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Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
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- 100 mm focal length and 1:2.8 maximum aperture. The EF1.4X II/EF2X II extenders cannot be used with this lens. There are no compatible close-up lenses.
- Lens construction consists of 15 elements in 12 groups.
- 23.4-Degree diagonal angle of view
- Inner focusing system with USM and full-time manual focus option.Closest focusing distance 0.99 ft./0.3m (maximum close-up magnification: 1x)
- 67 mm filter size
- 100mm lens with f2.8 aperture
- Canon's first mid-telephoto macro "L" series lens to include Canon's sophisticated Image Stabilization
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The EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM is a great lens for:
A prime lens with excellent macro capabilities
The EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM has a true macro magnification ratio of 1:1, meaning the object you are photographing in real life is the same size as on your camera sensor. This versatile lens gives great results in portrait work and handheld movie-making, thanks to its ability to achieve a shallow depth of field with beautiful bokeh, along with built-in Hybrid Image Stabilization and lightweight design.
|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||ET-73|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Image Stabilization||4 stop Hybrid IS|
|Item Dimensions||3.07 x 3.07 x 4.84 inches|
|Item Display Weight||22 ounces|
|Item Weight||1.38 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.30 m|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description|
|Material Type||Plastic barrel, Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||100|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||100|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||9|
|Number of Elements||15|
|Number of Groups||12|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||67 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||19.8 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||2.55 pounds|
|Style Name||Lens Only|
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF-S||Canon EF|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic||Stepper motor||Ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic||Ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||3.07 x 4.84 x 3.07 in||2.72 x 1.54 x 2.72 in||2.91 x 2.01 x 2.91 in||2.13 x 2.99 x 2.13 in||2.87 x 2.76 x 2.87 in||3.27 x 7.36 x 3.27 in|
|Item Weight||1.38 lbs||5.61 ounces||0.64 lb||1.32 lbs||0.74 lb||2.4 lbs|
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|Maximum Focal Length||100||50 millimeters||50 millimeters||100 millimeters||60 millimeters||180|
|Minimum Focal Length||100||50 millimeters||50 millimeters||100 millimeters||60 millimeters||3.5 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||67 millimeters||49 millimeters||58 millimeters||58 millimeters||52 millimeters||72 millimeters|
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 life-size close-up capabilities without an adapter, the EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM is simply unrivaled. The Hybrid Image Stabilization Technology effectively compensates for both angular and shift camera shake during close-up shooting. The lens was developed to expand users' photographing range and allow a wider range of users to easily enjoy macro photography. Suitable for Nature/concert/potrait and close up/product photography
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The autofocus takes a little getting used to since there are three ranges that can be selected. Leaving it set on "Full" does allow autofocus through the entire range but is noticeably slower on the macro end than selecting one of the other two ranges. With the closer ranges selected close-up focusing is extremely fast. However most real macro work is done with manual focus and the focusing ring is large, easy to grip and has enough movement for very accurate focusing.
The included hood adds a few inches to the overall length but does a great job of blocking stray light which is important because the front element is right at the end of the lens.
I also own a 50mm macro which is much smaller and lighter but I prefer the extra working distance allowed by the 100mm. This is also a great all-around short telephoto and portrait lens. The 100mm Macro 'L' is definitely one of the very best lenses available.
I'm pretty sure every f-stop this thing shoots at is tack sharp. It goes fantastically with my Canon 5D Mark III.
The only issues I have with it are the focus speed and build. For being a USM-motored lens, it can be rather sluggish. It'll often defocus entirely, then refocus. It seems to be this way though on the full focus setting. If you use the switch to narrow the focus down, it's not quite as bad.
As far as build goes, it's a plastic barrel with a metal mount. It's great for the metal mount, but the plastic barrel is a bit concerning. At one point, I even heard the inner lens component shaking around a little bit (apparently this is fine, though). It would've been nice to see the lens barrel made of metal, but for this price point in the L-series lineup it makes a little more sense.
Oh yeah, have I mentioned the price? You get one helluva sharp lens for under $1K!
The three focal range settings have their uses. Mostly I stay with the full range setting, unless the subject is small and with a distant background, in which case I switch to the closest setting in order to limit the lens's attempts to focus. It is optically stabilized and with an Auto/Manual switch.
Works very nicely for a lot of handheld work.
Yep, it's a great lens. If you got the coin, get it.