Canon - EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens - Black

Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens: This Canon macro lens enables life-size magnification of small subjects. The included macroflash makes it easy to take close-ups even in dim lighting, while the inner focusing and ring USM offer sharp images with negligible blur.

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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (62 out of 62)

Features


Compatible with most Canon DSLR cameras

For use with your existing camera.

Macro lens for sharp close-up photography

Bring very small subjects like insects and flowers to life-sized proportions with beautiful clarity and focus.

100mm focal length

Effectively mimics your own eye view and allows you to capture close-ups and fine details even from a distance.

f/2.8 maximum aperture

Creates sharp, detailed images with shallow depth of field and softly blurred background. Performs best in moderate-to-bright light settings or outdoors on overcast days.

UltraSonic Motor (USM) autofocus

Makes focusing faster easier with a micro-motor built right into the lens ring.

1' minimum focusing distance

Accommodates 58mm filters


Overall customer rating

4.8
100%
would recommend to a friend

Expert Rating

3.9

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    L glass quality in a standard wrapper

    Posted
    Bouce

    Although I have an EF 28-135mm IS USM for general usage lens, and a good quality 50mm 1.2 for portrait work. I needed a prime lens with some range, but with good DOF (depth of field) only found on short portrait lens'. The build of the lens case is standard quality, but with a metal bayonette that locks tight, similiar to higher priced L class lens. It's a solid and heavy piece of glass and it's quality is right up there with the L glass. I have a 135mm prime 2 L, a $1300 lens, but too long for a 1.6 crop factor camera as with my 40D. I was relieved to find the image quality of 100mm macro to be on par. If shooting on a Rebel or EOS 10-40D, having a battery grip will benefit as it's a forward heavy lens. The design is a few years old, and thus lacks IS (image stabilization), so a tripod, monopod will be required in dim lit churches with no-flash policies. Autofocus is slow when going from macro to distant, and considering the range, that's to be expected. However, once your close to the focal distance, AF is quick. In some cases you'll have to coax AF to work by manually focusing. A large, wide rubber bezzle makes manual focusing a breeze. In many cases I switched to full manual anyway, finding it a joy to use. With F2.8, and it's just enough to get a flashless, dim lit shot with very useable 800 ISO (on tripod/monopod) at 1/100 sec shutter. On and EOS 40d, 1.6 crop factor, the range requires about twenty feet to get a full torso portrait shot, perfect for standing back and not getting in the way of a ceremony, but getting beautiful background seperation. IS would be a welcomed featured on the next generation lens. But that's not a deal killer. Being a macro, and having high level DOF, I can't wait for my next product shoot in the studio. This lens will live on my camera until I need more range or a wide shot from the 28-135. The images simply pop, and I'd rather move back a little if need be to get that.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Takes Good Basketball Action Photos

    Posted
    SHOPAHOLIC3
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    I really love this lens! It did however take some getting use to. With this lens it took some time to figure out what camera settings worked best. Once I got that figured out I fell in love with this lens. This lens is a good len for taking photos in gyms with low lighting. I love taking basketball action shots, but have a lot of issues with low light. With this lens I am able to take good action shot in low light without using a flash. My only complaint is I wish it zoomed. You need to be close to the action to get the blurred back ground affect. If you get to close it will cut the player off. But to far away while it still takes good photos though the subject doesn't stand out as well. It would be nice to be able to zoom in so as to focus more on the subject. This lens has fast focus for fast action. This is a good lens for those of us that need a better lens without the extrem price. It is a little on the heavy side. That is not an issue for me, I look at that as meaning a good quility lens. Since switching to this lens I have people offering to pay me to take photos of thier athlete. You will not be disappointed with this lens.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Without doubt, the best lens I've ever seen

    Posted
    KMSK
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I received this lens for mother's day this year. I had been looking at it for quite some time and finally decided to make the plunge. Although a bit pricey, it is the most fabulous lens I have ever owned. The picture clarity is phenomenal at close up range. I am fond of taking photos of flowers, and they just jump at you. As you can tell in the attached photo, they are simply breathtaking. It doesn't take a professional photographer to get professional-quality photos with this lens. This was shot on automatic settings. I definitely recommend this lens. It is well worth the investment.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Don't bother with the L

    Posted
    Shauncho
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I did a ton of research on this lens then figured I had to try it myself. Don't bother getting the L, this is just as sharp and as fast. I bought this lens and couldn't be happier. the macro feature is really nice however I mostly got it for portraits and it does exactly what I needed. The AF is lightning fast and super quiet. only problem is that when you've focused on something in the macro range, then immediately after that try to focus on something far away, it won't AF, you have to kinda manually spin the ring until you get close then AF will snap it in place. I believe this is pretty standard of a lens of this type. Just something to note so other future buyers don't think theirs is broken.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Macro/Portrait Lens

    Posted
    UniquePhotographers

    I've been using this lens for almost 2 years for portrait and macro work. I would say that it is very comparible to the 70-200 f/2.8L IS at 100mm for portraits (sharpness, saturation, bokeh, etc). It's not "L" build quality, but it holds up nice and has a decent weight to it. If you're looking for L glass at this focal length, check out Canon's new 100mm f/2.8L IS (although it's a bit more pricy). Overall I am happy with the true macro capability (1:1). If you're looking to get into macro photography, or you're looking for a great portrait lens, give this one a try.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love this lens

    Posted
    Burd50
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Bought from Best Buy on sale and am very pleased with the lens. The price was barely above what the 60mm macro was so I grabbed it. Outstanding clarity, fast autofocus and the build quality is very good for the price. I would have no problem buying this at the regular price of the lens. In my opinion, it's well worth the money whether on sale or regular price. This has no image stabilization so if you require IS, the 100mm 2.8L IS will set you back a few hundred more dollars. For me, I'm happy with the price and quality of the product and don't require IS at this time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Crispy pictures, but lens is very heavy

    Posted
    Multimedia

    I bought this lens primary to shoot pictures of my jewelry. The image quality is really excellent, but I was disappointed with other features so I returned the lens. The main disadvantage is that the lens is VERY heavy! The second inconvenience is that the minimum focus distance is so long! It's difficult to hold in your left hand a diamond jewelry or loose diamond and at the same time to shoot with the HEAVY camera hold by the other hand! Canon - EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens is HALF weight compare with this one! Anyway I would recommend this lens ONLY because of the image quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great 'consumer' lens!

    Posted
    beepa

    Just getting back into photography and is my first venture into the 'digital domain'. This lens certainly is worth the price of admission. Pictures are very sharp with great bokeh! All my lenses are Canon (EF 15-85mm, EF 70-200mm f/4 L & of course, this one) and am extremely pleased with all of them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

What experts are saying

Rating: 3.9 out of 5 stars with 5 reviews

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