Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

Last updated (08 December’11):
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The Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM features 100mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/2.8. The lens construction has 15 elements in 12 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 23.4 degrees. Focus adjustment: Inner focusing system with USM. Full-time manual focus available., Closest focusing distance at 0.99 ft./0.3m and has a filter size of 67mm. The Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens weighs 22.0 oz./625g and it measures 3.1 inches in diameter and 4.8 inches long.

Overall Rating: ★★★★★ | Latest Price Info: sold start from $860.00

Expert Reviews

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Reviews reviews the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM and writes;
“Bokeh in macro shots was very attractive. In fact, this lens delivers the best results we’ve seen from any lens we’ve tested to date. Whether the benefits of the superior build quality, fast autofocusing and effective image stabilisation are worth the higher price tag of the EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens is something each photographer must decide. We found the review lens a pleasure to use and were generally impressed by its capabilities.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Lenstip reviews the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM and writes;
“It is practically a faultless lens. If anybody wants to exchange the older EF 100 mm f/2.8 Macro USM model for the new L series and can afford it, there shouldn’t be a moment’s hesitation. You can gain in everything – picture quality, barrel quality, stabilization. The older model’s chromatic aberration correction degree is higher but this argument lacks force as the new L lens corrects this aberration also well enough. “
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Photoradar reviews the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM and writes;
“Optical quality alone is enough in itself to justify the price, but the really impressive thing about this lens is how its technology makes such a difference in practical terms. The USM autofocus is very quick for a macro lens and made faster still by three-position range limiting, while the Hybrid IS, quite literally, puts effective macro shooting into your hands.”
Rating: ★★★★★

SLRGear reviews the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM and writes;
“Canon’s really raised the bar with this lens: exceptionally sharp, even wide open at f/2.8, with strong results for resistance to chromatic aberration and distortion. Corner shading can be a tad high at f/2.8 when used on a full-frame body, but for macro work, I imagine most people will be using this lens in the stopped-down range to get as much depth-of-field as possible..”
Rating: ★★★★½

Kenrockwell reviews the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM and writes;
“Autofocus is super-fast and quiet. The AF motor is silent. All you’ll hear is some internal sliding. I got perfect autofocus every time on my Canon 5D Mark II. The Canon 100mm f/2.8 L IS Macro has no visible distortion at any distance. On a 21 MP 5D Mark II, I get tripod-equivalent sharpness almost all of the time hand-held at 1/8 of a second — one eighth!”
Rating: ★★★★★

Ephotozine reviews the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM and writes;
“Not only does it impress with the high resolution images it can produce, but the new Image Stabiliser really does make a notable difference when hand-holding at close distances. Although the price may seem a little steep when compared to third-party offering, if you want or need the best, you must be prepared to pay for the best and in this scope this lens represents good value for money..”
Rating: ★★★★★

Popphoto reviews the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM and writes;
“With no barrel rotation or extension during focusing, it’s well suited to lens-mounted ring flashes and compatible with Canon’s “D” tripod collar (great for quickly switching orientation), as well as Canon’s extension tubes, which support Hybrid IS on all current Canon bodies. On our optical bench, the lens produced Excellent-range SQF numbers, indicating flawless contrast and sharpness.”
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Digitalcamerareview reviews the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM and writes;
“Shooting at a 130mm focal length on Canon’s new EOS 1D Mark IV body, we got sharp images hand held at shutter speeds as low as 1/20th of a second in fairly close quarters – less than 1:5 magnification. Even at 1:1, with enough ISO to close down the aperture for some additional depth of field there were some pretty respectable results.”
Rating: ★★★★★

SLRLensreview reviews the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM and writes;
“Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro is an excellent macro lens for the Canon photogs. The lens is certainly a worthy descendant of the excellent previous generation 100mm macro lens. Image resolution, good flare handling, color rendition, low distortion, you name it..”
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Photozone reviews the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM and writes;
“The resolution is generally very high although the border quality could be a little better at large aperture settings. Typical for macro lenses distortions are a non-issue. Vignetting is only a real problem at f/2.8. The quality of the bokeh (out-of-focus blur) is excellent and among the best that we’ve see here. Lateral CAs are well controlled although potentially (just) visible at the borders.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

The-digital-picture reviews the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM and writes;
“Color and contrast are great. Bokeh is excellent – the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM Macro Lens creates a very high quality foreground/background blur. OOF (Out of Focus) highlights are rendered very smoothly. The original EF 100mm Macro Lens also had good bokeh, but the 100 IS L has an even stronger foreground/background blur as can be seen in the f/8 comparison below….”
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User Opinions

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM User Reviews

another great Canon L lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“This lens is amazingly sharp. I use it on a full frame 1Ds mark 3. With that camera this lens is cable of absolutely stunning detail. And great color and contrast too. I also have a 180mm L macro lens. While this lens will provide better reach on a full frame camera the new 100mm L macro lens has a great advantage with image stabilization. With IS on there’s almost no need for a tripod. Finally I would say that the new 100mm L macro lens is just as sharp as canon’s other L series macro, the 180mm.” – by John

