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Customer Reviews for EF 100mm f/2 USM

EF 100mm f/2 USM

Compact telephoto lens with large maximum aperture Rear focusing design, and light weight Sharp, crisp pictures are obtained at all apertures Fast USM motor for fast and quiet AF
Average Customer Rating:
4.875 out of 5
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8 out of 8(100%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for EF 100mm f/2 USM
Review 1 for EF 100mm f/2 USM
Nickname: photoblogger
Location: Wiltshire, UK
Used this product for: 1 to 3 months
Expertise Level: Advanced Amateur
Mostly used for: Portraits
Canon Customer: 1 to 5 years
Product replacement: No

One of the great lenses

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5 out of 5
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Price/Value
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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Satisfaction
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Date:January 16, 2014
Pros: Fast auto-focus, Superior build quality, Super-sharp images, wide aperture
Cons: no red ring
This lens is very well built, it may not be fully sealed but in my opinion that's the only thing stopping this having a red ring. The lens does not move either the front or rear element for focussing which means it is naturally reluctant to attract moisture or dust internally.
The proper ring-USM focuses nearly immediately, it's frighteningly sharp even wide open, the Boke and low light ability is lovely thanks to its wide aperture.
What would I change?
IS is obvious by its absence, but that would bump up the price and frankly is unnecessary given its wide aperture.
I would probably change the aperture blades by adding one as this currently has an even number and that means half as many spikes on sunstars when stopped down... that's it.
As anyone can see I'm scraping the bottom of the barrel to find anything wrong with this lens.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
Review 2 for EF 100mm f/2 USM
Nickname: Lurcus
Location: New York, NY
Used this product for: more than 1 year
Expertise Level: Professional or Expert
Mostly used for: Business
Canon Customer: 11 to 20 years
Product replacement: No

Surprising lens!

Overall Rating
4 out of 5
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Features
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5 out of 5
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Date:May 20, 2013
Pros: image quality
Cons: lacks is
Despite its age, that's still an amazing lens.
Unfortunately, it lacks the stabilizer and the AF is not up to the best Canon lenses, but other than that, this lens is just great. Distortion is negligible, vignetting is very well controlled and sharpness is very good throughout the whole frame even at f/2. Bokeh is nice even stopping down. Build quality is good and the quite large MF ring is very helpful if you use the lens with a follow focus. In my opinion, the only reason to spend more money for the 135/2 is the addictional focal lenght and the "L" built quality. Other than that, you won't miss anything with the 100/2. I really hope for a new IS version with the same optical quality...
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
Review 3 for EF 100mm f/2 USM
Nickname: Mark
Location: Texas
Used this product for: more than 1 year
Expertise Level: Advanced Amateur
Mostly used for: Portraits
Canon Customer: 1 to 5 years
Product replacement: No

I love this lens

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5 out of 5
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Price/Value
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5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Date:December 20, 2012
Pros: Fast auto-focus, Superior build quality, Super-sharp images, low light
I love this lens, I use it on a Canon 5D Mark II for very low light theater photography and I get some really stunning photographs. Even in situations when there is almost no light I am able to obtain really good results.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Review 4 for EF 100mm f/2 USM
Nickname: JerseyPix
Location: Southern New Jersey
Used this product for: 3 to 6 months
Expertise Level: Advanced Amateur
Mostly used for: Portraits
Canon Customer: 1 to 5 years
Product replacement: No

Excellent mid-range prime

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5 out of 5
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Price/Value
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5 out of 5
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Date:June 10, 2012
Pros: Fast auto-focus, Superior build quality, Super-sharp images
This is an amazing and affordable mid-range prime lens. Often over shadowed by the 85 f1.8, the 100 provides a little more reach for those of us that don't like to be too close.
The bokeh is smooth, the images sharp. The focus is acceptable, however, does hunt in low lighting, despite the f2.
I have "L" lenses, and I can honestly say, this is one of Canon's non "L" that feels, shots and performs like it deserves the red strip. Excellent lens.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
Review 5 for EF 100mm f/2 USM
Nickname: Gblader
Used this product for: 1 to 3 months
Expertise Level: Advanced Amateur
Mostly used for: Portraits
Canon Customer: 6 to 10 years
Product replacement: Yes

