10 Photos Taken With Canon's EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro USM Lens

Canon's EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro USM lens is one of the best purchases that I've made.

Rather than attempt my own technical review of the lens (Ken Rockwell published a good one), I'd like to share a few sample photos that demonstrate its real world capabilities. The images below are a blend of natural-light and studio- photography (including macro photographs).


Documentary Photography

A candid shot from the  2019 Mermaid Parade in Coney Island .  Exif Data: 1/250 sec ; f/7.1 ; ISO 100.

A candid shot from the 2019 Mermaid Parade in Coney Island. Exif Data: 1/250 sec ; f/7.1 ; ISO 100.


Street Photography

An old man strolls through  centro  in Castel Del Rio, Italy.  Exif Data: 1/160 sec ; f/4.5 ; ISO 200

An old man strolls through centro in Castel Del Rio, Italy. Exif Data: 1/160 sec ; f/4.5 ; ISO 200


Landscape Photography

A view of the Bavarian Alps through the window of a small aircraft.  Exif Data: 1/640 sec ; f/8.0 ; ISO 100

A view of the Bavarian Alps through the window of a small aircraft. Exif Data: 1/640 sec ; f/8.0 ; ISO 100


Low-Light Photography

Old Chianti bottles in a dark cantina (lit by a north-facing window).  Exif Data: 1/100 sec ; f/2.8 ; ISO 4000

Old Chianti bottles in a dark cantina (lit by a north-facing window). Exif Data: 1/100 sec ; f/2.8 ; ISO 4000


Portrait Photography

A window-light portrait taken in the late afternoon.  Exif Data: 1/160 sec ; f/4.0 ; ISO 200

A window-light portrait taken in the late afternoon. Exif Data: 1/160 sec ; f/4.0 ; ISO 200


Macro Rephotography

This is a 1:1 macro photograph of a 35mm slide on a light table.  Exif Data: 2.0 sec ; f/8.0 ; ISO 200

This is a 1:1 macro photograph of a 35mm slide on a light table. Exif Data: 2.0 sec ; f/8.0 ; ISO 200


Still Life

An Italian wildflower on a wooden picnic table with sunlight overhead.  Exif Data: 1/200 sec ; f/20.0 ; ISO 500

An Italian wildflower on a wooden picnic table with sunlight overhead. Exif Data: 1/200 sec ; f/20.0 ; ISO 500


Macro Photography (Depth of Field)

A 1:1 macro photograph of a pencil with focus on the extreme tip.  Exif Data: 1/6 sec; f/7.1 ; ISO 100

A 1:1 macro photograph of a pencil with focus on the extreme tip. Exif Data: 1/6 sec; f/7.1 ; ISO 100


Macro Photography (Compressed Depth-of-Field)

1:1 macro photo of water droplets collected on a piece of cellophane.  Exif Data: 1/5 sec ; f/7.1 ; ISO 100

1:1 macro photo of water droplets collected on a piece of cellophane. Exif Data: 1/5 sec ; f/7.1 ; ISO 100


Macro Photography (Outdoors)

Overexposed 1:1 macro photograph of grass taken on an overcast day.  Exif Data: 1/125 sec ; f/7.1 ; ISO 320

Overexposed 1:1 macro photograph of grass taken on an overcast day. Exif Data: 1/125 sec ; f/7.1 ; ISO 320


Canon’s EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro USM lens can be had for as little as $699 today (from an authorized reseller). That’s a bargain: I paid $849 for my lens back in 2016 and I have no regrets.

This lightweight 1:1 macro lens has a fast, quiet and accurate motor and excellent optics (plus, a built-in image stabilizer to boot). I’ve used mine in tropical humidity and rain without problems.

This is my favorite lens, regardless of price, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.