Canon 100mm f/2.8 ‘L’ Macro IS USM lens review with samples (Full-frame and APS-C)

Here is Canon’s most modern, and potentially highest quality, macro lens. Its image stabilization, fast aperture, and versatile focal length, make it quite a handy piece of kit for all kinds of photography…does the image quality stand up to scrutiny?

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Achilleas Labrou says:

At 2:50 the boiling of The Canon 100mm macro lens.

Hoang Mai says:

holy shit! I haved boiled till I see the end…feeling broken

Joaquim Gonsalves says:

I’m new to the world of macro, but it appears as though these lenses have better overall image quality across the image. Even into the corners! Better than the usual primes. or maybe I just haven’t experienced enough of them.

David O'Brien says:

Why do you talk that way…Mattias Burling. Keep it real Chris.

Flag Ranger says:

I mean about the boiling water not your engagement.

Aldrin Detablan says:

hope you make a comparison of this and the new tamron 90 mm macro sp.. cheers and God bless!

Undercover Legacy says:

I have a question for ya. Could you safely dip the very tip of this lens through salt water to break the reflection if need be in a tidal pool to capture some close to the surface sea critter? if not what cheap choices are out there to enable that little bit of lee-way?
And also I am guessing your test lens did not survive the boiling lol.

Jacques Forsyth says:

wtf you put a sub £750 lens in bouling water… MAD! :O

Joshua Young says:

You got me with the boiling water! Good one sir!

FreeSoftware says:

02:53 *Sinner* !!

Crypto Maniac says:

Canon 100mm f/2.8 usm macro or the Tamron AF 90mm f/2.8 Di-II 1:1 Macro? I use canon 5d and wanna shoot flowers and insects- butterflies etc, which one would u pick?

Jim Barry says:

Nice work. Well spoken.


I boil all my lenses.

Navin Raj says:

Hi Chris,

Could you please help me out which lens I can pick for Canon 6D.
I have Canon 18-55mm and 55-250mm lens in my hand, I am just normal user I love to take photos with blurred background of long shots and I am going to pick one more lens for my 6D so which one I can go for it?
1) Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
2) Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
A) Which is better in from your experience?
B) Also please give which one is better based on my requirement
“Quick Focusing”, “Blurred Background Image on long shot”, “Better Low light performance”
Thanks in advance.

Susan Brown says:

I just bought this yesterday and had a little evening light to take it outside and try it. My last macro was a 60mm so this is a definite upgrade, but I have some learning to do to use it to it’s fullest. Very nice video you have posted!!

sunny kiri says:

Canon 100mm F2.8 vs canon 135mm f2 which one do you prefer for portrait?

emo says:

Chris, thank you for the review! I’m going to buy, either this lens or the EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM; which one in your opinion, is the better option?

Gerhardt RENE Photographe says:

Thanks for your videos ! Regarding the AF speed, some people reported the AF was much faster with 0.5 to infinity delimiter set. Did you notice it ?

David Nguyen says:

How does this lens compare to other portrait lens?

Az Photo Video says:

+Christopher Frost Photography Does your lens make a motor sound when the IS engages? Is that normal?! Thanks.

92JMFL says:

Hi Chris, what lens did you use to film the close up shots of the 100mm? Thanks

Franco says:

First off all I love your reviews, they are great! Second I have a question: Will you make a review for the new Tamron 90mm macro f017? I think it’s an interesting competitor to the Canon 100mm and you are the only one I trust with these tests because your tests are reproducible 🙂

magic tata says:

Thanks i have it know

Uanderson Brittes says:

hi, Chris, IS apart, will you consider this lens better than the non is version? specially in sharpeness and contrast.

Richard Ajayi says:

Chris – Can Canon adjust this lens to work on an crop sensor to produce the same quality of images as it does on a full frame?

Dr. Ebrahem Habibeh says:

Thanks for the review. I take most of my portraits shots at around 100mm… So do you recommend this one or the 70-200 f4 IS? Most of my shots are portraits and some close up photos like flowers. Thanks again…

trung chitrung says:

sir, does it still work after the boiling water ?

ISO 100 says:

Can I use this lens also as a long prime for landscape shots, out of the car, for example?

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