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Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

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Autofocus lens for macro photography up to life-size (1x) magnification. Inner focusing affords a long working distance of 5.9in. (149mm) at 1x. A 3-group floating system results in excellent delineation at all focusing distances. Ring USM for silent and high-speed AF, and full-time manual focusing also provided. The optional Tripod Mount Ring (B) B (with adapter) enables the lens to be rotated for vertical or horizontal framing.


 


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dbell
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Registered: Jun 28, 2006
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Review Date: Jul 6, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Insanely sharp, great colors and contrast and fantastic bokeh.
Cons:
No lens hood supplied so had to buy one as an extra purchase. Slow focus, but this is par for the course with a macro lens like this.

As a wedding photographer I use this lens for detail shots (rings, shoes, flowers, table details) and on occasion also for couple portraits. Sharpness is way better than my Canon 70-200 F2.8 L IS, and the quality of the bokeh also far superior.

Very happy with this lens and have no immediate desire to upgrade to the L, stabilized version.

Here are a couple of examples of images I have shot using this lens with my 5D MK iii:

1) http://www.bellissimaphoto.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/02-Clandon-Park-Wedding-Photography.jpg

2) http://www.bellissimaphoto.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/12-Petersham-Hotel-Wedding.jpg



Jul 6, 2014
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Review Date: May 29, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Very good sharpness even outside of macro distances, good working distance for macro, good contrast and sharpness even wide open, very good even with 1.4x converter wide open
Cons:
little big, but not heavy


This is a very nice lens, very good overall, but for macro the Canon 60mm is sharper. The working distance is better for the 100mm, and for longer distances the 100mm has more natural look.


See in more detail at:
http://oldshutterhand.com/lens-reviews/canon-100mm-macro/


May 29, 2014
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Registered: Jan 29, 2013
Location: Romania
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Review Date: Apr 16, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: very good IQ, fast focus for a macro lens, acurate focus, decent build quality
Cons:
some focus hunting in low light



Apr 16, 2013
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Registered: Feb 17, 2013
Location: Costa Rica
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Review Date: Mar 7, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $485.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp, light, well built.
Cons:
No IS.

I red a lot of reviews before deciding on this lens. I did not wanted to spend a lot on the IS L version of this lens so I went for the cheaper one.

I guess I did the right choise since this lens offers a good compromise between image quality and price. I would like to add that this lens is also used as a portrait lens and really love to hear people saying ''wow'' when they see the sharpness and clarity this lens can provide.


Mar 7, 2013
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Location: South Africa
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Review Date: Jun 20, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Images have a great bokeh and the lens is light and easy to use.
Cons:
Autofocus can be slow if you don't know how to use this lens

At 1st I thought that i had spent my money on the wrong item but i was looking at it all wrong. Sometimes you pick up a lens and you expect it to do things it wasn't built or designed for and as soon as i understood where this lenses strengths were It became a great asset to me.

If you get up real close and open the lens to 2.8 you will get a slither of field to play with, which works well for a number of things not just shooting bugs and stuff. You can get quite creative with this lens.

On the flip side i sold my 70-200 and needed a lens with some distance on it so i tried this lens to take photos of surfers and body boarders on a semi shore break. I was able to get close enough to warrant using 100mm's. It worked very well with the 1d mkIIn. Sharp images and once the autofocus was at the average focus distance it refocused at a blink of an eye on AI servo setting.

Great lens and lots of fun to use. For the price i would definitely recommend it.

Portrait sample http://www.flickr.com/photos/bonjerdo/7221266892/in/photostream

Close up sample
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bonjerdo/6914944320/in/photostream


Jun 20, 2012
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Review Date: May 22, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $475.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Smooth Focus, Great Sharpness
Cons:
Moderate focus speed

I've had this lens for about 3 years and didn't use it much on my Crop-sensor 40D or 7D but since getting the 5D MKII, I've used this a ton... fantastic IQ, great for portraits.

Build quality is really good. AF isn't as fast as some of my other lenses (L-glass, or the 50/1.4).


May 22, 2012
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Review Date: Apr 11, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
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Registered: Jan 16, 2006
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Review Date: Apr 11, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $450.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: sharp sharp sharp
Cons:
none

loved this lens, used it primarily for underwater macro images. i originally had a tamron macro but i bought this because it was far more quick to focus in lower light situations. very necessary for my underwater photography!

