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

Macro lens with image stabilization for Canon EOS SLR cameras

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



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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.


  • 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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22 ounces
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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

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

Written By Anonymous, Roanoke, VA on Thursday, February 07, 2013
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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.
High quality, fast, well built and carys the Canon L series name
A little pricy but was able to afford by using some of my Crutchfield Awards & e-certificate
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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.
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Should have came with a tripod collar
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