Spider Macro Photography


There is very little I enjoy more in this world than experimenting with a new lens, so when my new Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens turned up, I headed straight out to see what I could shoot with it.

I’d never used a Macro lens before so was pretty excited to see what it could do, essentially it magnifies any subject bringing all things small to life. The spider I shot in the above image was actually only about 1.5cm in size, but as you can see, it’s magnified it to the point you can see the detail in it’s hairy little legs!

I opted for the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM as it appears to be the middle ground of Macro photography lenses. As most macro work needs a tripod I couldn’t see the point in forking out an extra £400 for the stabilized L version of the lens and likewise I can’t see too many commercial opportunities with the lens, so I didn’t want to pay silly money for the 200mm version of the lens as it will largely be used for my own personal pleasure.

That said, I’m super happy with the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens. It offers great picture quality, good detail, focuses easily and quietly and puts me just about the right distance away from the subject (in the case the spider) not to scare it off. I couldn’t imagine trying to get this shot with a 50mm lens, I’d have had to have been almost eyeball to eyeball with the little feller.

I’ll always be an event photographer at heart, but I think I’m going to have a lot of fun exploring macro photography and capturing the insect world with this super awesome lens.


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