What is the difference between the 60mm, 100mm and 150mm macro lens?
If you’re looking to purchase a DSLR macro lens for the first time, it’s easy to get confused by the range that is available. To be considered as a macro lens, the lens must feature a 1:1 magnification, meaning that the object will be reproduced at its actual size on the sensor. depending on the practice you have, you’ll need different length of macro lenses. But let’s define what macro photography is.
What is Macro Photography?
But first, what is macro photography? It’s pretty hard to define. We all have our own appreciation of the distance it should be to be considered macro. Usually people tend to call everything macro as long as it is a general close-up. It actually gathers 3 types of categories:
You’ve dreamed about it? Here it is! As I promised you while sharing Cyril Verron’s interview, you can find here the tutorial of one of Cyril’s most outstanding pictures. I want to thank Cyril for revealing some of his secrets and of course for the time he took to share his knowledge with us. So without any further due, let’s start now!
First, let’s see its EXIF data obtained with his Canon 5D II and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens and then I let Cyril explain everything (Editor’s note: Translated from French, descendez tout en bas pour voir la version Francaise):
As you’ve probably read the first part of “My Journey with a Wildlife and Macro Photographer” I will jump right away to the second part of this fabulous experience. If you have not read the first part, you can read it here. After reading this part, I also recommend going back to the first part to see the image samples again with their captions so that you can understand better the explanations.
The Creative Art Philosophy
I see eye to eye with Thomas’ photography philosophy, I mean, even before meeting him I’ve always loved and found the artistic
photographs appealing. It has just consolidated my vision. The purpose is not to take naturalistic pictures where you can identify the species, see how the insect’s eyes are made or it’s little hair. The purpose is more about artistic and fine art photographs. In order to reach this goal, the first thing is not to take big close-ups but on the contrary the environment where the subject evolves must have a bigger impact. Having the subject quite small in the photographs is not a problem, it’s actually the contrary.
Do you remember Thomas Delahaye? I interviewed him this past September and even spent two mornings with him shooting what he does best, butterflies. I wanted to understand how he could take those wonderful and very artistic pictures. Here I’m about to tell you my journey with a pro photographer.
The Meeting Spot
Thomas set the “rendez-vous” very early, he said “If we want the best possible light and quiet butterflies, we have to arrive at my spot at dawn”. I was ready to go, “Sure! Whatever we need to do, I want to discover how you work”.
Thomas Delahaye is not the kind of photographer who does macro and wild-life photography in a naturalistic way. He has an amazing eye to see the perspectives and catch the subject with his artistic vision, even if he has to place himself in original position to create his photographs. 😉
iLHP:Hi Thomas, I’m really glad to finally ask you some questions to know you more and know more about your art. You’re kind of a mentor for me considering macro and wild-life photography. What you do is amazing. I’ve got the chance to follow you twice during a photo shoot session at dawn in the forest and see a little bit how you work. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Thomas: Alright, first, thanks a lot for the compliments! I’m 32 years old, I’ve been giving guitar tutoring for about 8 years now in Paris but I want to dedicate more time on photography from now on. I’m very passionate about nature in general especially mountain environments!