The 1:1 macro reproduction and 30cm minimum close-focus distance makes this lens ideal for everyday close-ups and places a comfortable distance between the lens and the subject that’s being photographed. At conventional shooting distances its image stabilisation provides 4 stops of correction for handshake, which reduces to 2-stops at 1:1 reproduction. Sharpness is very good wide-open at f/2.8 and gets even better when it’s stopped down to f/5.6. Fine gearing of the focus ring assists precise manual focus adjustments and its autofocus behavior is fast and silent. Needless to say it’s our most popular macro lens in Canon EF mount.