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
EF 100mm f/2 USM

Strengths of the Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM include:

  • Good resolution, perfect for photographers looking to earn income by taking portraits, or shooting weddings.
  • Its brightness, with the lens measuring a transmission score of 2.2 T-stop. This makes the lens incredibly attractive for low light environments, but also for photographers wanting to snap pictures with a very shallow depth of field.
  • Its excellent control of chromatic aberration.
  • Limited distortion, with the defect remaining absent in most circumstances.
  • Good control of lens shading and vignetting.

The camera’s one weakness is the absence of stabilization technology, making it more vulnerable and susceptible to mobtion blur. Photographers will need a steady hand, especially when shooting at low speeds.