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Title: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: DCM1024 on January 05, 2013, 12:42:21 AM
I have read prior threads and am still not sold on one lens versus the other. My usage would be weddings plus typical insect and floral macro shots. I have a tax refund coming which would pay for either copy plus a 70-200 f/4 or 70-300L. Any input, especially practical use experience would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: sandymandy on January 05, 2013, 05:17:28 AM
IQ is nearly the same while the L somewhat looks like it got 2% better IQ. If you can live without IS just get the cheaper one.
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: skitron on January 05, 2013, 03:15:23 PM
You might want to check the 5D3 manual for the different AF groups these two lenses are in and see if that is an issue for how you'd use them.
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: Kernuak on January 05, 2013, 04:14:22 PM
You might want to check the 5D3 manual for the different AF groups these two lenses are in and see if that is an issue for how you'd use them.
There is a definite difference there, although for macro work you would be using manual focusing mainly. I have the non-IS and found out about the lesser group with that lens. For weddings and portraits, that may make a difference, even if it may be slightly quicker at focusing, judging by review comparisons and anecdotal reports.
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: BL on January 05, 2013, 06:02:42 PM
get the 100L IS if you want to use it as a medium tele at low shutter speeds, at normal distances.

at 1:2 or 1:1, the IS is mostly a novelty (for me).  i get maybe 1 stop max of benefit handheld.
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: crasher8 on January 05, 2013, 06:11:48 PM
I just spent 2 hours doing macro at a glacial lake (8900 ft) after a 45 minute hike. I love my non IS 100 Macro and if you're using a dedicated macro tripod and a focus rail then who needs the red ring.
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: nda on January 05, 2013, 06:12:31 PM
I bought the non L first, great lens very sharp and great for portraits and macro, but I kept getting these hunger pains craving for the L. So one day I just bought one, sold the non L and couldn't be happier they are both very good but the L is just a little better at what it does and it has IS ;) FWIW>if its within your budget get the L, the L is cool and my Fav 8)
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: Marsu42 on January 05, 2013, 06:36:11 PM
My usage would be weddings plus typical insect and floral macro shots.

Of course get the L version if you've got the money the better bokeh & sharpness wide open plus IS for dual-use is a no-brainer, even w/o considering the 5d3/1dx lens groups. The non-L is a good budget macro-only solution esp. when the lens is bought used since it's around for some time, the IS doesn't help much @1:1.

Btw the decisive improvements on the L for me are seldom mentioned - sealing (for outdoor macro against dust) and an extended range limiter over the non-L for *non-macro* range that prevents hunting when shooting portraits, the af speed is mediocre at best (it is a macro lens after all).
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: DCM1024 on January 05, 2013, 07:28:20 PM
Thanks everyone for taking the time to reply. I will probably get the IS version as I never use a tripod at weddings unless I'm using a video cam. Any input regarding the other 2 lens choices I mentioned? Thanks, Debbie
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: gjones5252 on January 05, 2013, 07:46:06 PM
Just to only help confirm. I had the L for about a week and wasnt impressed. I returned it to canon because i figured i would pick up the non is
After about 3 weeks the itch started. I wanted that lens again. I looked at the pictures i had taken even during events and macro. They were insanely sharp.
I now have this lens and am excited to be able to use it at a wedding in a week! To me the limiter, the sealing, and for video the is is all worth it. Glad i went with it...again.
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: Marsu42 on January 05, 2013, 07:51:18 PM
Any input regarding the other 2 lens choices I mentioned? Thanks, Debbie

There are a lot of threads on this, I got the slightly more expensive "outdoor" 70-300L because I don't mind the extending zoom design and non-constant aperture but want the larger zoom range and smaller pack size. Btw: The newer 70-300L is better on a 5d3/1dx since it's got more current af system, doesn't matter for all other camera bodies. Concerning iq, the 70-200/4 might be slightly sharper (see iso crops @ the digital picture), but nothing that would make a real difference - if you want "THE" indoor zoom lens the 70-200/2.8is2 is the one to get anyway. My only issue with the 70-300L is the missing af range limiter (thanks, Canon).
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: DCM1024 on January 05, 2013, 08:04:35 PM
Any input regarding the other 2 lens choices I mentioned? Thanks, Debbie

