Canon 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM Macro lens review with samples (APS-C)


I finally finished my review of the Canon 100mm f/2.8 ‘L’ IS USM Macro lens, this was a long project but I give you my honest opinion.
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Андрій Драган says:


James Tebbs says:

fucking bang on mate, been searching so long for a review like this about that lens that sets it in stone for me to buy it. Cant wait to get it bought and start snapping away!!

Ray Taylor says:

Just ordered one today, for my 80d, that’s how I came across your video

Liesl Huddleston says:

Great review! I love this lens, pretty much the only lens I use. Just to let you know, I photographed in the rain for 3 hours with it on my 5D Mkiii and it did fine. It was light rain, but I’ll never do it again, haha (bought a rain cover for my camera and lens now) but my camera and this lens are weather sealed. I believe if you use the 5D Mkiii with a battery grip in the rain you’re in real big trouble as water can get in. I love this lens for portraits too, I’ve taken some really beautiful portraits at f/2.8, the bokeh is amazing! By the way, I love your mushroom shot!

Jack Taylor says:

I very rarely take my Tokina AT-X M100 F2.8 macro off my Nikon so I am sure you are enjoying your Cannon 100mm as much as I do mine! At times I even put some of my extension tubes on it.

sixshooter4570 says:

Might order this along with the EF-35mm f4 IS USM Lens for my Canon 80D, it’s going for $699.00 right now.

Dan Neukirch says:

Just found your channel. Awesome content! Subbed. Q: do you still use your extension tubes with the 100mm macro lens to get even closer to subjects? I’m just getting into macro photography. Cheers.

MaxCinematics says:

Is this lens also there for Nikon? I know there is not exactly the same but the 100 mm Nikon 2.8f macro lens?

Andrés says:

I’ve been waiting for this review since you published the unboxing two months ago. It’s time to sit down and watch it. Thank you!

Stewart Wood says:

I hope you found this review helpful, sorry it took so long but it was a hard edit.

anders almström says:

Stweart my dear friend… you know i love your vids and this one was really nice and informative. im just not sure my wife will appreciate a stable diet of water n bread for the next 2 months for me to save up for the lense =P
nah but joke aside looks like a really good change from the trusty nifty fifty indeed

ser takis says:

My biggest concern using the non L 100mm macro lens, is that even at an aperture f8 outdoors, you get very little focus in terms of depth of field being at the closest 0.31m. I don’t use flash or led ring to choose smaller apertures yet so my best bet is to place most of my subject on the same plane.

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