Macro photography is a very popular photography subject, but the development of macro lenses is not long. There is a saying that “macro lens has no underdog”. Due to the shooting particularity of macro lens, although the aperture of macro lens is not very large, it has a good sharpness performance. Today we will talk about the important macro lenses in Canon’s history.
In the film age, the appearance of macro lenses can be said to be quite late. Canon’s true macro lens was born in 1978. Canon released two lenses, MP 20mm f/3.5. And MP 35mm f/2.8, but in fact these two lenses are not camera lenses, they use RMS screw mounts. In layman’s terms, these are two microscope lenses.
Canon three models MP macro lens, from left to right: MP 20mm f/3.5, MP 35mm f/2.8, MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5X macro
Canon MP lens, which is actually MacroPhoto The abbreviation for this type of lens refers to Canon’s special macro lens. MP 20mm f/3.5 and MP 35mm f/2.8 are actually just the beginning of macro lenses. In 1999, Canon also released an MP-E 65mm f/2.8 with EF mount. The maximum magnification of this macro lens can reach 5 times, it is a special-purpose macro lens, which is currently widely used in medical, cultural relic identification, commercial product testing and other fields.
Canon MP- E 65mm f/2.5 1-5X macro sample
Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.5 1-5X macro sample
Canon SLR camera macro lens was born in 1979. At that time, two lenses were released. Yes: New FD 50mm f/3.5 Macro, New FD 100mm f/4 Macro. Both lenses are 1:2 macro lenses, that is, the magnification is 0.5. The picture quality performance of these two lenses is still relatively good, so they are very popular once they are launched.
Left: 50mm f/3.5, right: 100mm f/4
For these two lenses, the 100mm f/4 lens is actually more convenient for shooting macro due to its longer focal length, so it is actually more popular At present, 100mm is also the most mainstream focal length of modern macro.
Canon 100mm f /4 Macro lens sample
For Canon, the most famous macro lens is the familiar “Baiwei”. After the 100mm f/4 of the FD mount, Canon introduced the 100mm macro of the EF mount in 1990. The lens model is: EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro. This time Canon increased the maximum aperture of the lens to f/2.8.
Later, Canon upgraded it to EF 100mm f in 2000 /2.8 USM Macro. Compared with the 1991 version, this lens incorporates a USM focus motor, which greatly improves the focus speed. In addition, this lens also uses an internal focus design, while the previous macro lenses need to extend the lens barrel to achieve close-up macro shooting. At present, many sub-factory macro lenses are still using this design to improve Macro shooting capability. The Canon lens not only achieves internal focusing, but also the front lens does not rotate when focusing, so it is more convenient to use a macro flash.
The most familiar Baiwei, born in 2009, model It is: EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro. This lens is the most familiar “Hundred Micro”, which is also Canon’s real red circle macro lens. This lens has excellent image quality, excellent lens sharpness, and the USM motor focuses quickly, making it a very versatile macro lens.
This lens has an IS optical image stabilization system, and In 1:1 macro shooting, the actual anti-shake effect of 2 files can still be achieved, which is a very big improvement for macro shooting.
Focal length: 100mm , Sensitivity: 800, Aperture: F3.5, Shutter speed: 1/60s
In addition to Baimicro, Canon has some more famous macro lenses in history, for example, released in 1996 EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro. This lens does not need to use a macro adapter ring to achieve 1:1 macro shooting. Telephoto macro, more suitable for shooting some distant objects, such as insect macro photography.
In the new era, Canon’s macro lenses have also undergone new changes. There are three main points:
1. More and more entry-level macro lenses are born, and a new generation of self With fill light
2, the macro function is no longer exclusive to the macro lens, many ordinary lenses have the macro ability
3, the shift lens has the macro Shooting capability
Canon has released a lot of special macro lenses for APS-C format, such as the familiar EF-S 60mm f/2.8 USM Macro. However, macro shooting often requires fill light shooting, so the new generation of macro lenses has begun to add lens fill light. For example, the EF-M 28mm f/3.5 IS STM Macro released in 2016 and the EF-S 35mm f/2.8 IS STM Macro released in 2017 have all added the design of the fill light.
add fill light, for beginners, you can change Fill light easily. And this type of macro is used on the APS-C frame, the equivalent focal length is about 40-56mm, this focal length is easier for novices to achieve focus and operation is more convenient.
Canon EF- S 35mm f/2.8 lens sample
In addition, many ordinary lenses nowadays have also added a macro function. The most typical representative is the EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM. This lens was released in 2012 and is one of many full-frame lens kits. The biggest feature of this lens is the macro mode at the 70mm end. It can achieve 1:2 macro shooting, that is, with 0.5X magnification. This allows consumers to enjoy the fun of macro photography while buying a set of cameras.
RF35mm F1.8 MACRO IS STM released by Canon in 2018, Although it is a 35mm fixed focus, it also has the ability of 1:2 macro photography. This lens is not only small in size, but also a great on-hook lens for daily shooting. It is also very good for macro use.
In addition, Canon’s latest generation of shift lens, The macro function is also added. The shift lens is very common in shooting commercial photographers, and the shift lens can correct the focal plane to achieve a complete depth of field effect. Among Canon’s latest generation of shifting, TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Macro, TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Macro, TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro, all have 0.5X magnification, so they are very suitable for macro shooting.
Macro photography has now become a major category of photography. Canon macro lens, with its excellent image quality and excellent anti-shake performance, has always been loved by photographers in the macro photography industry. Today, we also look forward to the RF mount lens, which can bring more brilliant macro products.
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