There are a lot of threads on this, I got the slightly more expensive "outdoor" 70-300L because I don't mind the extending zoom design and non-constant aperture but want the larger zoom range and smaller pack size. Btw: The newer 70-300L is better on a 5d3/1dx since it's got more current af system, doesn't matter for all other camera bodies. Concerning iq, the 70-200/4 might be slightly sharper (see iso crops @ the digital picture), but nothing that would make a real difference - if you want "THE" indoor zoom lens the 70-200/2.8is2 is the one to get anyway. My only issue with the 70-300L is the missing af range limiter (thanks, Canon).

Thanks Marsu, I'm concerned about the weight of the 70-200/2.8L2. I'm female, 5'3" and think it would be an issue for me on an 8 - 12 hour event. If the sharpness is minimal, the 70-300L would be my choice for the added reach. My primary body is the 5d3. I do realize I lose the extra cross sensors by not having the 2.8.
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: steven kessel on January 05, 2013, 08:06:29 PM
I've got the non-L non IS 100.  Mine is about 10 years old and it is a great lens.  I don't use it for hand held macro photography.  My macro work is done strictly on a tripod.  For general purpose photography, I sometimes use this lens and, of course, my photos are hand held.  It produces terrific results and I have no need to upgrade to an L or to IS with this particular lens.
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: rpt on January 05, 2013, 08:12:36 PM
I got the L version as most of my shooting is hand held and I need IS for that. Like Steven.K said, if you are not going to shoot hand held, you don't need the IS...
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: sdsr on January 05, 2013, 08:17:25 PM
I have read prior threads and am still not sold on one lens versus the other. My usage would be weddings plus typical insect and floral macro shots. I have a tax refund coming which would pay for either copy plus a 70-200 f/4 or 70-300L. Any input, especially practical use experience would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

I'm inclined to say that the L is worth having if only because of the IS; it may not help much with true macro photography, but it does at all other times, especially when there's less light and you're not using a tripod.  As for the two zooms you mention, I own both and they're both superb (so I probably shouldn't keep both...).   The extra reach of the longer zoom is nice to have, and while it's not as fast as the 70-200, its excellent IS, coupled with the low light performance of your 5DIII probably compensate - I often take hand-held shots with it at night and have had very good results on my 5DII (probably even better on 6D and 5DIIIs I recently rented).
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: Bob Howland on January 05, 2013, 08:44:27 PM
I've got the non-L non IS 100.  Mine is about 10 years old and it is a great lens.  I don't use it for hand held macro photography.  My macro work is done strictly on a tripod.  For general purpose photography, I sometimes use this lens and, of course, my photos are hand held.  It produces terrific results and I have no need to upgrade to an L or to IS with this particular lens.
Same here.
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: Random Orbits on January 05, 2013, 09:07:31 PM
Any input regarding the other 2 lens choices I mentioned? Thanks, Debbie

There are a lot of threads on this, I got the slightly more expensive "outdoor" 70-300L because I don't mind the extending zoom design and non-constant aperture but want the larger zoom range and smaller pack size. Btw: The newer 70-300L is better on a 5d3/1dx since it's got more current af system, doesn't matter for all other camera bodies. Concerning iq, the 70-200/4 might be slightly sharper (see iso crops @ the digital picture), but nothing that would make a real difference - if you want "THE" indoor zoom lens the 70-200/2.8is2 is the one to get anyway. My only issue with the 70-300L is the missing af range limiter (thanks, Canon).

Thanks Marsu, I'm concerned about the weight of the 70-200/2.8L2. I'm female, 5'3" and think it would be an issue for me on an 8 - 12 hour event. If the sharpness is minimal, the 70-300L would be my choice for the added reach. My primary body is the 5d3. I do realize I lose the extra cross sensors by not having the 2.8.

