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Macro Photography - Part Two

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Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro (Web Extension - Additional Information on this lense)

A versatile macro lens with focusing from infinity down to half life-size (0.5x), and incorporating a floating element optical design that insures uniform sharpness and contrast be extended to closest to normal focusing distances or at infinity setting. With its widest aperture at f/2.5, it provides a reasonably bright viewfinder for picture composition (focusing too, if user shoot in manual mode or performing depth of field preview). The lens is also an ideal general-purpose standard lens but doubles with a true macro capability. A great companion for photographing flat artwork or duplicating works because of its outstanding centre-to-corner flat field performance. The slight inconvenience is, it requires another dedicated optional accessory Life Size Converter, available separately and adds up to the cost and space in your camera bag, but it allows focusing down to full life-size (1x magnification) with another benefit that it actually increases working distance from the front of the lens to the subject.

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<<<-- Before scroll down for my staff entry works - here is a beautifully taken macro shot on some morning dew on horse hairs at the ranch.

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Canon life-size Converter EF A unique accessory, dedicated exclusively to the EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro lens. Unlike a conventional extension tube, the Life Size Converter EF has a four-element optical design that acts like a tele extender, allowing magnifications from 0.26x to 1x (full life-size) while increasing the working distance from the front of the lens to the subject. Optical quality is outstanding with the Life Size Converter EF in place.

Macro photography sucks plenty of light - the closer or greater the magnification it goes, the more light is required for a theoretical good exposure. Generally, it is the secondary issues such as depth of field, drop in shutter speed that make up the main problem in close-up larger than 1:2. Good news is, unlike those FD days, Canon turned to TTL Flash metering from the
Canon T90 days onwards and extended to the EOS era has opened up plenty of options in countering exposure issues where the previous auto- flash approach faced.

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The evolution on Canon A-TTL to E-TTL flash exposure from then on has enabled Canon photographers in opening up plenty of photographic potentials with TTL flash. Similarly macro photography benefits greatly from all these development on accuracy on TTL exposure control. The Canon MACROLITE group, which specifically designed for close ups flash has grown in many forms and varieties/choices to fit individual preferences, you can CLICK HERE for some reading references. Similarly, other Canon system components such as Remote Control accessories such as the Wireless Remote Control LC-3 Set etc. can also be used in combination with the many other macro group of Canon EF lenses, accessories with most of the Canon film /digital SLRs. Options can be many in numbers and varieties, other than financial and budget spending, most of all it has to be dependent on whether we know how to make good use of them creatively in our photography.

Canon EF100mm f.2.8 MACRO USM
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM (Web Extension - Additional Information on this lense)

Many EOS shooters consider this two professional lenses in one: a superior-performance portrait-length tele with a fast f/2.8 aperture and lightning-quick USM AF; and a superb macro lens that focuses to life size (1x) without accessories. It has a unique internal focusing design and floating optics for sharpness throughout its vast focus range, and allows a working distance of 5.9 inches (149mm) at life size. Full-time manual focusing and an available Tripod Mount B with adapter round out this terrific macro lens.

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Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L MACRO
Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro (Web Extension - Additional Information on this lense)

EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM
Many Canon fans considered this is one of the sharpest lenses in the entire EOS system, and a brilliant all-round telephoto lens that can focus to true life size (1x) - with a working distance of almost 10 inches (0.25m) from the subject! Three UD-glass elements, a floating optical system, and internal focusing assure superb performance at any distance. It's even compatible with the EF 1.4x II and 2x II tele extenders. A powerful ring-type USM means fast and silent AF, along with full-time manual focus. It includes a tripod collar and detachable lens hood.

Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 MACRO Photo lens
Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5X MACRO PHOTO (Additional Information on this lense)

Macro Photo This special-purpose lens is strictly for high-magnification shooting between 1x (life size) and 5x - at its closest focus distance, you can fill the frame with a grain of rice. Its optics, dedicated to macro work, are superb. Focus is manual only, and there's a detailed magnification scale engraved on the barrel. It includes a tripod collar, and is fully compatible with Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX and Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX.

