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

 
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Dec 01, 2014 18:25 |  #1

I absolutely adore this lens...but not for macro work haha. Every lens has it's uses and perhaps I'm using mine wrong, but I love the results!

Sharpness: This lens is incredibly sharp and compares to the 135mm L in my opinion
Speed: The lens is a bit slower at F2.8, but the DOF is very narrow and very beautiful giving incredible bokeh.
Bokeh: The bokeh is very soft and smooth with a great amount of separation between subject and background
Price: Although it's a pricier lens, consider that it's a macro lens, can be used for portraits (my main use for it), has IS, is weather sealed and is incredibly sharp. I paid $700 for mine and would never trade it for a 135mm L or anything.
Weight: This lens isn't very heavy at all, the 135 is slightly heavier in my mind. I have it on either my 1D3 or my 6D and it isn't heavy on either.
Contrast: The contrast is pretty good on this lens, but I don't really ever notice issues with contrast on primes.

This is my first post on the new site, but I have over a thousand on the last site, I really wanted to just leave a review and test some things out :) Hope this is helpful!

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Dec 02, 2014 20:39 |  #2

Great short review Xarik! I have the 100L IS and I use it for pretty much just product shots and portraits as well.

This lens is definitely tack sharp, I think it's as sharp as the 135mm if not more. I think if this lens didn't have macro in its title a lot more people would pick it up over other lenses as it is seen as more of a macro lens than anything.


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Dec 02, 2014 21:23 |  #3

Great shot! I've been torn between the 85 1.8 & 100 Macro, both seem to have their perks


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Dec 02, 2014 22:43 |  #4

I agree Dlee13! The macro really pulls away from the use of the lens because people say "It's a macro lens, it shouldn't be used elsewhere" and to that I say "Why does it focus to infinity then?" :P. It's sharper than the 135L I had haha. The only downside is that it's a bit slower, but it has IS haha

ERabbit - It all depends on what you want and need and where your budget is at! The 100 NON IS is missing IS and isn't weather sealed, so it's not as much of a deal in my opinion (Hence when I skipped it all together and went with the L haha). I personally loathed the 85 1.8 and sold it with 3 days of getting it due to MAJOR chromatic aberration, but the 85L is just such a gold mine of a lens! It's all dependent on where your budget is at and what you're using your gear for :).

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Dec 02, 2014 22:52 |  #5

My most versatile lens! It can do most "anything" you want it to!!




  
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Dec 02, 2014 23:36 |  #6

xarik wrote in post #17307099 (external link)
I agree Dlee13! The macro really pulls away from the use of the lens because people say "It's a macro lens, it shouldn't be used elsewhere" and to that I say "Why does it focus to infinity then?" :P. It's sharper than the 135L I had haha. The only downside is that it's a bit slower, but it has IS haha

I did a lot of research as soon as I started looking at buying it so I knew it was great for a lot of uses. Most people would describe it as a Macro with other uses but I would rather describe it as a great Telephoto with full 1:1 macro capability. I'm not really a portrait guy but the best portrait I've taken (IMO) was with the 100L. The fact that it's not a f2 doesn't really bother me, but if I used a f2 tele I may change my story :-P


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Dec 02, 2014 23:52 as a reply to  @ Dlee13's post |  #7

I actually ended up spending a LOT of money before I finally got the lens. This wasn't a bad thing because I was buying and selling lenses every week to find what I liked, it was my form of renting, except I actually owned it haha. I had the 135L, 70-200 F2.8L, 85 F1.8, 200 F2.8 (two of these) and then 70-300 (I borrow this lens, hated it haha). I liked each one for it's own reason (except the 85 ;P). I started on the 200, it was too tight, went to the 70-200 F2.8L, I liked it but it wasn't a need and so I sold it for twice what I paid for it, The 135L was another one that I purchased dirt cheap, I sold it because I didn't really see the need for it and it's uses were extremely limited (Strictly an outdoor portrait lens...that's it). I knew the 100L length was perfect, I wanted the Macro function after selling my 50 F2.8 macro (it wasn't tight enough) and I wanted a lens that would late a long time (weather sealed). I also needed IS for videography...This lens fit absolutely every single need I had


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Dec 03, 2014 00:21 as a reply to  @ xarik's post |  #8

Haha well I'm quite limited with my disposable income so for me it was just buy one and stick with it. I may get a 70-200 2.8 NON IS down the track to add to the 100L, but I know I would never even dream of replacing it.

The more that people like us use this lens for non macro purposes, the more people can see its true capability and it can finally get the popularity and credit it deserves!


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Dec 03, 2014 00:47 |  #9

just got one...i think i like it...bought on eBay...$350

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Edit: bought it for its versatility...really more for portrait than anything, now I just have to learn how to take portraits...not my forte!



  
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Dec 04, 2014 14:08 |  #10

parkespapa wrote in post #17307348 (external link)
just got one...i think i like it...bought on eBay...$350

Did you really manage to buy a macro 100 "L" IS USM for 350$??? If so, wow!
However, you may be referring to the regular 100 "NON L", "NON IS". 350$ is a good price for this lens on the used market.

Anyhow, I rented the EF 100mm L 2.8 IS USM a few times and couldn't agree more with the OP.
Awesome lens in all regards.
Only thing (which may or may not be related to the one I used) is that AF needs to be helped a little sometimes when the object is a little too much out of focus. Once I manually got it to a closer point, then AF picked up the subject and focused perfectly. And I was in the appropriate setting with regards to the limiting switch.




  
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Dec 04, 2014 14:52 as a reply to  @ alexvtr's post |  #11

I have the exact same issue. It doesn't matter which switch you set the AF limiter to, it doesn't AF quite like the 135 or other NON macro L glass. The issue is that, the distance of focusing ability is ABSURDLY huge, which is a good thing. It's a macro lens, it has to go from 1:1 (the size of a postage stamp) to infinity (the sun), of course it's going to need help and of course it won't go from one end of the spectrum to the other quickly. This is why the focusing aspect of my grading only received an 8 :). I am more than happy to help the lens gain focus if it's going to give me IS, sharpness and all of the other goodies loaded into this lens haha.


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Dec 05, 2014 00:30 as a reply to  @ alexvtr's post |  #12

no, not L series. I thought the furum was about the non 'L'. When I read reviews, many thought the non 'L' was actually the better lens for half the price.


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Also, have had same issue with AF...but I've only had it a few days...btw, the $350 included a killer polarizer, but have not had chance to play with it yet.



  
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Dec 29, 2014 22:01 |  #13

parkespapa wrote in post #17312925 (external link)
no, not L series. I thought the furum was about the non 'L'. When I read reviews, many thought the non 'L' was actually the better lens for half the price.
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Also, have had same issue with AF...but I've only had it a few days...btw, the $350 included a killer polarizer, but have not had chance to play with it yet.

Here it's the 100mm L review, so why you continue to post the NON L pictures on this thread ?

If people come to this thread and see the bad quality of those pictures, they will think that it's the L version which do this ... :rolleyes:


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Jan 03, 2015 06:25 |  #14

parkespapa wrote in post #17312925 (external link)
no, not L series. I thought the furum was about the non 'L'. When I read reviews, many thought the non 'L' was actually the better lens for half the price.
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the non-L is almost as good at less than half the price of the L version




  
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Jan 03, 2015 12:47 as a reply to  @ watt100's post |  #15

Almost. I know it wouldn't have satisfied my wants. This review is on the L version and why I chose it though. The non L is ok, and has been known to produce terrific images, but I like L glass.


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