Canon EF 100mm lens

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

EF 100 mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens[edit]

The Canon EF 100 mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens

The EF 100 mm 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 1.19× (EF 12 II) or 1.39× (EF 25 II). In these cases, focusing at infinity is sacrificed, with maximum distance reduced to 1002 mm (3.3 ft) and 606 mm (2.0 ft) respectively.[1]

EF 100 mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens[edit]

The EF 100 mm 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 100 mm f/2.0 USM lens[edit]

100 mm f/2.0 USM, open

The EF 100 mm 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 85 mm 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 50 mm lens is useful. Its fast maximum aperture lends itself to low-light photography like standard lenses, with excellent performance wide open.

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
Image Canon 100mm Macro Lens non-USM.jpg Canon EF 100mm f2.8 Macro USM.jpg Canon EF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM front angled.jpg Canon EF 100mm f2 USM 3814.jpg
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" / 310 mm 11.88" / 302 mm 35.43" / 900 mm
Max. magnification 1:1 0.14×
Diagonal viewing angle 24° 23.4° 24°
Physical data
Weight 1.43 lbs / 650 g 1.32 lbs / 600 g 1.38 lbs / 625 g 1.01 lbs / 460 g
Maximum diameter 2.95" / 75 mm 3.1" / 79 mm 2.95" / 75 mm
Length 4.15" / 105.5 mm 4.7" / 119 mm 4.8" / 122 mm 2.89" / 73.5 mm
Filter diameter 52 mm 58 mm 67 mm 58 mm
Lens hood ET-67 ET-73 ET-65 III
Case LP816 LP1219
Retail information
Release date 1990 2000 2009 1991
Currently in production? No No No Yes No No[4]
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".)
  4. ^ Rumors, Canon (2021-04-12). "Canon discontinues the EF 100mm f/2 USM and EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM". Canon Rumors - Your best source for Canon rumors, leaks and gossip. Retrieved 2021-04-12.

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