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

(based on 1573 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)
    • 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 for macro nature, food and portraits!

By NinoMare

from Brattleboro, VT

Verified Buyer

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

Outstanding lens. Produces gorgeous photos and easy to focus. Great buy for a nature photographer!

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Don't blink, buy!

By Sara

from Montana

Verified Buyer

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

Oh she is SAH-WEET!
My first 'real' macro lens, and I am just in a lusty flowery dust!
This lens just takes my breath away. I never thought I could lose my breath from a lens... I just didn't think I could be that into a lens. From the moment we met, I was smitten. Then I saw my photos on a full size screen. I was simply gobsmacked.

Flowers, strawberries, tacos, and sunsets... she loves them all!

I am constantly looking for more shots to use her.

Added the tripod collar, and the polarizer to the purchase and if you have never used a tripod collar, I impress upon you, get it!

Can't recommend this lens enough. Do it!

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5.0

Macro Lens

By JanP

from Pittsburgh, PA

Verified Buyer

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

Have only tried using a little so far but I can already tell I am going to love this lens. Have wanted since I got my first pro camera. Excited to try it out more.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Lens

By LAF

from Lafayette, Indiana

Verified Buyer

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

I love to do macro insect photography and have owned the Canon 100mm without IS for several years, This lens has been great through the years, but as a photographer that is in her 60's and has bad knees, it was getting harder each year to get into the positions needed for insect photography. The IS on this lens gives me that extra bit of stabilization needed. (I have always found it near impossible to use a tripod when photographing small and fast insects in my gardens).

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Must Lens for Wedding Photography

By Jessthewedphotog.

from Myrtle Point, Oregon

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

Why I didn't purchase this lens sooner was a mistake. I mainly shoot weddings and this has been my go-to lens for most of the wedding; rings, the dress...any sort of detail you can imagine, this lens enhances it. I also use it for bridal portraits and has never disappointed me.

If you shoot weddings, this MUST be in your bag!

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4.0

Great quality lens, difficult to use

By Blind_Spectator

from Norwalk, CT

Verified Buyer

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

This lens despite the IS, is very challenging to get the subject in focus as one inch too close or far will result in blur. I tried using the lens with AF but my Canon 6D is too slow, should be fine with 5DM3 or faster. If you have a sturdy tripod or monopod, definitely consider getting this lens or its less expensive counterpart.

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5.0

would buy again

By Ira

from long island ,ny

Verified Buyer

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

excellent pictures;narrow depth of field ; takes a lot of practice to get good focus; heavy lens-may need tripod

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5.0

Up close and personal

By Bug hunter

from Santa Cruz, CA

Verified Buyer

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

Great macro lens lets your photos get up close and personal, while the 100mm length lets you keep enough distance to avoid shadows and spooking creatures.

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(17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW!!!!

By whitey hurricane utah

from hurricane

Verified Buyer

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

I wish I had gotten into macrophotography years ago.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Macro Lens, and More

By Waddizzle

from New York, NY

Verified Buyer

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

All of the praise that you have heard about how sharp Canon's "L" primes can be is probably true, and most likely understated. I have yet to really put the lens through its' paces as a macro, but I can already tell that I will not be disappointed. The lens is razor sharp, and does not disappoint. If your shot is the least bit out of focus, then it is your fault, not the lens' fault.

For serious macro work I recommend using the tripod collar and macro rails. I am using a Vello collar, and a pair of Dot Line Adjustable Camera Platforms.

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5.0

Awesome lens

By JL

from 95630

Verified Buyer

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

Very nice lens to take macro pictures and portraits. Really enjoying owning it.

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5.0

love this canon product... super lens

By magoo

from palatine illinois

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography

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

    excellent for macro photograpy... flowers and insects

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    • No

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing Lens

    By Yehleen

    from Covington, Louisiana

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

    I love this lens. The quality is just beautiful and so sharp! It's worth it!

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    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Ideal Lens for Jewelry Photography!

    By JuliaPhotoFL

    from Largo, FL

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography

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

    I LOVE this lens for shooting jewelry! You need to utilize stack focusing if you want more than the tiniest bit of the item in focus however. I have a machine that does that for me (Ortery Photobox available here), but you can use Photoshop to stack. Just shoot multiple shots at different focal points (focus and recompose to center of object for each shot) put all image layers into one document, Then go to "Edit" "Auto-Align" projection option select "auto" then go to "Edit" "Auto-Blend Layers" select "stack". I've had great success. I've also used this lens for straight macro photography (plants, insects, etc.) also with fantastic results---gorgeous bokeh as well. I am beyond delighted!

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    • No

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    4.0

    Very Nice

    By bashful bob

    from NC

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography
      • Sports/Action

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

      It is a nice fast lens with good glass, quick focus and is very versatile. I shoot everything from wild flowers to stock cars with it.

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      • No

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great macro lens

      By Kirk

      from Lewistown, PA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography

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

        Very nice lens. It is fixed and most of the lens I own are zoom lens so I was kind of worried. But, the picture quality is great and fantastic for taking pictures of flowers and other macro subjects.

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        5.0

        excellent lens for good micro shoots

        By Bob

        from Boston

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          good price for such a good lens. Excellent micro pictures, stabilization feature is excellent to use when taking really close pictures

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          • No

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Suited My Needs Perfectly

          By AMK

          from Baltimore, MD

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography
            • Sports/Action

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

            There were 2 lenses I really wanted, a macro lens and a telephoto lens. I couldn't afford to buy 2 lenses, but this lens really helped with all my needs. I can take a photo of a flower up close and then turn around and photograph my son playing in his baseball game much better than I could before. :-D

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great lens for portraits and macro photography

            By kpt

            from Boston, MA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography

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

              Great lens for food photography and any application requiring detail views.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Macro review

              By Dislogical

              from Queens, New York

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography

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

                Teaching me a new perspective about photography.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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