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A totally revised version of the popular 100mm f/2.8 macro lens. Focusing over the full range from infinity down to life size (1:1 reproduction ratio), this lens will impress any serious photographer with its combination of versatility, image quality and superb handling. A high-performance ring type Ultrasonic Motor provides fast and silent AF throughout its focus range, and even more significantly, allows full-time manual focusing-- permitting the close-up or macro shooter to instantly override the AF whenever necessary.
Autofocus lens for macro photography up to life-size (1x) magnification. Inner focusing affords a long working distance of 5.9in. (149mm) at 1x. A 3-group floating system results in excellent delineation at all focusing distances. Ring USM for silent and high-speed AF, and full-time manual focusing also provided. The optional Tripod Mount Ring (B) B (with adapter) enables the lens to be rotated for vertical or horizontal framing.
The Canon 100mm F/2.8 is commonly used for Art, Fun, General purpose, Landscape/scenery, Low light, Macro, Macro and portraits, Macro photography, Night photography, Portrait, Portraits, Special effects, Sports/action, Weddings, Wildlife, Wildlife photos and more.The Canon 100mm F/2.8 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual photographer, Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast, Professional, Pro photographer, Semi-professional, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Canon 100mm F/2.8 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon 100mm F/2.8: Clear glass, Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Easy to clean, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Fast auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Quiet, Rugged, Simple controls, Strong construction, Superior build quality and Super-sharp images
Most Liked Positive Review
Superb, dual purpose lens.
SInce I started shooting with 1.6X crop sensor cameras in 2004, this has become my primary macro lens. Before that, on film (i.e., "full frame") cameras, I tended to use the 180/3.5 macro more. With the cameras I'm using now, the 100/2.8 gives me the right combo of adequate working distance from shy or downright nasty, sharp-toothed subjects, but not so far that depth of field is ultra shallow so that I need to stop down a lot and use a slow shutter speed, to the point it's no longer practica...View full Review
SInce I started shooting with 1.6X crop sensor cameras in 2004, this has become my primary macro lens. Before that, on film (i.e., "full frame") cameras, I tended to use the 180/3.5 macro more. With the cameras I'm using now, the 100/2.8 gives me the right combo of adequate working distance from shy or downright nasty, sharp-toothed subjects, but not so far that depth of field is ultra shallow so that I need to stop down a lot and use a slow shutter speed, to the point it's no longer practical to handhold. The 100/2,8 also serves very well as a moderate telephoto lens for non-macro shooting, on any crop sensor SLR. The main reason this lens serves dual purposes so well is that it's got fast USM auto focus. If you are sure to use the limiter switch when shooting at non-macro distances, it's AF will not disappoint (the 180/3.5 does not focus as quickly at non-macro distances, so is less of a dual purpose lens, in my opinion). Now, I know a lot of people use the 100/2.8 for a portrait lens, too. If anything, in my opinoin it might be too darned sharp for that purpose. You won't win points with your mother in law if you take her portrait with this lens and so precisely show every line and wrinkle! Still, it can be used for portraits, no doubt about it. Just soften her images a little in post production, or risk the wrath of your mother in law! It also can optionally be fitted with a tripod mounting ring, very handy, but something that is not possible with some other macro lenses around this focal length. One thing I've never been able to figure out is why the optional lens hood is so large. You certainly don't have to worry about stray light finding it's down there to the front lens element, when you use it! It's a bit of an overkill, but better too much hood than too little, I suppose. Internal focus means this lens doesn't change length when focused, which is pretty amazing and convenient for a 1:1 macro lens. Earlier 1:1 macro lenses grew tremendously, with double heligoid designs. Some tripled in length, which moves the front elements awfully close to small subjects. While I would agree that I.S. is nice to have on any lens and would be somewhat useful on this lens when using it as a moderate telephoto, I have to point out that I.S. is of little real use at macro focusing distances. There is one stabilized macro lens on the market now, and even it's manufacturer doesn't claim very much assistance from stabilixation with tiny subjects at higher magnifications. So, personally I don't see much sense in adding I.S. (and complexity and cost) to this already excellent lens. The 100/2.8 Macro works extremely well with macro extension rings and the MT24EX Twinlite flash, too.
Most Liked Negative Review
Not what I expected
Not what I expected. Still experimenting.
Reviewed by 160 customers
I AM USING THIS MACRO LENS ON A SONY NEX 7 CAMERA WITH A METABONES ADAPTER FOR MACRO AND PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY. I FIND THE LENS TO BE STURDY AND WELL BUILT. BOTH PORTRAIT AND MACRO PHOTOS CAME OUT IN VERY SHARP FOCUS. THE SHALLOW DEPTH OF FIELD FOR MACRO CAN GET VERY SENSITIVE. THE LENS AUTO FOCUS DOES NOT WORK WELL WITH THE NEX 7. THE MANUAL FOCUS WITH SONY'S PEAKING COLOR FUNCTION HELPS TO MAKING FOCUSING SPOT ON. THE BOKEH IS VERY GOOD. I AM VERY HAPPY WITH THIS LENS.
Excellent for product and food photography.
I chose this lens over several more expensive models based on test reports, user reviews and, above all, price. While it may not have the build quality and weather sealing of those more expensive models, it still feels quite well built. When focussing manually, the focussing ring is very smooth making it easy to fine tune the focus. Auto focus is fast, quiet and accurate. I purchased this lens primarily for macro work but it makes an excellent moderate telephoto lens too. Very nice for portraits, at f2.8 the subject is very sharp while throwing the background out of focus and producing a pleasing bokeh. I am very impressed with the image quality of my macro shots so far. Naturally a lens of this focal length focussing at macro distances has a very shallow depth of field but when I've managed to focus just right the resulting images are extremely sharp. I've even used this lens with an older tamron 2x tele converter and the image quality is still very good. Though I don't typically use auto focus when doing macro work I was pleased to discover auto focus worked quite well when using the tele converter. I'm using this lens on my crop sensor Canon 70D and my older T1i so the lens has an equivalent focal length of 160mm. It does lack image stabilization but since I purchased this lens for macro work where I nearly always use flash that was not an issue with me. After using it for a couple of weeks now I am very happy with the performance of this lens and really can't find anything negative to say about it.
Used with the canon twinlite MT-24EX and canon 7D, I am able to capture fantastic detailed macro images of tiny insects . My interest is in entomology and the images obtained with this combination have proven to be unbeatable. There is no downside to this lens.
Great macro lens.
Works well with Canon 7D and Canont2i. Very sharp for botanical subjects.
I have used this Macro lens to snap beautiful photos of details in rings, water droplets, insects, and flowers. The intricate details are crystal clear (as long as the camera is held steady)! Despite the fact that I still have a lot to learn about photography, I have been able to produce very professional-looking photos with this lens.
Outstanding macro lens that's a good walkaround as well.
I use my macro lens to mostly photograph flowers, insects and other small creatures. It's easy to use with it's simplistic design. Because it doesn't have an image stabilizer, I do use my tripod if my hands aren't steady enough. The day I got it, it was raining, but that didn't stop me from staying outside umbrella in hand, and even later until 1 am with a flashlight. Great nighttime pictures.
Just recently bought this lens after reading and viewing 100's of youtube vid's. So far I can say I am very very happy with sharpness. I kit has 50d with 50mm F1.8, 10-22mm and now this wonderful 100mm F2.8 lens. One thing I realized with 100mm is I need more steady hands and use tripod more to improve my photography. This is a great lens and will recommend it as a lens for there kit.