Canon Macro EF 100mm f2.8L IS USM – Lens For Professional Macro Photophraphy

EF 100mm f2.8L IS USM Quick review :
– Lens: EF 100mm f2.8L IS USM.
– Quality: Very good.
– Released: 2009
– Used for: Macro, Small products, portrait.
– Who need: Professional macro photographer.

EF 100mm F2.8L IS USM

EF 100mm f2.8L IS USM Introduction

In macro photography, one of the most difficult thing is photographing the live insects, it’s alway moving or flying. And it become more difficult to photograph with a normal macro lens such as Canon 100mm macro or even conversion Raynox 250… you have to put these lenses very close to the insects and waiting for the right movement, you may be lucky to get a nice frame, but sometime can’t.

EF 100mm F2.8L IS USM
Subject ~4mm with Canon EOS 70D – EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM – ƒ/8.0 – 100.0mm – 1/200 – ISO: 1250

To sovle that problem, Canon had designed EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM. It’s one of Canon’s luxury lenses and the first lens of Canon use new Hybrid Image Stabilization Technology (Which is not only effectively compensates for shift camera shake during close-up shooting, also aids greatly when framing at high magnification). A normal macro lenses, you may only get 10% of nice frames, but with EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM you can get more than 50%.

Photographing the sample of insects in Lab, EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM also produces images more quality than a normal 100mm macro lens, the sample of insects look more sharpness and more colorful. Beside that, EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM can work with a conversion lens such as Raynox to creating very impresive images.

EF 100mm F2.8L IS USM
Sample of Fly with Canon EOS 70D – EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM – ƒ/11.0 – 100.0mm – 1/250 – ISO: 1000

EF 100mm f2.8L IS USM Price

– Brand new: $799.00. More than twice times the price of normal 100mm macro lens, but the quality is more than twice.
– Used: ~ $600.

EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Specification

The meaning of charaters on Lens
– EF: Mount type, EF stand for Electronic Focus.
– L: Luxury serial.
– IS: Image stabilization.
– USM: Ultra-Sonic Motor focusing type.


– Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 100mm f/2.8.
– Lens Construction: 15 elements in 12 groups.
– Diagonal Angle of View: 23.4°.
– 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.
– Max. Diameter x Length, Weight: 3.1 x 4.8 in./77.7 x 123mm, 22.0 oz./625g.

EF 100mm f2.8L IS USM Reviews

Macro photography

EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM have 2 excellent improverment things compare to 100mm normal macro: Helping photographer and producing high images quality. With Image Stabilization, photoghraper can easy to hold the lens without shaking and create very high quality images, beautiful color even at the corners of the frame.

EF 100mm F2.8L IS USM
Canon EOS 70D – EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM – ƒ/16.0 – 100.0mm – 1/250 – ISO: 800

EF 100mm f2.8L IS USM with conversion lens Raynox

EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM only have 1x magnification. But you can get more magnification with a conversion lens. Cliping a Raynox 250 to its, you can get more magnification up to 2.5x, enough to magnify an ant 3mm full fill all screen.

EF 100mm F2.8L IS USM
Raynox 250 and EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM – ƒ/16.0 – 100.0mm – 0.6s – ISO: 400

However, it’s too difficult to photograph the live inscect with this combo. But it’s great to photograph a sample insect in Lab.

EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM holding feeling

Its size and weight are very comfortable, suitable for traveling.


Canon macro EF 100mm f2.8L IS USM is lens for professional macro photographer, L serial. It’s helping to photograph the live insects, and producing very high image quality but its price is quite high. Beside EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM, Canon have a little bit higher level macro lens 180mm f/3.5L but this lens is bigger, weighter and price is more 1,5 times.

If you only want to photograph the sample of insects. Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x may more suitable. Its magnification is up to 5x, almost no magnification competitor .

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