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

(based on 1642 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,

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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

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

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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.

 
5.0

I would but this product again

By Barnet

from undisclosed

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

A great macro lens that has very good clarity. The lens is slightly heavy, but works very well on a tripod.
This lens is also a quality portrait lens.

 
5.0

Great lens

By Michael

from undisclosed

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

Excellent sharpness no distortion would recommend this Macro Lens

 
4.0

First Macro Lens

By RJ

from Undisclosed

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

This is my first macro lens that I have ever used and it is gorgeous. Because it's a prime it's smaller than the other lenses I normally use (24-70L II and 70-200L II) but definitely feels good in the hands. I don't normally shoot macro but I am planning on using it for ring shots and possibly as a portrait lens. So far everything is crisp and sharp and I'm happy owning another L lens at an affordable price.

 
5.0

I absolutely LOVE this lens!

By JordanDG

from Washington

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

I purchased this lens for wedding detail shots! Ive done a few test shots with it so far and I absolutely love the clarity and sharpness that I have been able to achieve while photographing a very delicate wedding ring.

 
5.0

Amazing Lens

By Nemesis

from Golden, CO

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

I purchased this lens with a Canon 7D Mark II. I was able to take some incredible shore bird shots as well as some amazing macro shots of flowers. Very pleased with my purchase.

 
5.0

Macro For Fun or Work

By Clay

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

With the way most of the bugs of old have been worked out of zoom lenses, some of us run with a zoom installed most of the time. Since I think in wide angles, I usually have either the 16-35 IS 4.0 or the 11-24 on my Mk III almost all the time.  

But, primes are unlikely to ever lose their place in one's bag of tricks.  For one, they're not tricksters, but just the opposite.  Two, lenses like this one bridge a couple of obvious gaps between shorter and longer focal lengths, and the greater compromises long and short ensure.

My continued slight distaste for the short-term results of digital photography, and the absolute need of massaging every single image to draw the best out of them; is tempered by immediateness of the medium.  My original Canon 100mm macro (an FD lens used on my 35mm Canons 40+ years ago) shot razor sharp images of javalina skulls by candle light (Kodachrome 25), using glass we might now say was from the dark ages.  But, fact is, the quality would remain even now were it not stolen 20 years ago, pushing me to buy into the EOS system.

This lens focuses slowly at the extremes, even worse when that extreme is near its close limit, and I often find myself overriding the AF to go MF.  This is not the lens' fault, but the fault of AF, which doesn't always know where to focus no matter how one sets the focusing field.

I only bought the L because I told myself after having my equipment stolen all those years ago, that the quality of the best is insurance against failure when using in the extremes. I suspect if my original 100 macro lasted 20 years in fine condition, this one will be handed down in the family once I'm gone. 

Buy it, and look only forward.

 
5.0

Amazing Lens

By Luke

from undisclosed

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

I use this Lens for reef tank photography. This lens is amazing. The stabilization is a great feature for handheld shots. I would buy this again!!!

 
5.0

Holy macro...:)

By Terry

from undisclosed

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

I am a serious amateur photographer and bought this lens to expand my macro capability. Arrived on time and was packed very well. This is a great lens and has opened up a whole new world for me...and it can double as a pretty good portrait lens as well...
Only one concern...how is it that the MT-24 Marco flash doesn't fit on this without an adaptor?? Anyway, love the lens and I'm glad I bought it....

 
5.0

Must have macro

By Chris

from undisclosed

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

It is a sharp lens with great detail capture! You can see food particles on insect fangs! Can almost tell what they had for breakfast.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Absolutely love this macro lens!

By Jin

from undisclosed

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

This is my first macro lens. I got it last year and returned it because I didn't know how to use a macro lens to take photos. It was confusing and frustrating for me. This time I learned that I need to manually focus with this lens. There's definitely a learning curve with this lens. But the results was super sharp and magical! I absolutely love it now!

 
5.0

Fantastic lens

By Jeremy

from undisclosed

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

Would highly recommend!!

 
5.0

I would buy again

By Robert

from undisclosed

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

Fabulous spot on focus

 
5.0

Great lens

By Jacque

from undisclosed

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

This is my first dedicated macro lens. Absolutely love it! You can't go wrong with a Canon lens.

 
5.0

love it

By Lamar smit

from Davenport Iowa

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

great lens

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A brilliant macro lens

By Steven

from undisclosed

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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

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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

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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.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Super lens

By Jack

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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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