Great portrait

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Price/Value
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5 out of 5
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Date:October 4, 2011
Pros: Fast auto-focus, Super-sharp images
Cons: loud autofocus
Yes- its better than the 85. Buuuuut both are loooouuudddd when autofocusing... I wish they would come out with a mii with a silent autofocus. It sounds like someone is chattering their teeth... Other than that, great little lens for portraits and candids- long but small so people dont know ur taking a photo of them... Get it!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Review 6 for EF 100mm f/2 USM
Nickname: EOS4me
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Used this product for: more than 1 year
Expertise Level: Professional or Expert
Product replacement: No

One prime and shoot heads, look here...

Overall Rating
5 out of 5
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Date:August 7, 2009
Pros: Super-sharp images, Superior build quality, Fast auto-focus, resonably priced, quiet af
If you can only buy one prime and shoot a lot of heads the EF 100 2L USM is the one to buy! Oh sure the EF 135 2L USM may be a bit sharper on film or high-end FF EOS 1Ds XX body and it is a lot more sexy than the more pedestrian EF 100 2 USM. But what the EF 2 USM lacks in sexy it gives back in real world image quality, much lighter weight and saves you enough money to buy another good prime. This is another workhorse lens that splits the range between the EF 85 1.8USM and EF 135 2L USM and because of it is less narrowly defined in what you can do with it.
Depending on your EOS sensor format it can be used for a lot of different subjects and can produce very fine images if you do your part. A bit more money for some reason than the shorter faster EF 85 1.8USM but has the extra reach you may need or want on a smaller format chip EOS body. Similar build to the EF 85 1.8USM which is to say solid feeling with fast and quiet focusing. Another excellent image and value lens IMO.
57 of 62 people found this review helpful.
Review 7 for EF 100mm f/2 USM
Nickname: NnySacci
Location: Chattanooga, TN
Used this product for: 3 to 6 months
Expertise Level: Advanced Amateur
Product replacement: Yes

Great Portrait Lens!

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5 out of 5
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Price/Value
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5 out of 5
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Date:February 14, 2009
Pros: Super-sharp images, Fast auto-focus
Cons: no image stabilizer
I recieved this lens for Christmas, hoping for a great portrait lens. And I got just that! This lens is amazing for portraits! The Bokeh is soo buttery! The colour and contrast are right on, and the sharpness is like a razor! Great great lens! The only con is, I wish it had image stabilizer. You either need UBER steady hands, or a tripod. This lens is not ment to go out to a party and get candid shots. But if you're serious about getting a better feel for portrait photography, this is a great starting point! You will not be dissapointed!
38 of 39 people found this review helpful.
Review 8 for EF 100mm f/2 USM
Nickname: tc.boxer
Location: Williamsport, Pa
Used this product for: more than 1 year
Expertise Level: Advanced Amateur
Product replacement: No

An exceptional lens,

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Satisfaction
5 out of 5
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Date:November 7, 2008
Pros: Super-sharp images, Fast auto-focus, great color and contrast, not too large
Cons: not built like a "l" lens
This really is a fine lens. It's quality is outstanding. Even at f/2 the main subject is sharp and contrasty. The usm drive is quiet and fast. It produces photos, in my opinion, nearly as good as the 135mm f/2, at 40% of the price. I can say that because I've owned both lens. Where it doeslag, as with the 85mm f/1.8, is build quality. It may preform like a L lens, but it isn't built like one.
Today, with most of using digitals with ap-s size sensors,the small 85mm is often the preffed choice. But the 100mm, although never as popular, is a great lens. Perhaps one of the best portrait lens you can own.
69 of 74 people found this review helpful.
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