Our Favorite Lenses Part 2! 100mm Macro

Last week we talked about Zach’s favorite lens and why he loves using it. Today, its my turn!! I love using longer lenses and sneaking into moments from a distance so that our brides do not even know I am there.

One of my favorite lens is the Canon 100mm Macro 2.8.

I like to shoot in really tight. One of the coolest things about this lens is that you can do that easily while still maintaining a nice distance from your subject. A lot of wedding photographer’s go-to lens for makeup shots is maybe the 50mm 1.4 or even better, the 50mm 1.2. The cool thing about the 50mm 1.2 is one can shoot at a really low aperture where everything but what you’re focusing on becomes really soft, but there’s two problems with that – 1) you have to get right up in the bride’s business to get that close up shot, and 2) you have to be at least 1.5 ft away to focus. So it’s hard to get that tight shot because the lens can’t focus that close. Boo. What I love about the 100mm Macro is that if I want, I could get in as close as 5.5 inches away from our bride… not like I would want a shot of literally just her eyeball, but you get the idea :)

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This lens is also GREAT for ring shots. Because it’s a Macro lens and it can focus as close to 5.5 inches away from any subject, you can literally fill the frame with a ring if you want and get in REALLY close! This lens is also very sharp and clear no matter what f-stop you shoot it at. (Tip – When shooting super close ring shots, it’s best to shoot at a higher aperture, say 5.6 and manually focus, and if it’s in low-light, put your camera on a tri-pod).

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This lens is not just great for shooting those small details at a wedding, but also for shooting really nice portraits. Because the human eye and a 50mm lens on a full frame camera see things about the same distance away, everything that is longer than 50mm will look more and more compressed and intimate. So, 100mm looks VERY compressed and intimate and makes for great portraits too! Check out this shot that Zach grabbed with this lens the week we bought it.

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Have you loved on your 100mm Macro lately?  :)

If you have this lens, how do you like to use it?

To view the 100mm lens click here!

  • http://www.fullframecine.com Jeffrey Holland – FFDC

    Used it this Sunday! Version 2 though, on the ring shot of course. The one in the grass turned out great.

  • Scott Miura

    Great post Jody…the 100mm Macro is an awesome lens! I have the new IS version and absolutely love it. This is definitely a lens that I would recommend purchasing whether it is the non-IS or the IS version. You guys rock!!

  • http://www.ginnycorbettphotography.com Ginny Corbett

    I admit…I haven’t be lovin on my 100mm. It’s time to bring that baby back out :) Thanks for the tip!

  • http://willhaasblog.blogspot.com will haas

    You forgot to mention how relatively cheap this lens is…$600 or less

    Also, love how your tips are mobile friendly.

  • http://passionforlifephotography.net Jenny

    I purchased the 50mm because so many people recommended it and use it as their walk-around lens..but I’m disappointed at having to get all up in people’s business too! I just rented a macro lens to try out at my next shoot – your input made me super excited that it could be a good fit for me!

  • http://www.joehendricks.com Joe Hendricks

    I’m with you guys on this! Being Nikon we have a 105 2.8 Macro VR, and it is one of my favorite lenses to use! I like to use it on babies, so I’m not in their face all the time. Great post!

  • http://www.maganslens.com Magan Blasig

    I typically use the 50/1.2, but I’m really excited to be renting this lens to try out this weekend. Can’t wait to have it in my hands! Thanks for the post! So glad to know how versatile this lens can be.

  • http://www.chesleysummarphotography.com chesley

    I’m dying to try this one!! Think it might be my next purchase!

  • http://www.sherry-lu.com s h e r r y

    Ooh, very cool. I am thinking of getting a dedicated macro lens! :)

  • http://shotsbyglenda.blogspot.com Glenda

    Ok Jody I am thinking Canon should pay you some sort of something Ü I have been on the fence re: this lens but it is now shipping!!! Thank you for your incredible insight and tips!!

    • http://www.grayphotograph.com Jody Gray

      @Glenda – We agree! Lol :). Enjoy it!!!

  • http://www.lifestylefotografieblog.com Anouschka

    Oh my gosh, this lens is so high on my wishlist! Your post makes me want it even more Jody!

  • http://www.kelliemccann.com kellie mccann

    Hey Jody, I have the IS version on rental right now….are you using the older version? if so, would you suggest the older version?

  • http://jason-g.com Colorado Wedding Photographers, JasonG

    Totally agree… just picked up the Canon 100mm 2.8L – Love it!!!

  • http://www.steviebphotography.com Stevie

    I bought this lens when I was looking for a macro lens to get awesome ring shots, little did I know that it would become a fave portrait lens as well! Looooove it!