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Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 USM MACRO

Announced in 2005. It was more specific designed as a digital SLR MACRO lens that capable of delivering 1:1 Reproduction Ratio for many Canon digital EOS cameras with an APS-C size sensor such as as Canon EOS 20D, EOS 300D or the EOS 350D etc. The lens features Canon's ring-type Ultra Sonic Motor (USM) for fast, near-silent auto focus, a new AF algorithm for improved focusing speed, a close focusing distance of just 0.2m. The ‘S’ in the EF S stands for ‘short back focus’ and optically, it comprises of a 12 element, 8 group construction, with a three group inner focus system. An internal 3 group focusing system allows the lens length to remain fixed when the focus ring is turned and fully compatible with
Canon MT-24EX twin flashes and MR-14EX ring flash units. It weighs 335 g (11.8 oz) and measures 73 x 69.8 mm (2.9 x 2.8 mm and uses standard 52mm filters. Canon Extenders are compatible which yields a reproduction ratios of 1.28X - 0.20X with EF12 II; 1.61X - 0.44X for EF 25 II.

NOTE: - I don't have experience with this new Canon lens and for additional detailed Information on this lense, you can browse via two suggestive links I provided here at: - A) Photo Zone's Review (B) DPreview Site for introductory info

Extension Tube EF 25
Extension Tube EF 12 II
Extension Tube EF 25 II

Shown at the right is a 25mm tube. The 12mm Extension is smaller and thin in its body dimension, that is all.

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  Canon Extension Tube EF 25

Canon developed these extension tube specifically for use with EF optic to strengthen the close-up capability of the EOS system where Canon first introduced a 25mm tube back in 1987/8. The accessory(ies) are very affordable They transmits electronic signals via the 8 electronic contacts between camera and lens for AF/Metering/Exposure control and others (such as lens status, lens type, metering information, focal length and AF drive information. Except for macro lenses, ordinary lenses have a maximum magnification of around 0.1X. Extension tubes can get closer to the subject and obtain higher magnification. It does not has any optical component inside (hollow) and it is a good tool when attached to standard and wide-angle lenses or for use with telephotos to get just a bit closer to the subject by increasing the closest focusing distance. Mounting the extension tube between camera body and lens lets you take close-up shots easily but some basic functionality of the primary lens will be affected for normal photography at longer distance (yes, it works at close focus range only). There is negligible light loss and TTL meter should be able to compensate that; good thing is, the optical performance of the primary lens in use is not affected - provided the lens performs good at these their respective closest focus distances. Technically, they can be used with almost all EF lenses (except in the instruction for the original Extension Tube 25 it mentioned the accessory is
NOT compatible with some EF lenses such as EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye; EF 50mm f/1.0L USM and for the 20mm setting of Canon EF 20-35mm f/2.8L - focusing capability is not possible). In principle, with any lens, the longer the extension tube, the greater the close-up effect as it extends the lens-to-film distance by either 12 mm (Extension Tube EF 12 II or 25 (II) (both tubes introduced probably in 2003). The current version is the version II. With both the series, you have a wider choice of extension tubes and close-up magnifications. Auto exposure continues to work reliably, but manual focus is recommended in most instances. Both version II extension tubes (12mm and 25mm) are also compatible with Canon EF-S lenses such as 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 or others. The magnification differs according to the primary lens attached to any of it but for most standard zoom lenses, it is approx. 0.3~0.5 for the Extension Tube 12 II and 0.7 or larger for the 25mm version II. You can stack and combine both the tubes for higher magnification ratio. The version II extension tubes have a white lens mount index (instead of traditional red marking) to indicate compatibility with the new EF-S lens. As the version II was introduced and expansion of the EF lens group, Canon published some incompatibility of the two tubes with some of the selective EF lenses: -

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<<--- Macro Photography is a good starting point for budding photographer to pursue further into a passion later ... more info at the bottom at next image ...

