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Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Review Date: Nov 18, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Razor sharp, superb colour, contrast & bokeh, quick AF, FTM support, 1:1 reproduction, internal focusing and it's lightweight. Canon only missed one thing with this lens - the red ring !
No tripod mount or hood included but the lens is light enough to not cause problems when using the camera's mount. Polycarbonate body.

Simply excellent.

After spending hours playing around shooting macros with my other lenses and a collection of extension tubes, I finally decided to purchase a "proper" macro lens - and haven't looked back since.

The 100mm f 2.8 is a brilliant lens, and provides a nice working distance from your subject. Resultant images, colour rendition and contrast are amazing and the wide aperture allows incredibly fine control over the focal depth.

It seems to be as sharp as some of the L primes, and feels solidly built even though it isn't metal bodied. The range limited USM AF is generally pretty quick, and FTM support allows easy overriding if you don't agree with the AF sensor.

Although there are cheaper macro lenses out there from other manufacturers, it's very difficult to beat this lens for the price.