Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Auto Focus Lens - USA Warranty

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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

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (100),Consistent output (91),Easily interchangeable (75),Strong construction (74),Durable (53),Nice bokeh (36),Lightweight (26),Rugged (24),Super-sharp images (17),Superior build quality (15),Easy to clean (10),Fast auto-focus (8) Clear glass (5),Quiet (4),Sharp (4),Simple controls (4),Easily mounted (3),Good price / value (3) View All
Cons:
Heavy (25),Slow focus (11),No image stabilization (4),Slow auto-focus (4)
Best Uses:
Macro photography (61),Portraits (33),General purpose (23),Wildlife (20),Macro (19),Landscape/scenery (16),Wildlife photos (14),Weddings (11),Low light (9),Macro and portraits (6),Sports/action (6),Art (5) Special effects (5),Fun (4),Night photography (4),Portrait (4),Close-ups (3),Documentary (3),Food photography (3) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (40),Enthusiast (38),Semi-pro photographer (17),Semi-professional (8),Professional (7),Casual photographer (6),Pro photographer (5),Casual user (3)

Canon 100mm F/2.8 Specifications

Construction
8 groups /12 elements
Angle of view
24°
F stop range
f/2.8-32
Closest Focusing Distance
0.31m / 1ft. (film plane to subject)
Maximum Magnification
1:1
Filter Size
58mm
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
3.1" x 4.7" / 79.0 x 119.0mm
Weight
21.1 oz. / 600g

Canon 100mm F/2.8 Reviews

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4.8

(based on 160 reviews)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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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...

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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.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not what I expected

Not what I expected. Still experimenting.

Reviewed by 160 customers

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

GOOD MACRO LENS

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from PROVIDENCE RHODE ISLAND  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great lens, perfect price

By

from Washington, DC  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Excellent for product and food photography.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Better than expected

By

from Venice, FL  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Ideal lens for macro

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from Goshen NY  -  Pro Photographer

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic Lens

By

from North Carolina  -  Photo Enthusiast

Great macro lens.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Canon 100 macro is fine

By

from Heaters, WV  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Works well with Canon 7D and Canont2i. Very sharp for botanical subjects.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wonderful Buy!

By

from Sevierville, TN  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great alternative to the L lens

By

from Portsmouth, NH  -  Casual Photographer

Outstanding macro lens that's a good walkaround as well.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great macro lens!

By

from Tiger, Ga  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Non L lens to consider.

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from Chicagoland, IL  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.

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SADRUDDIN J  What is the minimum focusing distance in Macro mode? How close you can get to your tiny subject? I know it has a minimum focusing distance of 5'9" in general mode. What is the closest focusing distance? Thanks. SADRU.
PAUL N  I should start by clarifying: There is no macro "mode". There are two settings of the focus limiter, but that is all it is, a limit to what focal distances it will hunt through. Working distance for the lens comes in at about 14.7cm from Canon's specifications (so a bit under 6"). It may be worth noting that this lens' performance is very slightly compromised at actual 1:1, so consider giving yourself a slight bit more working distance... it doesn't take much. That said, the "compromised" 1:1 performance still tops many, many other lenses. Nobody I'm aware of has ever regretted buying this lens.
Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
HOME P  Canon brand reputation and aperture to 2.8.,
kelly g  one more---some complain it is heavy and slow is low light. not a big concern? 2.8 should be ok in low light----? Always wanted a macro and want to purchase the right one!
ERLAND W  Kelly, The Canon lens EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Auto Focus is an excellent lens for close-ups. Also, I have used this lens for portraits with beautiful results. For low light photografy a f/1.4 or f/1.8 is better. Good luck. Erland W.
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