Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
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Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Review
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7 March 2013
Summary: In short, this is clearly a very impressive lens in all respects. It is also keenly priced. Yes, for only about £150 more you could buy Canon’s very capable 24-105mm f/4 zoom, which is a better all-rounder, but the 100mm macro is not meant to be an all-rounder: it has been conceived for one specific...
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.
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
Summary: The heritage of Canon’s new EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro lens dates back to the 1980s when Canon began researching methods to compensate for camera movement. They introduced their first stabilized lens for SLR film cameras in 1995.
Pros: Excellent image quality, Good build quality, Hybrid stabilization
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.