1st Thoughts – EF 100mm 1:2.8 Macro

I can’t remember if I mentioned on here, but about a year or so ago Stacey and I purchased a brand new Canon EF 100mm 1:2.8 USM Macro lens.

I’d been wanting a macro lens for ages, given my obsession with shooting little creatures, and after much consideration we finally splashed out and got one. It was fantastic. A great macro lens, but also a great portrait and general shooting lens. Of course, we were on holiday in Brisbane at the time, so I didn’t get to try it out in all seriousness on spiders or anything, but what usage I did get in was fantastic.

Anyway, long story short, three days later, whilst we were packing the car to come back to Clermont, the lens took a tumble from the top shelf of a built in wardrobe whilst mounted on my EOS-3. They slammed into the tiled floor, and the lens broke into four different pieces. The body survived without a mark (one of the reasons I like my ‘3), but the lens was well and truly f**ked. There was no way we could repair the lens, and after spending so much on it in the first place we couldn’t really justify replacing it, so I just continued to make do with makeshift lens reversers and close-up filters.

We finally got around to getting a replacement last week, which, as Murphy’s Law would dictate, showed up whilst I was in hospital in Mackay.

Now that I’m home and have used it for a few days, I cannot believe I went so long without a dedicated macro lens. The improvements over the other makeshift macro solutions (reversed lenses, close-up filters, etc.) is indescribable. I’ll let the few quick shots I’ve taken speak for themselves I think…

Close-up of the eye of our still unnamed coastal beardie. She wasn't being particularly cooperative.

Close-up of the eye of our still unnamed coastal beardie. She wasn’t being particularly cooperative.

A cricket loses its battle for survival to my large centipede. I also noticed the poor centipede has a terrible mite infestation, which is going to be great fun to take care of.

A cricket loses its battle for survival to my large centipede. I also noticed the poor centipede has a terrible mite infestation, which is going to be great fun to take care of.

Found this little guy chilling upside down under a leaf on an orange tree. The background colour comes from an orange.

Found this little guy chilling upside down under a leaf on an orange tree. The background colour comes from an orange.

Same again here, the sharpness is quite nice from this lens.

Same again here, the sharpness is quite nice from this lens.

Obligatory shot this one. The background blue you can achieve with this lens is phenomenal. This wasn't even at maximum magnification either.

Obligatory shot this one. The background blur you can achieve with this lens is phenomenal. This wasn’t even at maximum magnification either.

Found this little girl camouflaged in a string of old insect corpses. She's nearly indistinguishable from the other detritus in her web. Background incidentally is citrus fruit.

Found this little girl camouflaged in a string of old insect corpses. She’s nearly indistinguishable from the other detritus in her web. Background incidentally is citrus fruit.

Couldn't decide over this one of the last one, both of the same spider but with different lighting.

Couldn’t decide over this one or the last one, both of the same spider but with different lighting.

All shots taken on my 60D with Canon EF 100mm 1:2.8 USM Macro lens and a remote mounted 430EX II speedlight triggered wirelessly by the camera.

I cannot wait to use this lens more.

Shannon Walters

An amateur photographer who also spends time making chainmaille and doing too many other things to mention.

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