Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro Review (D. Abbott)

EF 100mm F/2.8L IS Macro Review

Here is a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro review.

Dustin Abbott posted his exhaustive video review of the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro lens. A rich set of sample pictures is also available.

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Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro key features:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/32
  • One Ultra-Low Dispersion Element
  • Super Spectra Coating

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro: Amazon USA, Amazon CA, B&H Photo, Adorama, Digitalrev, KEH Camera, eBay US, Canon USA, Canon CA, BestBuy

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Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2X Macro APO Lens For Canon EOS M (and other mounts) Announced

Laowa 65mm F/2.8 2X Macro APO

Venus Optics released another interesting lens at an affordable price, the Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2X Macro APO.

The Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2X Macro APO will be available for Canon EOS M, Fujj X and Sony E camera systems. The price of this manual lens is $399. Laowa lenses are listed at B&H Photo and Adorama.

Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2X Macro APO MFT and specifications:

Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2X Macro APO
Format CompatibilityAPS-C
Focal Length65mm
Angle of view24.4°
Aperturef/2.8 – 22
Lens Structure14 elements in 10 groups 
Aperture Blades9
Min. Focusing Distance17cm
Max. Magnification2:1
Filter Thread52mm 
DimensionsΦ57mm×100mm
Weight335g
MountFuji-X/ Canon EOS-M / Sony E

Press release:

Venus Optics announce pricing and availability of Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2X macro lens, a compact macro lens with 2:1 magnification and invisible CA

Anhui China, Jan 24, 2020 – Venus Optics, the Chinese camera lenses manufacturer endeavoring in crafting unique manual lenses that no two alike, unveil the pricing and availability of the highlighted product in 2020: Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2X macro APO. It is the first macro lens that Venus Optics specially design for mirrorless cameras with APS-C sensors. Looking at market offerings which can focus up to 1:1 at most, the Laowa macro lens is the only APS-C mirrorless lens in the market that is capable of achieving a 2:1 magnification. Despite its unique specifications and features, Venus Optics has decided to keep the lens reasonably affordable at US $399 (ex-VAT) only. Pricing varies in different countries. It comes with Fuji X, Sony E & EOS-M mounts.

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Tokina Will Soon Announce A Redesigned 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens

100mm F/2.8 Macro

Update: Images of the lens leaked at Digicame-Info and can be seen below. The Tokina ATX-i 100mm f/2.8 FF MACRO is scheduled to be released December 6, 2019.

According to Nokishita, lens manufacturer Tokina is set to soon announce a new 100mm f/2.8 macro lens for full frame cameras with Canon EF and Nikon F mount.

The new Tokina lens, Tokina ATX-i 100mm f/2.8 FF MACRO, is going to replace the Tokina 100mm f/2.8 AT-X M100 AF Pro D lens (image on top).

We expect the new Tokina ATX-i 100mm f/2.8 FF MACRO to get announced soon, likely within the next two weeks.

Stay tuned.

Tokina ATX-i 100mm f/2.8 FF MACRO
The upcoming Tokina ATX-i 100mm f/2.8 FF MACRO lens

Deal: Mitakon Zhongyi 20mm f/2 4.5x Super Macro Lens – $149 (reg. $199, today only)

Mitakon Zhongyi 20mm F/2

Only for today (10/31/2019) B&H Photo has the Mitakon Zhongyi 20mm f/2 4.5x Super Macro Lens for Canon EF mount on sale at $149. Compare at $199. Free shipping.

Key features:

  • Designed for full-frame Canon EF-mount DSLRs, this lens can also be used with APS-C-format models, and will provide a 32mm equivalent focal length
  • Specialized super macro lens is designed for working with close-up subjects and provides a maximum magnification of 4.5x and a minimum magnification of 4.0x
  • Minimum working distance (distance from front of lens to subject) is 0.8″; the lens does not offer infinity focus
  • Manual focus control for fine-tuning focus position and a manually adjustable aperture ranges from f/2 to f/16 for adjusting exposure and depth of field
  • Six elements in four groups optical design provides consistent edge-to-edge sharpness and illumination
  • Wide-angle focal length pairs with the high magnification range for producing dynamic compositions
  • Metal lens barrel is both rigid and durable.