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Extension Tube EF 25 II is NOT compatible with: EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye, EF 14mm f/2,8L, USM, EF 20mrn f/2.8 USM, EF 24mrn f/1.4L USM, EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM, EF 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, EF 28-300mm f/3.5~5.6L IS USM (at its wide angles settings), MP-E65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo, TS-E 45mm f/2.8, EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5~f/4.5 USM (at its wide angles settings), EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM (at wide angles), EF-S 18~55mm f/3.5-f/5.6 USM (at wide angles), EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 (at wide angles). (Canon also stated they do not recommend use of the Extension Tube EF 25 II with EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-f/4.5 USM at near the tele-end. since it radically reduces working distance.)

Canon Extension Tube EF 12 II
Extension Tube EF 12 II is NOT compatible with: Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye, EF 14mm f/2.8L USM, MP-E 65mm f/2-8 1-5X Macro photo, EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-f/4.5 USM (at wide angles), EF-S 17-85mm f/4-f/5.6 IS USM (at wide angles).

Brief Specification: Extension Tube EF 25 (ORIGINAL) measures 27.3 x 67.6mm (1-1/16" x 2-11/16"), weighs 125g (4.4 oz). Lens cap uses standard Canon R-F3; hard case LH-B8 or soft case ES-C9. Extension Tube EF 25 II:- 67.6mm x 27.3mm; Weight (g): 125g; accessory: Hard Case: LH-B8; Extension Tube EF 12 II:- measuring 66.5mm x 12.3mm; weighs 66g and comes with an exclusive soft case (larger ones can be used as it is lightweight and compact.

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Close-up Lens 250D | Close-up Lens 500D | Close-up Lens 500

A cost-effective and even more versatile close-up method than extension tubes. It is a handy accessories when used in combination with telephoto lenses because you can easily detach them and revert the lenses back as normal lenses, and these are the only close-up accessory that doesn't suffer loss-light on increasing magnification. Further, it serves as a better option if one does do plenty of close-up pictures. They comes in a few diameters to serves variable filter attachment sizes on EF lenses. 52mm, 58mm are the popular ones. Lately, Canon introduced another few sizes like 72mm and 77mm diameter filters. As at 2006, both sizes are for the 500D only. The main difference among them is - 250D is optimized for lenses between 50 and 135mm, while the 500D works best with lenses from 75mm through 300mm. Both have a double-element design, so their optical quality is excellent. The Close-up Lens 500, with a single-element design, offers an even more affordable alternative. Originals are usually more expensive than third party labels, you can try alternatives from popular brands such as Hoya, B&W etc. Note:- The working distance from the end of the lens is 25cm for the 230D and 50cm for the 500(D) at OO. Further, the magnification is higher for the 250D than the comparing 500/500D.

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Others:- The transitional change from Canon FD to EOS platform back in the late '80 actually caused many problems on incompatibility of system components. One of the first things photographers was an interim adapter in permitting them to use their Canon FD or even the older FL and Canonflex lenses on their EOS cameras. However, interposing such an idea is possible but the critical flange to film plane distance has some difference between the older FD and newer EF which causes any lens attached via the connection will not be able to focus to infinity but possible only for close-ups. It was a legitimate need as the EOS system was still at its infancy, so Canon has designed a unique accessory called FD-EOS Macro Lens Mount Converter in allowing previous FD, FL or Canonflex optic to be used on an EOS SLR camera body (or using via a bellow extension/extension tubes).

