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5D exposure help needed please?

tepot 13 4.4k United Kingdom
28 Apr 2012 2:25AM
Hi guys, well i just bought a sigma macro lens for my 5D and although the ISO is set to 400, in bright sunshine i am only able to get 1/125 at F8, i am wondering if it's to do with me trying to capture 1:1 images instead of normal scenes? what do other people do with regard to exposure with the 5D, what settings should i expect to be using? i have had the camera for only a short time and havn't really had time till now to use it, i'm not quite sure what to expect since i've not used a DSLR with a full frame sensor before, i am sure my Nikon Du70s is more sensitive?


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sherlob Plus
12 2.9k 129 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2012 7:40AM

Are you now shooting at a much closer range to the subject than you were? This could be effecting the amount of light entering the lens regardless of the ambient conditions.

Snapper Plus
13 4.3k 3 United States Outlying Islands
28 Apr 2012 11:02AM
How does the histogram look? If it is showing the correct exposure then you'll know that it's all working properly.
bmh1 Plus
12 572 1 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2012 12:36PM
I'm sure that somewhere in the manual which came with my Sigma 50mm macro lens, that the lens had a smaller effective aperture than f/2.8 at the macro end of the focus range, I don't know if this applies if you set a smaller aperture via the camera.

It might be that you need to apply some exposure compensation ...
vickyf 12 8 8 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2012 2:42PM
I use a Canon 100mm macro lens on my 5D MkII and have used both this lens and the Sigma macro with my old 5D. You will find that, if you are very close to the subject, the speed will drop dramatically but, as said above, if the histogram is ok, this isn't a problem. I tend to use lens for flower photography and usually use a tripod and remote due to the low speeds and usually go for aperture priority and manual focus to control the dof. So I wouldn't worry to much about the settings, just have a play around and experiment.
tpfkapm Plus
7 261 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2012 2:52PM
small things close up reflect less light.... less light on same big sensor means lower shutter speeds . unfortunately this is a problem with macro and why flash (ideally ring) is used on macro work because even in good light the actual low level light from filling large sensor results in this
tepot 13 4.4k United Kingdom
28 Apr 2012 6:46PM
Dammit, now i wish i'd got the sigma for the Nikon with the small sensor, oh well i'll have to get a flashgun then, not too much of a problem i guess since i do believe the colours 'pop' more with flash photography. I'll get a small one and play with it and see what happens (keep it clean ok)!

i read that ringflash will give a 'flat' image so may end up with a nice gun and use it off camera.

thanks for the advice people.

tepot 13 4.4k United Kingdom
28 Apr 2012 7:07PM
i have the sigma 150 macro, canon 17-40 and canon 70-200 f4 which i am using on the 5D MK1, would these lenses fit the Canon 50D if i chose to switch to a crop sensor camera for macro work?

then i guess it's $1200 for the 50D body or $350 for canon ringflash for 5D setup?

lawbert 11 1.8k 15 England
28 Apr 2012 7:19PM
All those lenses will fit fine on a 50d...and with the macro especially you will benefit from an increase in magnification being a 1.6x crop sensor compared to the full frame of the 5d.
As for ringflash....you dont really need it for macro....you can get away with a single speedlite set up correctly and its a far cheaper option
One I took with a Speedlite
tepot 13 4.4k United Kingdom
28 Apr 2012 7:26PM
I'm assuming according to the comments above that i will get a brighter image with a crop sensor too?

lawbert 11 1.8k 15 England
28 Apr 2012 7:36PM
In theory you will Terry as you will have a greater working distance from the subject on a crop sensor...
To be honest though I dont personally see it making a lot of difference unless you are so close you are casting a shadow on the subject.
If your photographing a static subject like a flower then you have all the time in the world to use a reflector to get your lighting correct, If its bugs and insects then try to always keep the subject out of shadow and keep an eye out for where the sun is...even on a cloudy day.
tepot 13 4.4k United Kingdom
29 Apr 2012 11:43PM
i just came back from a bug shoot with my D70s and put some theory to test, the D70s with it's crop sensor at ISO200 gave me 1/200 at f11, the Canon 5D with it's full frame sensor gives me 1/100 at ISO400, now is it the sensor size that is giving me the difference or what is going on here?

is it the type of sensor used, since the 5D is using a CMOS one?

bmh1 Plus
12 572 1 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2012 5:42PM
Are you comparing the same macro lens on the D70 against the 5D, are you comparing the same magnification, obviously you would need a 1:1 macro for a 35mm object to appear full width on image, but only around 1:1.5 magnification for a 35mm object to appear full width on a (say) 22mm sensor.

As I mentioned above, it appears that for the Sigma macro lenses, the effective aperture becomes smaller at large magnifications, here is the table scanned in from the manual with my 150mm macro:


tepot 13 4.4k United Kingdom
1 May 2012 2:49AM
Then surely that would apply to ALL macro lenses no matter what focal length?

no i am using the sigma 150 on the 5D and the Tamron 90 on the D70s.


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