View Full Version : EF100mm Macro - How do you find it

11-09-2010, 3:12pm
I am looking to buy this lens, do you have it and if so, what do you think? Can you post a macro shot for me to look at, thanks

11-09-2010, 3:23pm
I have the EF 100mmf2.8L, and it`s a sweet lens,sharp and clear,makes a great portrait lens.takes a bit of getting used to,very shallow DOF,but great fun to use,heres a pic.
I`ve only had mine for a few weeks,still learning.Spider was about 10mm long.

11-09-2010, 3:29pm
Great shot Kev. I like it.

11-09-2010, 3:51pm
Fantastic shot, thanks

11-09-2010, 3:58pm
You didn`t say which version you are looking at,my lens is the L series f2.8 IS USM,the non L is cheaper and lacks IS,still a very good lens.

11-09-2010, 4:16pm
I assume you mean the old version as you haven't stated that you are interested in the 100/2.8 L. The old version is an excellent lens and extremely sharp even wide open. I tend to use it as a portrait lens wide open and it's brilliant for that, maybe too sharp for some peoples taste. The only reason it does not have the 'L' designation because the 'L' designation is not a stamp of image quality (as many seem to assume) but one of technology or components, such as aspheric elements, flourite or exotic glass used to make the lens. The old 100/2.8 macro is an excellent lens and probably better value for money now than it has ever been.


11-09-2010, 4:34pm
Thanks JJ, I was probably thinking of the the "older" lens as it is a bit cheaper and I was just wanting to start dabling in Macro - was going to investiage the Tamron in comparison but I am a Canon Girl. Do you use the older version, if so have you got a photograph?

11-09-2010, 4:54pm
Thanks JJ, I was probably thinking of the the "older" lens as it is a bit cheaper and I was just wanting to start dabling in Macro - was going to investiage the Tamron in comparison but I am a Canon Girl. Do you use the older version, if so have you got a photograph?

Yes, I use the older version. I don't have anything on hand that I can post. I can't even remember the last time I've used it as I've become pretty hard core with my macro stuff, using enlarging lenses on view cameras instead. Long story, don't go there. If I find some pics from the 100/2.8 macro then I'll post them.


12-09-2010, 9:15pm
superb lens, probably the sharpest non-L bit of Canon glass you can get. Here's a shot from mine

14-09-2010, 4:36pm
Here is a shot I took a few days ago using the EF 100mm f2.8 USM Macro (not the L) and I love it


14-09-2010, 4:57pm
Wow to all the shots posted. Macro Envy now. :Doh:

18-09-2010, 7:37pm
Ordered the 100mm non L, can't wait to get it....

19-09-2010, 8:39am
That is very exciting :pircool: I have put in my request to Santa so hopefully I will have one for Christmas.

20-09-2010, 3:39pm
Its not bad for portraits either, here is one the ones I did on the weekend.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4147/5002920975_fefbbfcab2.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nige_mar/5002920975/)
erin (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nige_mar/5002920975/) by nige_mar (http://www.flickr.com/people/nige_mar/), on Flickr

This was taken with the 100mm f2.8 L IS USM

20-09-2010, 3:58pm
It is a great lens, particularly for the money.

How do I find it? Easy, it is kept in the back left pocket of my bag :pirmad:

20-09-2010, 4:41pm
I use the lens you are talking about, have not had problem with it. Works very well for me. Have taken some fantastic shots with it. Well worth the money spent.

23-09-2010, 10:22am
This has to be one of my favourite lenses too, I have the non-L version and it never lets me down.
Has yours arrived now OP?

04-10-2010, 9:15pm
Definitely one of my favourite lenses as well. The 100mm non IS I sold sometime ago. I was so sorry. But having acquainted myself with the L IS version now....wow. What a gem!

04-10-2010, 10:31pm
with my 5dmk2 and 7d this lens works a treat :)

Allan Ryan
04-10-2010, 11:50pm
Perfectoarts - having owned both types, wich do you preffer???

06-10-2010, 9:17pm
Hey Al - what do you drive ... an Audi r8 or a Commodore .... :) ..... it's horses for courses .... just get what YOU want mate!! :D

18-10-2010, 3:56pm
i have this lens and i love it. incredibly sharp!
although i haven't yet used it for portrait work.

heres a shot i took of my watch

19-10-2010, 1:25pm
I did purchase the 100mm and it is fantastic, the best lens, I use it all the time and for portraits too!!

19-10-2010, 4:13pm
I've got one of the Canon EF 100mm 2.8 Macro lenses as well...

It has to be one of my favorite lenses of all time, have used it heaps on full frame and APS-C cameras and can't seriously fault it...

All the pics on this page were taken with it (just a few examples)...


22-10-2010, 5:44pm
Great shots macro & portrait . Now I just want one!!

24-10-2010, 1:18pm
great shot guys,i got the L lenes 2 weeks a go and i love it,here is a pic took a canberra


24-10-2010, 8:25pm
I wish I had one of these - gob smacked by the shots.

27-10-2010, 7:07pm
Wow these shots are incredible. I just love the fly! Hoping to get one for Christmas this year. Can't wait.

27-10-2010, 9:36pm
I have owned this lens for a couple of years now and it is still one of the best lenses in my camera bag.
Now would be a good time to buy with the Ozzie dollar being so strong.