Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens

Macro lens with image stabilization for Canon EOS SLR cameras

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Achieve greater photographic detail with this Canon macro lens. It lets you take razor-sharp, lifelike close-ups. Everyday objects will produce dramatic, frame-filling images — count the grains of pollen clinging to a flower's stamen or get a clear view of the veins in a dragonfly's wing. You'll really see the difference that pro-quality glass makes in every brilliant, high-contrast shot. Find out why Canon L Series lenses are world-renowned for superior optics and rugged reliability.

This lens gives you precise, silent focusing using advanced Canon optics and a powerful ultra sonic motor (USM). Plus, its telephoto focal length also makes this an ideal lens for shooting portraits of your favorite people. Built-in image stabilization technology helps minimize the effects of camera shake for capturing crisp, in-focus photographs in all sorts of lighting conditions.

Note: This lens is compatible with the Canon MR-14EX macro ring light when used with the Canon Macrolite Adapter 67

Product Highlights:

  • EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens
  • 35mm equivalent focal length: 160mm
  • compatible with Canon EOS digital SLR cameras
  • Canon pro-quality L Series lens for superior image sharpness and durability
  • Image Stabilization allows in-focus shots with longer exposure times
  • USM (ultra sonic motor) for fast, silent focusing
  • auto focus system allows full-time manual focus override with lens still in AF mode
  • ideal for close-up, portrait, and available light shooting
  • minimum focal distance: 12"
  • constructed of 15 elements in 12 groups
  • filter size: 67mm
  • lens is 3-1/8" in diameter, 4-13/16" long
  • weight: 22 oz.
  • front and rear lens caps supplied
  • warranty: 1 year
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  • EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens
  • 67mm Lens cap (installed)
  • Back dust cap (installed)
  • ET-73 Lens hood
  • Soft carrying pouch (LP1219)
  • Instructions
  • Warranty Card

Features and Specs

Brand Compatibility Canon
Image Stabilization Yes
Focal Length 100mm
Maximum Aperture f/2.8
Weight 22 ounces
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Overview: The Canon EF100mm f/2.8L IS USM lens is an L-series mid-telephoto macro lens for Canon EOS cameras. The lens features the new Hybrid Image Stabilizer (IS) and an Ultrasonic Motor (USM). The lens includes the LP1219 Lens Case and the ET-73 Lens Hood.

Normal and Close-up Photography: The lens can be used as a medium telephoto lens for normal photography such as portraits. Close-up photos up to 1x (life-size) magnification are possible. The minimum focusing distance from the subject to the focal plane is approximately 12". The working distance from the front of the lens to the subject is about 5.5"

Ultrasonic Motor (USM): The EF 100mm lens is equipped with an Ultrasonic Motor (USM) for silent, high-speed auto focusing.

Hybrid Image Stabilizer (IS): The lens is equipped with Canon's new Hybrid Image Stabilization technology. Hybrid IS effectively compensates for both angular and shift camera shake during close-up shooting. The Image Stabilizer provides the effect of having a shutter speed about 4 stops faster during normal shooting. You can turn the Image Stabilizer on or off using the switch on the barrel of the lens.

Focusing Ring: Regardless of whether you're in manual or auto focus mode, the focusing ring always works. This means you can auto focus on a subject, but manually change the focus by turning the focusing ring.

Focus Mode Switch: You can switch between Auto Focus and Manual Focus using the two-way AF/MF switch on the barrel of the lens.

Focus Range Switch: The range switch lets you set the focusing range to one of three settings: Full (1.0' to infinity), 1.0' to 1.6', or 1.6' to infinity, depending on shooting conditions. The setting can reduce the overall auto focusing time.

Lens Hood: The lens kit includes the ET-73 lens hood to keep unwanted light out of the lens, and protects the front of the lens. The hood can be reverse-mounted on the lens for storage. When installed, the hood adds approximately 3" to the overall length and 9/16" to the overall diameter of the lens.

Optional Tripod Mount: The optional tripod mount (Tripod Mount Ring D) allows you to quickly switch the camera between landscape and portrait positions while it is mounted on a tripod.

Optional Filters: The EF 100mm lens has a 67mm mounting thread on the front of lens for attaching screw-on type filters.