It really depends on whether or not you plan on using it indoors.  If so, I'd take another look at the 70-200 f/2.8 II with a strap system.  The 70-300L is fantastic for outdoors though.
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: DCM1024 on January 05, 2013, 10:38:06 PM
Any input regarding the other 2 lens choices I mentioned? Thanks, Debbie

There are a lot of threads on this, I got the slightly more expensive "outdoor" 70-300L because I don't mind the extending zoom design and non-constant aperture but want the larger zoom range and smaller pack size. Btw: The newer 70-300L is better on a 5d3/1dx since it's got more current af system, doesn't matter for all other camera bodies. Concerning iq, the 70-200/4 might be slightly sharper (see iso crops @ the digital picture), but nothing that would make a real difference - if you want "THE" indoor zoom lens the 70-200/2.8is2 is the one to get anyway. My only issue with the 70-300L is the missing af range limiter (thanks, Canon).

Thanks Marsu, I'm concerned about the weight of the 70-200/2.8L2. I'm female, 5'3" and think it would be an issue for me on an 8 - 12 hour event. If the sharpness is minimal, the 70-300L would be my choice for the added reach. My primary body is the 5d3. I do realize I lose the extra cross sensors by not having the 2.8.

It really depends on whether or not you plan on using it indoors.  If so, I'd take another look at the 70-200 f/2.8 II with a strap system.  The 70-300L is fantastic for outdoors though.

I do have a strap system for 2 bodies
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: HoneyBadger on January 05, 2013, 11:34:43 PM
I have no used the non-IS version but I do own the IS L version. I looked at the other but decided to go with the L series mainly because I want to walk around and shoot macro pictures without the need for a tripod. The IS works very well and I have gotten some amazing flower pictures without a tripod. If you want really small subjects such as insects, you will still need a tripod. The L series weather sealing is nice too. I have to admit that the 100mm 2.8L is my favorite lens. It is amazingly sharp. I am using a 5DIII too. I say, if you can afford either, get the L.

This is handheld in a park with the 100 IS L with hybrid IS on. That was the first shot so don't worry about having to take a ton and hope one comes out not blurry. This IS rocks.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8194/8149004278_f264fac3d7_k.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: ahab1372 on January 05, 2013, 11:58:01 PM
The 70-300L is great. In the 70-200 range it is only minimally slower (less than one stop). AF and IS are great. I chose it over the 70-200 for the extra reach, and over the 100-400 because it retracts shorter and has better IS. It is sharp at its widest apertures.
If the 2.8 is out of the question, then I recommend the 70-300L
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: Botts on January 06, 2013, 12:36:48 AM
I own the 70-200 f/4 IS.  I've used the 70-300L, and if I were to do it again, I'd go with the 70-300L for the extra reach.

When I shot crop, the 70-200 was good, now with FF, I find it a little short.  I don't often shoot sports, normally animals with that lens, so the aperture wouldn't matter for me.

One thing to consider though, is the fact that the 70-200 f/4 IS will AF at f/8 on your 5D3 with a 2x tele, whereas the 70-300L may not as the aperture would be too high on the long end.  I'm not aware of anyone testing this though.
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: knifez on January 06, 2013, 01:12:19 AM
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think L glass is covered by worldwide warranty where as non-L is covered by a warranty from the region you purchased the lens in, ie Australia, Asia, Eu, or America. So if you're purchased a lens of eBay from a grey market reseller, you'd be better off with the L glass. Resell value may also hold up a little better. But why would you ever want to sell the 100mm macro, they're awesome.  ;D
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: Faxon on January 06, 2013, 04:27:17 AM
I have them both, and you will like either one, if you consider your needs. The IS lens often finds itself on my camera as a general purpose lens, while the older one always seemed to be dedicated for macro shots, although both do very nice portrait work on a full frame camera.
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: Marsu42 on January 06, 2013, 04:29:41 AM
Thanks Marsu, I'm concerned about the weight of the 70-200/2.8L2.

Me too, and I'm a large male :-> but when I tried the 70-200/2.8is2 I immediately knew that that's a decisive difference to the also not lightweight 70-300L - the 70-200/2.8is2 creates much more torque on the wrist because the lens is longer (and next to that is not balanced on my lighter 60d body or the 6d I plan to buy).

