Awesome explosion of color. This lens has been in my bag the second longest of my current collection, and won't be going anywhere for the foreseeable future.
Dustin, I'm definitely a fan of your work. I see you have the 85/1.8 and 135/2 as well. Do you still find yourself reaching for the 100L for non-macro work despite the similarity in length to those very good and exceptional lenses? Would you ever consider giving up one (or both) of those other lenses in favor of the versatility of the 100L?
I currently own the 50/1.4, 85/1.8, and 135/2 and would like to eventually add the 100L to that collection, but I'd like to limit my total number of lenses. Maybe the 85 becomes unnecessary in that scenario...
That's a good question (and one that I have kicked around mentally myself). Of the three, I would probably let the 85mm go first. But here's the thing: I also have the EOS M, and I find the 85 a really compelling option on it, too. Because it is reasonably inexpensive, I'll probably hang onto it. I do grab the 100L for some portrait and event work over the 135L for several reasons. One is focal length (sometimes 100mm is what you want). The second is stabilization. The third is weather sealing (neither the 85 or 135L have it). One final reason I might grab it is for tight framing of faces where I want to get closer than what the 135L allows.
I do find focus on my 85mm f/1.8 perhaps the most inconsistent of all my lenses despite very careful AFMA. It is one of the oldest lenses in my kit (in terms of design...and actual age) and I just don't think it is quite as good. I am accustomed to a very, very high success rate of perfectly sharp images in my work, and I find that I am surprised by a slight ooF hit from my 85 most often. It's not bad at all, but just slightly worse.