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Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

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Review Date: Mar 15, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $800.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Super Sharp, Fast USM Autofocus with range selection optimized for macro, Hybrid IS, creamy Bokeh, includes hood
Cons:
needs Macrolite adapter for ring/twin flash, cost, no tripod mount

Bought this lens to replace the 100 2.8 USM macro, that I've had for many years. It is very similar in terms of optical characteristics (i.e. fantastic), but the Hybrid IS and USM AF optimized for macro work blew me away when I finally decided to upgrade to the 100L. IMHO essential for anyone who does hand held macro work. I give this lens top marks.

 
Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo

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Review Date: Feb 16, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Excellent IQ - sharpness, colour, contrast! Great range of magnification. Build quality is fantastic. Lens collar is included. Awesome lens.
Cons:
A bit long when at 5X; close working distance; needs lots of light above 3X

I bought this lens for extreme macro work and I am totally pleased with it. I managed to find a perfect 2nd hand lens, otherwise it is expensive brand new.

The image quality throughout the range of magnification is amazing. The convenience of being able to move from 1X to 5X with just a turn of the focus ring is awesome after playing around with tubes and extenders to get above 1:1.

The build quality is super. Even at 5X mag when fully extended there is no play in the lens barrel at all. The focus (mag) ring turns smoothly with just the right amount of friction built in. I would highly recommend this lens to anyone who is a macro enthusiast. I am using it with a MT-24EX since it really needs a lot of light above 2X magnification.

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