Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM L IS macro (Full Format) - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
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Sample Images

Finally here're some DPP-converted RAW files taken with the EOS 5D II.

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Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 100.0mm
Aperture: f/11.0
Exposure 1/25s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 100.0mm
Aperture: f/11.0
Exposure 1/8s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 100.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/160s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 100.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/60s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 100.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/160s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 100.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/13s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 100.0mm
Aperture: f/16.0
Exposure 0.6s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 100.0mm
Aperture: f/11.0
Exposure 1/5s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 100.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/40s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 100.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/400s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 100.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/640s

Verdict

The Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM L IS macro is a very fine lens and a welcome new option in the market. The resolution is generally very high although the border quality could be a little better at large aperture settings. Typical for macro lenses distortions are a non-issue. Vignetting is only a real problem at f/2.8. The quality of the bokeh (out-of-focus blur) is excellent and among the best that we've see here. Unfortunately there's still some bokeh fringing which may spoil the game a little at f/2.8, less so at f/4. Lateral CAs are well controlled although potentially (just) visible at the borders. Technically the lens is probably really not superior to the conventional 100mm f/2.8 USM macro but it offers a slightly better build quality and obviously the new hybrid IS which is certainly more than a plus for some. The AF performance is about on par and as such vastly better than third party alternatives.

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