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    26 Sep 2011 - 10:38 AM

    Hi, I currently own mainly L series lens's, that I use with my canon 7D and Canon 5D Mk II. I have owned in the past, a Canon 60mm macro and a Tamron 90mm macro. I have sold the two I had and now want to buy either the Canon
    EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM (L series) or the EF 100mm f/2.8 USM. I have read good reviews on the none L series one and am drawn to buying it. Has anyone had any experience with these two lens's, and is it worth the extra money for the L series over the none L series. Would the results be far better with the dearer lens or not. Any help appreciated......Thanks Martin

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    Nigeyboy  6537 forum posts United Kingdom
    26 Sep 2011 - 10:42 AM

    I was lucky enough to borrow the non L 100mm lens a few years back, I loved it!! It was totally different way of shooting for me (only had kit lens at the time!!). Its solidly built, and that f2.8 makes for a reeeeeealy narrow DoF.

    Can't comment on the L one . . . . . .thats a little out of my league!!!

    brian1208 e2 Member 1110266 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
    26 Sep 2011 - 11:15 AM

    From what I read there is little difference optically between the two.

    I moved to the 100 LIS from the 60mm macro and the inclusion of IS + excellent auto-focus with the 7D was an amazing benefit for me as I mainly shoot my bugs, bees and butterflies hand-held (I never thought I would use AF at min focus distance as I was a confirmed manual focus user but I now find the AF / IS combo exceedingly useful)

    So, unless you think you need the IS / AF, stick with the original 100 macro would be my advice

    cambirder  107202 forum posts England
    26 Sep 2011 - 5:34 PM

    The IS lens is a perfect match for the 7D. Apart from IS, AF is far superior to the non-IS lens. Stick the 7D in servo mode and the lens will be responsive enough to cope with any front to back movement hand holding brings in.

    If you can afford it go for the L version.

    mohikan22  102188 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
    26 Sep 2011 - 5:40 PM

    or use a tripod and go non iso . same end result imo. In manual mode anyhows. i tend not to use Auto Focus at all . auto seems to be "just out" when i try. so manual does me. All my macro shots are manual mode. If handheld i up the iso.

    Last Modified By mohikan22 at 26 Sep 2011 - 5:42 PM
    26 Sep 2011 - 6:27 PM

    I've owned the non L, for over a year now the best 400 i've ever spent, as i use a tripod on most macro shoots the IS wont matter as your suppose to switch it off anyway, never use auto focus just live view and zoom it in, also doubles up to a nice portrait lens to , havnt noticed any real diff in photo quality between the 2 , use mine on a 450d and 60d. it really depends on how much you be hand holding it, John.

    26 Sep 2011 - 6:38 PM

    Thanks all, much appreciated..........Martin

    Graywolf  7964 forum posts United Kingdom
    26 Sep 2011 - 8:48 PM

    If your macro work is comprised mostly of static subjects and you work from a tripod, then the non IS lens would probably be fine. If you spend a lot of time crawling around on your hands and knees after creepy crawlies, then the IS is invaluable for getting that extra stop or two that can make the difference.

    cambirder  107202 forum posts England
    26 Sep 2011 - 9:24 PM

    Quote: or use a tripod and go non iso . same end result imo.

    Have you ever tried to stalk flighty insects with a cumbersome tripod attached? For mainly static objects however a tripod would be the way to go.

    mohikan22  102188 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
    27 Sep 2011 - 9:02 AM

    Have you ever tried to stalk flighty insects with a cumbersome tripod attached?
    yes i have and it works for me. but then my tripod is very lighteight and comes apart to become smaller when needed Grin

    will2509  4 United Arab Emirates
    1 Oct 2011 - 11:40 AM

    I have the non L and it is by far my favourite lens you wont regret it

    Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
    1 Oct 2011 - 1:34 PM

    You sold the best lens......The Tamron 90mm Grin


    tomcat e2 Member 95916 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
    2 Oct 2011 - 9:09 PM

    I purchased the Canon 100mm IS earlier this year & never looked back.
    Well worth the extra doshWink
    Off loaded the Sigma 150mm in the process

    It took my butterfly images to a new dimensionWink


    mikehit  56454 forum posts United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
    3 Oct 2011 - 9:55 AM

    acousticmist - why did you get rid of the Tamron 90mm? That may guide your decision.
    Have you considered teh Canon 180mm?

    I have the 100mm L IS and am gobsmacked how sharp it is. And the IS is a great bonus, especially as I don't use it only for macro.

    7 Oct 2011 - 6:14 PM

    Hi all, I have now purchased the L series 100mm IS. Very pleased, as sharp as a pin. Martin

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