I keep being told a strap system does some magic, though I haven't tried it - but the 70-200is2+flash-bracket+5d3-type body is way out of the "fun" league, however as a pro shooter only you can decide if the better af capability (larger aperture) and f2.8 @200mm makes it worth it to you anyway - renting it might be a good idea in this case.
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: kobeson on January 06, 2013, 05:39:57 AM
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think L glass is covered by worldwide warranty where as non-L is covered by a warranty from the region you purchased the lens in, ie Australia, Asia, Eu, or America. So if you're purchased a lens of eBay from a grey market reseller, you'd be better off with the L glass. Resell value may also hold up a little better. But why would you ever want to sell the 100mm macro, they're awesome.  ;D

No longer the case, since late 2011 I believe Canon changed their warranty to only cover L lenses within the country they are sold from, just like everything else Canon.
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: Eli on January 06, 2013, 06:52:12 AM
I went with the L for the weather sealing, and the IS is awesome, I like to shoot handheld and have really shaky hands. But other than that IQ won't be noticeably different between the two.
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: chas1113 on January 06, 2013, 07:04:41 AM
DCM:
I have had both the non-IS 100mm macro and the 70-200mm f/4 IS zoom and "upgraded" (yes, upgraded!) both to the IS macro L as well and the EF 70-300mm L. Regarding the macro comparisons, I can't tell if the IS version is actually sharper, but there is a quality difference between the images produced between the two. It may be micro-contrast, saturation or the quality of the background blur; whatever it is is, I prefer the L by far over the non-L. I mainly bought the L for the weather sealing and the IS, but found the focusing ring is much much smoother. It makes manual focus tweaking much better. I rarely use tripod for macro work and find with the L I am using it much more for portraits. Wide open it's insanely sharp and the bokeh is quite pleasing. I haven't found focusing speed to be an issue with either.

As far as the zoom comparisons: I found no appreciable difference regarding center sharpness between the 70-200 f/4 IS and the 70-300 f/4-5.6 L. However, I did notice edge sharpness improvements on my 5D Mark II with the 70-300. Also, I prefer the punched up colors/contrast with the 70-300 L versus the more clinical 70-200 f/4 IS. Being a petite woman, you should know that the 70-300L is considerably heftier than the 70-200 f/4. But the balance on a full frame body makes it seem less cumbersome. One last thing that you might consider (I did), the 70-300L and the 100mm macro L both use 67mm filters (like the 70-200mm f/4)...this may or may not matter to you. I have used the 70-300L indoors with a monopod, but I regard it mainly as an outdoor lens. If you NEED an indoor lens in this range, the 70-200mm f/2.8 versions are really the way to go.
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: Marsu42 on January 06, 2013, 07:14:18 AM
But other than that IQ won't be noticeably different between the two.

... I've shot with both macro lenses a lot, and the bokeh smoothness and lights are visibly better on the L (larger diameter, more and rounded blades) and the sharpness difference might show with higher mp bodies and does show when you put a tc on it - I often shoot with the Kenko 1.4x. However as I wrote above, that doesn't matter for many macro shots.

I have used the 70-300L indoors with a monopod

In my experience the IS on the 70-300L is excellent and really cuts 2+ stops after a very short lock in time, so I find a monopod often not necessary, the problem simply is that for moving objects (and most things excepts rocks move a little) f4-f5.6 simply needs too high iso settings - but newer camera bodies like the 6d might do better here.
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: chas1113 on January 06, 2013, 07:27:18 AM
"In my experience the IS on the 70-300L is excellent and really cuts 2+ stops after a very short lock in time, so I find a monopod often not necessary, the problem simply is that for moving objects (and most things excepts rocks move a little) f4-f5.6 simply needs too high iso settings - but newer camera bodies like the 6d might do better here."

Marsu: Agreed... 100+. I was using the monopod at a stage performance right next to a woman using a 70-200mm 2.8...my results ended up being better than hers. Not that I would recommend this lens for weddings or indoor shooting regularly. My point was (in a pinch) the 70-300mm can be used indoors with a monopod for slow movement. The IS is exceptional but mainly helps with camera shake.
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: pj1974 on January 06, 2013, 07:31:00 AM
I have the Canon 100mm non-L macro, and it's great.  As true macro work (1:1 or near)  needs to be done on a tripod, the Hybrid IS is not that useful for macro (particularly as it's not just lens shake that needs to be accommodated for..., but certainly it CAN help in a few closeup, but not macro settings.

