Macro lenses - how good is the 100L?

Started May 12, 2013 | Discussions thread
paparios Regular Member • Posts: 482
Re: Macro lenses - how good is the 100L?

Airbus5466 wrote:


Reading some magazine reviews about macros, it seems like the Sigma 105 and the Tamron 90 is considered to be the best in group. The Canon 100L while not bad seems to be less sharp and the Nikon 105 VR is far behind the others. On the plus side for Canon is build and weather sealing... The Sigma and Tamron clear test winners. The standard non L 100 macro is considered to be sharper by the way...

What do you make of this? I love my Sigma 35 mm 1.4 art, is it time to consider a Sigma instead of the 100L? Anyone with experience from all of these lenses?


All macro lenses have excellent optics and will give you good results. What the Canon 100L has, as a difference to the other macros, is an excellent IS system, which increases the flexibility of use of the lens. So besides a macro, you have an excellent prime and an excellent stabilized lens for video. The example below shows the IS capability of the lens. Normally you would use 1/160 sec for this shot, while the lens allowed me to use 1/15 sec (given the poor available light).


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