Another Weekend with a 100mm Macro: Canon EF 100mm f2.8L USM IS

Canon’s EF 100mm f2.8L series macro lens has been a favorite lens among many Canon shooters. This is for good reason. I have never used this lens before. I managed to borrow one for testing, right off the bat, I loved this lens.

In a previous post, I tested the non-L version of Canon’s 100mm Macro lens. I like it, but the auto-focus is far too slow for my needs. The L version, has excellent auto-focus, while still not as quick as the non-macro version, this lens also has Image Stabilization. Which is very handy. The auto-focus is so much better than the Non-L version, that this lens is a perfect dual purpose short telephoto. It works well a portrait lens and a great macro lens.

I love this lens. I do plan on buying one of these sometime.

Focal Length & Maximum Aperture100mm 1:2.8
Lens Construction15 elements in 12 groups
Diagonal Angle of View23.4°
Focus AdjustmentInner focusing system with USM. Full-time manual focus available.
Closest Focusing Distance0.99 ft./0.3m (maximum close-up magnification: 1x)
Filter Size67mm
Max. Diameter x Length, Weight3.1 x 4.8 in./77.7 x 123mm, 22.0 oz./625g
Specs via Canon USA website:

I’ve tested this lens on my Sony A7II with the Metabones V adapter. The lens works very well on the adapter.

This lens is very well built, and comfortable in hand. I enjoyed using with my Canon EOS 10s film camera. I found the cameras auto focus to work very well with my film cameras. I do recommend this lens to anybody shooting Canon and looking for a great Macro lens.

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