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Old Apr 27, 2011, 10:15 AM   #1
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Default ef 100mm f2.8 USM Macro (non-is) question

I'd appreciate some feedback on this: thinking about picking up 100mm f2.8 USM from a fellow. The lens is mint, 2 years old and he's asking $425. Seems like a good price. I'm just getting interested in doing some macro photography and this seems like it might be a good starter lens. Opinions on this lens? My biggest hesitation is the lack of IS and how much I might miss that feature.
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Old Apr 27, 2011, 3:16 PM   #2
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The "EF 100 F/2.8L macro" is a great lens.
If you are looking at doing real 1:1 or bigger macro work that is done from a very stable tripod. IS is superfluous and can even cause issues.

I believe this lens achieves 1:1 at 12 inches (from the sensor, not the front element of the lens!).
I picked the Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro for my macro lens because it gives a few extra inches (15") from the subject, and I was working with rattlesnakes when I bought it

New that lens is about 600$ at B&H
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...USM_Macro.html
So 425$ may be ballpark for a used version.

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I'd appreciate some feedback on this: thinking about picking up 100mm f2.8 USM from a fellow. The lens is mint, 2 years old and he's asking $425. Seems like a good price. I'm just getting interested in doing some macro photography and this seems like it might be a good starter lens. Opinions on this lens? My biggest hesitation is the lack of IS and how much I might miss that feature.
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Old Apr 27, 2011, 7:43 PM   #3
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I have it and it is a nice lens. It gets really nice macro at about 12 inches for 1:1. You can even add a canon 500D close up lens to achieve almost 2:1 macro with it, with about 6 inches of working space at 2:1. But to shoot pas 1:2 you will need a tripod. So IS is not a big deal. It also makes a nice portrait lens.
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I have it and it is a nice lens. It gets really nice macro at about 12 inches for 1:1. You can even add a canon 500D close up lens to achieve almost 2:1 macro with it, with about 6 inches of working space at 2:1. But to shoot pas 1:2 you will need a tripod. So IS is not a big deal. It also makes a nice portrait lens.
I'm far from an expert , But i have borrowed this lens from a friend and really like it!!
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It is a very nice lens, prior to the ef 100 2.8L release it was most likely the best in the 90-105mm range for macro.
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... My biggest hesitation is the lack of IS and how much I might miss that feature.
Most macro are shot with flash (because of poor lighting + need lot of contrast) so a flash will make IS a non-issue!

Plus this is getting obscene...
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._8_EX_APO.html
I paid 1/2 of this for the non-OS version a while back - IMO this 150mm and their 70mm are the best macro lens around but not for this price!!!
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Thank you all for the feedback. The really great thing is that I did a quick query on Craigslist to see if there were any others and a new one came up that had been listed about 5 minutes and they were asking $300 for it. I called them, they were closing down their photography studio, so I met them, the lens was great, so I bought it. I've attached my first effort, hand held, just out in the backyard. I know I will be able to do much better with a tripod, but I wanted to give it a quick go.

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