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Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

 
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Apr 12, 2006 11:36 |  #1

I am about to pull the trigger on the EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM.
Are there any big pros & cons that I should be aware of or consider when buying this lens? Or is it generally considered a 'safe buy' as far as build quality, sharpness etc is concerned?


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Apr 12, 2006 11:40 |  #2

This is a safe buy. It's "critically" sharp. It will make your 24-105L look bad.




  
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Apr 12, 2006 12:27 |  #3

You can't go wrong, it's the best 100mm macro made, how great that you are a Canon user and can benefit from it. Noinkers have to spend a lot more for less quality ( tho they are about to get a 105mm macro with vibration reduction..)
the only improvements on this would be if you needed 150 or 180mm - but IMHO those extreme lenses are more limited - the 100mm macro also doubles as a great short tele/ portrait lens


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Apr 12, 2006 13:34 |  #4

Great buy,..

Cons:

Not the fastest USM AF in the world (no macro is that fast though)
Does not take Canon's T-cons

But awesome image quality!

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Apr 12, 2006 18:02 |  #5

Great lens, here are a couple shots taken with it. First is a macro shot, second is a tribute to its versatility beyond macro.


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Apr 12, 2006 18:21 |  #6

You really can't go wrong with this lens. Especially if you have an interest in Macro Photography. Even if you don't, it's a very versatile lens. It's every bit as sharp as everyone has been describing.

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Apr 12, 2006 18:53 |  #7

Its an excellent lens, you cant go wrong with it. pros ? already metioned by all, DOF control & bokeh is excellent, can be used as portrait lens too.
Only con that comes to mind is slow AF in macro range & low light, but then the lens has full time internal manual focussing, so its not a issue at all. Outdoors AF is fast enough.

Color saturation, sharpness, contrast, just excellent.
A sample @ f3.5, iso 400, handheld :-)

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Apr 12, 2006 19:08 |  #8

I'm very close to ordering the Canon 100mm macro as well, though I do have to admit to some stalling wondering if the Sigma 150 or 180 might be a better choice for not a considerable amount more simply because of the increased working room for insects. I'd love to read (more) comments/opinions, if anyone has any to share ;-)a




  
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Apr 12, 2006 19:51 |  #9

Ah. Thanks Raj - I see that now.


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Apr 12, 2006 23:54 as a reply to  @ rohnb's post |  #10

rohnb wrote:
I'm very close to ordering the Canon 100mm macro as well, though I do have to admit to some stalling wondering if the Sigma 150 or 180 might be a better choice for not a considerable amount more simply because of the increased working room for insects. I'd love to read (more) comments/opinions, if anyone has any to share ;-)a

Optically they are all very close; you just don't get sharper than dedicated macros (from center to edge). If you need the working distance, then the decision is easy.




  
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Apr 13, 2006 00:05 |  #11

since we are kinda on the subject. I found what I think is a good deal. A 100mm macro 2.8 NON-usm plus a 50mm 2.5 for under $250...would i be able to get allot of use from the non USM? my 50 1.8 isnt USM, and the focus speed doesnt bother me, but my USM kit lens is pretty quick. I really dont notice much of a difference in speed between the 2 in focusing unless close ups, orlow light.


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Apr 13, 2006 00:09 as a reply to  @ Livinthalife's post |  #12

Livinthalife wrote:
since we are kinda on the subject. I found what I think is a good deal. A 100mm macro 2.8 NON-usm plus a 50mm 2.5 for under $250...would i be able to get allot of use from the non USM? my 50 1.8 isnt USM, and the focus speed doesnt bother me, but my USM kit lens is pretty quick. I really dont notice much of a difference in speed between the 2 in focusing unless close ups, orlow light.

USM wont matter much for 100mm macro IMO. I focus manually most of the time anyway. Under $250 is very good price, but I am not so sure about that 50mm 2.5. which lens is this ?


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Apr 13, 2006 00:20 |  #13

it says "compact macro" I figured just for the one lens would be worth it. but im sur ei could find a use for another 50mm


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Apr 13, 2006 00:21 |  #14

heres the site, its actually a yahoo auction. if want to take a look or bid.

http://page4.auctions.​yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction​/d60859490 (external link)


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Apr 13, 2006 02:36 |  #15

The EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro (external link) is not a real macro lens. It magnifies up to 1:2, not 1:1 like a real macro lens.

You need the optional Life Size Converter EF (external link) with the 50mm f/2.5 to get 1:1 magnification.


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