Friday, November 13, 2009

Handheld macro fun

I received my Canon 100 f/2.8L IS Macro lens today. It was already getting dark by the time I got home but those were conditions I wanted to try the lens out with anyway.

I took a several images with both the 1Ds Mark III and the 7D. Color rendition is good, its too early to say but I suspect the 180L macro is still a touch better. Sharpness is excellent even wide open on bodies, though the vignetting is more pronounced on the 1Ds3.

Bokeh is quite pleasing and the autofocus is quite fast for a macro lens so this should be quite suitable for portraiture.

Canon claims the new image stabilization is good for 4 stops at normal shooting distances and 2 stops at 1:1 macro distances.

So far I have little reason to doubt these claims, the image stabilizer is very effective (the image above was taken hand held at 1/13s and is tack sharp even when viewed at 100%).

There are a lot of questions people have, will this be a better (or at least as good a) lens than the 135L for portraiture, where does this leave the 180 macro and whether image stabilizer in a macro lens even makes sense?

The answer, I don't know, yet. So far this does seem to be a fun little lens to use and I think the image stabilizer will give people who like handholding more options.

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