Canon RF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM review

The Canon RF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM may well be the finest macro lens we've ever used

5 Star Rating
Canon RF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM review
(Image: © James Artaius)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Canon RF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM takes everything that was great about the EF version and makes it even better. Magnification? Boosted to 1.4x. Stabilization? Upped to 8 stops (on the EOS R5 and R6). Bokeh? Even more beautiful, thanks to a control ring that shifts the lens elements. Focus and breathing? Faster and more controlled than ever. It's a superb standalone portrait lens as well, with pin-sharp rendering and a flattering focal length. If you want to shoot close-ups of small things and large things alike, you've just found your next purchase.


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    1:1.4 reproduction ratio

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    Ridiculously sharp

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    SA (bokeh!) control

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    Near-zero focus breathing

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    8 stops of stabilization


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    This is the one we've been waiting for! The Canon RF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM has been a hotly anticipated lens ever since the EOS R system was first announced back in 2018. 

    The Canon RF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM is the successor to the beloved Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro, one of the best macro lenses ever made and a staple in the bags of professionals and amateurs alike. 

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    James Artaius

    The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.