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Sep 03, 2012 19:04 |  #1

Well I finally got a real macro lens. Not the 100mm f2.8 that I've been wanting, but a very nice 50mm f2.5 compact macro. And after messing around with it for a bit, I finally tested it out and was plesently surprised with how it did shooting video. I discovered that sometimes with macro that it is better to adjust the whole camera body distance to subject to get focus rather than always pulling it with the ring. The 50mm f2.5 CM has a very nice and smooth focus ring and there are hard stops at both ends of the focus range, but its long, long way around from infinity to the closest focusing distance. Almost 360 degrees! But that would be a huge range change to go from one extreme to the other. I found that everything I needed once I was in close was only a few degrees clockwise or counter-clock to get focus. And again, sometimes its just easier to sway your whole body backwards and forwards away to gain focus.

For this short, manic video I shot everything handheld because of the subject matter. Honey Bees! There's just not way that you can track them fast enough being on a tripod or even a monopod. So I shot it hand held and just did my best. The other problem I had that day was that the wind was kicking up a bit and blowing the bushes around some, making getting focus a bit more challenging.

I shot two different types of creatures that day. First, the honey bees. The plant I concentraited on was couple bushes that the bees just love! Easy pickin's.

The other species I shot was a heck of a lot easier to shoot. The Hoverfly. It looks a bit like a bee with the fuzzy body, but they are different and they move a lot slower, thankfully. That will be another video.

For now, "Bee Dance."

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Sep 04, 2012 01:16 |  #2

Love a bit of macro, it's my favourite style of filming




  
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Sep 04, 2012 02:32 |  #3

Nice. I can just imagine you in a black and yellow striped pullover running around making that. :-)


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Sep 04, 2012 06:55 |  #4

Very nice that lens gets pretty close to the subject....


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Sep 04, 2012 13:19 |  #5

pkilla wrote in post #14945611 (external link)
Very nice that lens gets pretty close to the subject....

Yeah pretty close, but it's still a "compact macro" so it doesn't get nearly as close as a true macro lens. 50mm Macros are def my favorite lens though, if I could take only one lens to a high end shoot it would always be my Zeiss 50 makro.


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Sep 04, 2012 18:01 |  #6

Jesse, I guess I don't understand what you mean,

"...but it's still a "compact macro" so it doesn't get nearly as close as a true macro lens."

When set to 1:1 on the lens I am right on top of the subject. Its hard to get any closer without scaring the bees away. Well that is unless I wear my fuzzy bee outfit like John suggested. Which I do own and wear every night before going to bed.

Just saying... ;)

I'm about ready to post up the other video I shot. A little less manic and all the video was slowed down by 60% for a bit smoother look. That and the subjects didn't dance around as much which helps a ton. But for that video I was also using a 12mm extension tube with the 50mm CM. I had to be very careful to move slowly because I was so close.

I think part of what Jesse is saying is that it is only a 50mm lens to begin with. The magnification that it can create is only so much as opposed to say a EF 100mm or even the EF 60mm macro. Because the 50mm CM can still do 1:1.


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Sep 04, 2012 19:10 |  #7

The 50 2.5 macro requires an adapter to achieve true 1:1.

"Although designated and classified as a macro lens, the Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro Lens natively offers only 1:2 (.5x) magnification (vs. 1:1 (1x) in most true macro lenses)."

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Sep 04, 2012 19:36 |  #8

OK, I remember seeing that adapteer somewhere a while back. Interesting, maybe I should have just bought the 60mm macro. Hmmmm...


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Sep 04, 2012 19:45 |  #9

ChasWG wrote in post #14948373 (external link)
OK, I remember seeing that adapteer somewhere a while back. Interesting, maybe I should have just bought the 60mm macro. Hmmmm...

I'd just keep the 50 and get a dedicated 100mm macro if youre really that interested in ultra close macro video. The 50 macro is still an incredibly versatile video lens.


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Sep 04, 2012 20:34 |  #10

Well I've been adding the extension tubes behind the 50 f2.5 and it seems to help quite a bit. Take a look at the other thread I started about the the lens.


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