The Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS Macro USM is state of the art professional grade lens. While it excels especially at close-up photography the lens is still an extremely capable choice for other applications such as portraiture. Canon L series lenses are leading designs engineered to Canon's highest optical standards. Mechanical engineering is well thought with a weight saving chassis sealed to resist dust and moisture and a metal lens mount for endurance.
Perhaps the most unique feature on the EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS Macro USM is it's the very first design to incorporate Canon's Hybrid Image IS (Image Stabilization) Technology. In addition to sensing and adjusting to compensate for shake caused by angular camera movements Hybrid IS also detects and adjusts for shake from non angular movement called shift. The novel Hybrid IS approach allows a stability improvement up to an equivalent of four stops of shutter speed. Using flash in combination with Image Stabilization allows for unique slow sync shots that may have previously only been possible with a tripod. Image Stabilization can be turned off to save power via a dedicated switch.
Autofocus is driven by a fast and quiet ring type USM (Ultra Sonic Motor) with full time manual focus override. Close focusing distance is .3 meters at a life size magnification of 1:1 enabling the entire image frame to be filled with subject matter the size of the camera image sensor. A focus limit switch offers three selections: .3m to infinity, .5 meters to infinity, and .3m to .5 m range. The focus scale is marked in meters, feet, and reproduction ratios.
For maximum stability and compositional convenience a lens tripod collar is available separately. Canon Macro and Ring Lights are also available. Magnification can be increased further with the addition of optional extension tubes, close-up filters, or tele-converters. The standard lens hood is a Canon ET-73 which reverses for storage. The standard case is a Canon LP1219 drawstring soft case.
Lens Name: EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM IS
Canon's newest "L" series lens is its first mid-telephoto macro lens to include Canon's sophisticated Image Stabilization. With the highest quality optics available, combined with near-silent Ultrasonic focusing and life-size close-up capabilities without an adapter, the EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM is simply unrivalled.
This is the first lens on the market to incorporate Canon's new Hybrid Image Stabilization Technology. Hybrid IS effectively compensates for both angular and shift camera shake during close-up shooting. The lens was developed to expand users' photographing range and allow a wider range of users to easily enjoy macro photography.