Apr 11, 2012
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Location: Israel
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Review Date: Apr 7, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: great IQ and contrast, good build, internal focus
Cons:
tripod collar

i bought this lens used, 2 weeks after getting my first DSLR. it's been in my possession for almost 5 years now and i still love it.

the compromise between minimal working distance and the weight, when compared against longer macro lenses in the 150-180mm range is great. the lens is compact, relatively light, and a pure joy to use

the only downside i found to this lens is the tripod collar design. now, while none of the 3rd party alternatives don't feature it, this is another plus, but the design is not the best. if not careful the collar will slip off. but it a very minor con, and in most scenarios you won't need a collar anyway

here are some images I've shot with this lens (click on the thumbnails):

http://www.photolight.co.il/category_macrophotos/gallery10086.html


Apr 7, 2012
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Registered: Sep 4, 2011
Location: France
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Review Date: Sep 4, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $500.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: A bargain, sharp image, build quality, large and nice focusing ring
Cons:
maybe a bit heavy

If you want to jump into macro photography making compromise in image quality, this lens is the perfect choice, here is why:
- Very good image quality, L rated.
- Nice build quality.
- A joy to use the very large focusing ring.
- Pretty good for portrait too.

A couple of things:
- Don't think about doing macro photography without flash! we are using a 580EX II + pocketwizard.
- Prefer close-up lens (like the Canon 250D) than extension tubes, because they are much more easier to use (no need to get the lens out of the body) and you don't loose any light.

If you want to see real situation samples, check :
http://www.finding-nature.com
And join us on Facebook!
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Finding-Nature/206803999379616

The FInding Nature Team.


Sep 4, 2011
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Registered: Dec 4, 2010
Location: Switzerland
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Review Date: Dec 14, 2010 Recommend? | Price paid: Not Indicated

 
Pros: Fast focusing, non-extending or rotating, sharp images, excellent optical performance, practical minimum working distance (MWD) of 150mm.
Cons:
Build quality not as solid as L-Series lenses, No image stabilization.

Advantages

1) Fast Focusing - Utilizing the USM (Ultrasonic Motor), the Canon 100mm internally focuses very fast, quietly and very accurately.
2) Non-Extending or Rotating - When focusing at 1x subject distances, the lens does not extend, and the front element does not rotate.
3) Crisp and Sharp Images - the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens is sharp wide open. The tiniest details in your tiniest subjects will come to life with this lens.
4) Excellent Optical Performance - Flare is very well controlled. Color and contrast are excellent and distortion is negligible. Although vignetting is apparent at f/2.8, this rapidly disappears when the lens is stopped down.
5) Optimum Minimum Working Distance (MWD) - There are three macro lenses in Canon's range of USM lenses. The 60mm lens has a very short MWD of only 60mm, and insects may tend to scare and fly away prematurely. Conversely the 180mm lens has a MWD of 240mm, and at this distance insects are not really close enough. The EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens, on the other hand, has a MWD of 150mm, which is ideal for butterfly and insect photography.

Disadvantages

1) Medium Build quality - this USM Macro lens has a reasonable build quality although it's not quite as solid as the L-Series lenses.
2) No Image Stabilization - this lens does not feature the image stabilization present with the significantly more expensive Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM Macro Lens.

Summary

The Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens is a very good choice for macro photography of butterflies, insects or flowers. It offers excellent optical performance and middle-of-the-road working distance, size and weight. Check out my butterfly and insect photos on http://kenbillington.ch/photobank/Insects/


Dec 14, 2010
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Location: Switzerland
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Review Date: Dec 5, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Fast focusing, non-extending or rotating, sharp images, excellent optical performance, practical minimum working distance (MWD) of 150mm.
Cons:
Build quality not as solid as L-Series lenses, No image stabilization.

Advantages

Fast Focusing - Utilizing the USM (Ultrasonic Motor), the Canon 100mm internally focuses very fast, quietly and very accurately.

Non-Extending or Rotating - When focusing at 1x subject distances, the lens does not extend, and the front element does not rotate.

Crisp and Sharp Images - the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens is sharp wide open. The tiniest details in your tiniest subjects will come to life with this lens.

