Canon EF 100mm F/2.8 L IS USM Lens
About this product
|Canon initiated the EF lens line in March 1987 as part of the innovative EOS system with the underlying development concept of fusing automatic and manual operation. Heralding a new era in SLR photography, the EF lenses with built-in focusing motors were the first to communicate completely electronically with the camera body. Followed by the high optical performance L-series, incorporating the silent Ultrasonic Motor (USM) and at a later stage the world's first interchangeable SLR lens with an image stabilizer, the EF lens series today is the largest line-up in the autofocus SLR world.This telephoto macro lens is capable of focusing to life-size (1X) without attachments. Although it replaces the EF 100mm f/2.8 MACRO lens marketed in 1991, it is a completely new design. It incorporates a ring type USM giving quiet, high-speed autofocus. The full-time mechanical manual focus gives very smooth manual focusing. For the first time in a 1X focusing telephoto macro lens, inner focusing is used. The lens length remains constant and a long working distance of 149mm makes worrying about getting too close to the subject unnecessary. Also, during focusing the front ring does not rotate making use of front-mounting accessories like macro ring lites simple and effective. "Three-group floating" focusing construction uses three independently moving groups, which holds focusing-related changes of aberrations to a minimum giving excellent image quality all the way from infinity to life size.|
|Type||High Quality, Image Stabilization, Macro/Close Up, Telephoto|
|Focus Type||Auto & Manual|
|Focal Length (mm)||100mm|
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- fmueller1Oct 4, 2007by
Probably the best macro lens for the EOS system!
The Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens has an outstanding reputation - deservedly so - as one of the sharpest lenses in the whole EOS lineup, rivaling many of the more expensive L-series lenses. I bought it mostly with aquarium photography in mind, and had been used to a 100mm macro lens on a film camera (full frame). I am using the EF 100mm macro on a Rebel XT; that is an APS-C format camera with a 1.6x crop factor, which means that the lens acts like a 160mm lens on a film body. For me the extra reach comes in very handy.<br><br>The main reason I chose the EF 100mm macro over the EFs 60mm macro was that I already had the cheap but outstanding EF 50mm 1.8. Since macro lenses are also useful for non-macro applications, I figured 60mm would be very close to 50mm, and I preferred to have another focal length covered by a prime lens.<br><br>Other than the Canon 60mm, the main competition for the EF 100mm macro are Tamron's legendary 90mm macro, and a whole lineup of excellent macro lenses from Sigma, covering various focal length. Solid performers as all of these lenses might be, the Canon is simply outstanding, and in my opinion considering 3rd party alternatives would only make sense if they were significantly cheaper. Unfortunately, this does not seem to be the case.<br><br>In summary, I would wholeheartedly recommend the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens to anybody who is looking for a macro lens for the EOS system. If you can find one with the original lens shade included, this is a big plus, since a new Canon lens shade costs about $40!Read full review
- platnium4x4Feb 6, 2009by
Canon's most fun per dollar lens.
The Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens is an excellent macro lens - and may be Canon's most fun per dollar lens. Its a medium-small lens and is rather light in weight. This is a very comfortable-to-carry-and-use lens. Build quality is decent but not as solid as Canon's L Series lenses.Utilizing USM (Ultrasonic Motor), the Canon 100 Macro internally focuses very fast, quietly and very accurately. Though it takes a little time to go from 1:1 macro to infinity, it focuses very fast at normal focusing distances. When focusing at 1x subject distances, it is very nice to have a lens that does not extend. FTM (Full Time Manual) focusing is enabled and the front element does not rotate. A focus limiter switch enables full or restricted focus distances. The MF ring is nicely sized, well-damped and smooth. Most macro lenses are sharp, and the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens does not disappoint in this area. This lens is sharp wide open and even sharper stopped down slightly with corners showing the most improvement. Being a true 1:1 macro lens, the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens will deliver a subject to your sensor at the same size it is in real life. 1x magnification is achieved at the MFD (Minimum Focus Distance) of 1' (.3m)and a reasonable minimum working distance (MWD) of 6" (150mm). If you are looking for a great macro lens, the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens is a very good choice. It offers excellent optical performance and middle of the road focal length, working distance and size/weight. Price makes this lens a great value. The 100mm focal length along with great bokeh (foreground/background blur quality) makes this a great portrait lens as well.Read full review
- vaiosofts6Jun 19, 2006by
The Only Macro you'll ever need
This was my first macro lens, f/2.8 is a large aperture which allows fast shutter speed at a lower ISO. 100mm is perfect for macro shots, but also suitable for portraits which is great. Very sharp lens! Its equiped with a USM motor, which is useless. It hunts all around to search for a focus point, your better off using the manual focus. You can use creative filters to add the extra touch to your photos as well, it is a 58mm diameter lens. Its very well built, it should be a L seriers lens but only without the red tape around the lens. It has a special Felt like L series lens have, it is dust and moisture resistant. Its a lifesize lens 1:1 ratio but can be changed to 1:# and so on. The closer you get to your subject, the DOF (Depth of field) gets very narrow. A lens hood is recommended, ET-67. This will block glare when it hits your lens and also it protects it. The lens does not rotate when you focus, its has internal focus mechanism, so you can use the Cir-Pol filter if desired without disturbing the focus. Over all this is a wonderful lens, if you want a little more working distance and have extra cash, the 180mm f/3.5 L series is out there but for 2x the price. Happy ShootingRead full review
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- neutecJun 1, 2006by
The old EF 100mm f/2.8 macro lens had a superb reputation but Canon managed to keep up the performance of the USM successor despite of the introduction of a true IF design allowing to keep a constant lens length throughout the focus range. Mechanically this is a drastic improvement due to the absence of any moving outer parts that could suck in dust or wear out more easily. On top of that the USM implementation in this lens is excellent - compared to conventional macro lenses in this range it is a speed daemon here and a near silent one. Optically the lens resides on a very high level reaching out to the limits of the EOS 350D sensor. HIGHLY recommended!