Macro photography is one of my favorite pursuits and there is nothing better than crawling around on my hands and knees in the dirt looking for insects and mini beasts to take pictures of, I find it takes me back to my childhood. Hmmm…. It seems I am a big kid at heart and have never properly grown up – little does my wife know.
With an interest in insect and mini beast photography I naturally bought the Canon EF100mm f2.8 USM macro lens since this gave me the working distance to get close enough to the mini beasts without spooking them and was also cheap and allowed me to eliminate camera shake (which would have not been the case if I bought the Canon 180mm f3.5L macro lens).
When I bought my macro lens the Canon 100mm f2.8L IS USM macro lens was not around and wasn’t an option. Well, since this lens has now been around for a few years, and I am thinking I fancy treating myself to some new photography equipment I am wondering if it is worth me upgrading to the Canon EF100mm f2.8L IS USM macro lens.
I have read the reviews, and I know that it is super sharp. I know that being an L grade lens it is tough, durable, weather sealed and has superior optics. I also know that owners rave about this lens and many consider it the sharpest lens they own. There’s no doubt about it, this is one awesome lens.
The thing is, the 100mm f2.8 lens is also a fantastic lens. I find the images I can capture with this lens awesome. The images are tack sharp from the centre of the frame to the edges, the colours are bright and vivid without being overly saturated, and there is no distortion. Yep, the 100mm f2.8 is a fantastic lens.
I know the 100mm f2.8L is meant to be a bit sharper, I’d expect it to be as it is an L grade lens after all, and the image stabilisation would be useful for taking photos of insects but is it worth me trading in my 100mm f2.8 macro lens for one? I have had a trade in quote for my 100mm macro and it is peanuts. Okay, I appreciate that the lens is a few years old but it is in exceptional condition. Yep, I was offered pocket change for my macro lens so even if I traded it in I would still have to shell out a few hundred bucks to get my hands on the Canon 100mm f2.8L IS macro lens.
I am tempted to go and buy the 100mm f2.8L IS USM macro lens however I am also wondering whether to keep my current macro lens and save some cash. After all, I am very happy with my current macro lens and the photos it produces.
Let’s open it up here – what would you do?
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