Canon 500D Close-up Lens.....


Mu-43 Hall of Famer
Nov 18, 2013
When I sold my Nikon gear I kept my 77mm 500D closeup lens and bought a 58mm one. I have not done any macro (real macro that is) in 2 years. But I am going to the coast this weekend and who knows what will be in the tide pools. So I decided to actually use a 500D (don't know if I will take the PL100-400 or 75-300 II) and put it on my Gx8/flash/35-100 f4 combination.

Hard to find subjects in these cold times. These are hand held, ISO200 SS 250 single shoots.

First two images are house spiders (1/4-1/8" bodies). Both images are cropped, 1st is raw which I made lighter and 2cd is SOC JPEG. Notice that in the zone of focus how sharp the leg hairs are.

Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available)

Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available)

Raw Snails No Crop
Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available)

In actually shooting I would have used post focus and then stack or just moved focus and stacked. I think the Canon 500D for ease of use and quality of images is a good solution for a macro tool that you always have with you. I have adapters for my 46mm lenses (like the 35-100 f4) and it is, of course, for the 75-300 II. These filters are dual element, high quality. I will caution that the 77mm is heavy but I talked to a person I know in Panasonic MGT and was told it was OK to use it with the PL100-400.

The added benefits of the 500D are a range of magnifications/framing options as you zoom in or out without moving the camera and a very useful 20" working distance - great for bees, scorpions, and widows:)

Not quite as good as a true macro lens but for me more versatile and so convenient that I always one one with me.
Last edited:

Latest posts

Links on this page may be to our affiliates. Sales through affiliate links may benefit this site.
Mu-43 is a fan site and not associated with Olympus, Panasonic, or other manufacturers mentioned on this site.
Forum post reactions by Twemoji:
Forum GIFs powered by GIPHY:
Copyright © Amin Forums, LLC
Top Bottom