Well, after a LOT of discussion and weighing pros and cons we ordered yesterday and received our Canon EF 100mm 1:2,8L Macro IS USM today. Chris has been dreaming of this lens actually since its release in I think 2009 or so… Unlike me he is totally into macro photography (of insects, blurgh…). But for me this lens offers a couple of great and sharp options for my portrait photography. So after a long time and putting money aside we now added this little jewel to our range of lenses.
I cannot write a review here and now. So far Chris only made a general functionality test and we both are overwhelmed by the general sharpness of this lens. We will also perform a few more tests in the upcoming days to see if this very lens we got today is OK or needs some adjustment. I am none of those back-/frontfocus lunatics, but an L-lens at this price has to be perfectly OK, don’t you think?
From what I can say the handling and quality are superb. The autofocus is very fast and silent enough for my needs. The IS seems to work very well. Chris will use the lens on a tripod and disable the IS anyway. But if I use it I may have switched in on most of the time. As said, I don’t mind these things that much :).
All in all, I think this lens fits very well with us, our ideas and needs. And it fits well to the 5D Mark III and the 7D we use.
Now there are just a few (affordable) other lenses on our list. Also some non-affordable ones like the new 200-400, but hey, what’s this world without dreaming…?