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Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras

Style:Lens Only The Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens is the first mid-telephoto macro lens to include Canon's sophisticated Image Stabilization. With the highest quality optics available, combined with near-silent Ultrasonic focusing and lif...

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Shot
(23 reviews)
Portrait
(42 reviews)
Bokeh
(44 reviews)
Canon
(31 reviews)
Image
(68 reviews)
Macro
(42 reviews)
Quality
(74 reviews)
Photo
(31 reviews)
Color
(56 reviews)
Result
(52 reviews)
Focus
(69 reviews)
Lense
(79 reviews)
Speed
(12 reviews)
Time
(8 reviews)

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Reviews around shot (5.00 of 5)

  • I loved my older Canon 100 2.8 Macro lens and took many great shots over the years.
  • Like many of you, I was at the point I want to get some great macro shots of bees and bugs
  • I'm looking forward to taking some great macro shots with this lens.
  • The 100mm is close enough for great macro shots, and also wide enough to make a great portrait lens
  • It really shines as a macro lens and also takes outstanding portrait and outdoor shots
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Reviews around portrait (4.70 of 5)

  • Simply this; this lens can also serve as an excellent portrait lens
  • this is an excellent portrait lens and will be used for travel
  • One of the least expensive L lenses, it doubles as an amazing macro as well as a really great portrait lens.
  • The 100mm is close enough for great macro shots, and also wide enough to make a great portrait lens
  • I say that, because I have found that is an excellent portrait lens
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Reviews around bokeh (4.66 of 5)

  • However it has it limitations read below for its caveats.*Color of this lens is impeccable.*Bokeh background blur, this lens has a great aperture iris for circularly bokeh not just a f/2.8 but at other apertures as wellThe Chromatic Aberration CA, softness, vignetting, and distortion which are common flaws in any lens are minimal on this lens
  • The bokeh is velvety smooth and the sharpness, color and contrast are just outstanding!
  • This lens not only produces very sharp images for true macro photography, but also produces that much desired, smooth, dreamy bokeh
  • The bokeh is smooth, brilliant color, and tack sharp - just what I was hoping for!
  • I did put a B+W 67mm Clear UV Haze with Multi-Resistant Coating (010M) filter on it immediately - however no other mods are needed
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Reviews around canon (4.60 of 5)

  • I am a die-hard Canon (uber-hobbyist) user who will spare no expense (I'm retired and have the bucks to do so) to purchase the finest Canon (it's all fine by me!
  • If you dont own a tripod, you should get one, but for those who don't, and for those who want to use this as a fast portrait lens, the Canon
  • I researched several after market lens makers as well as Canon to compare quality, price and features
  • That may be the best macro Canon makes in terms of optical performance, but without stabilization, I think this 100mm lens would still be my first choice.
  • Canon doesn't correct high contrast areas (bright on dark) color fringing in firmware like Nikon does
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Reviews around image (4.52 of 5)

  • When I'm bending down focusing on a flower or something close, the slightest shakes and rocks by me will blur the image
  • USM Macro Lens provides crisp, sharp images as a normal lens and excels as a macro lens
  • This lens truly deserves its L designation with the sharp images that it delivers.
  • I do not like this lens on landscapes--the colors are muted and the image seems lacking in contrast and sharpness once it is faced with distance.
  • The lens produces sharp and crisp images and there are no complains there
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Reviews around macro (4.50 of 5)

  • Last night, same spider same location & same time of day, I was able to shoot some stunning macro photos which I would never have believed to be taken by a sucker beginner like me =)
  • For me its a great macro and portrait lens, and IS makes quite a difference
  • Great Macro Lensimage stabilization works well but not a huge factorwhen compared to the non IS version of this lens whenshooting super macro
  • The macro has much more range, so when this lens misses focus, it misses it really bad and doesn't seem to find it.
  • I have taken awesome macro shots down to 1/20 sec., and was blown away with the results.
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Reviews around quality (4.14 of 5)

