The 100mm F2.8L IS USM Macro is the first lens to feature Canon's 'Hybrid IS' system, that aims to improve stabilization at close focus distances by correcting for two types of shake movement (both angular and horizontal/vertical shift). Optically the lens is superb, autofocus is fast, silent and accurate, and it's well-built too (including weathersealing). The new IS system is one of the most effective we've seen, but don't expect a 'magic bullet' for hand-held closeups: for serious work you'll still need a tripod.
|Lens type||Prime lens|
|Focal length||100 mm|
|Image stab.||Yes (4 stop Hybrid IS)|
|Lens mount||Canon EF|
|Min focus||0.30 m (11.81″)|
|Max magnification||1 x|
|Weight||625 g (1.38 lb)|
|Length||123 mm (4.84″)|
There little doubt that, all round, this is one of the very finest lenses we've seen - optically it's superb, and operationally it works very well too, with fast and positive autofocus, and one of the most effective image stabilization systems currently available. Throw in the high build quality, including dust- and splash-proofing, and it all adds up to a very desirable package indeed.
Good for: This lens is superb, and optically, there no serious black marks against it. It offers exceptional image quality and refined handling.
Not so good for: Its Hybrid IS system is great for normal use, but is not terribly effective for close-up macro work.