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Choosing your perfect beginner macro lens

There’s a lot to consider when choosing a new lens – It can be quite daunting especially if you are new to the photography scene evaluating between the many lenses to choose from. Here are some tips on picking your perfect beginner macro lens.


What do the lens names mean?

E.g., EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

EF - Mount system

100mm - Focal length

f/2.8 - Aperture

IS - Image Stabilization

USM - Motor type

Macro lenses are specially corrected for the challenges of close-up photography, Bryce McQuiillian shares his experience on macro photography.

This specific lens is suitable for capturing a chosen subject that you wish to capture the finer details of at extremely close distances. Explore the texture of food, intricate details of insects or even natures patterns on plants.

Whilst other lenses would still allow you to get reasonably close to your subject, the result wouldn’t give you a clear “window into another world” that a macro lens will.


Canon EF-M 28mm F3.5 IS STM macro

Fun Fact: Macro lenses often make great back-up portrait lenses – with their large maximum apertures, sharp optics and great bokeh!

Here are some beginner macro lens suggestions for the different Canon systems

• RF System: Canon RF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro STM

• EF System: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens

• EF-M System: Canon EF-M 28mm F3.5 IS STM macro

Here are some videos to give you a bit of an insight to all the fine details of what a Macro lens can achieve!


Shot on Canon EOS R6 with Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro STM Lens


Shot on Canon EOS 90D DSLR with Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens


Shot on Canon EOS M50 Mark II with Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM Lens

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