  • First off, at under a thousand bananas, you get unbelievable L-quality images and really nice build as well
  • First off, at under a thousand bananas, you get unbelievable L-quality images and really nice build as well
  • The build quality of both are excellent, though the "L" has better sealing from the elements.
  • The lens has great quality and the image quality is even better
  • The optical stabiliser works brilliantly, and was the reason I purchased the 'L' version of this lens instead of its much cheaper non-'L' counterpart
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Reviews around photo (4.07 of 5)

  • The first time I used it (see included photos) the results totally blew me away
  • Having said that, I am still able to take excellent photos handheld with this lens
  • If money is an issue but you still want great photos, get this lens
  • But when you are trying to do small bugs, the AF can make or break a photo
  • Sharp photos, love using this lens for all of my shoots!
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Reviews around color (4.00 of 5)

  • This is a true, blue-looded L lens, super sharp, superb color quality and clarity; images jump out-- wow!
  • The lens is made of a newer plastic barrel, but it is far from the cheaper non L variety
  • It feels every bit as rough as my other all metal L lenses.
  • This is my 3rd L lens--this one has the best color and clarity
  • This is a true, blue-looded L lens, super sharp, superb color quality and clarity; images jump out-- wow!
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Reviews around result (3.92 of 5)

  • The lens is made of a newer plastic barrel, but it is far from the cheaper non L variety
  • All the Nikon and Canon lenses that I have used produced great results but never as consistently as the Canon 100mm f/2.8.
  • I used the lens as a fixed telephoto to photograph hummingbirds, and it gave me some of the sharpest results I've seen.
  • But at the end of the day, what matters most are the results and this lens definitely doesn't disappoint.
  • One of the least expensive L lenses, it doubles as an amazing macro as well as a really great portrait lens.
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Reviews around focus (3.85 of 5)

  • I'm extremely happy with this lens, fast focus, great bokeh and color, extremely sharp, and of course the IS.
  • extremely sharp, fast focus and smooth ring makes it one of the best lens for portrait and macro photography.
  • I did read about the slow focus and low light issues but as long as the object/subject was somewhat lit it focus without an issue.
  • But because focus is so critical to effective macro photography, I thought I'd add this little bit of advice for people who, like me, wear glasses with progressive lenses.
  • I do notice the focus is a little slow on occasion , but this is soon fixed by re focusing on something else.
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Reviews around lense (3.60 of 5)

  • The 100mm Macro 'L' is definitely one of the very best lenses available.
  • This lens is sharp, fast, and one of the best macro lenses out there.
  • One of the least expensive L lenses, it doubles as an amazing macro as well as a really great portrait lens.
  • It is probably one of the cheapest L lenses in the Canon L series
  • This lens is probably the best of several wonderful Canon L-Series lenses I have.
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Reviews around speed (1.95 of 5)

  • It is now possible to achieve outstanding results even when conditions aren't perfect (low light/slow shutter speed, absence of a tripod).
  • Hybrid IS is very useful when shooting portraits or far away subjects so that you can use slow shutter speed such as 1/30 to 1/60 without blur because hand shake
  • Though I'm normally a tripod use when shooting the image stabilization allows me to hand-hold at about 2 stops slower speed than normal
  • I love the ability to get quality resolution with hand held slow shutter speeds.
  • It is now possible to achieve outstanding results even when conditions aren't perfect (low light/slow shutter speed, absence of a tripod).
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Reviews around time (1.69 of 5)

  • All I wanted was a lens that could offer confidence and peace of mind every time I take photos
  • The additional 2 stop gain from the IS has made the difference between a keeper and the trash button more times than I like to admit
  • (I have a 7D), something I have a much harder time doing with his EF-S 60 macro
  • My only con with this lens is it has a hard time auto focusing from far away to close and vice versa.
  • The first time I used it (see included photos) the results totally blew me away
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