Macro photography fascinated me. The ability to see super close up details not exactly visible to human eye gave me additional reason why I wanted to learn Macro. So I got my 7th Canon lens. This time, I gotten the EF 100mm F2.8 Macro USM. I was pretty lost for a while on which macro lens to buy. There were simply too many choices from Canon and also offerings from 3rd party lenses to consider. I set out to ask fellow photographers and I received diversed reactions and feedbacks. From what I gathered, I need a good range thus the 100mm. I have also learnt that for any range below 90mm for macro, those are really for shooting stills (product shoot).
* picture: EF 100mm F2.8 Macro USM.
So I was left with just a few choices, Canon’s EF 100mm F2.8 Macro USM, EF 100mm F2.8L IS Macro USM, Tamron 90mm Macro, Tokina & Sigma’s 105mm Macro. The 3rd party lenses has great reviews especially the Sigma & Tamron and the price is much cheaper than Canon’s. But I dropped the idea then solely because I have not really tried a 3rd party lens and so I lack the confidence & courage to buy them. Back to the Canon Camp, I am left with the 2 100mm macro to choose from. The L version offers Image Stabilizer (IS) but costs almost 50% more than the non-L equivalent. (L-Version RRP SGD$1569 & Non L-Version RRP SGD$999). Then intensive research start. I scours the net and read up every available article on these 2 lenses and soon a decision was made. You may probably laugh at why I arrived on my decision, but heck, I am going to share it anyway. I picked the EF 100mm F2.8 Macro USM over the L Version because of the price. I thought it is crazy to pay so much more for the IS and a red ring. And way before the L version was launched, most professionals was (and still using) only using the non L version as the only L version macro lens was the EF 180mm F3.5L Macro USM. So that finalised my decision.
Some User Facts/ Information:
(If you are looking for the specs, please google yourself, it’s all over the internet.)
– Filter 58mm
– Lens Hood ET-67 (Sold Separately).
– Great lens for Infra-red Photography (IR).
– Runs on Ultrasonic Motor (USM).
– Focal Range when used on bodies with smaller APS-C sensors – 160mm.
– EF Mount is designed for use on Canon’s EOS Full Frame & Cropped Bodies (with corresponding increase x1.6 APS-C or x1.3 APS-H)
What I Like:
– Super Sharp Magnified photos & great Bokeh when wide open for portrait shoot.
– Great range of 160mm when used on my 500D & 350D-IR.
– Great portrait lens for my 5D Mark II.
– Reasonably priced.
– Good travelling size & weight.
– Fast & Quiet USM Lens.
– Super magnification.(1:1)
– L-Version like built and construction.
– Distance Scale.
What I Hate:
– Tripod ring B Not Supplied.
– Hood Not Supplied.
*Picture Source Internet.
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