Macro photography is one of the most enjoyable types of photography to undertake as it offers great creative freedom. You can create abstract macro shots, close-up textures of materials, and beautiful detailed shots of wildlife, for example. The best Canon macro lenses under $500 will help you produce quality macro work. Canon has a decent
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If you fancy the idea of capturing the smallest of subjects but can’t quite stretch to the cost of a dedicated macro lens, then macro filters are a good option. Also referred to as close-up filters, these inexpensive accessories are more lenses than anything else, turning any regular zoom or prime lens into a macro
No matter how much gear we like to acquire, most photographers don’t have a tilt-shift lens in their collection. Many new (and even some experienced) photographers aren’t even aware of what a tilt-shift lens can do, but we’re here to help. This type of lens is more popularly known for making life-sized things look like
The range of official Canon EF-M lenses is ever-expanding, and doubling up the features of a regular lens is always beneficial. One of the most recent additions to the Cannon mirrorless lens series is the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM. This is the first official EF-M macro lens, and it’s also relatively wide.
Smartphones today have amazing cameras. Some of these cameras have resolutions and features that even rival point and shoot and entry-level DSLR models. Whilst basic smartphone cameras are brilliant, you can enhance their usability further with attachable lenses. In this article, we look specifically at macro attachments for smartphones. These small lenses provide magnification for
The reality of camera ownership is that a large proportion of the market consists of crop sensor camera bodies. Therefore, it makes sense for each camera maker to have a wealth of lenses specifically for the APS-C format. In this case, we are looking more closely at the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM. This
Once you dive into the world of macro photography, it soon becomes apparent that quality lighting is needed. If you already own a bunch of flashes and light modifiers, unfortunately, these won’t cover the bases of adequately lighting the smallest of critters. Very small, concentrated areas of light are needed in this realm, which means
Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and the holiday calls for us to reward all the moms who worked hard to shape us into the people we are today with special keepsakes. However, if she’s into photography, the usual gifts such as birthstone jewelry or coffee mugs with our faces plastered on them might
Macro photography is a specialist subject that allows photographers immense creativity. Using specialized macro lenses to take unbelievably detailed photos of close-up objects requires skill, imagination, and a reliable set of camera equipment. Using tripods for macro photography is incredibly important. As you are focusing on objects in fine detail, your camera must be stable.
Capturing the tiniest of subjects in the world can open up a vast area of creativity, which means a macro lens is a highly needed piece of kit. One side benefit of macro lenses is that they can also act as regular focal length prime lenses and, depending on which focal length you choose, they
While the rest of the current RF lens lineup consists of heavyweight zooms and primes, the Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM is a more compact, middle of the range offering. Many advantages here, such as a better lens to body-weight balance and a cheaper price point. This doesn’t mean the Canon has skimped
The Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM is one of those lenses that hits the middle of the price range and offers a lot of features in one package. Specifically designed for APS-C sensors, the equivalent focal length comes in at 25.5-105mm, which still gives a very usable range, along with a macro mode
It’s usually the case that before buying into high-end prime and zoom lenses, a general all-rounder lens is the first port of call. A lens that has good optical quality, a good range of focal lengths, and hopefully other extra goodies such as image stabilization. The cheapest of the cheap could be opted for, but
The majority of lenses on the open market either fall into the camps of standard primes or zooms. Macro lenses also have their place when the tiny aspects of our world need to be captured, but they are not always as commonplace. In steps the Tokina FiRIN 100mm f/2.8 FE Macro Lens, which is a
Macro lenses are used to capture close up photos of small subjects. Macro lenses have the ability to focus on tiny objects without blurring them, the way most regular lenses do. A true macro lens has a reproduction ratio of at least 1:1. This means that the size of the image on the sensor is
The latest version of the Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro steps into the shoes of its predecessor, with some tasty upgrades. This lens covers a wide range of focal lengths and where it will probably most end up is on as APS-C DSLR, with a real-world field of view working out to be 112-480mm.
Irix has been bringing out some tasty lenses recently, with both good optics and functionality. Now they are adding to the lineup with the Irix 150mm f/2.8 Macro Dragonfly which can double up as a regular lens with macro mode. 150mm is quite long for macro purposes, but the macro functionality has 1:1 magnification, which
There’s nothing like a lens that can double up and do two things. In this case, it’s the reworked Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED which is quite happy being an all-around prime lens and micro in one bundle. It’s not a new design, but there’s plenty of quality here to keep up with
The Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro has a lot going for it. It isn’t just the first Sigma macro lens to feature Optical Stabilization but also works great as a portrait lens as well as having 1:1 macro abilities. It’s also not the most expensive in the Sigma line up, which means
The Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD has to been given the added reference number of ‘F017’ simply because it’s got the exact name as the previous model. The other word that is significant is ‘Macro’ as the lens has a true 1:1 ratio or 1x maximum magnification, which means subjects can