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Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

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Expert Review

PhotoRadar
24 November 2011
  • Excerpt: Canon's EF 100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM lens is the first to incorporate a new Hybrid IS system, which corrects for both rotational and linear camera shake. The new technology builds on the company's widely-employed Image Stabilizer, and is said to be particularly effective for subjects shot at close distances, which, according to Canon, is traditionally where standard image stabilisation systems struggle.
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Canon 100mm f/2.8 L IS Macro

Ken Rockwell
7 February 2011
  • Excerpt: The Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro L IS is a swell lens. It weighs less than you'd first expect, which is a good thing. it is ideal for use as a general-purpose telephoto, especially if you need close-focus ability.
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Overall 9
8.6
Value for money 8
7.5
Features 9
9.0
Picture quality 10
9.5
Ergonomics 9
8.5
Build quality 9
8.5

Expert Review

DP Review
3 February 2011
  • Conclusion: Just occasionally a lens turns up which delivers such implausibly good results in our studio tests that I have to go back and repeat everything, double checking all settings to make sure I haven't done something wrong. The Canon EF 100mm F2.8 L IS USM Macro is one example; but in this case when I repeated the tests, the results were if anything slightly better.
  • Pros: Superb optical quality, Fast, silent, and accurate autofocus; full time manual focus, Highly effective image stabilization (for longer subject distances, at least), Solid build, including dust and water sealing
  • Cons: Hybrid Image Stabilization still not particularly effective at macro distances, Precise manual focus at 'portrait' distances slightly tricky, Very expensive compared to non-stabilized alternatives
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REVIEW: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

photodo
1 February 2011
  • Excerpt: Lens expert Gary Wolstenholme takes a look at Canon's EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens. This 100mm lens from Canon costs around £779 and provides life-size magnification at its closest focus, image stabilisation, weather-sealed construction and an ultrasonic focusing motor. This is not the only 100mm Macro lens Canon produce. The older version without the 'L' designation lacks an image stabiliser, but only costs £439.
  • Pros: Build Quality, USM focusing, New Image Stabilisation system, High resolution, Useful Focus limiter switch
  • Cons: Supplied lens hood is a little deep for use at close distances, Focus breathing can make composition tricky
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Overall 10
9.5
Design 10
9.5
Value for money 10
9.5
Features 10
9.5
Performance 10
9.5
Picture quality 10
9.5

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

What Digital Camera
13 January 2011
  • Excerpt: Image-stabilised, full-frame macro lens offering exceptional image quality.
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Overall 10
10

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM Macro Lens

The Digital Picture
9 September 2009
  • Excerpt: The Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM Macro Lens is an extremely fun lens to use. It combines excellent image quality with a useful focal length, a relatively small/light body, fast/quiet AF with 1:1 (1x) macro capabilities - and HIS (Hybrid Image Stabilization).
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Canon EF 100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM

TechRadar UK
24 November 2011
  • Excerpt: Canon's EF 100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM lens is the first to incorporate a new Hybrid IS system, which corrects for both rotational and linear camera shake. The new technology builds on the company's widely-employed Image Stabilizer, and is said to be particularly effective for subjects shot at close distances, which, according to Canon, is traditionally where standard image stabilisation systems struggle.
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Overall 10
10

Canon EF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM

digicambuyer.co.uk
31 March 2010
  • Conclusion: This is an exceptionally sharp macro lens but with a price tag to match. It’s the first Canon macro lens to incorporate image stabilisation, though with macro photography depth of field is likely to cause more problems than camera shake.
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Overall 10
10

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

ePHOTOzine
17 March 2010
  • Excerpt: This 100mm lens from Canon costs around £779 and provides life-size magnification at its closest focus, image stabilisation, weather-sealed construction and an ultrasonic focusing motor. This is not the only 100mm Macro lens Canon produce. The older version without the 'L' designation lacks an image stabiliser, but only costs £439.
  • Pros: Build Quality, USM focusing, New Image Stabilisation system, High resolution, Useful Focus limiter switch
  • Cons: Supplied lens hood is a little deep for use at close distances, Focus breathing can make composition tricky
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Overall 9
9.0
Audio & image quality 9
9.0
Versatility 9
8.5
Usability 9
8.5
Build quality 9
9.0

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens

PhotoReview
1 February 2010
  • Summary: A high-quality macro lens with specially-designed image stabilisation plus dust- and moisture-resistant sealing.Back in July 2009, Canon announced a new 'hybrid' image stabilisation system designed for macro photography. Able to compensate for both the standard angular movement and the small shifts in the angle at which the lens is pointed during hand-held shooting.
  • Pros: You have one of Canon's ‘pro-sumer' camera bodies and want a macro lens that delivers super-sharp images., You require weather-resistant sealing., You want full time manual focus plus fast autofocusing., You'd like better-than-average image stabilisation for close-up work., You want a lens that requires no readjustment when you fit filters. Don't buy this lens if :, You need a general-purpose lens., You're not prepared to use a tripod for critical macro work.
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