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Old 01-26-2007, 07:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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A young lady I know wants to do all sorts of artistic shots starting next week. One of the shots she wants, and me too is a tight shot of her breast and pierced nipple. I have Canon 24-70 lens and 70-200 2.8 L, my question is would a Macro lens be better for this kind of shot or would it be to tight of a shot. I want to be able to fill the frame and not have to crop the image. What lens would you use for this? I have a full size sensor on my camera. I was thinking of a canon 100 macro or the canon 180 macro but haven't been find any in the local stores to test on my camera before I buy. I was thinking of getting one anyway for other Macro photography, flowers bugs and other subjects. Any input is greatly appreciated. She is definitely OK with me posting them so look for the results. It's good to finally have a muse.
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Old 01-26-2007, 08:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have Canons 100 macro and have been very happy with it. If you do go down that road I would recommend the newer version of the lens as the autofocus on the original lens is relatively s l o w. Either will be very sharp.

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Old 01-26-2007, 08:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Canon's 100mm macro has been my workhorse lens since the days of film. I've used it for everything from macro to drag race photography. It has been from Canada to South America with me and, until recently, was the lens that lived on my camera. I, too, have the older version with the older style focusing. I actually wore out the focusing mechanism, but instead of taking the sensible route and buying the new version of the lens, I had the old one repaired. The current production USM focusing version would have been a much better choice since I use it for so many things.
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Old 01-26-2007, 08:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks Steve
Nice work on your web page. Is this the lens you used on the personal page on your web site, nuts cinnamon sticks etc. If so they have a really shallow depth of field. Do you recall the F stop.
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Old 01-26-2007, 08:51 PM   #5 (permalink)
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When you use the Canon 100mm F2.8 Macro you must be very concious of DOF. Here are some sample shots of a 1" x 1.5" rectangle of a circuit board shot at each of the fstops.

http://rfredricksmith.com/macro/index.htm

Click to zoom closer on any one of them.

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Old 01-26-2007, 08:51 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Many thanks Jim.
I guy can never have to many lenses. The hard part is choosing which lens will do the most good since most of us are on a budget.
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Old 01-26-2007, 09:16 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks, you are always so generous and helpful to me. I hope to meet you one day.
Shallow DOF is definately a concern, I'll be cranking up the watts for sure. With My 70-200 I have to get as close to the subject as minum focusing distance will allow and zoom to 200 to fill the screen with the tightest shot possible which is about 9" wide. Can I assume the 100 will capture anything between 1x1" to 9".
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Old 01-26-2007, 09:33 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks, glad to be of help.
On a full size sensor the 100mm will let you get a true 1 to 1 size and the front of the lens will be about 5.9" (15cm) from the subject matter. You must be very careful with the lighting since you can easily end up blocking the light with your body or the camera. Ring lights are often used for Macro work of this sort. However, if you're on a tripod, you can just use what I did for the examples I posted. Those were shot with 27 watt twist flouresent bulbs in a clip on reflector.

Also the Canon 100mm f2.8 (at least the newer one that I have) has a special switch that you toggle when you get in the closer focus range (15 to 40 cm) that makes it focus faster in that range.

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Old 01-26-2007, 09:44 PM   #9 (permalink)
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That helps alot.
It's a good thing she really likes me if I have to get 5.9" away. I'm not used to being close enough to hear a models heart beat:-).
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