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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Going Small[er] for Closeups

As I mentioned in the previous blog post, I wanted to go back and shoot some of the same close up subjects using a different setup, namely the EOS 7D and EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens. I got a chance to do this yesterday morning.

The combination of the EOS 5D Mark II with battery grip, EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II USM lens and 77mm diameter 500D closeup lens which I used on election day weighs about 6.25 pounds. The EOS 7D without battery grip and EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens I carried yesterday only weighs about 2.5 pounds. I handheld the camera, as I did on election day, and the lighter weight helped make up for the lack of image stabilization as it's easier to hold a lighter camera steady.

The 60mm lens creates a field of view equivalent to that of a 96mm lens on a full frame camera. The working distance is less than that of the 70-200mm zoom with the closeup filter but for static subjects that isn't really a problem. Here are some of the results:

EOS 7D, EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro, f/8, 1/180 sec., ISO 800

EOS 7D, EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro, f/8, 1/250 sec., ISO 800

EOS 7D, EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro, f/8, 1/250 sec., ISO 800

One advantage of the macro lens versus the closeup filter method is that you are ready to focus from macro to infinity without having to take anything on and off of the lens.

EOS 7D, EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro, f/8, 1/250 sec., ISO 100


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