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…
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.