Furthermore, I occasionally use the 100mm non-L as a 'quick portrait' lens, and the AF 'focus range search' limiter does help here. I don't know why people complain that the nonL's AF is slow (it isn't on mine... esp on my 7D, that USM focus is really quite speedy, snappy and accurate!).  I have used the Canon 100mm L macro, and it's a bit better, but really splitting hairs. If that much weather sealing is required, sure... get it!

About Canon zooms (70-300mm L vs 70-200mm f/4 L) - I would get the 70-300mm L any day. At the same focal lengths, the 70-300mm's effective aperture is ALMOST the same anyway... plus it gives you an extra 100mm.  I use my 70-300mm for outside (mainly wildlife, birds, some other aspects.. .very occasionally informal sports). The IS of the 70-300mm is a tad superior to the 70-200 f/4, and the USM is basically the same.

If you are going in low light, sure the 70-200mm f/2.8 IS (esp vII) is particularly useful / good.... but for me, when I am in 'low light' - I actually want REAL fast glass, and that means primes (eg f/1.4 - f/2).

Cheers.  All the best with your decision / outcome. 

Paul
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: TommyLee on January 06, 2013, 07:37:59 AM
IDEALLY, get the 70-200 f4 I.S. used and  L-macro used
here's why I think this is best.....

FWIW
I had both macros (had two for a year..FINALLY gave-in and sold non-L)  and
had the non - L  70-300 I.S. a very sharp useful lens... but not very robust physically - almost got  'L' version
and have the 70-200 I.S f4 and f2.8 II
all purchased new...
all on 5D3 now

////////
over 3-4 yrs
I did about 75% of my shots on non-L macro ...all with no tripod,
I got the L - macro and love the I.S. for hand-held macros .....chasing bugs and flowers..
IF you use a tripod, the orig macro is the same quality.... no need for I.S. version
(and PLENTY of real macro users  dont use tripod)

but the I.S. version makes even better use in reduced light for portraits etc... a little help on hand-held macro

IF you get the non - L and pursue the other lens..
I do not recommend the 70-200 f4 with out I.S
I.S. is necessary and the I.S. version has other quality improvements....(I.S. only on that one)
either get a used 70-200 I.S. f4.....or
get the 70-300L - a useful sharp range ..but slower.. that looks like a nice lens -I didnt try the L-version

there are plenty of used non-L macros at $400-450 and plenty of used 70-200 f4 I.S. at $900-1100 ..
many people moved to the f2.8 II and the L-macro.. and are selling the old, but good versions..

you can easily get those two for under $1500.. in perfect shape..
also used they are already depreciated and may well sit at that value for years....

the 70-200 f4 I.S. is the finest little lens Canon makes - IMO
I kept mine when I got the f2.8 II ... is is just so light and the sharpest of all the zooms ever made - IMO
1/2 weight of f2.8 II

depends on what you want

if you are a macro nut... and NOT tied to a tripod
then MY recommendation is the L-macro (maybe used also) and a used 70-200 f4 I.S.

just get aware of those two lenses in the various markets Craigs, Miranda or whatever..
and choose wisely...   

good luck

TOM
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: CharlieB on January 06, 2013, 09:20:48 AM
I bought the non-L 100mm/2.8macro, then got a chance to try the 100mm/2.8L with IS.

I could see no difference, at all, in any real world shooting and informal testing.  None.  Any difference is on paper specs as far as I'm concerned.

Didn't like the IS for any of MY macro shots, as it does nothing for wind conditions and and miniscule movement you'd have forward and backward in hand held shots.... IS doesn't help that.  Sure, it will greatly reduce your own lateral movement blur... so there is some marginal help, but I didn't feel bad not having the IS.

Then I got another chance to try the lens in a NON MACRO condition..... specifically some informal portraits.  Folks were holding reasonably still, and light was getting low, but I was able to still shoot at f/4 and 1/20sec or even longer.  Fantastic for that sort of use!

