Posts Tagged macro

Review: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens

100mm Generally speaking, the Canon EF 100mmis a great lens. The bokeh is fine. The lens is pretty fast. f/2.8 to f/22 is useful as a creative range. The optics are sharp and the all-time focusing is a boon. So what’s not to like? Well, here’s the thing. The Canon EOS50D, which I use, has the ability to use the viewfinder in “live preview” mode, and when doing so, will allow you to zoom in on your focus point (or anywhere else, but that’s irrelevant to my point here) such that you can see extremely fine detail. At which point you can manually focus the lens so that it is exactly right. Marvelous, right?

It would be. But the lens has some mechanical backlash problems. Let me explain backlash; if you’re not familiar with it, it takes a bit of describing.
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1:1250 scale diorama – The President, under way

1250 scale)

Deb created the “sea” out of stained glass, and I mounted it in a box to protect it. The ship is about 2 and 3/4ths inches long; the wake is powdered flour and an application of WinImages’ “radial wave” effect using layers to separate the ship from the water. The “smoke” is also a WinImages effect. I took the shot with a Canon EOS 40D and Canon’s 100mm macro lens. For more details, just click on the image.

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