Canon EF 100mm f/2.8: Macro IS USM


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There's one big reason this 100mm lens is Canon's top macro lens: image stabilization. Getting in close enough for a 1:1 reproduction ratio exemplifies any camera movement, which is why it's so nice to have a stabilization system on a macro lens. The system is more than your basic IS too, it's a hybrid system cutting back on camera shake from multiple directions. The 100mm length is nice for macro work, putting you at least a foot from the subject, though some photographers prefer to be a bit farther. As an L-line lens, the design of this macro is fairly solid, with weather-sealing. Focus is quick--and quiet with the USM, so you're less likely to scare skittish bugs. Macro work tends to require manual focus more often than most other shots, and this lens offers a larger focus control with a rubber grip for easier use of that feature.

The Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM is also one of the top rated EF macro lenses for image quality, scoring high for sharpness. The lens does tend to be a bit more prone to vignetting at the widest apertures. With all the features, the lens is also a bit heavy for a prime--not obstructively so, but more than several comparable focal lengths. With all of the features, this lens will also cost you almost $1,000.



  • Lens Specs:

    • Format : Canon EF
    • Focal Length : 100mm
    • Image Stabilization : Yes
    • Maximum Aperture : f/2.8
    • Autofocus : Yes
    • Minimum Focus Distance : .99 ft. (.3m)
    • Lens Elements : 15
    • Lens Groups : 12
    • Diaphragm Blades : 9
    • Coatings : N/A
    • Filter Size : 67mm
    • Dimensions : 3.1 x 4.8 in. (77.7 x 123m)
    • Weight : 22.0 oz. (625g)
    • Other : Ultra Silent Motor, 1:1 reproduction ratio

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