Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Last updated (01 September’12):
– Review by LensTip

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM is a macro lens features 100mm at focal lenght with maximum aperture of 1:2.8. The lens construction has 12 elements in 8 groups with diagonal angle of view at 24 degrees. Focus adjustment: Inner focusing system with USM, Closest focusing distance: 1 foot (film plane to subject) and has a filter size of 58mm. The Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens weighs 21.1 ounces and it measures 3.1 inches in diameter, 4.7 inches long.

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Reviews reviews the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM and writes;
“Pros: excellent image quality in the frame centre and at the frame edge at all apertures, negligible chromatic aberration, distortion at practically zero level, very low coma, moderate astigmatism, silent and relatively quick autofocus, good build quality. Cons: autofocus could have been more accurate… “
Rating: N/A reviews the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM and writes;
“The lens focuses quickly, quietly and ultra-reliably, with virtually no hunting observed. The manual-focus ring, which is very broad, can be used any time in AF mode. The AF/MF slider falls under the left thumb, and a second slider, which sets the focusing range, is slightly further down on the same side of the lens. “
Rating: ★★★★½ reviews the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM and writes;
“The lens performed quite well in the field, with sharp results across pretty much entire tested aperture range (well, maybe a tidbit softer around borders at f/2.8, but only a bit). At f/2.8, the lens produced very pleasant bokeh at macro ranges. Inner focusing most certainly is another reason to like this lens when doing macro photography. AF was very fast in telephoto shooting but did hunt occasionally in closup scenarios. As is typical of most Canon lenses, EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro produced somewhat warmer color palette – something that can be easily fixed during post processing step, so there’s nothing to worry about here.”
Rating: N/A reviews the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM and writes;
“If you do close-up work, and you’re looking for a good overall 2nd lens to go with that new camera, the EF 100mm f/2,8 Macro makes an excellent choice. Ideally coupled with a full-frame sensor film or digital camera, excellent results can also be achieved with this lens when combined with digital SLRs with smaller than full-frame sensors. All in all an excellent offering from Canon. “
Rating: ★★★★½ reviews the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM and writes;
“The Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens is a very good choice. It offers excellent optical performance and middle of the road focal length, working distance and size/weight. Price makes this lens a great value. The 100mm focal length along with great bokeh (foreground/background blur quality) makes this a great portrait lens as well.”
Rating: N/A reviews the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM and writes;
“Superb, what more can I say? While you can’t judge performance by viewing highly-compressed images, hopefully these will give you some indication of the capabilities of this lens..”
Rating: N/A reviews the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM and writes;
” Mechanically this is a drastic improvement due to the absence of any moving outer parts that could suck in dust or wear out more easily. On top of that the USM implementation in this lens is excellent – compared to conventional macro lenses in this range it is a speed daemon here and a near silent one. Optically the lens resides on a very high level with little to nothing to be desired. HIGHLY recommended! “
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM and writes;
“There are virtually no criticisms of this lens that we can come up with! The build is a little short of L quality, but is still well built. The optical performance is first class with no nasty or disappointing surprises and as for the handling, it’s a pleasure to use. That only leaves the price and although it is a little high, you do, in this case, get what you pay for.”
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User Opinions

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM User Reviews

Great lens for the job | Rating: ★★★★★
“Canon Macro 100mm is quite affordable and do a fantastic job. No wonder a lot of professional use and recommend it. The lens is primarily use for macro, for small things. The lens have ability to focus really close to object so that the camera can capture a life size image. The depth of field is very shallow, especially wide open at f/2.8 as you can see in some samples that I have uploaded. So, f/8 or higher is recommended if you want to capture a sharp object.But the shallow depth of field is not bad thing for many people, it helps the photographer to point out where is the most interesting part of the picture. The focal length of 100mm, make it ideal for portrait lens because it flattens out the facial features and blur the background making the subject more appealing especially girls portraits. The color contrast is also very good, it turns everyday boring object becomes interesting. “ – by Enche Tjin

Great lens for the price! | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I bought this Canon lens to round out my array of lenses for my Rebel XSi. I was interested in taking macro shots of bugs and other small objects, plus have the capability of a portrait lens. I haven’t had it for very long and I haven’t taken a lot of pictures yet, but it is impressive in its sharpness and accurate focusing. It focuses to .9 foot but you have to have a steady hand since it doesn’t have IS. Construction is solid (notice the weight) and all focusing is internal, so the barrel doesn’t move in and out. This is a great feature for macro images. “ – by Donald L. Bunyard

My favorite lens!!! | Rating: ★★★★★
“This lens is amazing for my purposes! At 2.8 I can follow playful toddlers around in a variety of lighting conditions and still get the shot. And for posed portraits, the bokeh is amazing, people have never looked so good! So overall, I prefer this lens to my 70-200 f4 L, even though I can’t zoom and have to move myself to compose shots. But the lower f-stop, the tack-sharp images, the ability to shoot macro, the weight (it seems lighter and less bulky than my 70-200), all tip the scale in the 100mm’s favor. “ – by Learning All The Time “It’s Never Too Late to be what you might have been…”

I use this for nature close-ups… | Rating: ★★★★★
“…but it’ll work for portraits. It’s as sharp as the more expensive a 24-70L lens and its color rendition is nearly as good. I’ve loaned it to budding photographers who have used kit lenses only and they can’t believe the image quality. Some of my best photos have come from this lens. “ – by J. Roemer

A part of my standard kit | Rating: ★★★★★
“I bought this lens 4.5 years ago and am still surprised by how crispness of my macro and portrait pictures. The background of the pictures is also nice and smooth, which makes the people or foreground objects in macros really pop. The contrast of pictures taken with this lens is also impressive. Over the years with different cameras systems I’ve owned I seem to gravitate towards the same basic kit to start out with: 50mm, 100mm macro and a super wide angle lens. I find this is what I shoot with a lot of the time and I’m glad I picked this lens to be in that collection as it has served me well over the years. “ – by Vivek Gupta

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens Well Worth the Cost | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is my first macro lens so I don’t really have anything else to compare to. Regardless, it has been wonderful to use. I have been taking many pictures of plants, flowers, and bugs and getting some beautiful shots. The colors are crisp and the images clear. The only drawback I can think of is its weight in relation to the Canon Rebel body. The lens is made mostly of metal while the Rebel’s body is made mostly of plastic. Because of this it seemed a bit awkward to fit the lens onto the camera body at first. All of that set aside, I would highly recommend this lens to anybody who is working with a limited budget.” – by SoporificSpirit

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Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Specifications

Bring small things into full-sized view with the Canon EF 100mm macro USM lens. Macro lenses can uncover detail that would be impossible to detect by the eye and give new perspective to extremely minute subjects such as insects or the petals of a small flower, and this lens is no exception. The lens offers such features as a three-group floating system for exceptional close-up performance; a secondary diaphragm that blocks stray light at f/2.8, which increases contrast when shooting wide open; a ultra-sonic monitor (USM) that provides outstanding autofocusing speed at all focusing distances; a wide manual focusing ring with smooth action; and full-time manual focus even in AF mode. The first lens in its class to feature inner focusing, the lens carries a one-year warranty.

* Focal length: 100mm
* Maximum aperture: 1:2.8
* Lens construction: 12 elements in 8 groups
* Diagonal angle of view: 24 degrees
* Focus adjustment: Inner focusing system with USM
* Closest focusing distance: 1 foot (film plane to subject)
* Filter size: 58mm
* Dimensions: 3.1 inches in diameter, 4.7 inches long
* Weight: 21.1 ounces

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