Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Medium Telephoto AutoFocus Lens - USA

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About Canon 100mm F/2

This Canon 100mm F/2 Bundle comes with $61.84 worth of free accessories including a ProOptic Digital Essentials 58mm, Adorama Cleaning Kit, ProOptic Universal Lens Cap Tether and a New Leaf PLUS 1yr Lens Warranty and Shipping is free! .

Despite the large maximum aperture, the lens remains compact. Lens group 5 moves for rear focusing, and sharp, crisp pictures are obtained at all apertures. The background blur is ideal for portraits. The USM autofocuses the lens quickly and quietly.

The Canon 100mm F/2 is commonly used for Night photography, Portraits, Sports/action and more.The Canon 100mm F/2 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Enthusiast among others.The Canon 100mm F/2 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon 100mm F/2: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Fast auto-focus, Lightweight, Strong construction, Superior build quality and Super-sharp images

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (13),Consistent output (7),Fast auto-focus (7),Super-sharp images (7),Easily interchangeable (6),Lightweight (6),Durable (4),Strong construction (4),Superior build quality (4),Clear glass (3),Nice bokeh (3)
Best Uses:
Night photography (6),Portraits (6),Sports/action (5),Low light (4),General purpose (3),Wildlife photos (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (7),Photo enthusiast (3)

Canon 100mm F/2 Specifications

6 groups /8 elements
Angle of view
F stop range
Closest Focusing Distance
0.9m / 3 ft.
Maximum Magnification
Filter Size
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
3.0" x 2.9" / 75.0 x 73.5mm
1.0 lbs. / 460g
Mfr #

Canon 100mm F/2 Reviews

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(based on 26 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


An exceptional lens,

This really is a fine lens. It's quality is outstanding. Even at f/2 the main subject is sharp and contrasty. The usm drive is quiet and fast. It produces photos, in my opinion, nearly as good as the 135mm f/2, at 40% of the price. I can say that because I've owned both lens. Where it doeslag, as with the 85mm f/1.8, is build quality. It may preform like a L lens, but it isn't built like one. Today, with most of using digitals with ap-s size sensors,the small 85mm is often the preffed choice....

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This really is a fine lens. It's quality is outstanding. Even at f/2 the main subject is sharp and contrasty. The usm drive is quiet and fast. It produces photos, in my opinion, nearly as good as the 135mm f/2, at 40% of the price. I can say that because I've owned both lens. Where it doeslag, as with the 85mm f/1.8, is build quality. It may preform like a L lens, but it isn't built like one. Today, with most of using digitals with ap-s size sensors,the small 85mm is often the preffed choice. But the 100mm, although never as popular, is a great lens. Perhaps one of the best portrait lens you can own.


Most Liked Negative Review


Canon 100mm f2

I have shot 3 youth basketball games with this 100mm f2 lense and have had very few sharp pics out of approx 800. I use a Canon 40D with a 135mm f2 or a 70-200 f2.8 with great success. Not happy with this 100mm f2. Not happy with the color either. Maybe I just got a bad one because I read great reviews for this lense. What can I do, Adorama?

Reviewed by 26 customers


Highly Under-rated Lens


from Iowa

This is the only non-L lens in my kit. It is often overlooked because of Canon's other 100mm offerings and some say that the 2.8L IS macro makes this lens redundant. If you shoot macro and want something that doubles as a portrait lens, then by all means go for the 2.8L IS. If you want a great portrait lens at 100, this is better wide open than the macro. For me, 100 mm is the perfect focal length for portraits on full frame. This lens is super sharp, has practically no distortion, and focuses lightning fast even though it is one of the older lenses in Canon's lineup. Creamy bokeh, and the lens looks unobtrusive and doesn't scream "expensive". Although it is not an L lens, it is very solidly built and even has a metal filter thread.


