REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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

(based on 1684 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (1486)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (183)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

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,

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?)

Reviewed by 1684 customers

Displaying reviews 1-20

Back to top

Previous | Next »

 
5.0

I would buy this lens again

By Danielle

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great lens!

 
5.0

Beautiful pictures, near and far

By Karen

from Denver, CO

Verified Buyer

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

I have been enjoying the images I've gotten with this lens. The macros are incredible, and so are the portraits. Another user mentioned the small distance on the physical lens, the manual focus, from in focus to out of focus, and this is something to consider if macros are your bread and butter. I don't think it will be a huge problem for me, though.

 
5.0

Very nice, nice addition to my lineup

By DSve

from Austin

Verified Buyer

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

Faster autofocus and nicer picture than my previous version.

 
4.0

Macro is your gateway to a new view of the world.

By JDBVisuals

from Central Florida

Verified Buyer

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

Macro in general is a wonderful new challenge. Rather than finding the big views you look much closer, and find so many more subjects to choose from, in so many more conditions.

As for this lens in particular, it is, like all Canon L glass, terrific. I saw people complaining about the weight, but honestly it is the lightest lens in my collection I think, which consists of several other L lenses. It has a definite plastic feel to it, is about the size of the 24-70mm roughly, and can be slow to focus as it tends to hunt unless you select the right range on the switch. What did surprise me about the lens though is how audible the image stabilization mechanism is. You can hear it turning easily, so if using this for video it is likely the audio will not be usable. It's not especially loud, but it is clear and present, like a low frequency fan noise. The noise is the reason for the missing star. Of the various lenses I have, this is the only one I ever noticed the IS noise on.

All in all it is a very nice lens. You can work close, or far away, use for portraits of humans and ants alike, and find new perspectives on familiar subjects. Very happy with the purchase!

 
5.0

Excellent Quality, excellent sharpness.

By Sharp

from Undisclosed

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

Pleasantly surprised by the quality and sharpness of this lens. Works stunningly as a non macro 100mm as well.

 
5.0

Great lens!

By Dwayne

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Awesome lens, crystal clear!

 
5.0

Maybe my favorite lens

By John

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

Great lens. Fairly light, very sharp both at regular distances and for macros. Image stabilisation and a fast 2.8, plus it is (relatively, for an L-series lens) inexpensive. I own several L-series lenses and love them all, but this one gets a lot of use.

(0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Not Canon

By Kathryn

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Not as sharp as it could be but it's good for landscapes.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Do yourself a favor and get one.

By Ed

from undisclosed

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

I wanted to try my hand at macro photography so I purchased this lens. I am so glad I did. I tried the extension tubes on a prime lens and it is definitely not the same. The image stabilization cannot be beat. The images are crisp and the details are amazing. I have also used this lens for portrait work and I will nnot be purchasing a "Portrait" lens. The bokeh is amazing and the subjects do not feel like I am too close.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I would buy this product again.

By Enahoro

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

The lens produces very sharp images and produces lifelike images with its 1:1 image magnification.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

It's .. OK

By Stanley

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

only used it twice before this review , and first time was great ...
second time however, the focus refused to lock onto anything
IF that 3 way switch is bad , I will change this review later ... need more tests

 
4.0

Good buy

By Austin

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

If you're looking to capture close ups

 
5.0

Incredible Lens!

By Joey Pollen

from New York, New York

Verified Buyer

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

Loving this purchase – couldn't be happier.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

5/5 would buy again

By Birdman

from Undisclosed

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

Wonderful macro lens. Also very solid for portrait photography. Essential lens to any photographers bag

 
5.0

EF 100 mm Macro and the Fly

By JIM PIXIE

from Cincinnati Ohio

Verified Buyer

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

I Have had it only a few days. But it appears to be excellent as a macro as well as a portrait lens. Clear and sharp!

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great lens!

By Fred the Runner

from Hale, MI

Verified Buyer

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

I've used the 100mm f2.8L for macro photos of flowers and have been very pleased. I need to find a DOF app for my phone to get the DOF that I want better. I've also taken a few portraits with it and have been pleased with these also. Comparing this lens to the other L series lens that I have, it is much lighter and has more plastic to it but it takes great photos!

 
5.0

Amazing lens

By Mike

from Oak View, CA

Verified Buyer

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

Incredible close ups of insects and flowers, I love this lens and it is creating hours and hours of interesting photography challenges. I purchased this lens on advice from photographers on the internet and I completely agree with their analysis of this product.

 
5.0

Excellent

By June

from New York

Verified Buyer

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

Excellent Portrait Len, 10/10 would recommend.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Lens

By dmb01golf

from Phoenix, AZ

Verified Buyer

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

Definite must buy. Only thing i can say is at f/2.8 it can be extremely shallow depth of field close up, great lens and wish I would have bought earlier.

(2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Fantastic lens; two obvious issues.

By Guillaume

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

Pros:
- Super sharp.
- Good build quality.
- Very fun.
- Relatively affordable.

Cons:
- To achieve 1:1 macro, you must be very close to the subject. This means in order to add lights to the scene, you might be forced to remove the lens hood so as not to cast shadows on the scene. Even when the hood is removed, your lighting angles are severely limited by space constraints.
- This lens' autofocus is very slow. I do not recommend using this lens for any situation outside the studio where things are moving around.

Displaying reviews 1-20

Back to top

Previous | Next »