EF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM

Canon press release 1 September 2009

Canon has announced the launch of the high performance EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, the latest addition to its prestigious L-series, Canon’s flagship professional lens range.

The EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM incorporates image stabilisation in a macro lens for the first time in the EOS lens range. This enables photographers to capture stunning close-up shots without the need for a tripod.

The high quality, medium telephoto macro lens, has been developed for photographers who demand the highest level of optical quality.  The new Hybrid IS system features up to 4-stop correction, compensating for the effects of camera shake, during normal shooting. Low friction ceramic balls support the moving elements, which allows for the amazingly smooth movement needed when compensating for camera shake during macro shooting.  Hybrid IS corrects shift movement  – problematic when shooting up close – as well as angular movement, providing photographers with the benefit of up to 2 stops correction at 1.0x magnification.

The EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM features ultra low dispersion (UD) elements that correct colour aberration for high resolution, high contrast images, while the addition of Super Spectra coatings effectively reduce ghosting and flare for superior quality images. A nine-blade circular aperture makes subjects stand out amid beautiful background blur and a silent, high-speed ring type USM Autofocus motor quickly achieves focus. The lens also includes a three-position focus limiter to tailor the focus system range to the desired subject.    

As part of the L-series the lens features dust and water resistant seals.  Sitting ahead of the EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro, within the range, the EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM supports a full range of accessories including Tripod Mount D, Macro Lite adaptor 67, Lens Hood ET-73 and EF12 II and EF25 II extension tubes. The tripod mount attaches to the lens without the need for an adaptor enabling quick portrait or landscape switching without having to reframe the camera. Speedlites MR-14EX and MT-24EX can be attached using the MacroLite adaptor.  

Pricing & Availability

The EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM is available from early October 2009 priced at 999.99 / €1199.99 RRP inc. VAT.


Focal length 100mm
Angle-of-view 19.8 (diagonal)
Construction 15 elements/12 groups
Diaphragm blades 9
Minimum aperture f32
Minimum focus 0.3 metre
Maximum magnification
Image stabilisation up to 4-stop correction
Filter 67mm
Weight 625g
Size 77.7mm (diameter) x 123mm (length)


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