Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM Macro Review

by Enche Tjin on March 5, 2012

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM is one of high quality lens Canon has today. It has popular 100mm focal length which is long enough to provide comfortable working space for outdoor close-up photography (insects, flowers, etc).

canon-100mm-macro-l-isWhen it is used with Canon APS-C sensor camera such as Canon 550D, the focal length becomes 100mm x 1.6 = 160mm. This focal length is pretty good for candid or close-up portrait.

Hybrid IS is very useful when shooting portraits or far away subjects so that you can use slow shutter speed such as 1/30 to 1/60 without blur because hand shake. This new hybrid IS technology compensates for both angle camera shake and shift camera shake.

Auto focus is silent and quite snappy for regular subject, for macro/close-up, it is harder to lock correct focus. Manual focus will be better for stills subjects.

Although it has hybrid IS and weather sealed now, this 100mm macro has almost the same size as weight as the older, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 macro lens. It has 67mm filter thread instead of 58mm filter thread.

Compared to Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 macro lens, the major difference is the IS and weather seal. Image quality is about as good. If you loves macro and plan to work with tripod most of the time, 100mm f/2.8 is a better buy. It is about $400 cheaper

As the other Canon L lenses, we will get the lens hood and lens pouch. The lens hood is abit long so that it will be hard to remove lens cap or adjust filter when the lens hood is attached.

Overall, this is a high quality lens, very practical and fun to use either for close-up, portrait or still life photography. Highly Recommended!

Travel and general purpose : **
Landscape : **
Portrait/Still Life : *****
Candid/Photojournalism : ***
Sports: *

Sample photos


ISO 400, f4, 1/100 second with Canon 550D

ISO 800, 1/125mm, f/4.5, with Canon 550D

ISO 800, 1/125mm, f/4.5, with Canon 550D

ISO 800, f/11, 1/125 second with Canon 550D

ISO 800, f/11, 1/125 second with Canon 550D

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