Pre-IFA 2009:Hot on the heels of Canon's announcement of its Hybrid IS technology comes the first lens to sport this feature, and to no great surprise it's a 100mm F2.8 macro. The Hybrid IS system provides up to 2 stops stabilisation at 1.0x magnification, and up to 4 stops at longer shooting distances. Canon's third EF 100mm F2.8 macro lens is also the first to gain the flagship 'L' designation, and comes with such goodies as ultra-low dispersion glass elements, a nine blade circular aperture and weathersealing. The Canon EF 100mm F2.8L IS USM macro will supplement, rather than replace the existing 100mm F2.8 USM macro..

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Canon announces the arrival of the
first EF lens to feature Hybrid IS

London, UK, 1st September 2009: Canon today announces the launch of the high performance EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, the latest addition to its prestigious L-series, Canon’s flagship professional lens range. The EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM incorporates image stabilisation in a macro lens for the first time in the EOS lens range. This enables photographers to capture stunning close-up shots without the need for a tripod.

The high quality, medium telephoto macro lens, has been developed for photographers who demand the highest level of optical quality.  The new Hybrid IS system features up to 4-stop correction, compensating for the effects of camera shake, during normal shooting. Low friction ceramic balls support the moving elements, which allows for the amazingly smooth movement – needed when compensating for camera shake during macro shooting.  Hybrid IS corrects shift movement – problematic when shooting up close -as well as angular movement providing photographers with the benefit of up to 2 stops at 1.0x magnification.

The EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM features ultra low dispersion (UD) lenses that correct colour aberration for high resolution, high contrast images while the addition of Super Spectra coatings effectively reduce ghosting and flare for superior quality images. A nine blade circular aperture makes subjects stand out amid beautiful background blur and a silent, high-speed ring type USM Autofocus motor quickly achieves focus. The lens also includes a three position focus limiter to tailor the focus system range to the desired subject.    

As part of the L-series the lens features dust and water resistant seals.  Sitting ahead of the
EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro, within the range, the EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM supports a full range of accessories including: Tripod Mount D, Macro Lite adaptor 67, Lens Hood ET-73 and EF12 II and EF25 II extension tubes. The tripod mount attaches to the lens without the need for an adaptor enabling quick portrait or landscape switching without having to reframe the camera. Speedlites MR-14EX and MT-24EX can be attached using the MacroLite adaptor. 

EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM specifications

Price • US: $1049
• EU: €949
Focal length 100mm
Diagonal Angle of view (APS-C) 19.8º
Minimum aperture F32
Lens Construction

15 elements/12 groups

Minimum focus 0.3m
Maximum magnification


Number of diaphragm blades 9
Image stabilisation


Filter thread 67mm
Supplied accessories

• Front and rear caps
• Lens Hood ET-73

Weight 625 g
Dimensions 77.7 mm diameter x 123 mm length

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