  • Focal Length/Aperture: 100mm f/2.8
  • Lens Construction: 15 elements in 12 groups
  • Minimum Aperture: f/32
  • Maximum Magnification: 1x
  • Field of View: 0.9" x 1.4" (at 12")
  • Angle of View:
    • Diagonal: 24°
    • Vertical: 14°
    • Horizontal: 20°
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 12" (0.3m)
  • Supplied Accessories:
    • Lens Hood: ET-73
    • Lens Cap: E-67U
    • Case: LP1219
  • Dimensions:
    • Diameter: 3.065"
    • Length: 5.08" (5.69" with caps)
    • Weight: 22.0 ounces

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Sharp as a tack!

Written By Starphotog, Alabama on Friday, March 27, 2015

This is a very nice lens for both macro work as well as portraits! It is sharp and coveys bright and rich colors! IQ is very, very good. As is the case with most macro lens' it is either in focus or not. Choose your focus point and that point will be sharp! Fast focusing, excellent bokeh! Well built and light as well.

Pros: Sharp, light weight, excellent bokeh, well built, fast focusing!

Cons: Not too fond of the lens hood.

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens

Written By Anonymous, Las Vegas, NV on Sunday, February 22, 2015

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This lens is fantastic. I admit I'm a macro noob, but I'm definitely happy with this purchase. The images have been super sharp. I'm currently working on a "100 Days of Macro" project to really dive into this thing head first. I'm constantly looking for new things to capture and it's been fun and challenging so far.

Pros: Tack sharp Image Stabilization Also works great as a portrait lens

Cons: Doesn't come with the tripod mount collar

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens

Written By Superposed1963, Wyoming on Thursday, July 31, 2014

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The build quality of Canon "L" lenses is amazing. Some reviewers have criticized Canon for going from metal lens barrels to plastic. While the term "plastic" sounds cheap, Canon's lens barrel is anything but. The plastic is textured, giving it a classy and substantive look. From my reading and research, this ain't Tupperware Plastic . . . the plastic contains polymers and is certified aircraft grade for strength. The focus ring is the perfect size and has just the right amount of drag to feel just right. The auto-focus is very fast and accurate on both my 70D and 6D. The 2.8 aperture allows me to shoot macro in low light . . . and the images shot "wide open" at 2.8 are excellent. This lens is not one-dimensional, it shoots very sharp portraits with great bokeh, and has some use for other general photography as well (although, be prepared for a very shallow focal plane . . . for which you may have to use manual focus).

I went back and forth between this "L" 100mm lens and Canon's non-L 100mm macro lens. I decided to get the "L" lens because of the IS, hoping that I could take spontaneous hand-held macro shots. I am pleased to report that Cannon's IS works great, and it is possible to shoot hand-held if you have a steady hand. But keep your tripod close by since tripod shots are preferable to hand-held..

This is my 4th "L" lens, and it's probably the sharpest lens in my camera bag. Canon nailed it with this one!

Pros: - Great build quality - Incredible sharpness - Image Stabilzation - The 100mm allows you to be farther away from the subject (animals & bugs don't scare so easily) - AF works up until you are about 8 inches from the subject, without a lens hood - Great for taking quality pics of your coin or stamp collection to sell on E-Bay! - Versatility - Not just for macro

Cons: Pricey for a limited purpose lens . . . so you have to be really dedicated to macro. But, as with most things in life, you get what you pay for. That is especially true with quality optics.

Love the lens!

Written By Jeannette W, Orange, VA on Friday, May 30, 2014

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I'm just crazy for this lens. I debated quite some time and did tons of research before I got it because it struck me as quite an indulgence (I'm an amateur so I don't really need it), but I'm so glad I went ahead and bought it. The photos are so rich and clear. It's simply exquisite for tight shots on flowers, especially small wild flowers for which a regular lens really doesn't get close enough.

Pros: Lovely lens for close ups of anything. Also great for portraits.

Cons: None.

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens

Written By Anonymous, Roanoke, VA on Thursday, February 07, 2013

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Great product!

Excellent Macro

Written By Bernie B, Thousand Oaks, California on Friday, December 28, 2012

Great macro and portrait lens. Like the f2.8 plus image stabalization. I would recommend this lens for canon SLR owners that are serious about macro photography and want a premium lens.

Pros: High quality, fast, well built and carys the Canon L series name

Cons: A little pricy but was able to afford by using some of my Crutchfield Awards & e-certificate

Must have L!!

Written By Anonymous, Guam on Sunday, November 04, 2012

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This lens is super sharp and quick to focus. For macro the AF is pretty good but I use manual for Macro. The details are remarkable, and coupled with extension tubes, the details of Macro are endless. For portraits this lens shine. Buy this lens you won't regret.

Pros: Sharp Quick

Cons: Should have came with a tripod collar

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