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Canon 100mm Macro L

Peter_West 6 248 United Kingdom
1 May 2013 6:35AM
Hello All. Just taken delivery off a new Canon 100mm Macro L, really looking forward to trying it out out insects and plants, just a question i'll be using it on my 600D would you set the dial to the flower head for close up work, or does it mot matter, in other words is there any advantages to this setting with this lense, will try with and without this weekend, but just thought i get your thoughts on this, Thanks Pete

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pink Plus
14 5.3k 7 United Kingdom
1 May 2013 7:13AM
The custom setting on your camera will give you acceptable results but with certain aspects out of your control. On Macro I tend to use Aperture Priority (Av) mode, this lets you control the depth of field which is the critical aspect of Macro work, as long as you achieve a reasonably fast shutter speed then away you go. I would also recommend using a tripod, this helps you compse and more carefully consider your composition, this along with a cable release are essential elements.
Enjoy you new lens!
mikehit 8 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
1 May 2013 8:57AM
I would agree with pink. The 'flower' auto setting will give very good results but all images will end up with the same feel - same depth of field, same colour renditioning etc. The 'Av' setting is really the same thing with the advantage that it puts you in control of the aperture and can experiment with different 'effects'.
Just be aware that the closer you are the more shallow the depth of field at any given aperture.
alansnap 14 577 26 United Kingdom
1 May 2013 9:11AM
I agree. I have a 5D Mk II which hasn't got the pre-sets. The flower puts the camera in control and it will optimise DoF and shutter speed, but to get the very best from the lens Av or manual are best. That puts you in control of the effect you want to get. That is a fabulous lens and I hope you get equally fabulous results. If you're unsure what you want there are lots of books available and tutorials on the web. EPZ has lots on macro to help. Just put macro in the search box.
Techno Plus
9 2.8k 8 England
1 May 2013 9:15AM
Just been out on Safari with my new 100mm macro IS L well, the Botanical Gardens to be precise, not sure if loading example images is the done thing on these forums but here goes, my settings.....and indeed the image in question.
3 images in a focus stack, AP, manual focus (of course), tripod, shutter release.

I hope this is of help to you Pete, endorses Alan comments.
Enjoy your new lens...
Peter_West 6 248 United Kingdom
1 May 2013 9:29AM
Thanks all. Answer are much what I expected but just wanted your advice, canít wait to get out and try this lenses, build quality is what you expect with Canon lovely feel to it and not to heavy, but will still use my tripod and shutter release, just got a license to go on a SSSI site, in Lancashire called Gait Barrows, fields of wild flowers and loads of butterflies, now thatís a stunning picture Techno. Thanks Pete
dickb 8 9 United Kingdom
1 May 2013 3:49PM
Dont forget if you can see the screen in live view you can magnify the image 10x for critical focus. This does show up poor tripods so 2sec delay and mirror lock up usefull!
lawbert 11 1.8k 15 England
1 May 2013 4:37PM
Bin the tripod Pete....you have spent far to much money if you intend to use a tripod!!
The IS works brilliantly...set the cameras shooting mode to AI servo to counteract your moving back and forwards slightly
AV (aperture priority) is the setting you need....start at f4 on a subject in the house with reasonable light and then stop down and you will be amazed how low you can go on the shutter speed....go for iso at about 400 as this wont get to noisy.
Ive had my 100mm L for a couple of years now and theres loads of pics taken with it in my PF

Heres a couple

MikeA 13 1.3k England
1 May 2013 6:36PM
My nine year old nephew ask where is the Manual setting Wink
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
1 May 2013 7:20PM
I am not sure if the OP has the IS version or not?
lawbert 11 1.8k 15 England
1 May 2013 7:44PM

Quote:I am not sure if the OP has the IS version or not?

If its an L as he said Adrian then it is the IS versionWink

If its not then its tripod time..hope for no wind...hope the subject isnt alive...plenty of flasks of brewTongueTongue
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
1 May 2013 8:51PM
Thanks Paul - forgot about the "L" bit

All I can say to the OP is make the IS earn it's keepWink
Peter_West 6 248 United Kingdom
1 May 2013 8:58PM
thanks all for replies, just looked at your gallery lawbert, that's what I aim to achieve I hope, how the hell did you get the dragon flies, every time I see one never keeps still and more at some speed I look a right one with head twisting all over looking where it's gone lol, Pete
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
2 May 2013 8:54PM

Quote:how the hell did you get the dragon flies?

Trickery and if we were to tell you we would all die a painful death!!! Wink

Seriously though Smile Stealth, close study, patience and knowing what's the best time of day to shoot your subject. I always chase dragonflies early in the morning while there is still a chill in the air and a certain amount of morning dew about. With experience you then learn how you can even carefully handle them so you can set shots up....

Peter_West 6 248 United Kingdom
2 May 2013 9:48PM
Cheers Ade, I usually up early anyway fishing, walking or birding, going to try this, lol cheers Pete WinkWink

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