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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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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||ET-67|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Included Components||Front & Rear Lens Caps|
|Item Dimensions||2.13 x 2.13 x 2.99 inches|
|Item Display Weight||816.4 grams|
|Item Weight||1.32 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.31 m|
|Material Type||Plastic barrel, Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||100 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||100 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||8|
|Number of Elements||12|
|Number of Groups||8|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||58 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||24 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||1.55 pounds|
|Style Name||Lens Only|
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|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic||Stepper motor||Ring-type ultrasonic||Ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic|
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|Photo Filter Thread Size||58 millimeters||67 millimeters||49 millimeters||52 millimeters||58 millimeters||62 millimeters|
L1) 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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
At first, being the novice I am, I wasn't too thrilled about the lens. As someone who WAS accustomed to pointing and shooting with my Rebel T3i, the lens was difficult to use, blurry and slow to focus and I had expected something more out of the most expensive lens in my amateur lens set-up. It took me some time to figure out how to work the lens but this only encouraged me to explore the camera and my photography in new ways.
Some things I learned using this lens that will probably be beneficial to beginning photographers and those who are new to macro-photography:
First of all, this lens works best with a good tripod if you are using it for its' macro capabilities. Once I learned that, it makes the lens much more enjoyable to use. I find that handheld and with autofocus on it can do portrait and landscape pictures decently. Handheld macro shots ARE possible but I personally find that there are not as sharp as when I use I tripod. There is a noticeable difference in sharpness... this lens can be insanely sharp!
Secondly, the autofocus does not work that great for macro mode. This is not a bad thing. I usually turn off the autofocus and focus manually using the screen rather than the viewfinder and then use the digital magnification capabilities on my T3i to really sharpen the parts of the photo I want to focus on. I don't have a remote so I set the 2-second timer on my camera and take pictures that way. Without autofocus on, you can determine what areas of the the photo to highlight creatively and take advantage of its sharpness. This process may be a little slow and tedious for some people.
Thirdly, it's not a microscope. I was initially disappointed that I could not stand inches away from an object and look at it's molecular breakdown. Haha. Shows my initial naivete but magnification capabilities from a distance allows you to photograph insects and animals without invading their space.
I also use this shot for tripod telephoto shots. It can take some pretty amazing and sharp night shots (with a good tripod!) so I love that it is a very multipurpose lens despite being a macro lens.
I love the USM motor. It is a bit slower than I expected but I assign that to the fact that it's a macro lens. It is super quiet and has introduced me to a level of quality beyond the kit and budget Canon lenses I have in my bag. For budget photographers, this can be a dangerous descent into lens acquisition syndrome.
This lens definitely isn't for everyone. If you're a stubborn point and shooter with no desire/need for creative photography, this lens may not benefit you and will probably frustrate you. However, if you are willing to be patient and thoughtful, you can learn to make some amazing shots with this lens and expand your photographic creativity. If you dislike having to use a tripod and have money to splurge, there is the much more expensive L, image stabailization version of this lens.
I also use this lens for my eBay listings and I feel that it really helps my items pop on the search results compared to competing listings. Highly recommended.