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Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Fixed Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
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- 100mm macro USM lens with f/2.8 maximum aperture for Canon SLR cameras
- Focal length: 100mm, Closest focusing distance : 1 foot (film plane to subject)
- Secondary diaphragm blocks stray light at f/2.8 for increased contrast, Ultra-sonic monitor provides outstanding autofocusing speed at all distances
- 3-group floating system for exceptional close-up performance; full-time manual focus
- Measures 3.1 inches in diameter and 4.7 inches long; weighs 21.1 ounces; 1-year warranty
- Lens not zoomable
|Lens Compatibility Information: Canon EF-S lenses are only compatible with APS-C sensor DSLR cameras. Canon EF lenses are compatible with Canon full-frame and APS-C DSLR cameras.
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF||—||Canon EF||Canon EF-S|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic||Stepper motor||manual_only||Ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||2.13 x 2.99 x 2.13 in||3.07 x 4.84 x 3.07 in||2.72 x 1.54 x 2.72 in||—||2.95 x 2.83 x 2.95 in||2.87 x 2.76 x 2.87 in|
|Item Weight||1.32 lbs||1.38 lbs||5.6 ounces||1.38 lbs||1.05 lbs||0.74 lb|
|Lens Type||Prime lens||Prime lens||Prime lens||Macro||medium-format||Prime lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||100 millimeters||100||50 millimeters||100 millimeters||85 millimeters||60 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||100 millimeters||100||50 millimeters||100 millimeters||85 millimeters||60 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||58 millimeters||67 millimeters||49 millimeters||67 millimeters||58 millimeters||52 millimeters|
Product descriptionL1) CANON 100MM F/2.8 MACRO USM EF From the Manufacturer: Bring small things into full-sized view with the Canon EF 100mm macro USM lens. Macro lenses can uncover detail that would be impossible to detect by the eye and give new perspective to extremely minute subjects such as insects or the petals of a small flower, and this lens is no exception. The lens offers such features as a three-group floating system for exceptional close-up performance; a secondary diaphragm that blocks stray light at f/2.8, which increases contrast when shooting wide open; a ultra-sonic monitor (USM) that provides outstanding autofocusing speed at all focusing distances; a wide manual focusing ring with smooth action; and full-time manual focus even in AF mode. The first lens in its class to feature inner focusing, the lens carries a one-year warranty. Focal length: 100mm Maximum aperture: 1:2.8 Lens construction: 12 elements in 8 groups Diagonal angle of view: 24 degrees Focus adjustment: Inner focusing system with USM Closest focusing distance: 1 foot (film plane to subject) Filter size: 58mm Dimensions: 3.1 inches in diameter, 4.7 inches long Weight: 21.1 ounces
From the Manufacturer
Bring small things into full-sized view with the Canon EF 100mm macro USM lens. Macro lenses can uncover detail that would be impossible to detect by the eye and give new perspective to extremely minute subjects such as insects or the petals of a small flower, and this lens is no exception. The lens offers such features as a three-group floating system for exceptional close-up performance; a secondary diaphragm that blocks stray light at f/2.8, which increases contrast when shooting wide open; a ultra-sonic monitor (USM) that provides outstanding autofocusing speed at all focusing distances; a wide manual focusing ring with smooth action; and full-time manual focus even in AF mode. The first lens in its class to feature inner focusing, the lens carries a one-year warranty.
- Focal length: 100mm
- Maximum aperture: 1:2.8
- Lens construction: 12 elements in 8 groups
- Diagonal angle of view: 24 degrees
- Focus adjustment: Inner focusing system with USM
- Closest focusing distance: 1 foot (film plane to subject)
- Filter size: 58mm
- Dimensions: 3.1 inches in diameter, 4.7 inches long
- Weight: 21.1 ounces
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However I found close focusing, macro photography, literally impossible unless a tripod was used. A monopod improved focusing but it was still not tack sharp. I found the 100mm focal length, actually 160mm on a 1.6 T3i crop body, to be difficult to hold steady without a monopod. The autofocus also gave me a lot of problems indoors. The lens focusing just seems to jam in low light situations. It gets stuck and the only way to release it is to point it long distance. This has happened on several occasions and really is very annoying.
