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Canon Telephoto EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Autofocus Lens Digital Lenses

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                      4 / 5 (1 Reviews)
MSRP : $499.00

  • Camera Format35 mm SLR
    Lens TypeFixed Focal Length Lens
    Focal Length100mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/2.8
    Focus TypeAutofocus • Manual Focus
    Macro LensWith Macro Lens
    Macro Magnificationx 1
    MountCanon EF
    Closest Focusing Distance12 in
    Picture Angle24 degrees
    Attachment / Filter Size58 mm
    Groups / Elements12 Elements in 8 Groups
    Diameter3.1 in
    Length4.7 in
    Weight21.1 oz
    Product ID24942906

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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by supertrooper a Professional

Date Reviewed: January 4, 2011

Strengths:    1. Fast Focusing - Utilizing USM (Ultrasonic Motor), the Canon 100 Macro internally focuses very fast, quietly and very accurately.
2. Non-Extending or Rotating - When focusing at 1x subject distances, the lens does not extend, and the front element does not rotate.
3. Sharp Images - the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens is sharp wide open. The tiniest details in your tiniest subjects will come to life with this lens.
4. Optical Performance - Flare is very well controlled. Color and contrast are excellent and distortion is negligible. Although vignetting is apparent at f/2.8, this rapidly disappears when the lens is stopped down.
5. Practical Minimum Working Distance (MWD) - The Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens gives an optimum MWD of 150mm. At the higher MWD of the Canon EF 180mm f/3.5 L USM lens (240mm), insects are not really close enough. At the lower MWD of the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens (90mm), insects may scare and fly away prematurely.

Weaknesses:    1. Build quality - this USM Macro lens has a reasonable build quality although it's not quite as solid as the L-Series lenses.
2. Image Stabilization - this lens does not feature the image stabilization present with the significantly more expensive Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM Macro Lens.

Bottom Line:   
The Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens is a very good choice for macro photography of butterflies, insects or flowers. It offers excellent optical performance and middle-of-the-road working distance, size and weight. Check out my insect stock photos and images on http://kenbillington.ch/photobank/Insects/

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Type of photography:   Outdoor

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