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

(based on 1660 reviews)

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    (178)

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    (12)

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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)
    • 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?)

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5.0

Excellent lens

By DLH

from Georgia

Verified Buyer

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

Really liking this lens. The photos are extremely sharp

 
5.0

Excellent lens

By Scott

from San Diego, CA

Verified Buyer

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

This is on of the sharpest lenses out there. So ease to use and a must have macro lens

 
5.0

Fantastic lens

By Dean

from Undisclosed

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

My first prime lens. It's sharp and perfect weight. I am looking forward to using it a lot more. Mainly for macro.

 
4.0

Easy to use

By Frank

from NY

Verified Buyer

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

The lens is easy to use. The transitioning from macro to longer distance is smooth. Haven't taken enough photos to review the results.

 
5.0

Great lens, has it's use/purpose.

By Howard L.

from Monterey Park

Verified Buyer

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

Great macro lens. It's not a lens that will be on your camera body a lot, but definitely a useful lens depending on what you shoot. This is a great lens for wedding photographers to add to their bag of goodies. Sharp and fast wide open. Great build quality. Would buy again. So cheap too at 750 USD.

 
5.0

CRISP, CLOSE, BEAUTIFUL IMAGES

By John

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

You can get inches away with this lens and capture the smallest objects clearly and precisely. Well worth the price if needing to capture small details for any reason. Highly recommend this lens for the toolkit!

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5.0

Great Macro lens

By Saud

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great lens, Sharp images. Though something seems like rattling inside. Image stabilization is helpful as well.

 
5.0

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By Robert

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

great product. B&H packaged the part well.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I WOULD BUY IT AGAIN

By Enkeleon

from undisclosed

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

VERY GOOD ITEM

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic lens

By Indiana dog lover

from Indiana

Verified Buyer

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

I debated for quite awhile about upgrading my original canon EF 100 mm macro lens and I'm glad I did. The image stabilization is nice to have. The lens is super sharp. Overall I'm very happy with my purchase.

 
5.0

I would always recommend it

By David

from undisclosed

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

My macro its wonderful great definition optics

(0 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

In-LOVE with this lens

By Tammi Campbell Artistry

from North GA

Verified Buyer

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

This is the first L series lens that I bought and I'm very happy with my purchase. I've rented other L lenses before but was ready to buy one. Most of my work is on the artistic side so this definitely was the lens for me. Not only can I do macro but I can also take portraits with it as well and the price was right for a 2.8 lens. Only 4 stars because the auto focus is a little quirky, just takes some getting used to.

 
5.0

Great lens

By Don

from Concord, NC

Verified Buyer

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

This lens has very nice bokeh. The focus is very fast. The included lens hood is a nice touch and very helpful.

I have the less expensive Canon non-L version of 2.8 macro lens. This L-version is much better handling and has noticeably nicer images.

 
4.0

so far so good!

By Claire Watson

from WV

Verified Buyer

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

So far, I've been very pleased with this lens. Very sharp and allows me to get images I wouldn't normally be able to capture. It's been a good investment for my wedding photography business. I bought a used one awhile ago and had to return it because an element was loose inside the lens. Hopefully forking over the extra $200 will be worth buying a new lens! I will say the lens doesn't feel as sturdy as my Sigma Art lenses, but nevertheless, I'm satisfied at this point. #sweepstakes

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

So far, so good!

By Claire

from WV

Verified Buyer

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

So far this has been a good purchase for my wedding photography business. I bought a used one and had to return it because an internal element was wiggling around. Hopefully this one I bought new will hold up and justify the extra $200 I spent.

The lens doesn't feel as sturdy as my sigma art lenses, but the images are lovely. Very sharp. Difficult to focus, but that's a practice issue. I'm still learning how to hold my breath and sway a teeny tiny amount until clicking at just the right time!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great lens

By Shots of

from Santa Cruz, CA

Verified Buyer

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

This is an awesome macro lens for shooting all types of subjects. Great image quality, durable build and reasonable weight. Been using it all spring to shoot flower buds, insects, and more!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Macro Lens

By Tash

from MA

Verified Buyer

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

I waited a few months before I decided to review this lens. Where do I start? I was looking for the perfect macro lens and this...this is most definitely it! I do a lot of research before I make any big purchases so when I was looking for a macro to enhance my newborn and wedding photography, I was torn between this and a 60mm. From reading many reviews, it was obvious this was the right choice for my business needs. Clean, crisp, sharp images with creamy bokeh. I love everything about it. It never disappoints! Especially for newborn and wedding photography! If you need a lens to bring out the smallest of details in the sharpest way, this is it! It's not too heavy, it's actually quite light compared to other lenses I carry, so I don't mind keeping it in my bag permanently. I do not regret this purchase. It adds a unique touch to each gallery!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect for ring shots

By Cinema

from Undisclosed

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

I run a wedding videography company and this lens is perfect for ring shots. I also use it for toast with f2.8 and the image stabilizer it's perfect for lots of different uses. Highly recommend.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I did good

By Kristen

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Purchased as a gift for my boyfriend. He photographs cars and he had a melt down when he opened it. He was beyond excited and 2 weeks later still can't believe he finally has a macro lens.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would buy this lens again

By Barry

from Vernon, CT

Verified Buyer

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

A great macro lens that has very good clarity. The lens is somewhat heavy, but works well with a tripod. The lens is a wonderful portrait lens.

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