Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM review: a classic never dies

Friday, September 07, 2012

Lens Review
Introduction | Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM lens performance | Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM versus competition | Conclusion
Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM review: a classic never dies

Canon’s EF 100mm f/2 USM dates back to the early 1990s, making it one of the camera maker’s more veteran lenses. But don’t let its age fool you, the lens’ continuing popularity among professional and amateur photographers alike proves a classic never dies.

Shooters are attracted to the lens’ affordable price tag of about $440 (USD), medium focal-length, and super wide aperture of f/2 – these combined qualities have made it a must-have portrait lens for beginners.

The lens’ staying power among professionals is aided by its reputation for producing high quality images, a widely held assumption proved true during testing at DxOMark.

Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM lens performance

Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM versus competition

Conclusion