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Re: EF 100mm f2,8 L IS Macro... is IS worth it?
« Reply #15 on: June 21, 2013, 04:58:35 PM »
Absolutely! I love mine. IS helped a lot! 8)
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Re: EF 100mm f2,8 L IS Macro... is IS worth it?
« Reply #16 on: June 21, 2013, 05:32:29 PM »
Definitely worth it. I upgraded from the 100mm Macro USM and this lens has made all the difference in the world. The advantages the L has over the 100mm macro USM are manifold: IS, of course, which helps for everything (close-ups outside the macro range), portraits, medium telephoto landscapes, etc; but the real benefits come from improved color, contrast and clarity over the older USM lens. The focusing ring has a much better feel and slightly longer throw for more precise manual focus. The 9-bladed aperture gives much better background blur. AND it's weather-sealed, as well. The price has been drifting lower and Canon refurbs make the choice a no-brainer. Go for the L!
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Re: EF 100mm f2,8 L IS Macro... is IS worth it?
« Reply #17 on: June 21, 2013, 10:29:12 PM »
The L has better IQ. It is sharper and focuses better. If you try to take pictures of insects or butterflies in flight you will really appreciate the IS.

The 100L macro was the first L lens I bought. I agonized for a long time between the regular and the L version. Finally, I got to go for a walk with a copy of each and after using them side-by-side the answer was clear, go for the L.... It costs twice as much but you will never regret the decision.
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Re: EF 100mm f2,8 L IS Macro... is IS worth it?
« Reply #18 on: June 22, 2013, 12:24:50 AM »
Not much to add to the above apart from the fact that the IS messes with your head at first while looking through the viewfinder.


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Re: EF 100mm f2,8 L IS Macro... is IS worth it?
« Reply #19 on: June 22, 2013, 02:00:47 AM »
I don't know about the quality of your lens... but I know the quality of the 100mm.  I love that lens.  It was easily my favorite lens in the past year.  It is crazy versitile.  Portraiture is solid (and while it might not be the 135 f/2, it is still awesome). Macro is amazing, although I will admit I only did a little bit of that.  I didn't have the patience for the bug to slowly crawl into the scene.  I used it as a sports lens for a while and got some real WOW shots.  The f/2.8 comes in handy and I was getting 1/8000 of a second razor sharp images. 

Having said that... I'm selling my 100mm to get a 135.  I have a 70-200mm f/2.8L IS mkii and it incredible as well.  After I get bored with the 135, I'm going to an 85mm f/1.2... So in short... get the lens... it is well worth it.
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Re: EF 100mm f2,8 L IS Macro... is IS worth it?
« Reply #20 on: June 22, 2013, 03:31:39 AM »
The EF 100mm f2,8 L IS Macro is my favorite lens right now. I shoot handheld most of the time and use it for pictures of objects, portrait and macro as well. IS is a great help for perfect shots. Contrast and sharpness are outstanding.
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Re: EF 100mm f2,8 L IS Macro... is IS worth it?
« Reply #21 on: June 22, 2013, 03:58:33 AM »
I can't count the number of times when I've started out using a tripod and just gave up and switched over to hand holding, because I couldn't possibly position the tripod precisely where I wanted it or do it quickly enough so as not to lose the light or the framing.

Oftentimes I find myself framing an image, pre-setting the focus and then physically moving in closer or further away as I try to get the most interesting part of the subject in focus. That's pretty much impossible to do with a tripod, and the IS definitely helps.
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Also, what most people don't realize is that many of the awesome macro shots of insects in magazines (using tripods) are of dead insects or those which have been kept in a fridge/freezer for 10 - 20 minutes, so they are in kind of a hibernating state i.e. not moving insects ... for that kind of macro photography tripods are the absolute best but for constantly moving/swaying subjects IS makes a huge difference. 
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Re: EF 100mm f2,8 L IS Macro... is IS worth it?
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Re: EF 100mm f2,8 L IS Macro... is IS worth it?
« Reply #22 on: June 22, 2013, 04:30:16 AM »
Also, I don't think this has been mentioned so far, apologies if it has, the 100L macro has the hybrid IS which is supposed to be more effective than normal IS in macro photography for correcting lens shift.
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Re: EF 100mm f2,8 L IS Macro... is IS worth it?
« Reply #23 on: June 22, 2013, 05:03:33 AM »
Also, I don't think this has been mentioned so far, apologies if it has, the 100L macro has the hybrid IS which is supposed to be more effective than normal IS in macro photography for correcting lens shift.
I never understood, what is the specific advantage of this hybrid IS?