Canon_MACRO_lensadapter.jpg Canon FD-EOS MACRO Converters:- This adapter ring fits into a camera such as Canon EOS-1N's bayonet mount and holds the intended accessories by means of the FD bayonet mount. Naturally, autofocus function is disabled, exposure metering is still possible at the preset aperture (stopped-down metering) because there is no diaphragm coupling in such a combination. Further, there is also no focus confirmation on the mated EOS cameras/neither spot metering in some EOS models is not possible either. Good news is, since the FD macro photography group of system accessories were matured in various forms and options; in particularly the EOS/EF system only has a 25mm Extension Tube plus a EF 50mm Compact Macro in the initial EF product line up; this solution to permit use of the huge FD macro group of accessories as interim measure become very viable. The two specialized Canon FD MACRO Photo lenses of Canon FD 20mm f/3.5 and 35mm f/2.8 macrophoto optic is hence possible to be used indirectly, or it even permits FD Auto Bellows unit or M, or FD extension tubes fitted with these lenses to be attached to an EOS camera. For those who may have invested into other expensive combinations such as Canon Photo Micro Unit F, you can also mount the microscope adapter directly onto an EOS camera body for photography.

Well, although these are possibilities and it is only confined to photographers who may be sandwiching between the two different Canon systems, if you grow with an EOS as a photographer, it does not make much sense to use FD macro lenses on a camera such as Canon EOS-1N if you're serious about close-up photography because the EF macro lenses are much more compatible and newer EF options are plenty now.

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Selected FD lenses can also be used with the EOS-1 series models or equivalent. A lot of professional and serious amateur photographers have sizable investment of many Canon FD lenses - costly super-telephoto lenses, in particular. By attaching the appropriate Lens Mount Converter FD-EOS, you can mount certain FD lenses onto your EOS-1 series camera body and thus further expand your EOS system. The FD-EOS Lens Converter accepts telephoto FD lenses. Optical performance of the lens is maintained; although the actual focal length becomes extended by 1.26X and aperture values are reduced by 2/3 stop. Focusing is carried out manually, and exposures can be set manually or by using aperture-priority AE. All metering systems are supported with the exception of fine spot metering.

The Macro Lens Mount Converter FD-EOS lets users attach such FD accessories as the auto bellows and photomicro unit to an EOS body for close-up shots. With this converter, you operate the EOS by manual focusing under manual exposure control or by using the aperture-priority AE mode.

Lens Mount Converter FD-EOS (the applied compatibility chart was published during early days of EOS, various combinations could have been expanded as EF lens family has expanded over the years but Canon seldom promote the use of this accessory now). You may help to update this chart.

Usable lens

focal length & f-stop


FD 200mm f/1.8L

252mm f/2.5

one stop reduction at full aperture

FD 200mm f/2.8RF

252mm f/3.5


FD 300mm f/2.8L

378mm f/3.5

Original FD can also be used

FD 300mm f/4.0L

378mm f/5.0

Original FD can also be used

FD 300mm f/4.0

378mm f/5.0

Original FD can also be used

FD 400mm f/2.8L

504mm f/3.5

Warning Canon claimed 'some FD lenses' cannot be used even if their focal lengths match those listed here. Credit: Mr. Roger B. Clark for rectifying an error found in this chart.

FD 400mm f/4.5

504mm f/5.6

FD 500mm f/4.5L

630mm f/5.6

FD 600mm f/4.5

756mm f/5.6

FD 800mm f/5.6L

1008mm f/7.1

FD 50-300mm f/4.5L

63-378mm f/5.6

FD 85-300mm f/4.5

107-378mm f/5.6

FD 150-600mm f/5.6L

189-756mm f7.1

Comments: No detail info being released officially whether some of the shorter focal length FD lenses can also be used on these converters. If you have any experiences dealing with such converters, please update this section. Appropriate credit will be given.

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Canon AF-TTL Flash Models
Part Two Flash Units designed for Macro-Photography (Macrolite)

Other Canon macro photography lens alternatives: EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact MACRO w/ Life Size Converter EF | EF 100mm f/2.8 MACRO | EF 180mm f/3.5L MACRO | Canon MP-E 65mm f/28 MACRO Photo | External Link: - Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 USM Macro (linked to review)

Relative: - Canon FD Macro Lenses 20mm 35mm 50mm 100mm 200mm or older S.S.C. range of macro lenses + Main Index Page on Canon FD lens Resources

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