The Ultimate Yongnuo 100mm F2 Review!

Today we are going to be going over our dedicated Yongnuo 100mm F2 review as we have seen a steadily increasing number of people reaching out for advice on the lens over the past few months. We hope that our article will help as many of our readers as possible who are looking to pick up the Yongnuo 100mm prime lens.

As you would expect from Yongnuo, there are various versions of the lens available on the market so be sure to pick up the one relevant for your camera brand. This can be a pain if you plan on picking the lens up from your local thrift store or charity store as the clerk may not be aware of this. The links below will take you directly to the relevant pages on Amazon for the two main variants of the lens helping you to get the correct variant of the lens:-

General Performance

First, let’s cover some general performance points for the Yongnuo 100mm lens. Being a fixed prime lens with a 100mm focal length it can come in handy in a number of popular photography niches and we will be showing some example photographs of each of these niches later in the article. Although there are some solid telephoto prime lenses on the market, we feel that the Yongnuo 100mm tends to offer a better blend between its price tag against its performance, features, functionality, and build quality.

Speaking of the build quality of the lens, Yongnuo has done an excellent job of constructing the lens to be as solid and robust as possible. The lens has a nice professional feel to it and the texturized manual focus ring on the lens is very easy to locate and rotate even if you are using the lens in cold or wet conditions. The autofocus on the lens is also available with a large number of popular cameras from multiple brands too further increasing the level of performance that the lens is able to offer.

As we touched on earlier, we will be showing a number of example photographs captured using the Yongnuo 100mm later in the article and as you will see, its image quality is excellent and can easily hold its own against some of the higher price point telephoto prime lenses on the market right now.

The F/2 aperture on the lens offers some excellent low light performance too allowing you to use the lens in a large number of lighting conditions without issue. The F/2 aperture is also excellent for adding blur to the backgrounds of photographs if needed to help isolate and draw attention to the main subject of your photograph.

The focusing range indicator on the Yongnuo 100mm is excellent for judging the size of the depth of field for your location offering a better overall image quality than many of the competing lenses at this price point on the market.

The bayonet connector of the lens is made from high-quality, high precision metal to ensure a seamless fit to the lens mount on your camera body. The high-quality metal ensures that the lenses mount is robust enough to last you many years without sustaining damage and potentially damaging the lens mount on your camera of choice.

We would just like to take this opportunity to remind you to pick up the correct variant of the lens for your camera brand. The links below will take you to the relevant pages to ensure you get the correct one.

Macro Photography Performance

Although not strictly a macro lens due to its replication ratio, the Yongnuo 100mm can still provide some great macro photographs as shown in the example photograph captured using the lens above. The detail is clean and crisp and the 100m focal length on the lens allows you to capture even tiny subjects in excellent detail.

The responsive manual focus ring on the lens makes it quick and easy to tweak your level of focus when trying your hand at macro photography too making the process very easy.

Portrait Photography Performance

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It is no secret that the 100mm focal length is not the best for use as a portrait lens but the photograph above was captured using the Yongnuo 100mm. Although we would always recommend a lens with a focal length from 35mm to around 50mm for any type of paid client portrait photography the Yongnuo 100mm can produce some decent portrait style photographs.

Landscape Photography Performance

Similar to portrait photography, we would recommend a focal length of 12mm to around 25mm for the ideal landscape lens depending on your camera set up. That said, there is a steadily growing community of photographers who capture landscape photographs with the telephoto zoom ranges for fun.

The photograph above was captured using the Yongnuo 100mm and although it is not essentially a landscape photograph, it gives an idea of what the lens is able to produce for you.

Our Verdict

That concludes out Yongnuo 100mm F2 review and we would just like to finish by saying that it really is a great lens, especially for its price point in the market and it will make a great addition to your collection of camera accessories. The lens is pretty versitile and can be successfully used to capture photographs in a large number of popular phootgraphy niches and situations producting photographs with excellent image quality.

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