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Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro IS USM, reviewed by xarik

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Jun 14, 2017 05:17 |  #31

I's a very nice lens, one I reach for often. A very good range of abilities.

But steady on - if you're interested particularly in the 1:1 end, and you pixel-peep for resolution and CA, it's only "pretty good".
Quite a few lenses I have, beat it. Some are unfair comparisons because they're bellows-only specialist things, but a small number of the (other-rmakes) macro-to 1:1 lenses do better too.
The point is, that there's scope for improvement. I wouldn't be surprised to see a "II" version come out at double the price, though maybe not a worthwihile improvement for other than geeky stackers..




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Jun 14, 2017 05:57 |  #32

Great shot. It is appreciated! The lenses is definitely sharp which gives you great shot.




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Chris.R
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Jun 14, 2017 15:35 |  #33

rosh4u wrote in post #18378091 (external link)
Great shot. It is appreciated! The lenses is definitely sharp which gives you great shot.

Which is a sharp shot?
Used appropriately, any cheapo lens can produce a shot which looks sharp when reduced to web size!




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Jul 11, 2017 10:00 |  #34

Thinking about acquiring this lens soon. I need a good macro lens. Reviews seem to be very good. Anyone have some close up macro shots with it?


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Chris.R
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Jul 11, 2017 17:20 |  #35

Hmm, not trying to be trolly here, but what are you looking for exactly?
Yes, it's good. But then so is every other macro lens I've owned. Unless you want to lose features like stabilisation, I think Sigma and Tamron are the only sytraight competition. Check them at the digital-picture.com. They are cheaper of course, and win in some areas.

There is a hesitation which is that the tests are never really done close-up enough for a macro lens, afaik!




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Jul 18, 2017 17:36 |  #36

The 100 Macro IS has been my most used lens since I bought it. I specialize in food images and the lens gives a nice perspective, contrast and working distance. I've even used it more than my 85LII when I shoot people.

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Jul 19, 2017 07:24 |  #37

I just recently bought this lens after viewing this thread and I love it! Been using it for all different sorts of things.

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Jul 20, 2017 19:24 as a reply to tcphoto1's post |  #38

I recently started doing food photography and have been leaning towards buying another. Sold it shortly after this review.


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Jul 20, 2017 19:25 as a reply to WGregge's post |  #39

Super close work! I'd recommend a ring light so you can bring up your F stop a bit and get more in focus :)


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Aug 09, 2017 01:00 |  #40

The lens you have does 1:1, but the lens I want only does 1:2. How often do you find that range helpful?


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Aug 09, 2017 16:59 as a reply to icor1031's post |  #41

It's impossible for me to tell you this. It's a macro lens, so the first question is: Do you do macro work? Ring shots, flowers, insects or whatever. I used it for a portrait lens quite a bit because of how sharp it was and the great focal length. The lens is terrifically versatile. What lens are you looking at?


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Nov 11, 2017 17:18 |  #42

I had to send pictures in to a faucet company today to try to get a diverter valve for my shower. They wanted them well-lit.

5Div with the 100mm L, 600EX-RT, run through Lightroom and off they went. Maybe I try too hard? :lol:

At some point, I should just reach for my iPhone maybe...


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