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Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM

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Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM
Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM
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Initial Price: 
$500
  • 8 (rounded diaphragm)
  • Ring-type ultrasonic  AF Motor
  • Super Spectra coating
  • Metal mount
Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM
Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM
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Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM

Overview

Description by Canon:

The EF 100mm f/2 USM is a short telephoto lens with a wide aperture, making it ideal for portraits. The lens compresses facial features and ensures the subject stands out against a blurred backdrop.

  • Medium telephoto lens
  • Fast f/2 aperture
  • USM focus motor with full-time manual focus
  • 90cm closest focusing distance
  • 58mm filter size
  • Super Spectra coatings reduce ghosting and flare

A specialist lens that will help your portraits stand out from the crowd.

Long focal length and compact size
The EF 100mm f/2 USM has a large maximum aperture, but is still relatively compact. The 100mm focal length lets photographers maintain a comfortable working distance from their subjects, and also helps to compress perspective. Sharp, crisp pictures are obtained at all apertures throughout the range.

Large f/2 aperture
A large maximum aperture of f/2 provides outstanding speed for low-light shooting, without the need for flash. Shooting at such wide apertures also throws the background out of focus, placing more emphasis on the subject.

Smooth background blur
A virtually circular aperture diaphragm gives out of focus regions a softer, more uniform feel. Sharp foreground objects stand out against a smooth blurred background.

Ultrasonic focusing
A ring-type ultrasonic motor drives autofocus extremely quickly, and in near silence. Excellent holding torque ensures the point of focus is reached accurately, without overshooting. Furthermore, full-time manual override is available, making it possible to adjust focus without leaving AF mode.

Super Spectra coating
Super Spectra coatings ensure accurate colour balance and enhance contrast. They also reduce flare and ghosting – a common problem caused by light bouncing off a camera's sensor.

Integration with E-TTL II flash metering
The lens passes distance information back to a compatible EOS camera's E-TTL II flash system to ensure optimal flash metering."

Reviews

"The Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM is one two classic portrait tele lenses that remain easily within the financial reach of most amateurs. There're quite frequent discussions in the various Canon web-forums whether to prefer this lens or its more popular sister - the EF 85mm f/1.8 USM. Released back in 1991 the

Post date: 08/02/2012 - 16:56

"The Canon EF 100mm f/2.0 USM Lens also shares the Canon EF 85 f/1.8 Lens' wide 8-blade aperture. Low light action sports is a specific task the 100 f/2 is well suited for. This lens works well for indoor events. The less-demanding daytime outdoor sports should not be a problem for the 100 f/2, but many prefer using a good zoom lens (such as the Canon EF 70-200 f/4 L USM Lens or the Canon

Post date: 01/02/2012 - 21:16

"Weighing 460g, this lens isn't overly heavy or light, but at only 73.5mm long, it is quite compact and it balances extremely well on the Canon EOS 5D Mark II used for testing. High quality plastics have been used for much of the lens barrel's construction and the lens mount is metal. Build quality overall is very good. It may not be up to the weather sealed standards of Canon's 'L' series lenses, but it is certainly

Post date: 02/10/2011 - 00:00

Specifications

Initial Price: 
$500
Release Date: 
10/1991
DXO Mark Score
Resolution: 
14.0 P-Mpix
Transmission: 
2.2 TStop
Distortion: 
0.30%
Vignetting: 
-1.4 EV
Chr. aberration: 
5.00µm
Specifications
Lens type: 
Fixed Focal Length
Lens Mount: 
Canon EF mount
Canon EFS mount
AF Motor type: 
USM
Optical characteristics
Focal Length: 
100mm
Internal zooming: 
No
Angle of view: 
24°
Zoom Ratio: 
1.0x
Max Magnification: 
0.1x
Lens construction: 
8 elements in 6 groups
Diaphragm Blades: 
8 aperture blades circular opening
Maximum Aperture: 
f/2.0
Minimum Aperture: 
f/22.0
Aperture ring: 
No
Internal Focusing: 
Yes
Front lens element rotating: 
No
Minimum Focusing Distance: 
0.90m
Distance Scale: 
Yes
Full-Time manual focus: 
Yes
Auto Focus / Manual Focus switch: 
Yes
Stabilization system : 
No
Physical characteristics
Diameter: 
75.0mm
Length: 
73.0mm
Weight: 
460.0 g
Body material: 
Plastic with metal mount
Weather sealing: 
No
Filter Diameter: 
58mm
Lens Hood included: 
No

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