Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

Here's our review of the L-series Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

Canon’s premium 100mm L-series macro offers 123mm of sturdy plastic design, but with a respectable weight of 625g. The standout feature is the Hybrid optical IS, helping negate rotational and linear camera shake and giving back 4 stops, though less at 1x magnification. 

The L-series Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

The L-series Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

Canon's 100mm macro features weather sealing and a USM  

While not the cheapest in test, you do get a lot for your money, with weather-sealing and an Ultra-low Dispersion lens (UD) element to combat chromatic aberration. We found the UD to work well, practically eliminating any trace of fringing. 

Vignetting is only noticeable at apertures wider than f/5.6. The sharpness falls off slightly in the corners at wider apertures, but once you hit the f/8 sweet spot, the whole frame displays exceptional sharpness. The quiet Ultra Sonic Motor (USM) means you can shoot close-up without scaring your subjects and the limit switch will narrow down the autofocus range to give you quicker focusing. 

Pros 

Weather-sealing
Image stabilisation
Near-silent autofocus 

Cons 

Expensive
Corner softness at wider apertures
Canon-only fit

Specification

  • Minimum aperture: f/32
  • Elements: 15/12
  • Filter size: 67mm
  • Minimum focus distance: 30cm
  • DxH: 78x123mm
  • Weight: 625g
  • Find out more on the Canon website