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

D7k1

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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.

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Raw Snails No Crop
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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.
 
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