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Re: EF 100mm f2,8 L IS Macro... is IS worth it?
« Reply #24 on: June 22, 2013, 05:14:30 AM »
I never understood, what is the specific advantage of this hybrid IS?

See here: http://www.dpreview.com/news/2009/7/22/canonhybridIS

It is meant to correct for movement in several planes. How effective it actually is, I cannot speak from experience.
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Re: EF 100mm f2,8 L IS Macro... is IS worth it?
« Reply #25 on: June 22, 2013, 06:38:38 AM »
One of my favourite lenses, I use it for food, product, macro, short tele and portraits its a great multifunctional lens.

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Re: EF 100mm f2,8 L IS Macro... is IS worth it?
« Reply #26 on: June 22, 2013, 06:41:45 AM »
I have one... was initially put off by the fact that it was an all plastic body for $1000.....but the lens is great...With the IS you can do macro "light" quite nicely...by that I mean...I can take hand-held macro shots that I could never shoot before...but.... any really serious macro work needs a tripod in my world...and I went into this purchase knowing that...macro is at the extreme end of photography...really testing the physics to get great images (focus stacking adds another option if you are truly dedicated)...but I feel that this lens has broken down some of the barriers and moved the quest forward... Also...I don't believe you will find a sharper L lens out there. Quite remarkable and very useful as a portrait lens etc. (that is actually where the IS can really shine...). Have not regretted the purchase.
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Re: EF 100mm f2,8 L IS Macro... is IS worth it?
« Reply #27 on: June 22, 2013, 07:57:21 AM »
Most impressive! What aperture do you use for these kinds of shots?
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« Reply #28 on: June 22, 2013, 02:21:52 PM »
If you try to take pictures of insects or butterflies in flight you will really appreciate the IS.

In flight insects??  IS won't help you with moving objects - so what if you can shoot @ 1/30? - image of live insect will be useless.  Even flowers move in the wind, so again IS won't help. The L uses larger filters and needs an expensive adapter to mount the MR or MT flashes.  If your primarily interested in macro, save your money and get a good flash and learn how to use it for handheld shots. If not, the IS may be of value. I've had the USM version almost from introduction and I've always been very pleased with the results and never wished it had IS, but I use it almost exclusively for macro [1:3 - 1:1 and beyond with tubes]. I have other lenses [w/ IS] for other shooting situations.
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Re: EF 100mm f2,8 L IS Macro... is IS worth it?
« Reply #29 on: June 22, 2013, 03:06:30 PM »
If you try to take pictures of insects or butterflies in flight you will really appreciate the IS.

In flight insects??  IS won't help you with moving objects - so what if you can shoot @ 1/30? - image of live insect will be useless.  Even flowers move in the wind, so again IS won't help. The L uses larger filters and needs an expensive adapter to mount the MR or MT flashes.  If your primarily interested in macro, save your money and get a good flash and learn how to use it for handheld shots. If not, the IS may be of value. I've had the USM version almost from introduction and I've always been very pleased with the results and never wished it had IS, but I use it almost exclusively for macro [1:3 - 1:1 and beyond with tubes]. I have other lenses [w/ IS] for other shooting situations.

Yes, but, IS does help a little with the movement you're required to make when tracking a subject :) if you have to pan or tilt closer to the minimum required shutter speeds to freeze subject movement IS still might save you that perfect shot at angles that are more difficult to achieve with a tripod, let alone an angle that you can set up quickly.
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Re: EF 100mm f2,8 L IS Macro... is IS worth it?
« Reply #29 on: June 22, 2013, 03:06:30 PM »