Anyone also shoot Macro ?

10 posts
17 Feb 2014
photostore
Photographer
photostore
Macro !
Canon shooter so any lens advice, general advice,very much appreciated, it's a subject that always fascinated me.
Posted 17 Feb 2014
RealityImaging
Photographer
RealityImaging
The 100mm Macro is a beautiful lens. If you can afford the VR version I would go for it. However if you want to try out Macro on a budget, if you have a 50mm lens, just buy a reversing ring. Not too good in the edges but certainly good enough to play around with. Cheers, RI

Posted 18 Feb 2014
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
For the relatively small difference in cost (compared to other non-L / L series differences), the L series version is well worth considering as the stabiliser is a godsend for spontaneous shooting. Without the stabiliser you'll need a tripod and/or flash.
Posted 18 Feb 2014
AlletunYL
Photographer
AlletunYL
Yes 100mm Canon Macro L series lens on a 600D body just works a dream.

Posted 18 Feb 2014
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
It's probably worth mentioning as well that Canon have superceded the MR-14EX macro ring flash with a mk2.

The old one is still available at ~£150 cheaper than the new one and it supports IR wireless TTL wheras the new one is radio wireless to work with the likes of the new 600EX speedlites, so this may be of importance if you have some older Canon units with IR TTL while the old MR-14 is still available.

Posted 18 Feb 2014
photostore
Photographer
photostore
"It's probably worth mentioning as well that Canon have superceded the MR-14EX macro ring flash with a mk2."

So Gary Fong lied when he said the lightsphere was the only flash accessory i'd ever need ?

Posted 18 Feb 2014
Skid2
Photographer
Skid2
I shoot macro but had to go for the 180mm as all the shorter length lens brought me too close to the reptiles especially within the strike distance of adders. http://www.skid2me.co.uk/skid/family/pages/112add.htm

I see that the ring flash MR14 EXII has still not arrived but is on back order from WEX and Calumet.

Posted 18 Feb 2014
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
Skid2

I see that the ring flash MR14 EXII has still not arrived but is on back order from WEX and Calumet.


It's due around May/June time IIRC, but if you'd rather have a mk1 now's the time to buy before stocks are depleted.
Posted 18 Feb 2014
eosfan
Photographer
eosfan
I too use the Canon 100mm 2.8L IS, a superb lens for macro and head/shoulder shots.

I have recently dabbled with focus stacking for my macro images, works well with static subjects, no good for the bees around lavender though !!

Dave

Posted 18 Feb 2014
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
I've got the non-L 100mm and it must be said it makes a belter of a portrait lens, the only thing against it is the AF is a bit slow and tends to hunt around (as it probably does on all genuine macro lenses). Optically I don't think there's much between the L and non L (personal observations, although it could be mine is a good one when comparing against the L one I've used)
Posted 18 Feb 2014
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