Truland Photography

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Backup Closeup options.

My daughter will be taking my 100mm macro lens and her EOS 7D to Costa Rica for three weeks. So, I decided to investigate my current other options for making closeup photos.

One of my past favorites for closeups was a 300mm f/4 IS lens with a 1.4X extender. I also used a Canon 500D closeup filter on the 300mm lens without the extender.

I no longer have the 300mm lens but I have the 500D filter and a 1.4X extender. The longest lens I currently own is a 70-200mm f/2.8L lens without image stabilization.

One of the problems with using the 500D filter is that there is a very limited in focus range. Using it with a zoom lens creates more options than with a prime lens however.

Here are a bunch of samples. From the 100mm macro at minimum focusing distance to various zoom shots with the closeup filter, with and without the extender.

100mm macro lens at minimum focusing distance (MFD)

70-200 zoom at 200mm w/500D w/o extender at MFD

70-200 with extender at 140mm w/500D at MFD

70-200 with extender at 140mm w/500D at Infinity Focus

70-200 with extender at 280mm w/500D at MFD

70-200 with extender at 280mm w/500D at Infinity Focus

UPDATE 7/19/16:

Another closeup option is the crop sensor SL1 and the EF-S 55-250mm lens which focuses pretty close.

55-250 at 250mm (400mm EQ) at MFD (33.46" from sensor to subject)

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