"The Canon 100 f2.8L IS lens - Check out below for the pros and cons of this awesome lens"
Canon’s flagship macro lens is the 100 f2.8L IS macro lens, and it is a lens that you really should consider adding to your collection of lenses, if you have not already got one of course.
Prior to the Canon 100 f2.8L IS macro lens I had the original Canon 100mm f2.8 macro lens (which I bought many years ago before the L series IS version was launched) and it was an excellent lens, and I was not only happy with the lens itself but also the photos I managed to get with it. The main reason I upgraded to the 100 f2.8L IS macro lens was because of the image stabilization technology, which I thought would make insect photography a little easier. Had I not had an interest in scrabbling around on my hand and knees in the dirt looking for insects I would have stuck with the Canon 100mm f2.8 macro lens.
Now I have owned and used the Canon 100 f2.8L IS macro lens for a while I thought it was time to share what I consider to be the pros and cons of this flagship macro lens.
Pros of the Canon 100 f2.8L IS Macro lens
1) It’s an L series lens. The Canon 100 f2.8L IS macro lens is an L series lens which means it is made from the best materials and uses superior optics.
2) It’s tough and durable. The Canon 100 f2.8L IS macro lens, like all Canon L series lenses, is tough, durable and exceptionally well made, as well as weather sealed. It may not be as bombproof as the Canon 100 – 400L IS lens, but this lens is one tough cookie and more than capable of taking a lot of abuse. I reckon this lens will provide years of trouble free macro photography, providing I don’t give it too much abuse of course.
3) It’s super sharp. All macro lenses are sharp but I can honestly say the Canon 100 f2.8L IS is the sharpest macro lens I have ever used, and I have tried a fair few in the past. I should point out that it is only marginally sharper than the Canon 100 f2.8 macro lens, but it is still sharper. Use this lens and there is a real risk of cutting your fingers.
4) It has image stabilisation technology. The Canon 100 f2.8L IS lens has image stabilization technology, and it is this feature that was the clincher for me and made me part with my hard earned cash. The image stabilization is meant to be 4 stop, however I have never achieved sharp shots 4 stops slower than without. I can easily get sharp shots 2 stops slower and I have got sharp shots 3 stops slower, but not consistently. The IS technology is great and it is a feature I think is brilliant.
Cons of the Canon 100 f2.8L IS macro lens
1) It’s expensive. The Canon 100 f2.8L IS macro lens is a damn expensive lens and a lot more expensive that other macro lenses. The cost of this lens is the biggest con, and in all honesty it is the only one I can think of.
The Canon 100 f2.8L IS macro lens is an exceptional lens and one that I have no hesitation in recommending, but only if it is more suitable for your needs than the original Canon 100 f2.8 macro lens. The big question you have to ask yourself is “Is the Canon 100mm f2.8L IS macro lens the most suitable lens for you?” You may wish to carry on reading and find out………..
Is the Canon 100mm f2.8L IS macro lens suitable for you?
If you don’t need the image stabilization I would suggest saving yourself some money and buying the Canon 100mm f2.8 macro lens. The L series macro lens is clearly better made than the non L series macro lens (although the non L series macro lens is still a tough and sturdy lens) but the difference in image quality, i.e. where it really matters is negligible.
When I bought the L series macro lens I did some image quality tests (yes, I know it’s sad but I wanted to see the difference for myself) between the two lenses and I found both had almost identical image quality. The L series lens was slightly better (as I had hoped after dropping a lot of money on it) but the difference was very slight and I had to go pixel peeping on the computer to see it. In the real world you wouldn’t even notice the difference in image quality.
If you do need the image stabilization and want the ability to take tack sharp hand held shots the L series macro lens, i.e. the Canon 100mm f2.8 IS lens, is definitely the lens to go for, but only because it’s not possible to get sharp shots at such slow shutter speeds with the non L series lens.
If you will only be using the macro lens on a tripod to take photos of still life subjects the L series macro lens will do the job, but in all honesty why spend the extra money? In this case I would suggest buying the non L series lens and using the money you save to buy some other equipment (a macro ring light perhaps? I can vouch for the Yongnuo macro light)
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If you found the above useful/informative below are some other posts detailing the pros and cons (from my personal experience) of other Canon lenses that may be of interest to you. Please do feel free to take a look.
“PROS AND CONS OF THE CANON 8 – 15 FISHEYE LENS” Since this lens can capture diagonal fisheye photos and full circular fisheye photos it is effectively two fish eye lenses in one, and without a doubt the best fisheye lens on the market for Canon cameras. It really is a cool lens.
“PROS AND CONS OF THE CANON 70 – 200 F4L IS LENS” This is not Canon’s top end flag ship 70 – 200 zoom lens however it is the best value for money and gives the biggest bang for the buck. If you want a 70 – 200 zoom lens and can live without the f2.8 aperture this is the lens for you. A truly excellent lens.
“PROS AND CONS OF THE CANON 16 – 35 F4L IS LENS” This lens is, without a doubt, the best wide angle lens for Canon cameras. It is cheaper than the f2.8 version, it is smaller than the f2.8L version and the image quality is better than the f2.8L version. If you want a wide angle lens for you Canon camera look no further than this.
“PROS AND CONS OF THE CANON 100 – 400L IS LENS” This is an affordable and versatile super zoom lens, and if you want a long reach this lens is right up your street. You may have to spend a few pounds to get one of these but is the best value for money super zoom lens around. Get one of these and I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
“PROS AND CONS OF THE CANON 28 – 300L IS F3.5 – 5.6 LENS” Many photographers give this lens a hard time and I struggle to see why. Okay, it is expensive but you get an L series lens that is bullet proof, has image stabilization, has excellent build quality and has the ability to capture a huge range of different shots. This is the perfect walkabout and travel lens, and one I carry around on my 6d all the time.
“PROS AND CONS OF THE CANON 35MM F2 IS LENS” If you want an affordable 35mm prime lens that is as good as a Canon L series lens (but doesn’t carry the red ring) this is the lens for you. The image quality is great, the build quality is good and the image stabilisation technology is superb. All in all this is a cracking lens and one every photographer should have in their collection.
“PROS AND CONS OF THE CANON 24 – 70 F2.8L LENS” This is, without a doubt, one of the best portrait lenses of all time. This lens has been my workhorse for many years now and I wouldn’t be without it. I love this lens, and I am sure you would too.
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