A preview into shooting macro with Canon’s EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens

When I first started shooting with the Canon 400D, all I had was the Canon EF-S 18 – 55 MM F/3.5 – 5.6 Kit. And what was easy to see was how I was stuck to the narrow end of the kit lens. Also, I kept going as close to the subject as possible. So, it was very easy to figure where my interest was when I had to get as my next lens – the macro was almost a default choice. I had seen enough and more shots from Canon’s 100 mm macro lens on flickr and was already in love with it. So, when I got it, well I knew my love for it was only going to grow. And it did! :) That wasn’t hard to guess.

Shortly, I will be writing a detailed review of what I think of the lens. But for now, here are some sample shots that I have enjoyed taking using the lens.

When it comes to extracting details out of the subject and getting a nice depth of field, Canon’s 100 mm macro lens does a very good job. And I love doing abstract shots with it. The following is a picture that was shot with the macro and later worked on PS to get the desired texture work.

Character

The macro also does a lovely job of getting a smooth bokeh of the background. ‘Bokeh’ simply means that which is blurred in Japanese. The following is a shot with a green bokeh.

Anything With a Dash of Green ...

Yet another shot to show some bokeh.

When Your Surrounds Set You Apart

Here’s a shot of the spice, coriander seeds. Again, it is for the fun of capturing the details.

One of 'em Spices

 Here’s a shot of a gerbera flower. Shot at the level of the flower, it is easy to make out which petal is close to the lens and which is away. All thanks to the wide apaerture, the shallow DoF is easy to capture.

Spread Your Wings and Fly Away

Nothing prevents us from using the macro for things that arent tiny and minuscule. It focuses well at infinity. I have liked the details of the far away things like clouds, trees that I have managed to get from this lens.

And last but not the least, it is a great lens for portraits. Of course, it brings all the details out. So, it is probably best for shooting the very young and the very old. :))

Who? Me? ...

This is only a preview to a more detailed review of the lens that I am going to be writing.

Your questions/thoughts are welcome.


17 Responses to “A preview into shooting macro with Canon’s EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens”

  1. Your passion for playing with comes alive here. And the results are lovely :) More please.

  2. Playing with Light*

  3. Looks like a really “sweet” lens Chitra! I look forward to hearing more….

  4. :)
    Your pictures push me towards buying a DSLR first and then a macro lens! Great going… Keep inspiring!!

  5. Nice pictures Chitra…you have a great gift for this..

  6. I really like your eye for details.. The pics are inspiring and light and shadow have been beautifully captured..

  7. Nice pictures! Was the one with coriander seeds shot with a flash?

  8. I am a newbie exploring the thought of buying a DSLR and just getting familiar with the jargon.
    Could you please point out the difference between having a zoon lens (say 50-200mm variety) to shoot macro vs a lens like Canon’s EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens ?

    Needless to say – your pictures have played a great part in newly developed photography fascination.
    Thanks a lot in advance.
    A

  9. Thank you all. :)

    Gowri, nope no flash. Indirect sunlight. Thanks!:)

    A, thanks for stopping by. The net is a good source for info when you are starting out. But to give you an idea – a macro lens is designed especially for close-up photography. And is ideal to bring out details of objects at a close range. A zoom cannot do this. :) Read more here – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoom_lens. :)

  10. accidentally landed here to notice
    amazing photos.
    very nicely captured.
    onwards & upwards. /Yuva

  11. Hi Chitra,
    nice shots.. I am looking to buy this lens. Can u tell me where did you buy?(in India?) and how much did it cost?

    Regards,
    Mughil (kmughil@gmail.com)

  12. Very beautiful shots. felt a sensation of a sensation of pleasure+happiness seeing these snaps. I am an ametuar photographer with min budget, but still i want to buy this lens. What is the price and where you get this lens at Bangalore with bargaining price

  13. Very beautiful shots. felt a sensation of pleasure+happiness seeing these snaps. I am an ametuar photographer with min budget, but still i want to buy this lens. What is the price and where you get this lens at Bangalore with bargaining price

  14. Really Inspiring shots…
    Keep going…

  15. where to buy the canon 100mm in india .what is the price

  16. I absolutely love your angles and colour hues. I have the Canon 100mm f/2.8 lens for my Canon EOS 50D. I need to get off my ‘auto’ mode and learn more. Your shots are inspiring!

  17. Im yet to decide on the lens part to upgrade from my ket lens – to be used on my canon EOS 550D. But an eye for details, gets you to the “MACRO” level for indepth knowledge on the subjects. Its vivid in your snaps.

    I have not seen any person placing a review, saying the current best price. Why not do that as well. :)

    Appreciate ur work and thanks for ur inspirational shots.
    Keep going…! good luck.

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