Macro Lens for Macro Photos

Ok, the title is not very far off since “macro photos” implies closeup pictures of small objects taken with a macro lens. In this case, I meant taking pictures of big things. Bigger than insect or dew or a flower petal, etc. More like……people (unless, of course, you’re an Oompa Loompa or a Lilliputian or even a Hobbit). Macro lenses are used to take VERY closeup pictures of things and revealing detail that is not seen with regular lenses. Shouldn’t this lens be called then a “micro lens”? (pensive)

Anyway, I’ve been having a party with the 85mm f/1.2L and the 24-105mm f/4L lenses and my EF-S 60mm f/2.8 macro lens stayed mostly in my bag. Today, while watching me have fun with the other lenses (these are “L” lenses which are “pro”. The macro lens is NOT an “L” lens), the macro said (timidly) “But….I’m a lens…..too.” So I said “Come here, you nut!” Gave it a nuggie and slapped it on my Canon 7D and decided to take portraits of Max (my cat; even though I swore NEVER to take any more cat pictures). The focal length is very appropriate for portraits when placed on the 7D or a camera with a “crop sensor”. Why? The heck *I* know!

Actually, cameras with crop sensors magnify the image. In the 7D’s case, the magnification is 1.6x so, in essence, the lens becomes a 96mm lens. Portrait lenses are between 70mm and 100mm, on the average so this works especially since I can ONLY fit it on the 7D. It’s specifically designed for crop sensor bodies. The 5D has a full-frame sensor. No cropping.

Anyway, back to Max. He jumped on a chair next to me and he gave me a look saying “What are you waiting for?” so I took the picture as he was saying that and this is what came out:

Max / Canon 7D, EF-S 60mm f/2.8 macro at f/2.8, ISO 800, shutter 1/10, WB 4450

Notice the nice bokeh it produced. This was about three feet away (macros can get as close as 1 inch or less). Since I snapped the picture when Max wasn’t ready he said “I wanted a more pensive and thought involved look, like Gregory House.” I said, “Ok, show me.”

Ok ok. ( heavy sigh) Here goes…..wait…..wait…..aaaaaannnnnnnd…….now!”

Serious Max / Canon 7D, EF-S 60mm f/2.8 macro at f/2.8, shutter 1/6, WB 4400

Max can get out of control sometimes.