Glad I spent the money. One of Canon’s best prime lenses. | Rating: ★★★★★
“When I first look at the pictures from the 100mm, I wondered why I paid the extra money…. until I started blowing them up on my monitor – I kept on zooming in, and the image was, as Canon claims, 100% tack sharp. This was exactly what I wanted and had been looking for.. The USM motor is amazingly quick and silent, and is the same one as on the cheaper model.” – by Larushka

Great lens.. Surprisingly versatile | Rating: ★★★★★
“Lens is ridiculously sharp. Not being a zoom I thought would limit my use but honestly I have been leaving it on the camera over my 24-70 2.8l. Macro hand held is nice to play with. Still better with a tripod. As a portrait lens however this lens really excells. Bokeh is beautiful and very even.” – by Kirby Pople

100mm on a Rebel Ti2, excellent combination | Rating: ★★★★★
“I bought this 100mm IS 2.8 Macro as a second prime lens for my Rebel Ti2.. In practice I found that it is not much of an issue as I use the lens for portraits and close ups in these circumstances. I have the 50mm also (a must have for all canon owners) and that is an excellent fall back option. The colors, sharpness and speed of the lens is great. The autofocus is silent but not the fastest.” – by Arthur

The all new Macro! | Rating: ★★★★★
“IS is a great feature and will help some with macro shots and a lot with portraits. Photo quality is also slightly improved with this version. If your into macro and the “L” series lens and must have the best then this is it. If your on a budget the older, still in production 100mm non-“L” macro is still a fantastic value..” – by R. Reynolds

Definitely lives up to the hype. | Rating: ★★★★★
“The sharpness, richness of color, extremely fast af, and the new HIS system, have so far all wowed me beyond my expectations. However, this is not just a macro lens…take a step back and this instantly turn into one of the sharpest portrait lens you can own. The bokeh is excellent…” – by S. Lok

My favorite lens – by far! | Rating: ★★★★★
“The IS is nothing short of amazing. I have shot – HAND HELD – close ups of flowers, bees, mating flies, and butterflies that fill the frame and are in perfect focus with depth of field that reveals the details you hope to get in your shot. The last time I took it out, it was overcast but the lens is fast enough to perform flawlessly..” – by someone 22

A great lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“A first class product.Very sharp macro images are possible with a high degree of definition bearing in mind the effects of aperture values with close-up photography. I use this lens on a Canon 40D camera and recommend it highly. the lens is well made, quiet and the IS works well. I have not used it yet for anything other than macro work.” – by Dr.Donald Parker

A redesign worth the upgrade | Rating: ★★★★★
“The aforementioned Image Stabilization is very effective in situations where you can’t use the tripod, but want to maintain critical focus while working with shallow depth of field… Out of focus highlights – the bokeh – is smooth, smoother than the older version. Images appear very crisp, I’m pleased with the sharpness.” – by Comdet

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Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Specifications

The EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens could very well be the essential multipurpose lens for every camera bag due to its ability to capture sharp close-up images of small objects as well as beautiful portrait-length telephoto shots. The incorporation of Canon’s new Hybrid IS in this L-series macro lens allows it to compensate more effectively for camera shake during close-up shooting and marks a significant improvement for professionals and advanced amateurs utilizing macro photography for portrait, nature or wedding shoots. New Hybrid IS Technology: Designed Especially for Macro Photography The world’s first* optical image stabilizer for SLR cameras was introduced in the EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM in 1995. Since then, Canon has made continual advancements in IS systems to enhance panning capability and improve compensation for camera shake. Now, in a move aimed at extending image stabilization to the macro realm, Canon introduces its Hybrid IS in the new EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM – another first for Canon and the world. Conventional image stabilization technology is useful for reducing the effects of camera shake in non-macro shooting situations. When shooting handheld close-ups at 1x, however, camera shake makes it difficult to achieve acceptable results even with lenses incorporating conventional image stabilizers. Now, thanks to the Hybrid IS found in the EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, Canon extends IS technology to the macro realm, making it easy to obtain clear handheld close-ups – a world first* and a definite advantage in environments where use of a tripod is not an option.

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Lens Specifications

* Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 100mm 1:2.8
* Lens Construction: 15 elements in 12 groups
* UD Glass: 1
* Diagonal Angle of View: 23.4 degrees
* Focus System: Inner focusing system with USM. Full-time manual focus available.
* Closest Focusing Distance: 0.99 ft. / 0.3m (maximum close-up magnification: 1x)
* Filter Size: 67mm
* Max. Diameter x Length: 3.1 x 4.8 in./77.7 x 123mm
* Weight (lens only): 22.0 oz./625g

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