One of the great lenses


from Wiltshire, UK

This lens is very well built, it may not be fully sealed but in my opinion that's the only thing stopping this having a red ring. The lens does not move either the front or rear element for focussing which means it is naturally reluctant to attract moisture or dust internally. The proper ring-USM focuses nearly immediately, it's frighteningly sharp even wide open, the Boke and low light ability is lovely thanks to its wide aperture. What would I change? IS is obvious by its absence, but that would bump up the price and frankly is unnecessary given its wide aperture. I would probably change the aperture blades by adding one as this currently has an even number and that means half as many spikes on sunstars when stopped down... that's it. As anyone can see I'm scraping the bottom of the barrel to find anything wrong with this lens.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Surprising lens!


from New York, NY

Despite its age, that's still an amazing lens. Unfortunately, it lacks the stabilizer and the AF is not up to the best Canon lenses, but other than that, this lens is just great. Distortion is negligible, vignetting is very well controlled and sharpness is very good throughout the whole frame even at f/2. Bokeh is nice even stopping down. Build quality is good and the quite large MF ring is very helpful if you use the lens with a follow focus. In my opinion, the only reason to spend more money for the 135/2 is the addictional focal lenght and the "L" built quality. Other than that, you won't miss anything with the 100/2. I really hope for a new IS version with the same optical quality...

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


I love this lens


from Texas

I love this lens, I use it on a Canon 5D Mark II for very low light theater photography and I get some really stunning photographs. Even in situations when there is almost no light I am able to obtain really good results.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent Astronomy Lens


from Redondo Beach, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Purchased this lens for astrophotography. Color correction is good and stars are sharp to the corners when stopped a little.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent mid-range prime


from Southern New Jersey

This is an amazing and affordable mid-range prime lens. Often over shadowed by the 85 f1.8, the 100 provides a little more reach for those of us that don't like to be too close. The bokeh is smooth, the images sharp. The focus is acceptable, however, does hunt in low lighting, despite the f2. I have "L" lenses, and I can honestly say, this is one of Canon's non "L" that feels, shots and performs like it deserves the red strip. Excellent lens.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Best buy this year!


from Virginia

I've only used this for weddings so far, but LOVE it! It's great for low light ceremonies, and sharp images. This lens exceeded my expectations.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)




from Norfolk, VA

I think this lens is one of the must haves... this, and the 50mm consistently provide great images and are used in our still and video sessions regularly.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Great portrait


from Undisclosed

Yes- its better than the 85. Buuuuut both are loooouuudddd when autofocusing... I wish they would come out with a mii with a silent autofocus. It sounds like someone is chattering their teeth... Other than that, great little lens for portraits and candids- long but small so people dont know ur taking a photo of them... Get it!


Just the lens I needed


from Vermont  -  Photo Enthusiast

I bought this lens for basketball photos, but it has worked fabulously for soccer photos too.


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Shopper  Will this work well on 5od?
JOHN E  It works fine on a 50D but just remember you will be shooting at a longer effective focal length, approximately 75mm, but that also is good for portraits. Using the lens at wider apertures you will have to pay attention to focusing it on the eyes. You may need to manually tweak the focus to do that but that is the same on all makes of lenses.
leeda l  how does this lens differ from the Canon EF 100mm macro USM lens. Why is it not considered a macro lens with an F/2.. which is actually a little faster than the Canon EF 100mm macro USM lens?
DAVID H  It may be faster, but that has nothing to do with weather it is considered a macro lens or not. A macro lens has the ability to achieve focus very close to the front element of the lens in order to enable high magnification. The 100mm F/2 cannot lock focus nearly as close as the 100mm F/2.8 Macro, or the 100mm F/2.8L Macro. Check the "minimum focus distance". 100mm F/2 = 2.95' (89.92 cm) 100mm F/2.8 Macro = 1' (30.48 cm) 100mm F/2.8L Macro = 1' (30.48 cm) In addition, macro lenses are more resistant to distortion, preserving straight lines very well. The 100mm F/2 has small but noticeable distortion when shot on Full Frame, while the macro versions do not.
Bob P  Looking at buying this lens for indoor sports. I have an older Digital 10D is there any thing I should know about compatibility?
DAN H  This lens is fully compatable with your 10D. Just realize that your cropped sensor camera will make this lens the equivalent of a 160mm lens which should be a good focal length for indoor sports. Nice fast lens. Another good option would be the 85mm F1.8. Both lenses are fully compatable if you later upgrade to a newer Canon DSLR.
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