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Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM, reviewed by Lester Wareham

 
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Dec 02, 2014 12:33 |  #1

Small and light weight, an excellent all-round macro lens and a fine portrait lens too.
Plastic construction but reliable and with good MF control.
A plastic adaptor is needed to use the TMA-B tripod ring, this means rotation in the ring is not as smooth as it is normally; this can be worked around by slackening the ring lock more.

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Dec 02, 2014 12:46 |  #2

Since you omitted the L and the IS, I guess the lens reviewed here is not the L IS lens.

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Dec 02, 2014 14:24 |  #3

Archibald wrote in post #17305264 (external link)
Since you omitted the L and the IS, I guess the lens reviewed here is not the L IS lens.

(Negative evidence ...)

The L has a seperate classification in the gear list.

Unfortunatly currently the gear list does not differentiate between the old 100mm non-USM and the current USM version, this is the latter.

Hopefully Pekka will fix this soon.


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Dec 05, 2014 16:47 |  #4

I use this lens and am very pleased with it. I have tried a few Macro lenses at (or around 100mm) and I found the Canon 100 F2.8 USM Macro to be the best combination of price and IQ. The nearest, for me, was the L version but it is considerably more expensive and I don't have much use for the IS - IQ, I couldn't tell the difference.


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Feb 11, 2015 20:41 |  #5

Mine is USM and it's an excellent lens which I use frequently for my macro shots. The AF works great but frequently I focus manually. Works great with extenders too. Here are some images taken with it


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Feb 11, 2015 20:57 |  #6

I've had the USM lens since around 2001 and it has always served me very well.


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Jan 01, 2016 05:21 |  #7

A few taken with this awesome lens on the canon 70D


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Apr 05, 2016 00:20 |  #8

I am debating on this lens or 100mmL. Is the L worth the extra 400? thanks.




  
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Apr 05, 2016 00:33 |  #9

ddpham wrote in post #17961192 (external link)
I am debating on this lens or 100mmL. Is the L worth the extra 400? thanks.

IS is very useful for most of us.

IS is less effective at 1:1. Sure, but it still helps. Furthermore, most of us use the lens at a range of magnifications and also at normal shooting distances where the IS is very effective. I found I needed the IS, and got the L.


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Apr 05, 2016 01:27 |  #10

Some doing macro find the IS interferes with stacking, but you can always turn it off.

The only downsides to the L is an adaptor ring is required to fit the Canon macro flashes. The L looks slightly bulkier to my eyes.

If I get a replacement I would go for the L.


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Mar 23, 2018 17:40 as a reply to  @ Lester Wareham's post |  #11

I purchased a lens on eBay that was listed as an EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro BUT WAS NOT! It was the older (oldest) Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro and was really a poor comparison to the 100mm USM version.

The focus motor was the old type, slow and noisy, The lens extended when focusing and (I THINK) the front element rotated when focusing.

I contacted both eBay and the seller and told that although the lens was listed as a USM, it was actually the older non-USM model (which until that time I didn't know existed). The lens reminded me of the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 AF Macro.

To make a long story short, I returned the lens and my purchase price was refunded.

I bought the USM, non-L version of the 100mm f/2.8 Macro and I am quite happy all around with this lens.


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