any better than this? Wish it had an included lens hood...but I shoot through a mattebox most of the time anyway, so....

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                  (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Favorite Portrait Lens

                  By SAllen65

                  from Oklahoma

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Senior Portraits
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Photography
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens:

                    I love this lens! I have owned it for several years now and when I do portraits, especially outside and in low-light conditions, it never fails to provide great pictures!

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens by Canon

                    By Jim

                    from Fircrest, Washington

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens:

                      Another great canon lens. The reviews that I read about online, are all true. Great, sharp, low light, fast focus lens for my 70D. You will be pleased with it.

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                      5.0

                      Outstanding

                      By honey badger

                      from New York, NY

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Minimum Focus Distance

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Photography
                      • Portrait
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens:

                      Did alot of research prior to buying this lens and I'm glad I did. I am very satisfied with it. Great image quality, sharp wide open, good construction, and has a solid feel to it. Not much more I could ask for out of it other than a closer focusing distance.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Crisp lightweight lens

                      By Peter Lemonjello

                      from San Diego, CA

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                      Pros

                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                      • Poor in Low Light

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens:

                      This lens does a great job at getting reasonably closer to a subject without having to be in their face to get a good shot. Lightweight, great depth of field. Solid prime lens. I wish the F-stop was 1.4 like it's 50mm cousin to do even better in low light, but I'm sure that would kick the price up quite a bit. For what you do get, the price is great on this lens.

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                      (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Better than the 85mm 1.8

                      By Doug

                      from NJ

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens:

                        Using this with my 6D, it produces tack sharp images with a fantastic bokeh. Compared to the Canon 85mm 1.8, this lens produces much better images for me. I just don't get the sharpness, colors and bokeh with the 85mm like I do with this. Plus I prefer the 100mm focal length for portraits. The results I'm getting with this really remind me of my Canon 135mm L 2.0, which in my opinion is the greatest Canon prime lens ever made.

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                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great quality in a small light package

                        By BHNick

                        from Palo Alto, CA

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action

                          Comments about Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens:

                          The 100mm f/2 is really good, a bargain considering the quality. Sharp from wide open in the center but slighty degraded performance wide open due to vignetting/slight corner softness corrected by stopping down, even with lens data correction. Light and good.

                          I shot this against the 135mm f/2, and it's almost as good, but much much lighter, so I've got two kits: lightweight for travel, and heavier for shoots when I don't have to walk all day.

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                          5.0

                          Best short tele lens

                          By ajfotofilmagem

                          from Bahia Brasil

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens:

                            Great investment in short tele lens. Very light and discreet. Offers good sharpness and contrast, even at maximum aperture. Focus very fast and silent. Mechanical much better than Canon 50mm F1.4. A little purple fringing at maximum aperture, but easily disappears in F2.5.

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                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Excellent Lens

                            By Sam

                            from Los Angeles, Ca

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                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens:

                              Quick focusing, good contrast, very good in low light.

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                              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Excellent portrait lens

                              By Ed

                              from Ithaca, NY

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                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • Lens hood

                              Best Uses

                              • Night Photography
                              • Portraits
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens:

                              Fast quiet USM focusing, excellent optics, wonderful bokeh. I have owned the 135L and the 85 1.8 and this one sits in the middle of those focal lengths to provide a good distance away from subject for environmental type portraits with very sharp results.

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                              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Very good product. Ideal for portrait

                              By Pzoggia

                              from Miami , FL

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Wildlife Photos

                                Comments about Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens:

                                Used for prtrait with f2.8

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                                • Yes

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