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Canon EF 100 mm f/2.8 Macro

Manufacturer Canon
Model EF 100 mm f/2.8 Macro
Lens style Telephoto
Focal length 100 mm
Maximum aperture f/2.8
Angle of view 24.4 o
Closest focusing distance 0.31 m
Maximum magnification 1:1
Minimum aperture 32
Number of diaphragm blades 8
Auto focus type AF
Lens Construction 10 elements / 9 groups
Filter diameter 52 mm
Macro Yes
Available mounts Canon EF
Dimensions 75 x 105.5 mm
Weight 650 g
Additional information Marketed April 1990
Average rating (4 owners reviews)
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4.67 Good
Owners reviews (4)
  1. T
    T 20 October 2015, 04:35
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    IP 82.217.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 350
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: None really. Perhaps the bokeh could be nicer? Weather sealing would be nice too ... but it is not an 'L' lens.

    Pros: Silent, rapid, accurate AF. Light weight. Fairly compact. Well made. Superb image quality. Excellent sharpness and resolution of detail right into the corners. Not a trace of chromatic aberration. If there is any distortion it is negligible.

    Summary: Wonderful lens. The newer L version has IS and is said to have even better IQ. Looking at the results from my non-IS non-L version it is hard to see how anything this side of a Zeiss Otus would give noticeably better results.

  2. thomas
    thomas 2 December 2013, 15:59
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    IP 79.83.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 350 euros
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: no IS, AF hunting at normal distances for portraiture, bokeh

    Pros: as good as the L version but 3 times cheaper! very sharp...

    Summary: just get this one, a real bargain

  3. EG
    EG 20 March 2012, 10:27
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    IP 84.238.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: A little long for crop-sensored cameras(more of a preference, than a disadvantage).

    Pros: Very sharp wide open and even a little bit sharper stopped down a bit. Doubles as a portrait and macro-lens.

    Summary: If you don't need the faster f/2 or the IS/weather-sealing of the 100mm L, there should be nothing keeping you from buying this lens. Highly recommended.

  4. DaveinWilton
    DaveinWilton 27 June 2010, 18:38
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    IP 162.135.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: 520.00
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: No lens hood like all Canon's other than "L" classification

    Pros: Sharp, Sharp, Sharp! Cost to Value ratio is high

    Summary: Currently my favorite lens. Before the new 100mm 2.8 L IS came out, this lens was all but considered and "L". It has an amazingly sharp set of optics, and producess bright-contrasty images with little to no post processing. I use this lens for nature, macro, and portrait imaging on my 50D. I would think twice before I considered the new "L" version over this model at nearly twice the cost.

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