I'm a proponent of getting dual use from the 100macros, for portraits as well.  There is very little practical difference in the 1 stop you get from the 100/2.0.  At f/2.8, the macros are already sharp.  Remember need "some" DOF just to get eyes and nose in focus... so I try to shoot at f/4 at least, preferably f/5.6.  The macros excel as 100mm portrait lenses.
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: steliosk on January 06, 2013, 10:09:00 AM
if you shoot portraits get the 100 L macro
if not get the non L

if you set an aperture around f/5 on a crop body you'll get VERY nice and sharp images with great bokeh and the IS is very useful in portrait or tele mode

as for macro mode the IS is not so effective, therefore i'd choose the non-L and a good tripod and manual focus of course.

However i own the 100 L macro and it is a fantastic lens for portrait, i don't deal with macro life much, not my style but it does a great job in macro as well. The 100 L is one of the best lenses canon ever made.

here is a portrait sample

http://500px.com/photo/6713177 (http://500px.com/photo/6713177)
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: greger on January 11, 2013, 03:26:07 AM
I bought the IS 100 macro because of the 67mm filter thread mount matches my 70-200 F4 IS USM and 17-85 F4-5.6
IS USM. I haven't used my tripod to take macro shots and will now that I have a new tripod that I can get down close to the ground where my subjects are. It's a great portrait lens for pics of people and flowers. I bought it when Canon had a
$100.00  instant rebate. I have used it with my Canon 580 flash with a Gary Fong collapsable diffuser at F7.1 with good results. I would have liked to use F11 or F12 so more of the Ladybug would be in focus. Will try to do that next time.

Spring isn't around the corner yet so you have time to decide which lens to get and shop for the best deal you can get.
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: verysimplejason on January 11, 2013, 05:14:20 AM
I've got a 100 USM non-L macro and I like it.  The one who sold it to me told me that he'll get the 100L instead.  After a few months, I've compared his new pics with his old pics and didn't notice anything different.  I guess it's just the brain behind the camera that's needed to make a difference.
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: bycostello on January 11, 2013, 05:39:31 AM
love my 100mm macro
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: Don Haines on January 11, 2013, 11:22:45 AM
I had borrowed a 100Lmacro and the non-L 100macro and went out to play with them on a 60D.

I really could not see any difference in image quality or focus when using them on static scenes or when shooting macro shots on a tripod, but when I tried to take pictures of butterflies in flight I was not able to get decent focus from the non-L lens and the L version was consistantly in focus. The L version also let me take sharp macro shots of bees.

I returned both loaners to the store and bought the L.
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: jp121 on January 11, 2013, 11:53:53 AM
I've had both versions of the lens. I kept the L.

Obvious reasons, IS, weather sealing & L glass.

The problem I had with the non-L is hand-held in darker situations & keeping shutter speed over 1/100 with a T2i (limited ISO performance).  Of course, it's now a different story with 5D3 high ISO. But it's also nicer for the photo to keep the ISO down, regardless of the camera's strengths.
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: Rockets95 on January 11, 2013, 12:54:06 PM
My usage would be weddings plus typical insect and floral macro shots.

If you are using these lenses on a tripod for macro, in my experience you will need a tripod collar. The overhung weight will create some vibration and noticeable blur. The Canon branded collars are in the $175 to $200 range and should be factored into the purchase decision. Just my two cents.
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: Normalnorm on January 11, 2013, 03:03:28 PM
I do not have the L version but I use my 100 macro non-IS version almost daily. It is razor sharp and though I hear the L is a tad sharper I cannot imagine the difference would be visible except under the most rigorous testing conditions. As for IS I can see that as an advantage for the wedding work but less so for the macro work. Moreover a tripod is often used for super close work. The tripod collar is not a necessity as the lens is not that heavy but it is useful for rotating the camera without dismounting from the tripod.

The price difference is significant but it would be your call on the decision.

