Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens

Product information

A terrific choice for any photographer wanting an affordable yet versatile macro lens with great handling and image quality. Capture rock solid macro shots or detailed life-size portraits with ease and set your creativity free.

Key benefits:

  • The circular eight blade aperture helps to create attractive, even backgrounds when isolating subjects at wide apertures.
  • Super Spectra coating keeps colour balance vibrant and accurate, while reducing unwanted flare and ghosting for sharper images than ever.
  • The USM (ultrasonic motor) gives you rapid autofocus and virtually silent operation. There’s also a mechanical override for absolute control of your shots.
  • A focus limiter switch lets you increase your autofocus speed making quick-fire shots - even of distant subjects - easy.
  • Ultra low dispersion design means better quality shots with higher contrast and more life-like colours.
  • For use with EF mount Canon DSLR cameras
Autofocus Motor Information Built-In autofocus engine to supplement your camera
Yes- USM
Diaphragm Blades Information The amount of blades used to create the aperture
L119 x Dia.79mm
Eligible for International Delivery
Equivalent Focal Length Information Focal length when viewed through cameras with a cropped sensor
160mm (APS-C 1.6mm crop factor)
Filter Thread (mm) Information Section inside the front that allows accessories like filters and hoods to be attached
Focal Length Information The distance from the sensor and the optical centre of the lens when focused to infinity
Image Stabilisation Information Irons out blur and shake, so your shots are super-sharp
Lens Elements Information Amount of glass pieces that make up the lens
Lens Groups Information Amount of compounds that make up the lens
Lens Mount Information Type of camera fitting
Canon EF
Maximum Aperture Information Measures the lens' light exposure and, thus, depth of field
Minimum Aperture Information Measures the lens' light exposure and, thus, depth of field
Minimum Focus Distance Information The closest you can get to your subject without losing focus
30.48cm (1')
Model name / number
Sensor Format
Full frame, Canon APS-C
Weight Information Unpackaged weight


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Rated 4.9 out of 5 by 34 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by It's a lump This is one lump of a lens, I could not make my mind up between this lens and the L version, but the extra expense just for IS just ain't worth it, you can use it by hand if you can hold it steady, but most of the time it will be on a tripod. It does produce fantastic pictures, I would not now be with out it. 28 February 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Perfect for capturing the detail of a snowy winter! This is a quality product which has brought real clarity to close up pictures, especially of nature. Looking forward to exploring its capabilities further during the spring and summer! 04 February 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Excellent lens I use this with my 40D (cropped sensor) and have had excellent results. Sharpness and colour are exceptional. The macro function can be difficult and takes time to learn how to use effectively due to the shallow depth of field and exaggerated camera movement. A tripod and flash in manual setting helps enormously. A well made lens at a relatively reasonable price. 24 September 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by great lens I use this lens for high school sports and macro and I'm very pleased with its results great boke and super sharp. 04 April 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent lens: here are some suggestions: The short take: I have gotten outstanding macro photographs of subjects like insects and plants using this lens. Here are tips on what has worked for me: For macro work, I ALWAYS set the lens to manual focus, because the autofocus mechanism just cannot "find" extremely small subjects. As other reviewers have noted, you will need a tripod for macro work. For extreme close-ups or for telephoto work--at least in my opinion--megapixels matter. I traded in my Canon XSi 12 mp camera body for an 18 mp T2i. The increased megapixels allow me to crop macro images without loss of detail. I love the results! I ALWAYS use the optical viewfinder for composing shots. The only time I use the LCD is to check the exposure and the sharpness on images I have already taken. Perhaps other users are more adept, but I find that I can determine neither accuracy of focus nor depth of field using the LCD alone. Because of this focus problem, I initially hated my Canon outfit (after first making the transition from film to digital). But then I purchased a third-party focusing screen equipped with split-image rangefinder and microprism collar--just like my old film camera used to have. Now, using the optical viewfinder, I get nice, crisp results. I love it! The outfit (T2i + macro lens) is a little heavy. The lens weighs 20.5 oz. When I am out in the field, I use a harness instead of a neckstrap, to eliminate the stress to my neck. I have been using my EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro for three years now, and I strongly recommend it. I also find that Canon hardware and software is pretty intuitive, and that it lets me do what I want to do. 18 July 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by One of my favorite lenses I've owned this lens for about three months now and it quickly became one of my favorite lenses. Shooting in macro has always been one of my favorite styles but I always had to make due with my standard zoom. This lens makes it so easy to create a perfect shot. When shooting in macro, I found it easier to use the manual focus because with such a narrow depth of field, many times it did not find the point I wanted it to focus on. However, It works great if youre shooting portraits. It being a f 2.8, it's shoots well in low light conditions and the motor is nice and quiet. Overall. I'm very pleased 16 May 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Incredible The images that are produced with the lens are incredible. Unbelievably sharp. Not only is it an incredible macro lens but a wonderful portrait lens as well. (its so sharp, you may want to kick it back a bit in post production for the portraits.) some people complain about the slow autofocus, that is a normal characteristic of a macro lens. As for image stabilization,, when shooting macro its a non issue, put this lens on a tripod and you have all the stabilization you could ever need. I just picked up an extra one of these lenses as I am scared that the new IS 100mm 2.8 will replace this incrdible lens. You can check any review site around and they will all tell you that this is one of the best lenses around PERIOD..... 21 March 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Christmas Present I've always loved macro photography but didn't really have any dedicated macro lenses. I used telephoto lenses with extension tubes for the most part. My wife recently bought me an EF F/2.8 100mm Macro lens and what a difference. Like others have said, it is razor sharp; however, taking macro photos really does require a tripod and all your camera body has (such as mirror lockup and remote shutter release). When you do these, the 100mm macro delivers! You might also want to consider a ring light as your normal flash is useless. When taking macro shots, auto focus does hunt or doesn't work at all which isn't surprising IF you're taking handheld shots. If you're using a tripod then all works well unless the subject is in motion. When that happens I simply switch to manual focus and all is well with the world. The 100mm macro is my sharpest lens with greatest sharpness throughout the frame occurring at F/8. Does it matter that it doesn't have image stabilization? No. All manufacturers recommend turning IS off if you're using a tripod as the IS can, itself, add vibrations. Thus, that's paying for a feature in macro photography that won't be used much. Tests also show that while you might get 3-4 stops IS when not doing macro photography, you'll likely only get 1, maybe 2, stops off tripod for macro work. So is it really worth it? Not in my opinion. 25 December 2011
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