A few days ago I purchased the Lens which I have been dreaming about for years; the Canon 100mm F2.8L. It has great reviews for macro photography both above and below the water, and is the perfect next step in my photographic career.
A short walk around the renowned bay allowed me to test out the 100mm focal length of the lens. I usually shoot with zoom lenses so at first it was difficult to visualise images at a set focal length. But after some practice I found myself physically moving to create the frame I imagined.
Gardens by the Bay
Shooting subjects which were far away I had no problem getting sharp images. This became a problem once I was in the Gardens though. This lens is designed for Macro but I didn’t expect it to be so hard to use.
I didn’t expect the depth of field to be so small with the close subjects. Even with a very small appeture only a couple of centimetres would be in focus. Opening the appeture reduced the depth of field to just a couple of millimetres. I am a big fan of the effect which a small depth of field creates, but this just seemed crazy.
To get the pictures I was visualising I needed to use tiny appetures, which resulted in exposure problems. I had left my flash and tripod at home and therefore was forced to increase my ISO much higher than I am normally happy to do.
After a couple of frustrating hours of trying to capture moving plants and insects, the sky clouded over and threatened rain. I packed up, still not happy with my shots, and headed home.
I didn’t expect this lens to be so hard to use. It completely threw me out of my comfort zone and forced me to think differently about photography. My photographic knowledge was defiantly put to the test, and I need a lot more practice.
However I have not been put off as I love a challenge. Also the few photos which I did managed to get correctly focused look amazing. I can’t wait to take this lens under the water, although the idea does also make me nervous.
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