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Canon 100mm macro

Specialty lens that renders incredible detail shots

As a wedding photographer the Canon 100mm macro or other dedicated macro lens is a must have.  You will be hard pressed to find a bad or even marginal review of this lens.  The reason is simple, it’s a great performer.  The affordable price and solid image quality make this purchase a great macro.  If you are considering the more expensive L version consider carefully.  We have owned both Canon 100mm macro offerings.  Side by side image quality comparisons are minimal and we feel that the L version is only marginally better at a significant cost.

If you are looking to improve upon this lens and quality is of the upmost importance, we also recommend Zeiss 100mm ZE Makro. Zeiss obviously makes a sweet lens, but is a substantial investment.  We feel that it renders images much sharper than both Canon offerings, however it comes in at roughly $1900 at the time of this writing.  If you are just getting started we do not recommend spending this kind of money on a macro lens.  The Canon is a rockstar and for most wedding photographers and their clients it will be the perfect solution for the foreseeable future!

So if the devils in the details, this is your demon slayer!  With it’s 1:1 ratio it allows you to get up close and personal with your subject.  It renders image details so remarkable well when shot close up it make you wonder how it’s even possible.  But, that’s not all it’s capable of.  This 100mm focal distance is premium for a portrait lens and we will occasionally use it for this exact purpose.   Obviously the image quality and colors won’t match the L portrait lenses, but it allows you to create something unique with it’s 1:1 reproduction ratio.

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Aren’t macro lenses for photographing bugs?

Sure, that is one of many uses for a macro lens.  Fortunately for my wife, we have never been asked to photograph bugs at a wedding! For us this lens’s primary purpose was to gain our photography recognition. As wedding photographers, we work tirelessly to achieve the pinnacle of success in our business.  To accomplish this it has become imperative to get published in magazines and bridal blogs.  However, we quickly realized without the details shots included in our work it became difficult to gain acceptance by editors.  We were constantly bombarded by requests for more detail shots by the editors. How frustrating to shoot amazing portraits and capture real wedding day moments to just be denied, because the boutonniere shot was a little soft. Why, does this happen? Because the readers of these wedding publications are planning their own weddings and want to see the decorations and projects from past weddings for their own inspiration.  Of course the publications purpose is to satisfy it’s readers.  We quickly learned to shoot the details the editors were asking for.  We have been rewarded with lots of press since, and we attribute our success to this lens and focusing on capturing high quality fine art details at every wedding we shoot!

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Why should you consider this lens?

If you already have your standard wedding day coverage starting lens line-up all locked down and are looking to expand your collection.  For our studio this lens lands in the specialty category, but is worth it’s weight in gold.  We have seen a dramatic uptick in our own publication approval rate once we added it to our kit.  We deliver on average 10 to 25 images from this lens from every wedding we shoot and usually most of these images make the clients album.  It’s very fairly priced at $599 as of this writing and with impressive sharpness, and it’s dual portrait and macro capabilities it’s an awesome deal.  We recommend it as the first specialty lens in every wedding photographers kit!

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*Past Love: We no longer carry this lens in our bag and have upgraded to the Canon 100mm Macro L.  We do love Canon’s mid range macro and find it very difficult to recommend the upgrade unless Image Stabilization is required. For us we need the speed of making lots of quick shots and the IS really helps in this regard.  If you are considering this lens against the L and are on a budget, do yourself a favor and SAVE YOUR MONEY.

More Resources

Are you interested in learning more about this lens? There are lots of great useful resources all of the web to help us photographers achieve our photographic dreams! We have included some of the articles and resources that were helpful for us when researching our own gear purchase.

Canon Official – 100mm Tech Specs