Macro party time!
Canon 500d Close Up Lens vs the Canon 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM
I’m considering selling my 100mm macro ($900) but before I picked up a canon 500d close up lens ($149) which works like a filter. So today I’m going to compare the two options.
About the 500D
The 500d is a small double-element lens that threads onto the filter threads on a standard (non-macro) lens. It allows that lens to be focused at a much closer distance- resulting in a higher magnification of the subject.
Close-up lenses such as the 500D result in higher magnification when used with longer telephoto lens. The 500D is intended to be used on lenses with a focal length of 70mm-300mm.
My thoughts were to sell the 100mm and get the Canon EF-85mm f/1.2 L II USM.
I gave the 500D a try first. The quality of the 500D is very good. Overall I am very impressed with the 500d close up lens. It’s a very affordable option which can be used to make some fun macro photos.
However, I personally found the narrow focus distance range to be limiting. In addition, the quality of the pictures taken with the Canon 100mm Macro Lens were better. It’s also much easier to hit your focus when using the 100mm. I could also take a wider variety of pictures with the 100mm than with the Canon 500D Close-up Lens attached to another lens.
At this point I think I’m going to send the 500d back and keep the 100mm lens.
Here are some of the fun pics.