Like i said before, this lens has great reviews on Photozone, and other professional photographic sites, but it is just not working for me. My (EF 70-300 f/4-5.6 -"IS" lens) is slightly heavier but it took better indoor and outdoor pictures than this EF 100mm Macro 2.8. I could not believe it when I compared the pictures.
Will test it out a little longer for macro purposes. If things do not improve I will be returning it to Amazon as being defective due to autofocus jamming. Just a real diappointment. It is possible that mine might be just a bad copy or maybe the autofocus technology is still lagging in this area of photography?
Update: 7/21/12 - After nearly 2 weeks of using this lens I decided to return it as I just could not tolerate the jamming on autofocus and lack of IS.
It is however a well built and excellent lens for those who love spending hours doing macro work with a tripod and manual focusing. Autofocus however needs to vastly be improved in this area of photography.
I gave it a 3 because I find autofocus for MACRO SHOOTING useless. I also find the F/2.8-100mm focal lens, 160mm on 1.6 crop frame body, very difficult to hold steady without IS.
Bottom line, this is a great lens at a decent price. (It's made by Canon, so you'd expect nothing less.) Just be aware that hand-shake, especially on the real close up photos, can ruin some good pictures. If you're shooting close up, use a tripod or some other way to stabilize the lens....unless you have a very steady hand.
BTW, if you need a good way to stabilize your camera and lens, just find a short bolt that will screw in your camera's tripod mount. Tie a string from the bolt to a LARGE washer (a large fender washer works great), and make the string long enough for you to put your foot on the washer and hold the camera at normal eye level. Amazing how this simple contraction helps to stabilize your camera.
The L version of this, which costs twice as much, really only brings optical image stabilization to the table, but its overall sharpness is, in practice, no better than this "regular" lens. Also, lens flare is so well controlled by this lens' design that you can save your money on a lens hood. It has a second diaphragm in it that makes it nearly impossible to get flare without actually trying to, in which case you might be disappointed, since it really is hard to get flare even intentionally. This is an impressive feat of engineering on Canon's part.
It's also very fast to focus when the limiter switch is set to keep it out of the macro range. But, even when the limiter is turned off, it doesn't tend to hunt for focus except in low light or at extremely close distances. For low light, turn the focus limiter on, and you should have no problems. And, if you're shooting macro, it's best to manually focus for that, anyway.
And, again, I can't rave enough about how sharp this lens is. From edge to edge, details are tack sharp, and there's very little chromatic aberration. In fact, I don't think I've ever used another lens that had such well-controlled color fringing, even wide open at f/2.8.
Vignetting, though noticeable when the aperture is left wide-open, isn't as bad as other lenses, such as the 85mm f/1.8 (considerably more noticeable, but actually rather nice for portraits, which is what that lens is geared toward).
On a full-frame sensor (or on 35mm film), it can give 1-to-1 reproduction, which means objects you shoot at its closest focusing distance will be the same size on the sensor that they are in real life. Imagine how much detail you could get in a print of a penny if its recorded image on film were the same size as the penny itself. That's how macro lenses capture so much detail in small objects that our naked eye wouldn't be able to see.
On APS-C sensor cameras, such as Rebels, the 60D, 70D, etc., it gives an effective reproduction of 2-to-1 (that is, 2x magnification), since APS-C sensors are only about half the size of full-frame. So, if you have a full-frame sensor and an APS-C sensor that both have the same resolution, you will have to crop the image from the APS-C sensor less than an image from a full-frame sensor to get the same overall apparent magnification. This will result in more detail in the APS-C sensor's image. I got a Rebel to use specifically for macro work for this very reason, saving my 5D for portraiture and landscapes.
Finally, this lens' build is just plain solid. It feels sturdy, even with its plastic (though it's high-quality plastic) barrel. It never ceases to feel great in your hand, no matter how many times you pick it up.
I now find myself going back to my opening statement. This lens is incredible. Arguably one of the best all-around lenses ever created (and you'd be hard-pressed to argue that it's not). I never get bored with it, especially since macro photography opens up a whole new world. You'll be amazed at how exciting and interesting your back yard can be when you go on a safari in it with this lens. Throw in awesome portraits and great sports and other action shots, and it's easy to justify its kind of hefty price.
I'm attaching a couple of portraits and macro shots I took with it.