Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM

The Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens – meet the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens’ twin sibling. Put these two lenses side by side and you will need to read the numbers to tell them apart. That is a good thing. The 100 f/2 shares the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens’ solid build quality.

Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens – meet the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens’ twin sibling. Put these two lenses side by side and you will need to read the numbers to tell them apart. That is a good thing.

The 100 f/2 shares the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens’ solid build quality. This is a noticeable step up from the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens’ construction. Everything feels solid. Very nice.

Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens also shares the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens’ fast and quiet Ring USM (Ultrasonic Motor) focusing. Tracking action sports is a task well-suited for the 100mm f/2 – AI Servo focus accuracy is excellent.

The 100mm focal length combined with the wide aperture makes this a very good portrait lens. Selecting the length of a portrait lens is a combination of functionality and personal preference. 100mm falls in the middle of my 85mm-135mm preference for a portrait lens. Head and tight head/shoulder shots are what I find most comfortable with this lens when mounted on a 1.3x or 1.6x FOVCF body. That said, I would choose the Canon EF 85 f1.8 Lens if I were to have one similar-priced portrait lens on a 1.6x crop DSLR. The 100 f/2 feels a bit tight indoors on these cameras.

Positioned above from left to right in their fully retracted positions are the following lenses:
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens
Canon EF 100mm f/2.0 USM Lens
Canon EF 135mm f/2.0L USM Lens
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Lens 

If you want a prime (non-zoom) lens to use for portraits and do not require a 100mm focal length, I recommend you get the Canon EF 85 f1.8 Lens. Of course, if your budget allows, get the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens or the Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II USM Lens. The Canon EF 135mm f/2.0L USM Lens is excellent too, but it might get a bit long for general indoor portraits on a 1.3x or 1.6x Digital SLR.

If you need a 100mm lens and can get by with a minimum aperture of f/2.8, consider the slightly more expensive Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens or Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens. You get a very sharp lens with an additional capability – 1:1 macro photography. I do prefer the handling of the 100 f/2 over the 100 macro lenses.

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Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens

 

 


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