Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens Review

by admin on January 27, 2012

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens

The Canon 100m f/2.8 lens is an excellent lens for macro photography. No lens is recommended more for those who wish to delve into macro photography as a way of changing shooting perspective and exploring new ways of artistic expression. The Canon Micro UltraSonic Motor (USM) system on this lens makes focusing fast and accurate. A full time manual focus option is also included.

The 100mm f/2.8 marco lens has exceptional sharpness wide open and is absolutely perfect when stopped down. The high performing ability of this lens is due to a three group floating system of optics that creates a pleasant delineation at every possible focusing distance. Additionally, the 100m f/2.8 makes a great portrait lens. Some photographers look to extension tubes when it comes to producing macro images.

While less expensive, extention tubes add more glass to a lens and in many ways inhibit the optical qualities that allow Canon glass to produce great macro images. By purchasing a dedicated macro lens such as the 100mm f/2.8, you avoid the reduced image quality caused by adding extension tubes to a lens. Extension tubes are no match for the quality of a true macro lens.

Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens Features

  • Macro Lens
  • Focal length: 100mm
  • Maximum aperture: f/2.8
  • Filter Size: 58mm
  • Optics: 12 Elements in 8 Groups
  • Canon Micro UltraSonic Motor (USM) provides fast and accurate focusing.
  • Weight: 600g
  • Canon EF Mount

What Users Like About This Lens

Users love the dual purpose ability of the 100mm f/2.8 macro lens. It can be utilized in both macro and portraiture applications making it a great addition to the collection of a photographer who lacks dedicated lenses for both of these types of photography. Furthermore, professionals and consumers alike praise the image quality and sharpness that the 100mm f/2.8 macro produces.

The built quality of the lens is also stellar. Finally, images from this lens are consistent in quality and sharpness. Photographers constantly recommend this lens as a starter lens for those who want to get into macro photography. Even if macro photography turns out to be an artistic dead end for someone—the lens can still be used as a great portrait lens.

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What Users Don’t Like About This Lens

In the early release of this lens, some users had issues with the autofocus focusing inaccurately or slowly. This was due to a problem with the camera body computers for some Canon bodies. Recently, Canon updated the firmware for their cameras offing a solution to this issue. Overall, however, there are few complaints with this lens. It seems to be an excellent and reliable performer that produces sharp images in almost every situation.

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Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens Sample Photos

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Sample Photo

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