A specialized optic for truly close-up shooting, this 20mm f/2 4.5x Super Macro Lens from Mitakon Zhongyi is designed for Canon EF-mount DSLR cameras. Offering a magnification range of 4.5x to 4x, and a minimum working distance of 0.8″, this lens is solely designed for producing greater-than-life-size images of small objects without the need of extension.


Noteworthy Kickstarter projects:

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  2. Universal camera strap with lifetime warranty
  3. DUO Daypack, quick access camera bag with lifetime warranty
  4. Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 lens for $199
  5. Peak Design super light travel tripod

Today’s selected deals:

More hand-picked deals are listed here.

Authorised Canon retailer B&H Photo has discounted EOS 5D Mark IV and EOS 6D Mark II bundles on offer for the holidays.

We offer 10% discount to subscriptions to Pixpa all-in-one platform for photographers.

Today’s Gold Box and one day only deals at Amazon USAmazon DEAmazon UKB&H Photo, eBayAdorama.

Canon Europe stores have a cash back promotions going on:

Refurbished lenses and DSLRs at Canon Store (best deals to be found here)

Save $10 on Luminar 4 and/or Aurora HDR 2019 using our code “WATCH” at checkout.

7Artisans 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens For Canon EOS M Mirrorless Released

7artisans 60mm F/2.8

7Artisans 60mm f/2.8 Macro at a glance:

  • Focal length:60mm
  • Frame Type:APS-C
  • Lens material:metal
  • Weight :550g
  • Lens size :66mm*100mm
  • Aperture ring :De-Clicked aperture
  • Filter size :39mm
  • Maximum aperture :F2.8
  • Angle of view :25°
  • Lens construction :8 elements in 7 groups
  • Blades Number :10pcs
  • Focusing method :Manual focusing
  • Closest focus :26cm
  • Lens anti-shake :Without anti-shake

7Artisans released the 7Artisans 60mm f2.8 lens For Canon EOS M mirrorless systems (and others too).

The 7Artisans 60mm F2.8 Macro manual lens contains 8 elements in 7 groups. The floating system on the front glass can guarantee the excellent image quality at infinity and 1:1 macro condition. Even the macro scene is really small, you can also use a extension accessory to get a 2:1 to 3:1 macro image.

You can pre-order the 7Artisans 60mm f/2.8 Macro for $159 at Amazon US | Adorama | Amazon Germany (they list it as for RF mount, but it’s not) | Amazon UK

Venus Optics Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO Announced and Available For Preorder

Laowa 100mm

At a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Two Low Dispersion Elements
  • Maximum Magnification: 2:1
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 9.7″
  • Manual Focus Design
  • 9-Blade Diaphragm

Venus Optics announced the Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO lens. The Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2x Macro sells for $449 and can be preordered at Adorama | B&H Photo | Amazon

Press release:

Venus Optics announces availability and pricing for Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Ultra Macro APO

Featuring a 2 times life-size reproduction with no visible CA, the new Laowa Macro is a high quality and versatile macro and portrait lens.

China, 7 May 2019 – Venus Optics, the camera lenses manufacturer who had previously launched a number of unique Laowa camera lenses, is proud to announce the availability and pricing of the new Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra-Macro APO lens.

Followed by the success of the Laowa 60mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro, the 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro is the 2nd member of Laowa 2:1 macro line-up. This new 100mm lens can cover full frame sensor and focus from 2:1 magnification to infinity. 100mm is a more popular focal length for macro photographers. However, all of the current 100mm macro lenses in the market can only achieve 1:1 (life-size) or even smaller magnification. Shooting with smaller bugs is usually a challenge for macro photographers. The wider magnification range of the new Laowa Macro allows photographers to capture subjects at any size, making it one of the most versatile macro lens in the market. Despite having the wider range, Venus Optics manage to compress the size of the lens to the minimal and it is similar to other 1:1 macro lens in the market.

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