Sunday, July 28, 2013

New Family Member

Earlier this week, there was a new addition to my small collection in the form of an EOS M and 22mm f/2, which I rather begrudgingly got after several stores in Canada lowered the price to a pretty insane level. After 7 years of having nothing but a DSLR, it's nice to finally have something compact and light that's also capable of decent image quality.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Macro For The Financially Challenged

Macro photography is one of those things that a whole bunch of photographers plan to do, but rarely actually get around to doing. That's probably because of the prohibitive costs involved in getting somewhat specialized gear - a proper autofocus macro lens of 60mm or more is going to set you back nearly $500, with longer focal lengths costing even more.

There are numerous ways to get decent macro performance without a dedicated lens, including bellows, extension tubes, and close-up lenses. Each comes with their own set of pros and cons, but proper equipment for each will still run you $150+ in general. On the other hand, using a vintage 50mm lens and a couple of cheap adapters, you can accomplish similar results for a fraction of the cost, and with (almost) any DSLR.