Canon EF 100mm f/2.0 USM Lens Review

by admin on April 19, 2010

Canon EF 100mm f/2.0 USM Lens

Canon EF 100mm f/2.0 USM Lens

The Canon EF 100mm f/2.0 telephoto lens is a great portrait lens addition to any photographer’s arsenal. On full frame digital SLR bodies, the 100mm focal length is ideal for portraiture. This lens is made for that purpose, and as such, it makes its way into the camera bags of many amateurs and professionals. On a 1.6x field of view crop factor digital SLR body, the 100mm focal length even works well in sports.

Combine this with the fast maximum aperture of the Canon EF 100mm f/2.0, and you have a versatile workhorse lens. As many prime lenses do, the 100mm f/2.0 has great optical quality. Images from this lens are sharp and full of contrast. Moreover, the shutter produces top-notch background blur outs, further enhancing portrait application qualities.

Additionally, autofocus is very fast and accurate with the 100mm f/2.0. Altogether this lens is a good choice for anyone looking to expand their lens collection to include a portrait dedicated lens.

For the reasonably low price of this lens, you will not find very many better performers in the 100mm focal length. Overall, the 100mm f/2.0 is an awesome performer that is recommended by many photographers to those looking to expand their lens collection and photographic versatility. For those who love the quality of prime lenses, owning this lens is a must.

Canon EF 100mm f/2.0 USM Features

  • Fixed Telephoto Lens
  • Focal length: 100mm
  • Maximum aperture of f/2.0
  • Filter Size: 58mm
  • Optics: 8 Elements in 6 Groups
  • Canon Micro UltraSonic Motor (USM) provides fast and accurate focusing.
  • Weight: 460g
  • Canon EF Mount

What Users Like About This Lens

Professionals and amateurs alike are impressed by the image quality of this lens. Background blur outs get extra attention as they really make the Canon 100mm f/2.0 telephoto shine as a portrait lens. Additionally, users have noticed that this lens creates images with exceptional sharpness, and good color and contrast qualities. Vignetting is barely noticeable with the 100mm f/2.0 and image distortion is minimal as well.

Photographers also appreciate the fast maximum aperture of this lens. Despite lacking image stabilization, it is a low light powerhouse that delivers excellent results while shooting indoors or in poor lighting conditions. The 100mm focal length is adapted by many who use 1.6x field of view crop factor digital camera bodies as a sports lens. Some professionals exclaim that this should be a lens everyone has in their camera bag. It is a great performer and an even better value.

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What Users Don’t Like About This Lens

About the only things wrong with the Canon EF 100mm f/2.0 telephoto lens are the build quality and lack of weather sealing. These features are likely left out to save cost. If you don’t work frequently in wet conditions, you won’t miss the weather seals too much. Dust, however, can still creep into the optics of the lens.

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Canon EF 100mm f/2.0 USM Sample Photos

Canon EF 100mm f/2.0 USM Sample Photo

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