Canon 100mm f/2.8 L Macro Lens Impressions



What’s in my camera bag? I get asked that question far too often and wonder is there a double entendre I’m failing to detect? I hope not.

This lens in in my bag:

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens is simply a marvel.   This lens billed as a macro lens which I have long wanted to add to my lens collection. During the past months of owning this lens, I have discovered it is a very versatile lens.  It is a Canon ‘L’ series lens which means it is top of the range with a price tag to match.  However, there are some lenses that you just have to buck up and look for a rebate before buying.  The Canon EF 100mm f2.8L lens is one of them.

Purple Tulip

The lens along with the Canon 40mm f2.8 lens, is quickly becoming my go-to lens. I am consistently pleased with the results of this lens.

Bleeding Heart

World class photographer and all around nice guy Chase Jarvis includes this lens in his top five lenses for a Canon dSLR.

Sunlit Tulips

Why should this be part of your lens kit? It is a great all around lens that you can use for macro photography and portraits. If you are working with a APS-C camera (like me) while saving your pennies for a Canon Mark 5D3, this lens will move the eventual upgrade and it will perform magnificently.


DP Review highly recommends this lens in its review from October 2009.  Honestly, I should have bought this lens when it first came into production.


The Technicals: This lens is the first to feature a hybrid image stabilization technology.  According to the Canon website this technology  “effectively compensates for both angular and shift camera shake during close-up shooting. The lens was developed to expand users’ photographing range and allow a wider range of users to easily enjoy macro photography.”


Don’t leave home without this lens. Also, when you do purchase this lens don’t forget to register it with Lenstag.

Cinnamon Fern

The bokeh created with this lens is absolutely delicious. You may consider the non-L version of this lens and your wallet will thank you. Kai from Digital Rev posted a comparison video between the L and Non-L Canon 100mm f2.8 lens.  I am happy with my choice of the ‘L’ version and love the results I get with this lens.

Getting Ready to Shine

So, what’s in your camera bag? And I mean that in a most non-pervy way. What is your favorite go-to lens?

Share your thoughts in the comment section.


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  • I had the non-L version. Wasn’t all that impressed. Sold it.

  • Tania,

    Any reason why you’re using so much Latin? I’m actually curious.

    • Tania

      The posts are for testing the functionality of the blog using Latin text placers. I’m in the process of moving in, yet there as still a few bugs to work out before going live.

      Thanks for stopping by the blog 🙂

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