Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens: Experience a broader range of your DSLR's capabilities with this mid-telephoto macro lens. Image stabilization helps to ensure that your photos are clear even at very close range. Capture fine details with unprecedented clarity.
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The best Macro lens ever!!
Posted by: heavenguy from: Canutillo, TX on
This lens its vey sharp. And when i mean its sharp, i mean it. The "IS" makes a good upgrade for the Canon macro 100mm USM, and its worth every penny. Its a great lens for portrair photos too. Great for macro, portraits in low light with nice IS. Its just simply amazing.
22 out of 22 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Nodnarb from: Springfield, IL on
This is a solid, high-quality lens that definitely deserves the "L" series designation from Canon. The auto focus system is very fast and very quiet. The added bonus of image stabilization makes this lens much more versatile as a general 100mm prime aside from its macro abilities. I've been able to get great shots with this hand held that wouldn't be possible on the non-IS version. IMO, the extra $$ for this lens vs the non-IS version of this lens is worth it, since you get IS and a lens hood. The hood, btw, has a more kind of "matte" finish on the outside, that won't scratch or print up like the other Canon hoods you have to buy separately (this is just a personal pet peeve of mine with hoods I bought for my non-L lenses). The biggest drawback to this lens is the new "Ring D" tripod ring Canon released for this lens. It's not available at most camera websites. Sites that do have it want near $200! Older rings are compatible, but you must use the Ring D if you use a vertical grip on your camera. For the price of this lens, the ring should be included, thus the 4 stars for "Value for Price". This is a knock to Canon, not Best Buy.
16 out of 16 found this review helpful.
New Canon 100mm Hybird IS Macro Lens
Posted by: Cosmos69 from: Boston, MA on
This lens delivers. Beautiful color, bokeh and sharpness. Extreme close macro work still needs a tripod, but Hybrid IS a great benefit for not-too-extreme handheld macro and handheld portraits. It's auto focus and image stabilization are truly excellent. Really happy to get this lens - its a really good multi-purpose len. Highly recommeded.
13 out of 13 found this review helpful.
Exciting Product / Not so Great Business Partner?
Posted by: mikewinb from: NYC on
Took about 2 months to be able to purchse this lens from BestBuyOnline trying to use the Financing plan and waiting for site reps to respond to promises of "we'll get back to you as we fix your tech support issue.... not sure I would try to purchase from bestbuyonline again, but in the end, if you have determination, where there is a will there is a way.
Firstly despite what the bbönline website posts, and what the bestbuyonline phone reps adamantly declared about what comes with the lens, what you ACTUALLY GET IN THE BOX IS:
Front Lens Cap E-67U, Rear Lens Cap E, Lens Case LP-1219, Lens Hood ET-73 + 100MM 2.8L IS USM MACRO LENS.
Be aware as you cannot pick the lens up at the store, you can only have it shipped via FedEX (who delivers only btwn 9-5, and not on Sat/Sun). So be prepared to receive your "we'll try again to deliver receipt". But call right away, and tell them you'll pick it up. My box was crushed when I received it from the FedEX office, I worried about if the lens itself was broken.... it wasn't... Had to be as a result of the Canon Styrofoam and the lens build quality.
The Tripod Mount D is not included with the purchase, but the lens bag DOES fit the lens with the Tripod mount attached !! Though I must say, I would have desired a sturdier case than the one that ships with the lens (direct from Canon in fact).
This lens is incredibly sharp, and the contrast is astounding! It's sharper at 100 2.8 than the new (and old) Canon EF 70-200 2.8L Is II USM!!! I cant put it down (unless i have too :) )
When working at Macro distances, you can still get a pretty clean pic with the IS; but the apeture is actually equivalent to a f 5.6, hence despite the IS, a tripod would be ideal.
The min focus distance is about 11" from focal plan. Yet, (in real useage situations) I am able to use autofocus when the object is about 1 to 1.25" from the front tip of the lens hood (when attached)... 100 ISO!!..handheld. Remarkable !!! (I'm attached to a Rebel T1i). (see sample pic attached - only stove top light was on in room)
Take advantage of BestBuys 18month Financing if you need (or must) to get it from Best Buy Online, but be mindful that BBO is not the only place to get a good (or better) deal... but whatever you do, if you're an insects/ flowers/ product photographer... get this lens. Its the right price for the right use.
42 out of 59 found this review helpful.
Posted by: ThePhotoGuy76397 from: Tennessee on
This my first macro lens and my first L series lens. I love it. Once I got used to the nuances of extreme close ups, I have been able to take some nice macro shots. For taking normal or non macro shots the image quality is equally amazing, however you are limited to the 100 mm focal length. This is the lens that has been on my camera since it was delivered. It is well worth the price tag.
11 out of 13 found this review helpful.
Very fast lens!
Posted by: hammerin from: Napa, CA on
This lens takes great macro shots. It has opened up a whole new world of photography, and I am really enjoying learning a new skill. You can't find a better lens for the money. I can't wait to get my new 5D Mark III and slap that puppy onto the front of it. What a combo!
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Very Happy With Lens
Posted by: hunter69 from: duluth,mn on
I purchased this lens for the Canon Rebel T1I camera and have been very satisfied with the excellent quality of pictures it takes. I am very happy with my purchase and would recommend it to anyone.
14 out of 19 found this review helpful.
Sharp. Easy to use.
Posted by: Naturephoto1 from: Amarillo, TX on
I practiced with and started learning the lens in the house (flowers, leaves, cat). Then took it on a trip to Bosque del Apache NWR, NM along with landscape and telephoto lenses. There I shot some wildflowers, butterflies, lizards and landscape with the Canon 2.8L 100mm IS Macro.
My initial impression is that it is a super macro and easy to learn. The auto focus works very good and is fairly fast, but you have to have it SET TO THE CORRECT RANGE. Image Stabilazation is a big plus, especially shooting moving targets that don't stay put for more than a few seconds. It takes experimentation with shutter speed, ISO and aperature combinations (still learning) to capture the results you desire. Patience is a virtue.
I was very pleased with the landscape and results of more distant subjects (birds and lizards). Very nice star pattern of the sun through tree leaves.
Bottom line:Based on my intial impression, I highly recommend this lens for macro photography, especially if this will be your only macro lens.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Posted by: DEandME from: Gainesville, FL on
This lens is perfect for detail shots and close ups and creates nice buttery bokeh. Perfect for shooting rings, flowers, and anything of that nature.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Best lens for macro photography!
Posted by: bigyellowboo from: on
This is the best lens for what it does which is macro photography. One of the reviewers here, XTremeD, said "Limited in what you can do with it other than closeups". Well, I guess he had no idea what this lens is for before making his purchase. This is a macro lens so of course it is for close up, small objects and extreme close up photos. If you need a one do all lens then get a 24-105mm or something similar.