FTOD – Monday 31 August


FOTD – Monday 31 August


Connecting with the natural world, helps me through difficult times.

Little Pied Cormorant, drying off at Narooma Town Wharf

I have had a Canon Macro 100mm 1:28 lens in the cupboard for several years and hardly used it.  Previous attempts to master it were disappointing. So the challenge for the coming weeks is to improve my photography using this lens. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Author: mimfilip

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4 thoughts on “FTOD – Monday 31 August”

  1. Hi Mim, I bought a really cool Canon Macro some years ago and have lent it out to family as I found limited use. I use my tele lens to do macro when I can, though I do loose some depth of field and have to stand back more. If your lens has stabilizers both ways it helps as keeping the lens steady is important. Getting good lighting is important, indirect natural where the shadow is caste behind is best. Bird photographers usually have one packed away somewhere and hardly gets used, though those into mycology and entomology will have them in use. It is an extra weight to carry around unless you want to feature close ups on non moving subjects.

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  2. I also had a 100mm macro lens (from Jan 2012 – April 2015) and didn’t use it much after the first year so traded it to raise funds for a Sony a6000 in 2015.
    Now I have a Canon 17-50mm f2.8 which allows me to get closer to subjects and nice sharp focus.

    That was the only thing I didn’t like about the 100mm f2.8 macro lens – couldn’t get as close to flowers as I wanted.

    I found it is better to put it on a tripod and turn the IS (image stablizing) off. Even when I didn’t take my tripod outdoors, the macro lens still gave pleasing results and nice sharp focus. Its a really good macro lens. I often wonder if the Canon 60mm macro lens would have got me a bit closer, but being a beginner, I bought the 100mm having read such good reviews.

    It’s brilliant for food photography too.

    I mostly used it at f3.5 – f4.5 as I found the f2.8m didn’t give me enough of the flower or insect in sharp focus. If you like more of an abstract image, f2.8 is just fine. I also have a 50mm f1.4 which gives brilliant photos, especially in low light or at night. It’s been gathering dust for about 3 years.

    I just like to get closer….ie. 17mm (of the 17-50mm lens). I wish I knew back in 2012 what I know now. Flowers do not stand still and constantly move in the slightest wind. Sometimes I used to take a piece of thick paper or cardboard outdoors to shield the flower from the breeze. But like waves down the beach, something like every 7th(?) wind gust drops. (just like every 7th wave drops).

    Take some time to look through the viewfinder on a windy day and you’ll see what I mean.


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