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Canon 3554B002 EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens
     

    Canon 3554B002 EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens

    Manufacturer: Canon U.S.A., Inc.

    Item #: CAN-EF100MISUSM   •   MFG #: 3554B002

     

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    Canon's newest "L" series lens is its first mid-telephoto macro lens to include Canon's sophisticated Image Stabilization. With the highest quality optics available, combined with near-silent Ultrasonic focusing and life-size close-up capabilities without an adapter, the EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM is simply unrivalled.
    This is the first lens on the market to incorporate Canon's new Hybrid Image Stabilization Technology. Hybrid IS effectively compensates for both angular and shift camera shake during close-up shooting. The lens was developed to expand users' photographing range and allow a wider range of users to easily enjoy macro photography.

     
    • Features

      • Mid-telephoto macro lens includes Canon's Hybrid Image Stabilization Technology
      • Compensates for both angular and shift camera vibration
      • Full-time manual focus, and life-size close-up capabilities
      • Near silent internal focusing system with USM
       
    • Specifications

      • Focal Length & Maximum Aperture
      • 100mm 1:2.8
        Lens Construction
      • 15 elements in 12 groups
        Diagonal Angle of View
      • 23.4 Degrees
        Focus Adjustment
      • Inner focusing system with USM. Full-time manual focus available.
        Closest Focusing Distance
      • 0.99 ft./0.3m (maximum close-up magnification: 1x)
        Filter Size
      • 67mm
       
     

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    CANON U.S.A., INC.Canon 3554B002 EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens
     
    4.7

    (based on 66 reviews)

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    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Super-sharp images (43)
    • Superior build quality (31)
    • Fast auto-focus (30)

    Cons

    • Poor build quality (5)
    • Slow auto-focus (4)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Everything you might expect, IS behaves well

    I wasn't certain this lens would be a good value or choice for an APS-C camera. Having recently purchased a 7D, I felt the focal length might be too long, but...Read complete review

    I wasn't certain this lens would be a good value or choice for an APS-C camera. Having recently purchased a 7D, I felt the focal length might be too long, but didn’t want the EF-S 60mm macro, when I expect to purchase a body with a full-frame sensor in a couple years. For anyone considering a 100mm Macro, I'm 6x6" tall, and was able to squeeze in an 8x11� sheet of paper on the floor, while standing with my 20D. I evaluated the EF 100mm Macro and this lens side-by-side. The older 100mm Macro has a great reputation. From the specifications, you'll see that the new lens is slightly longer, and weighs more. The build quality is excellent and consistent with an L lens. Optics are precise. Color and Bokeh are outstanding, as review samples attest. Auto focus and manual focus are smooth and deliberate. As with other Macros, the focus is precise, but moves slower than a standard telephoto lens of the same focal length. It takes approximately 2.5 seconds to focus from infinity to .3m. It takes approximately 3.0 seconds to focus from .3m to infinity, as the mechanism delays .5 seconds when autofocus is initiated. The focusing limiter selector switch functions well, eliminating the time to focus, if you know your subject will be between .3m to .5m, or .5m to infinity. The ranges offer a good compromise between focusing element travel and practical subject distances. .3m to .5m represents a 180 degree turn of the focusing ring, and .5m to infinity represents about a 150 degree turn of the focusing ring. I purchased this lens over the older 100mm Macro for the image stabilization. The image stabilization allows the hand held use of the lens under brighter lighting conditions. The image stabilization certainly behaves differently from other L lenses at 100mm. Telephoto IS may allow you to pan, this lens does not. Better shots will be obtained with IS on while tracking a moving subject; however, IS on this lens is no substitute for a telephoto with panning IS ability. The new IS technology does seem better suited for macro shots than earlier IS techonlogy. The subject seems to "stick" on this lens, as compared with images that seem to "float" with other IS lenses. IS compensates for movement quite well, but I will shoot low-light subjects on a tripod. With IS on and and shooting at 2.8, the depth of field is extremely shallow. Any movement toward or away from the subject will result in an out-of-focus image. My 1.6 sensor certainly exacerbates the problem. If you need to obtain a more adequate depth of field, you must shoot at 8.0 or above, which will require longer shutter times under low lighting. Outdoors, this lens will provide unique opportunities in allowing one to complete hand-held shots of bright-lit subjects, especially if you have a full-frame sensor.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Plastic, plastic, plastic!

    Having owned many Canon lenses (25+) over the past 30 years, this lens is by far the one that uses the lowest grade of materials at this price. The plastic is so...Read complete review

    Having owned many Canon lenses (25+) over the past 30 years, this lens is by far the one that uses the lowest grade of materials at this price. The plastic is so thin that if you pinch the focus ring while manual focusing, it sticks! Even the lens barrel flexes! Very cheesy! Does it really deserve the 'L" series designation? You be the judge. If fact, when my lens arrived new in the box, the image stabilization elements were "floating" around loose inside the lens. I found out later that this is caused by removing the lens from a camera before the IS motors have shut off. QC problem from Canon? Did a lens to lens test against my superbly built 70-200 f/2.8L IS II lens, and found the zoom to be better at all settings except macro, of course. So, don't buy this if you don't need it much for macro. Consider the supurb 100mm f/2, at less than half the price if you just do portraits and such.