Excellent Optical Performance - Flare is very well controlled. Color and contrast are excellent and distortion is negligible. Although vignetting is apparent at f/2.8, this rapidly disappears when the lens is stopped down.

Optimum Minimum Working Distance (MWD) - There are three macro lenses in Canon's range of USM lenses. The 60mm lens has a very short MWD of only 60mm, and insects may tend to scare and fly away prematurely. Conversely the 180mm lens has a MWD of 240mm, and at this distance insects are not really close enough. The EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens, on the other hand, has a MWD of 150mm, which is ideal for butterfly and insect photography.

Disadvantages

Medium Build quality - this USM Macro lens has a reasonable build quality although it's not quite as solid as the L-Series lenses.

No Image Stabilization - this lens does not feature the image stabilization present with the significantly more expensive Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM Macro Lens.

Summary

The Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens is a very good choice for macro photography of butterflies, insects or flowers. It offers excellent optical performance and middle-of-the-road working distance, size and weight.

Check out my butterfly and insect photos on http://kenbillington.ch/photobank/Insects/


Dec 5, 2010
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Registered: Oct 24, 2010
Location: Australia
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Review Date: Oct 24, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated

 
Pros: Good sharp lens.
Cons:
Unable to use MR14EX ringlight with this lens with any filters on the lens.

I've owned this lens for around 5 years and it's been fairly dependable though I get pretty similar results using a zoom lens as a macro at times. My BIG complaint is that I cannot put any kind of filter on the lens and attach the MR14EX ringlight to the lens. There is a groove at the end of the lens into which the ringlight clips and with a filter present the clips cannot reach this groove and anchor the light.
Am I the only one noticing this problem? I've even had the Canon techs tell me this combination of lens, filter and light should work.
I've been trying to use polarizing filters on the light and lens to reduce glare off subjects. I'm tempted to go with a different light, MT024 EX, but wondering if I'll have the same problem of not being able to use the light on this lens with a filter on it.
Any suggestions?


Oct 24, 2010
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Registered: Sep 27, 2010
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Review Date: Oct 21, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $480.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp, good color and contrast, nice creamy bokeh, and excellent price.
Cons:
Build quality isn't on par with L lenses...but it's not a L-lens, is it?

The Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM is a fine lens, especially for the price, and has been the stalwart in Canon's line on lenses for many, many years. Though Canon has announced its new 100mm f/2.8L lens, its older predecessor is no slouch, even on cameras that have much larger sensors than when this lens was first released.

I've used this lens on a Canon EOS 20D, 50D, 5D, 5D Mark II, and 1D Mark III and it has never failed me. It is always in my camera bag and it is always manages to take exceptional macro photographs and fairly decent portrait shots that can rival those taken with the legendary Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM lens. Many amateurs see it only as a macro lens, but should be reminded that its larger aperture can isolate a subject in non-macro shots, too.

If you are an amateur photographer and you do not yet own a prime lens, this is probably the first lens you should get. You won't be disappointed with the images it helps create (which should be your primary criteria when choosing a lens).

Here are some examples of photographs I have taken with this lens:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/latitudes/3081572784/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/latitudes/343633778/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/latitudes/1985427515/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/latitudes/26586044/


Oct 21, 2010
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Review Date: Jul 27, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Very very sharp lens. Ideal for both Macrophotography but also portrait.
Cons:
None

Even if the new IS version is out, this lens is still a star performer. Great image quality, contrast and bokeh. Light and not that expensive ;-)

Jul 27, 2010
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Registered: Jun 28, 2009
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Review Date: Jun 30, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: very sharp, fairly light, great bokeh
Cons:
not a thing

What a great lens!

The 100mm 2.8 USM is very sharp (most macro lenses are) and easy to use. It's amazingly light and built-quality is very good, although not on L-level. 100mm is a very good focal length for macro pictures, but you can also use it for close-up headshots.
Highly regarded!

If you're thinking about getting a macro lens, you'll likely to have to decide between this 100mm 2.8 USM and its 100mm 2.8 L IS - twin brother. Although I didn't test the 100mm L intensively, I don't think the addition of the IS is worth the price difference.



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Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

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Build Quality Rating Price Rating Overall Rating
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9.6
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