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Mar 13, 2012 10:03 |  #1

Is the 100mm f2.8L worth the $300 price increase over the non-L that gets great reviews? The lens will be used for all around shooting more than macro but I want/need/will buy a macro lens as my next lens. IS is not the desired feature, not wasting my money is. I have used the non-L and loved it, it appears the L might be a smidge better.


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Mar 13, 2012 10:06 |  #2

The 100mm macro non L is an excellent lens. I have it for around 9 months already. It is exceptional sharp when shooting non macro objects like portraits. If you can justify the extra cost of the IS, for sure the 100L is better, the devil is in the details..lol

There is a digital rev video on YouTube comparing the two lens.


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Mar 13, 2012 10:12 |  #3

In addition to being sharper, the 100L also has great build quality and is weather sealed. The crazy test done by digitalrev in the video that thestone11 referenced is actually legit!


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Mar 13, 2012 10:26 |  #4

The IS on the 100L makes it more versatile for general use. I have personally tested the weather seal in the rain/snow for an hour and it works just fine. For me, the IS made it the obvious choice.

Don't expect a big jump in IQ between the two however.


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Mar 13, 2012 10:27 as a reply to  @ Capeachy's post |  #5

Everything lines up with what I have read. If I do not use IS now is there enough of an IQ difference to get the red ring or is the $300 better spent on even more glass after that?


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Mar 13, 2012 12:07 |  #6

I've had both, no iq difference in them. Is is useful in the l.




  
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Mar 13, 2012 12:35 |  #7

I have been able to get shots with the 100L that I could not get on the older 100. If you have the money get the L


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Mar 13, 2012 13:39 |  #8

How usefull would you guys say the IS is for macro?
I find my self in the same situation. I dont know which to buy.

I could afford the L, I would just have to be more patient... but m question is, would those $300, be better put towards my 70-200mm IS II fund or my 17-40mm fund... or would they be better used here... I have already decided the $800 difference from the 70-200mm f/2.8 to IS II version is worth it, as the IS II seems to feature rather improved optics AND IS. However on this lens I'm leaning toward saving the money and using it towards something else... however i wont be buying the lens for another month or two... so i'm still trying to decide...


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Mar 13, 2012 13:53 |  #9

orionz06 wrote in post #14077933 (external link)
Is the 100mm f2.8L worth the $300 price increase over the non-L that gets great reviews?

Most defintely! Especially if it's only $300 now (I haven't checked prices lately).

Non-L is pretty much just macro from the tripod kind of thing. IS make the L much more versatile.

orionz06 wrote in post #14078039 (external link)
If I do not use IS now is there enough of an IQ difference to get the red ring or is the $300 better spent on even more glass after that?

Non-L is great IQ-wise, the argument of IQ advantage of L is highly flamable :) There're comparison threads with pics out, here and on the Net. In short, it's nothing like 70-200 and 70-200 II difference, but rather very very subtle.


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Mar 13, 2012 13:57 |  #10

orionz06 wrote in post #14077933 (external link)
IS is not the desired feature, not wasting my money is.

This is the key sentence.

No need for IS, then don't bother with the L.


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Mar 13, 2012 13:57 |  #11

IMHO, if you know it will be used for more than just macro work, then the IS should be worth the upgrade.


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Mar 13, 2012 14:00 as a reply to  @ BrickR's post |  #12

Yes, I loved the ability to shoot macro when I rented the non-L version and I much enjoyed the ability of the lens to take decent pics that were non-macro. I found it to be very sharp and it almost made things easy. If the L and the IS-L are worth it perhaps I will weigh it a little heavier.


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Mar 13, 2012 15:07 |  #13

90mm tamron is pretty great as well...not 100mm but still...


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Mar 13, 2012 15:19 |  #14

I had both lenses and I think the L version is better. I like it better because I can take macro shots without using a tripod. If you are never going to take handheld macro shots the buy the non-L.

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Mar 13, 2012 16:57 |  #15

If you don't need the IS, then the USM version is just fine. If you plan to shoot a lot of macro, you will want the IS feature.




  
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