Macro party! Canon 500d Close Up Lens vs the Canon 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM

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.

I have a decision to make. Use the 500D on my Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM Lens or keep Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens for my macro photography.

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.

Macro_01When trying to use the 500d I has to take about five times the number of photos because it was difficult to get the focus accurate. The pencil photo below took one take with the 100mm.

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Macro_04 Macro_05The 500d is pretty cool and if I didn’t already have the Canon 100mm I would probably think it’s even that much better. Here are a few additional photos taken with the 500d.

IMG_0270 IMG_0271 IMG_0276 IMG_0278 IMG_0279 IMG_0315I could spend the entire day taking photos with the Canon 100mm. It truly is such a fun lens. It’s fast, sharp, and very light! It’s going to be in my bag for another year.

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Noleen & Mike – 5.16.2016

Congrats Noleen & Mike on your recent engagement!

Talk about being organized, Noleen & Mike have the bulk of their checklist completed with still more than a year remaining until their wedding date.

I had the honor of meeting Noleen & Mike at an open house at Burlap & Beam which is where they will be hosting their wedding. I am very honored that I was selected as their wedding day photographer and that I got the green light from Noleen’s dad who has worked as a wedding videographer for over 20 years.

I’m looking forward to the big day on May 16th, 2016!

Engagement Photos take in The Village of Lake George, NY


Jillian & Greg – 9.6.2014

This was truly and amazing wedding! I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jillian at several weddings because she’s a wedding coordinator for Katie O’ Weddings and Events. The planning of the day could not have been any more perfect. The wedding preparation began at Ann’s Washington Inn in Saratoga Springs and we then went over to the Saratoga Springs Race Track for the first look and wedding party photos. Getting approval to go into the race track after season close is a lot of work but well worth it. I would recommend planning this well ahead of time and if you need help coordinating this just let me know. After the first look we moved over to Fasig Tipton which is one of the most amazing wedding venues in all of Saratoga. So much amazing character and simply a beautiful venue.

Congrats Jillian & Greg!

Wedding Coordinator: Katie O’ Weddings and Events
Ceremony & Reception: Fasig Tipton
Caterer: Mazzone
Hair: Kaitlin Bray, Strut
Make-Up: Jacqueline Nanci, Strut
Ceremony Music: DJ Playground
Floral Design: Fleurtacious Design
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Laura & Dave – 10.19.13


Laura & Dave – 10.19.13


Location: The Mansion Inn of Saratoga – Rock City Falls, NY
Bride and Bridesmaid dresses: Lily Saratoga
Make-up: Erin Marzilli
Hair: Hair Creations
Flowers: Meme’s Florist
Carved pumpkins and fall flowers: Sunnyside Gardens
Entertainment: Piano Man’s DJ Productions
Caterer: Chef Rick and team, The Mansion Inn of Saratoga
Officiant: Victoria Milne
Videographer: Red Cape Dream

After an engagement session a few months ago at Battlefield Nation Park in Saratoga where Laura, Dave and I walked 5 miles to find the most perfect sunset photo location, I honestly was worried that Laura and Dave were going to ask me to tear up the contract. We ended up having to walk 5 miles back in total darkness and only iPhone flashlights. Well I’m glad that’s not the route they went because I love a fall wedding and I love being the photographer for fun couples. Laura & Dave made this day memorable for sure. If I had to choose one word that described their wedding day, I would have to pick RELAXED!….my second word would be YUM! They really did have some of the best finger food and the dinner menu was out of this world. Sliders, shoe string fries, sushi, wontons, springs rolls, and more. So many cool little creative details which I thought were very tastefully done and also really reflected their character and personality. Oh yeah…and let’s not forgot the late night warm cookies and milk. What a way to end the night. Thanks again for having me as your photographer!

Link to full wedding gallery.

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