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Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

Review Date: Aug 4, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Stunning Sharpness, Well Built, Effective IS, Nice Bokeh For f2.8, Good Colour, Fast Autofocus.
Errr, Ummm, Oooh, well if I have to be picky, the cost of the tripod ring is ridiculous at 120!!

I bought this lens not long after it was launched and paid pretty much full RRP, but I just had to have it! Was it worth it? Oh yes!

The very first images I captured on my 5D MkII blew me away with the quality it produces. Bitingly sharp with lovely colour rendition and pleasant bokeh. I actually sold my 135mm f2 L to fund the purchase and I don't regret it for a minute. As good as the 135mm is, I just found it sitting in my bag a bit too much for my type of photography. When this lens came along, it was a bit of a no brainer for me. Here is a lens that is primarily a Macro, but can be used for normal short telephoto shooting as well, including portraits. But be careful! Your model may not appreciate it's ability to pick out ANY blemish he/she might have! As a macro, it still leaves me wide eyed in amazement at the detail it can pick up. The autofocus is very quick even across the full range, but lightning quick when you set the limiter to the distance range you're shooting. Another nice touch is the lens hood has the same texture as the lens body which looks good and also isn't prone to the marks the old lens hoods suffer from. This lens has had more use in the last 9 months than my 135mm had in 5 years. Highly recommended if your looking for a pretty much do-it-all medium telephoto. Better still, it's priced around 700 now so what are you waiting for?

If I had to find any negatives about it then I suppose the cost of the Tripod Ring D for it is ridiculously expensive at 120! But that's not even the lens I'm griping about, it's Canon and it's high pricing of accessories.