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Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Review Date: Aug 22, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $470.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: sharp sharp sharp, excellent quality
lens hood not included, tripod ring spendy

I have had this one for over 3 years now and it has been an awesome lens. When I use it for portraits, it is so sharp that you can count the hair follicles on a person's eyebrows. I will use it a little bit for marco work with flowers and other items that I want to get close to as well. It's a little too slow mos tof the time when I try to use it indoors even if I boost the ISO all the way up. In those cases, I have to use my 50 1.4.

Most of the portraits on my website have been taken with this lens:

I am able to use this lens on my tripod with my Rebel XSi without a tripod ring. It's a little front-heavy, but it works.

No complaints with the performance of this lens at all. If I could justify spending money on the 85L, I would get that one for myself. But this one is in my price range and does that job well for my purposes.

And the neat thing is that when I bought it in 2006, it was $470 from B&H, and today they sell it for $570. If I wanted to sell it, I would imagine I could get what I paid for it 3 years ago especially since it is built well.