Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Review

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Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM


TheCanon 100mm F2 USM is one of two great picture Tele lenses that remain effectively inside of the budgetary range of beginners. There are frequent dialogs in the different Canon web discussions about whether to incline toward this lens or its more mainstream sister – the 85mm 1.8 USM. Announced in October 1991 the 100mm F2 USM is clearly a full-frame lens yet as common we will observe how it performs on a standard APS-C DSLR where the field of perspective is equal to 160mm.

The optical development is made of 8 components in 6 bunches with no extraordinary components (which are not generally regular in this lens class at any rate). The lens highlights eight aperture blades and the channel size is 58mm. For 460g, it is still considered to be a lightweight lens and with a measurement of 75×71.5 mm it is considered to be very compact. The lens hood is accessible as an optional thing. The fabricated quality is great for sure in spite of an external shell made of (strong) plastics. Moreover, the center ring feels really smooth with no critical wobbling.


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Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Specifications

General SpecificationCanon EF 100mm f/2 USM
Focal Length100mm
Camera Mount TypeCanon EF
Format Comitability35mm Film / APS-C
Angle of View24°
Minimum Focus Distance2.95' (89.92 cm)
Actual Weight1.01 lb (460 g)
Aperture Range-Wide/ Long f/2- f/22
Focus Ring Rotation135º
Lens Hood Included?NO/ Optional Hood ET-65 III
Image StabilizationNo image stabilization features for this lens
Case Included?NO / Optional Hard Case LH-B12 or Soft Case LP1014
Year Introduced?October 1991

Technical Specifications


To the extent sharpness is concerned, this lens performs very well. At F2 sharpness in the focal point of the casing is as of now great and the clarity towards the edges is genuinely great. Ceasing the lens down enhances sharpness over the edge, surpassing astounding levels at F8. Indeed, all lenses turn out to be less sharp someplace around and past F16 due to diffraction.

Also, the corner sharpness is great.

Chromatic Aberration:

Chromatic aberrations are non-existent.

Particularly as the lens is ceased down. Even under the least favorable conditions, fringing just surpasses a half-pixel width at F2 towards the edges of the casing. This level of fringing is low and ought not to be obvious, even in extensive prints or harsh products from the edges of the casing.

Shading or ”Vignetting”:

Vignetting is exceptionally all-around controlled with the lens, at any rate on an APS-C DSLR. Completely open vignetting is simply over about 0.5EV, a value that is typically not an issue. In critical scenes, you might stop down a little that instantly brings down the vignetting to scarcely quantifiable levels.


Of course, for a fix-central lens, the level of distortion is completely negligible: 0.05%.

Distortion is very much controlled, and the level of about 0.5% pincushion ought to posture a few issues unless your application is super-basic. The distortion is uniform over the edge, so it ought to be anything but difficult to modify this distortion.

Buy this lens if:

The Canon 100mm F2 USM has been in Canon’s lineup for over 20 years, however, it remains an amazing decision for representation and accessible light photography on the full outline and APS-C DSLRs. Something of an under-commended star in Canon’s lineup, despite its huge maximum gap, the 100mm F2 is exceptionally minimal, and sharp, and elements a ring-sort ultrasonic center engine for quick and calm AF with full-time manual centering.

Those searching for a medium telephoto for representation will discover this lens a decent purchase, because of the magnificent sharpness is fit for delivery, and the sensible sticker price.

You can use it for street photos without individuals acknowledging you are zooming in with a 160 mm proportion. However, it accomplishes more than that: I observed it to be the keenest telephoto lens in the lineup, extraordinary for design and scene shots, road photography, and wherever you need such a 100m.

Don’t Buy this lens if:

On the off chance that you need a prime lens to use for pictures and don’t require a 100mm central length, I suggest you get the Canon 85 F1.8 Lens.

On the off chance that you require a 100mm lens and can get by with a base gap of F2.8, consider the somewhat more costly Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Lens or Canon 100mm F2.8L IS USM Lens. You get a sharp lens with an extra ability: 1:1 full-scale photography. I do lean toward the handling of the 100 F2 over the 100 full-scale lenses.

Also, this present lens’ helplessness to flare is an issue, particularly if shooting in low-light circumstances and with solid light sources only outside of the casing. A lens hood would be the arrangement, yet this is an optional additional.


The Canon 100mm F2 USM is one of the “can’t lose” offers from the Canon lineup. It performed immaculately in every single category. Intriguingly, the figures are hardly better contrasted with its more famous sister lens (the 85mm F1.8 USM).

So if you can’t or do not have any desire to put it into Canon glass, then the 100mm F2 USM is an evident arrangement giving comparative qualities at a much lower cost. Highly suggested!

One More Thing.

The Canon 100mm F2 USM – a lens of an extra class! From F2.8 quality – is magnificent, with F4.0 – is phenomenal!

The price – yummy-yummy!

Walk through the below video to see the sample photos of the lens.

You Can Get The Lens From My Recommended Retailer: Amazon

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  • This review is really an eye-opener, especially for those of us with little or no photography experience. One thing I know about a camera is their resolution which is always measured in megapixel, but it seems you didn’t mention anything about megapixel in here. I know there might be another professional name used in here can you please clarify. Thank you.

    • Because in this post I am talking about camera lens not camera itself, I recommend to read the Q&A Page from here.

      Thanks for droppying by.

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