My feeling is that the non-IS represents the better value as what you are doing is paying quite a premium for IS.
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: drob on January 11, 2013, 05:40:28 PM
Never shot the non IS version but rented the IS version.  Fell in love with it. The IS seemed to help with my shaky hands, even hand held macros. It was long on my crop sensor. If I had full frame, it would be on my list in a second.
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: eml58 on January 11, 2013, 06:55:45 PM
I have used the 100 L lenses for a few years now, only on Underwater Macro, the non IS Lens was good, but the newer L IS Lens is simply better all round, lighter, sharper & the IS does count, I cant give you technical reasons why, but in my Underwater Macro Photography the L IS 100 is a great Lens. I am also using the D800 with the Nikkor 105, also a good Lens but not as good as the Canon 100 L IS.

On the f/4 70-200 cant comment as I've never owned one, but I do have the 70-300 L & the 70-200 f2.8 L IS V2, the 70-200 v2 is simply one of the best Lenses I've owned, sell your car & buy this Lens, you will appreciate the f/2.8 over the f/4 I am sure especially as you mentioned "Weddings", never shot a wedding biut I imagine the low light benefits of the f/2.8 would be superior for this sort of work compared to say the f4 to f5.6 of the 70-300L. The 70-300 L is not a bad lens, Good range reasonable IQ, but not in the same class as the 70-200 f/2.8 L IS V2 Lens & it is shorter & lighter than the 70-200 v2, I rarely use the 70-300L anymore, bought it for Safari shooting but the slow speed kills it for dawn & dusk shooting, works good in brighter light though & the other disadvantage with this Lens is you cant use the 1.4x or 2x extenders, so your stuck with the range.
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: alan_k on January 14, 2013, 03:13:20 PM
I recently upgraded from the USM to the L (100mm macro). I haven't been able to play with it much, but I was recently at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and it was the lens I used the most (hauled around a ton of other glass- everything from a 30/1.4, 17-40L, 8-16, 70-300L). I was really pleased with the portrait-type photos I was getting of some of the fishes and captive birds. I didn't have my old lens to compare side by side but I've got to think the AF was a little faster from what I remember, and the AF limiter was awesome to have. Photos came out great. Maybe I should have given my old USM more of a chance, but I really don't think I would have reached for it in this circumstance.
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: greger on January 15, 2013, 05:42:59 PM
DCM1024 I went back and re-read your original post. 70-200 F4 IS USM yes. 70-300L no! Can't use 1.4&2x Extenders on 70-300. The 1.4 works perfectly with no image degradation. 2x produces noise that I had to fix in Camera Raw in CS5.
Manually Focusing can be a pain with BIF. I could afford buying the extenders but not the longer lenses.

As I mentioned earlier the 100L & 70-200 both have 67mm thread mount so I can use my ND filters on both lenses.

I took pics of bees in flight using 70-200mm &1.4 extender with great results. A great amount of time and patience was needed. A lawn chair and shirt off allowed for some suntanning. ;D
Title: Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
Post by: skitron on January 16, 2013, 08:19:14 PM
FWIW, I've had focus inconsistency with my 100L. I've done a bunch of testing and finally nailed down what the issue is. The problem with mine is poor mechanical tolerances in the focus mechanism.

The way I tested was to put camera/lens on tripod and aim at test target. Use EOS Utility to control and view on screen. While attempting to dial in AFMA by magnifying 200% in EOS Utility, I notice that each time I change direction of the focus mechanism by clicking the single step "<" after clicking on the single step ">" a couple of times (or do it the other way around and click the > after clicking the <) , the entire image shifts noticably in the viewer frame and the focus goes whack even though the focus supposedly only took a single step.

So click > a couple of times then a single < and the entire image shifts leftward and focus whacks out. Click < a couple of times and then > and the entire image shifts rightward and focus whacks out.

None of my other lenses exhibit this behavior (and yes IS is turned off) and this is 100% repeatable.

So I'd highly suggest checking for this on a new 100L while you can return it since it is very easy to do and the lens is basically worthless if it has this issue.

Unfortunately mine is a few months past warranty so I own a $1K brick with Canon written on it. Too bad for me I didn't figure out how to diagnose Canon's manufacturing problems earlier, maybe they would have had pitty on me and given me a better one...but I'm SOL since warranty is expired.