Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
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"Can do" portrait and macro lens.
pinoyphotog, B&H Photo
21 July 2008
Summary: Although I initially bought it for macro use, I also wanted a replacement for the EF 135mm defocus lens that I used for portraits (a relative begged for it, so I gave it to him). Coupled with a 1.4 teleconverter, this 100mm becomes 140mm, so I have two focal lengths for portraits on my full frame Canon 5D. :) This lens isn't really as tack sharp as I thought it would be (my old Tamrom 90mm macro was better), or maybe I just got a lemon/poor copy.
Summary: i'm a professional photographer with mostly L series lenses (70+200; 24-70; 17-35) and a few other primes (85 mm at 1.8, etc) -- this lens is the first MACRO to the family and certainly the slowest to focus of all the above - definitely not a good lens to use in low light conditions....in fact in re-reading other review, I may send it back in; could this one be a bit of a fluke?