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This is one of the best lenses Canon has ever made

    By Sabyasachi Jana

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 3554B002 EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens:

    If not by far the best lenses Canon has ever made, definitely this is one of the bests that I have come across. I not only use this for macros, but also use this for portraits too. The sharpness is superb and the image stabilization is outstanding. I am just I'm Lovin' It.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    One of the best?

    By BigDave

    from Dallas, TX, United States

    Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 3554B002 EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens:

    For those seeking a lens to help them capture images of objects as small as a dime, this is the lens for you! Here are a few bullet points: -It can focus on an object less than a foot away. -Objects as small as a Quarter (dollar) will fill the frame. -Very shallow depth of field even at small apertures (ex. f/22). We are talking fractions of a millimeter. -Very sharp images. -The lens is versatile as well able to stand in as a portrait lens in a pinch. -The Image Stabilizer will function properly when used vertically on a copy stand. The images are sharper when the IS is turned on. I have done tests. Make sure you read the manual and set it appropriately. I use this lens and the MP-E 65 mm f/2.8 1-5x almost exclusively. If you are trying to decide between the two, keep in mind that the MP-E is designed to shoot subject matter as large as a US Dime (1x) and as small as a grain of rice (5x). The MP-E also needs to be no further than a few inches away from the subject matter in most cases. Hope this helps answer some questions!

    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Outstanding

    By Foxlion

    from Chicago, Illinois, Estados Unidos

    Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 3554B002 EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens:

    Superb lens, all in it is outstanding. High quality images, impressive contrast, fast and accurate auto focus. Works as well as a macro as a multipurpose lens. The construccion is solid, following the Canon modern trend in their last lenses, it is not plastic, it is much more strong than a simple plastic. I love this lens.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Outstanding

    By Foxlion

    from Chicago, Illinois, Estados Unidos

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 3554B002 EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens:

    Superb lens, all in it is outstanding.
    High quality images, impressive contrast, fast and accurate auto focus.
    Works as well as a macro as a multipurpose lens.
    The construccion is solid, following the Canon modern trend in their last lenses, it is not plastic, it is much more strong than a simple plastic. I love this lens.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    The best native Canon macro.

    By JJohansson

    from Sweden

    Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 3554B002 EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens:

    Well, I do agree with the rest of the reviews; It is a really good lens and you will get some really nice images using it! The connection between the 100 mm's and the 2.8 aperture gives you a fantastic range of possibilities. Using the 2.8 aperture you will get a depth of field that is extremely short. The auto focus is really fast and the settings on the lens works really well to speed up the focus process. The only thing I find a bit negative is that this lens does feel a bit cheap. Compared to the 50 mm f/1.2L USM this 100 mm feels like a plastic toy that would break at the smallest drop.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    EF 100mm F/2.8L Macro is a great lens

    By SteveRG

    from Virginia, United States

    Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 3554B002 EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens:

    I bought this lens a couple of days ago. This is my first true macro lens. To get to know the lens I have taken dozens of test photos with my EOS 6D. I setup a tripod and took photos of some small nick-nacks with the 100mm F/2.8L and then attached the 24-105mm F/4L for comparison. The 100mm definitely blew me away with the detail and magnification at the closest distance that the 24-105mm is capable of. This is about 1.5 feet. I took photos of landscape objects about 60 feet away. Again comparing both lenses. The 100mm is at least the equal of the 24-105mm at those distances. In fact I prefer the 100mm because of its f/2.8 aperture. Its bokah is as good as advertised. The 100mm F/2.8L macro has become my base lens. I will be using the 24-100mm F/4L only when I need a wider field of view than the 100mm can provide. A great lens.

     
    5.0

    my new macro lens

    By joeokura

    from boston mass usa

    Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 3554B002 EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens:

    just bought the 100mm is l lens macro its every thing its supposed to be and then some. as a macro its sharp fast on focus and with a tweak manual override finish's the job as a normal 100mm lens on a crop body it also dose wonders . I can do nice head photos landscapes a 160mm view of angle a really good all-around lens . this replaces my 60mmef-s lens as I am moving to the 5d3 very soon good work canon

     
    5.0

    Excellent Lens

    By Roger

    from illinois

    Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 3554B002 EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens:

    Red Line Lenses are good quality and macro makes this lens outstanding.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Macro

    By Boulder Photog

    from Boulder, CO

    Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 3554B002 EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens:

    Excited about the capability to photograph small objects, close ups and portraits. Limited usage promises great results. Thank you.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Love This Lens!

    By Mikey42

    from Delray Beach, FL

    Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 3554B002 EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens:

    This is one of my favorite lenses. I use this not only for macro work, but for portraiture as well. It provides great bokeh and sharpness.

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