Hi there & Happy Friday!
Since I’ve been shooting a lot of food pictures lately, I thought I wanted to invest in a macro lens. I wondered if I should make the $700 purchase, but figured I should rent it first before making an investment. (Borrowlenses.com is seriously a great place to rent photo gear.) I placed in the order and got it a few days later, paying $62.75 for one week usage (the price included the rental fee and shipping). When the package arrived, I was pretty giddy.
I attached it on my camera, and I was pretty impressed. This definitely is a fantastic macro lens. I loved listening to the gliding motion of the lens focusing in on the subject – it’s smooth! A few image samples:
[A cool perspective of a straw hat I don’t use anymore.]
[Can you tell I have a dog?]
Since I was under the impression that this was also a good portrait lens, I decided to shoot the subjects I had available – Giada and The Girl. (The Kid was asleep.)
While I can tell you with 1000% confidence that this is an AWESOME macro lens, I personally wouldn’t use it for portraits since it doesn’t “think” as quickly when it comes to focusing on faces. It’s just easier to use the 50 mm – and the results are A LOT better. Once I realized I didn’t like it as a portrait lens, my desire for it started to plummet (and I’m back to coveting the 85 mm that I’m too chicken to commit to).
So anyway, I’m having fun with the 100 mm macro lens and will continue to shoot things (and not people) with it over the weekend. At this time, however, I don’t think it’s a lens I need. (But what do we need really?) I’m pretty sure I’ll be renting from borrowlenses again in the next couple of weeks as I’ve been thinking about toting around something more lightweight to keep with me at all times – right now, I keep Walter on me 90% of the time and he’s just a little too heavy for his own good. I’m specifically looking at the Canon M6. (If I do end up purchasing the camera, I’m going with this beautiful retro looking model. Meow). I won’t lie, my brother got a Canon mirrorless (“My M5 is awesome….did I say you could touch it?!!!!??!!!”) and I was pretty jealous of how portable it was. Then, he showed me the flipscreen (“Can your camera do this?” Nope.). The price also seems to be right. (In a funny twist of events, he was in over this past weekend and I asked if he brought his camera. He didn’t. I told him I was thinking of the M6 instead the M5. Somewhere during this discussion – after thinking that his camera model went up in value – he realized that he owned the M3 not the M5. Aye.). Anyway, I admit that I have GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) at the moment. But whatever. We all have our vices.;)