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Canon EF 100mm lens

The Canon EF 100mm lens are used for Canon DSLR cameras. There are four different types of EF 100mm lens for Canon. Certain lens are best for macro photos, whereas other lens are good for taking pictures of subjects from a distance.

EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens

The Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens

The EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens is a prime lens made by Canon Inc. It is of the EF lens mount that fits the EOS camera system. There are three versions, the original, a second that adds a USM autofocus motor, and a recently released L series version that incorporates Image Stabilization (IS).

It is a macro lens, meaning that it is capable of reproducing an object the size of the image sensor, known as 1:1 magnification. Despite the macro designation, the lens can focus to infinity like regular lenses. As such, it is appropriate for use as a portrait lens.

This lens can be used with an extension tube, which increases the maximum magnification to 1.19x (EF 12 II) or 1.39x (EF 25 II). In these cases, focusing at infinity is sacrificed, with maximum distance reduced to 1002mm (3.3 ft) and 606mm (2.0 ft) respectively.[1]

EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens

The EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens is the second macro lens in the Canon L series. It incorporates IS, improved build quality, weather sealing, and a new lens configuration resulting in improved MTF plots. This is the first lens on the market to incorporate Canon's new Hybrid Image Stabilization Technology. Hybrid IS effectively compensates for both angular and shift camera shake during close-up shooting.

This lens requires the Macro Lite Adapter 67 to be used with the MR-14EX and MT-24EX macro flashes.[2][3]

EF 100mm f/2.0 USM lens

100mm f/2.0 USM, open

The EF 100mm f/2.0 USM lens is a compact medium telephoto lens with a large aperture. Its physical and optical characteristics are similar to the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 lens.

Since this lens is not a macro lens, it is lighter and smaller than the macro lenses. It is also a stop faster. Therefore it can act as an excellent general-purpose lens. It can be used for candids, street photography, and other situations where a somewhat narrower field of view compared to the standard 50mm lens is useful. Its fast maximum aperture lends itself to low-light photography like standard lenses, with excellent performance wide open, as seen in some of the gallery images below.

The addition of EF Extension Tubes allows close-up and partial macro-like photography using this lens.


Attribute f/2.8 Macro f/2.8 Macro USM f/2.8L Macro IS USM f/2.0 USM
Key features
Full-frame compatible Yes
Image stabilizer No Yes No
Ultrasonic Motor No Yes
L-series No Yes No
Diffractive Optics No
Macro Yes No
Technical data
Aperture (max-min) f/2.8-f/32 f/2.0-f/22
Construction 9 groups / 10 elements 8 groups / 12 elements 12 groups / 15 elements 6 groups / 8 elements
# of diaphragm blades 8 9 8
Closest focusing distance 12" / 310mm 11.88" / 302mm 35.43" / 900mm
Max. magnification 1:1 0.14x
Diagonal viewing angle 24° 23.4° 24°
Physical data
Weight 1.43 lbs / 650g 1.32 lbs / 600g 1.38 lbs / 625g 1.01 lbs / 460g
Maximum diameter 2.95" / 75mm 3.1in / 79mm 2.95" / 75mm
Length 4.15in / 105.5mm 4.7in / 119mm 4.8in / 122mm 2.89in / 73.5mm
Filter diameter 52mm 58mm 67mm 58mm
Lens hood ET-67 ET-73 ET-65 III
Case LP816 LP1219
Retail information
Release date 1990 2000 2009 1991
Currently in production?  No  Yes
MSRP $ 72,200 yen $599.99 $1049.00 $479.99


  1. ^ Canon Extension Tube EF12 II / EF25 II Instructions
  2. ^ Macro Lite Adapter 67 at the Canon Direct store
  3. ^ Canon EF100mm f/2.8L MACRO IS USM Instruction manual (The instruction manual says "Macro Lite Adapter 67" but the product is sometimes sold by other vendors as "67C".)

External links

  • )Flash requiredCanon's Official EOS Page (
  • Canon Camera Museum - EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
  • Canon Camera Museum - EF 100mm f/2.8 L Macro IS USM
  • Camera Museum - EF 100mm f/2.0 USM
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