Canon 100mm EF USM Lens
Featuring the same fast f2.8 aperture and 100mm focal length as our second pick, this lens comes in at nearly half the cost. It doesn't feature the hybrid image stabilization system, but focuses as close as 5.9 inches from the end of the lens. This life-size 1:1 macro uses a three part floating system for sharp images. The autofocus is also both fast and quiet. Full time manual focus is also available. This Canon lens weighs under 1.5 pounds.