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

(based on 1627 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)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (1135), Yes (61)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (597), Semi-pro photographer (430), Pro photographer (306), Casual photographer (82), Photography student (42)

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,

VS

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

love it

By Lamar smit

from Davenport Iowa

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

great lens

 
5.0

A brilliant macro lens

By Steven

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is my first macro lens and I have to say that it is just amazing; the richness of the color, the tack sharp focus. But this lens is more than just a brilliant macro lens I also use it as a standard prime lens and get amazing pictures.

 
5.0

Awesome lens, it's a great add for any pro photographer

By Jorge

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Awesome lens, great for nature, food, real close focus

 
5.0

Another Great Canon L Series Lens

By Brian

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I've only had the lens a short time, and during the most colorless time of the year, but the features and focal length are perfect. I recently upgraded my camera body from a 7D to a 5D MIII, so this was the perfect upgrade from my EF-S 60mm Macro on the crop sensor. I'm looking forward to the colors of spring to really give a workout.

 
5.0

Super lens

By Jack

from Undisclosed

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

I got to try this lens out during WPPI this year on a Canon outing. It was there I really got a chance to see how it performed. 
Fast and accurate focusing for portraits, the Macro actually focuses closer that the specs state. Super sharp results in a good focal length for many uses.
This will be a often-used lens.

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5.0

excellent image !

By Maynard

from undisclosed

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

Glad I finally bought it, great detail and a must have in your line-up. You will not be disappointed.

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5.0

Best Lens Ever. Period.

By Tim C.

from Chattanooga, TN

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

I bought this lens primarily to experiment with some food photography as a hobbyist. It is super sharp and extremely responsive. Now I don't want to take it off the camera body! I've used it for food photography, outdoor macro, and portraits. Hands down, one of the best investments I've made in gear so far.

 
5.0

Canon 100mm Macro

By Fletch

from Undisclosed

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

Delivery was quick, packaged very well, very happy with the transaction

 
5.0

Don't put it off!

By Jay

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Finally purchased this lens after lusting after it for years. I was not disappointed! Not only are the macro capabilities awesome, I also used it as a portrait lens and had great results there as well.

 
5.0

Excellent Lens for Portraiture

By Sarah

from undisclosed

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

I tossed and turned as to whether or not to buy this lens, as I am using it mainly for portraiture. But WOW! I am blown away by it's sharpness, bokeh and clarity. It's also a bonus that it's relatively light weight, which means I can hand hold it, instead of putting the 70-200mm on the tripod. Very happy.

 
5.0

Love it!

By misscathy

from Traverse City, MI

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

I love this lens! I've done some macro work as well as some portrait work with it and it's very sharp with beautiful bokeh.

 
5.0

Excellent Portrait Lens

By Zeno

from Undisclosed

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

I own several Canon L series lenses well suited for portraiture, but this is definitely one of my favorites. Its tack sharp and focuses very quickly. I use it both in studio and outdoors. At 2.8 the compression is great. For the price it's a great value. The only thing I would love to see would be a version with an even wider aperture like my 85mm 1.2.

 
5.0

Excellent Lens! Fast Focus

By Bruno Debas

from Bostob MA

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

Excellent lens! Purchased for my photography studio. Mainly close-ups of products but found it great for portrait also. Really noticed how quick the focus works.

 
5.0

I would highly recommend this lens to friends and family.

By Marcos

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is great lens, you can use it for portraiture as well as for the macro capabilities; it's a fast lens and generates out-of focus backgrounds that isolate your subject. I've used it to photograph a "Spiny-backed-orb-weaver-spider" using a Manfrotto rail and focus stacking with good first time results.

 
5.0

Great macros

By Bette

from undisclosed

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

Love this lens. Takes great macros.

 
5.0

Lots of Bang for the buck

By JMD Photography

from Chicago

Verified Buyer

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

I don't know how I shot without one of these... you can get the detail of the wedding rings and still use it for portraits and throw the background out of focus. it's blazing fast on my Mark IV

 
5.0

Up Close and Personal

By Jason

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I don't know how I shot for years without a Macro Lens... you can get those detail shots (i.e. wedding rings) and you can use it for portraits. So to quote Alton Brown: "it's not a unitasker"

 
5.0

Excellent Lens. I highly recommend it.

By S

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Excellent Lens.

 
5.0

LOVE IT!

By Anthony

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Incredibly sharp lens. I use it for portraits, bugs these kids find in the garden, and artistic ring shots. I look forward to using it for some underwater macro shots in the ocean too with my underwater housing.

 
5.0

Outstanding

By SEP

from Lakewood CA

Verified Buyer

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

Great macro and general purpose lens. Highly recommended.

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