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EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro Discontinued?

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I was hoping not
I received word from a few folks that the EF 100 f/2.8 Macro has been discontinued. The lens currently still appears in Canon Canada’s price lists as well as Canon USA’s. The manufacturing of the lens may have stopped.

I hope this lens isn’t gone, there’s a big difference between $650CAD and $1300CAD for a 100mm Macro. I own the aformentioned lens, and I have no plans to upgrade.

I’ll look for something definitive.


34 responses to “EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro Discontinued?”

  1. (1) did. I find it hard to believe I have a bad copy of the lens

    I have benchmarked my 100mm against the new L version

    Both are identical in IQ and sharpness

    I have also benchmarked my 100mm against my 50 f/1.8 II

    The 50 f/1.8 II destroys it for sharpness and IQ at comparable apertures (but not bokeh)

    The 85 f/1.2 II annihilates it

  2. Then you could buy 100m 2.8 L IS if that suit your need. If you want in body IS and awesome lens for portrait, go for sony & Zeiss.

  3. Why would I want to pay 100% more when I could get similar features if Canon did what Sony and Pentax are doing in their bodies? I want a manufacturer like Canon or Nikon, with a broad lens family, to have internal IS. Non-IS lenses are lighter and cheaper. I do like IS in my lenses, especially the zoom lenses, but I’d like the option to buy cheaper non-IS lenses if I am willing to lose IS in the viewfinder.

    I think people fall on either side of this issue based on economics. Those of us who don’t make a living with our cameras are drawn to the economy of IS in the body. (Also, replace the body and all your lenses get the latest IS technology.)

  4. A couple weeks ago I attended a Canon event in Portland, OR that was sponsored by Pro Photo Supply. The next day I called Pro Photo Supply asking about their Canon Days sale on the weekend. I asked about the price on an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro and was told that it was being discontinued. I about choked, and asked to reconfirm. The salesperson acted 100% sure and did not give me a price. (I guess they had none in stock and did not expect to receive any more.) I can only assume that they got this information from the Canon rep that hosted the event and would be at the shop during the weekend.

    Last week I picked up a used one in perfect condition through craigslist for $400.

    Regarding a post above that is critical of the lens, I don’t care if it’s a bit soft at infinity. I’ve got the 85/1.8 for longer focus distances. As a macro, the 100 f/2.8 is tuned for the minimum focus distance, as it should be.

    Another shortcoming, at least for video, is that the lens breathes strongly when changing focus, so it’s not great for extreme rack focus effects. I don’t know that the new IS L version is any better.

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