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Canon EF 100 mm f/2.8 L Macro IS USM

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Manufacturer Canon
Model EF 100 mm f/2.8 L Macro IS USM
Lens style Telephoto
Focal length 100 mm
Maximum aperture f/2.8
Angle of view 24.4 o
Closest focusing distance 0.3 m
Maximum magnification 1:1
Minimum aperture 32
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Auto focus type USM
Lens Construction 15 elements / 12 groups
Filter diameter 67 mm
Macro Yes
Available mounts Canon EF
Dimensions 77.7 x 123 mm
Weight 625 g
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Average rating (16 owners reviews)
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4.75 Good
Owners reviews (16)
  1. Chris L
    Chris L 3 April 2016, 05:01
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    IP 73.6.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 900
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: longer throw for focus when going from macro to portraits lengths or vice versa but this is to be expected.

    Pros: wonder IQ. Very sharp focus. Fantastic flexibility to have a macro lens also perform so well as a portrait lens.

    Summary: very happy with my purchase. Looking forward to many years of enjoyment

  2. PeterC
    PeterC 6 May 2014, 06:04
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    IP 121.212.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
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    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Lacks a tripod socket - why? The Canon aftermarket one is outrageously priced. IS hums noticeably on mine - something I haven't noticed in any of the reviews.

    Pros: Top optical quality; IS makes it a useful general telephoto prime; 100mm focus length provides sufficient distance between subject and lens.

    Summary: First choice as a macro for any Canon owner, I'd say

  3. caMARYnon
    caMARYnon 19 November 2013, 15:29
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    IP 109.99.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 870 EURO
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Build quality for "L"

    Pros: IQ, IS, AF

    Summary: This 100L and 35IS is all I need for general purposes.

  4. nathanael
    nathanael 11 September 2013, 14:06
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    IP 220.255.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 950
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: best lens i use

    Pros: all my good pictures is doing with this lense

    Summary: if you want make some good pictures in macro you have to buy this lens

  5. Berry
    Berry 2 July 2013, 22:50
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    IP 77.0.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 820 €
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: PLASTIC; Slow focusing

    Pros: Good image quality

    Summary: Good macro

  6. gloppy
    gloppy 14 March 2013, 23:05
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    IP 87.14.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 720 euro
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Subpar build quality for a L lens.

    Pros: Very effective IS. Very fast AF for a macro lens.

    Summary: It's one of the most versatile lenses I own. It's very good at macro and tele distances and the stabiliser works very well. The all-plastic construction doesn't feel very solid and the focus ring have a (very!) little play. It's not weather-sealed until you attach a filter. CA is low, but sometimes it's visible (and it's much worse than on the 100 macro non-IS). Anyway, it's hardly noticeable on the vast majority of the shots.

  7. JiMu
    JiMu 15 July 2012, 04:13
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    IP 84.173.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 770€
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: sometimes slow if you don't limit the focus

    Pros: about anything: image quality, weather sealing, IS, ring USM, 1:1 macro.

    Summary: Very nice lens for portraits and macro on both APS-C and full frame cameras.

  8. Reza Rafiei
    Reza Rafiei 30 June 2012, 07:14
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    IP 91.186.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
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    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: nothing

    Pros: high image quality, unbelievable great bokeh, image stabilizer, f2.8, ...

    Summary: great lens, recommend this one

  9. ronald
    ronald 12 May 2012, 21:17
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    IP 91.177.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 800
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: None

    Pros: very sharp, very good is

    Summary: great lens

  10. Sugsilla
    Sugsilla 7 October 2011, 22:59
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    IP 91.152.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: ~900€
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Well if you want you can say that it's made out of plastic, and focusing from end to end will take some time. And sometimes auto focus starts ”wrong way” with my old and cheap camera body.

    Pros: Image Stabilization, Sharpness, Auto focus generally.

    Summary: I don't have tons of experience whit L glass, but I think that this is my favorite one from those I use. Overall I'm rather pleased for value for my money. Yes it's plastic but still rather solid feeling and I'm just happy when I can save some weight from my shoulders.

  11. viktas
    viktas 16 July 2011, 21:15
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    IP 24.187.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: 1,080.00
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Personally "NONE"

    Pros: Optics are Fantastic. Distance focusing is Superior because of three way switch. Waterproof is top notch. Hybrid focusing system really works

    Summary: I love this lens, first of all becaus it is sharper then my 35mm f1.4 L prime, second because it can and should be used for Portrait work. And any thing else you can throw at it like Food, Studio and Jewelery work. The detail brought out by the 1:1 Magnification is Simple Stunning. I have read to many complaints about the Plastic Body....including from some Top Professionals. Please Please get over your sevles here. The Body is amazing well thought out and and the build quality is there. I believe Canon not only saved weight but also cost saving passed on to us. I am using mine on a 7D, bring the range to 160mm because of the crop sensor. this is my Third "L" glass and love them all. I find them uniquely different in purpose but the same in color output. I am so happy I didn't get the Non-L version here.

  12. samu78
    samu78 10 March 2011, 01:41
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    IP 109.70.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: 800
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: too much plastic

    Pros: IQ

    Summary: very good lens

  13. Bioibon
    Bioibon 9 March 2011, 17:01
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    IP 150.241.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 750 euro
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Focusing is slow sometimes, but this is common with macro lenses. Build quality not up to L standards (but not bad at all)

    Pros: Excellent sharpness and colors. No CA or distortions. Excellent bokeh for a macro lens (simmilar to 135 f/2). Amazing IS (sharp photos at 1/4s.)

    Summary: One of the best L lenses both in terms of overall IQ and price/quality ratio. Must have.

  14. nn
    nn 19 February 2011, 18:13
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    IP 88.84.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: nok 700
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Alt

    Pros: ingenting

    Summary: 5

  15. miracle_bg
    miracle_bg 8 September 2010, 10:53
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    IP 78.130.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: ~ 900 EUR
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Slow focusing at moments

    Pros: Very sharp focus, superb quality, colors and contrast are always amazing

    Summary: I just love the lens - most of the time i don't even take if off. Great for portraits, amazing for macro!

  16. kalle
    kalle 7 February 2010, 22:56
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    IP 86.50.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 900€
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Sometimes the focus can chase

    Pros: Sharp, IS, fast focus, good colors and bokeh

    Summary: Very versatile, therefore extremely fun to use. Worth every euro to me. I've also shot some videos with this and 5dm2 with great results hand held!

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