The 100mm Macro … where do I even begin with this lens!? I LOVE this thing, + feel like I am always encouraging photographers to invest in this amazing, versatile, + very reasonably priced piece of gear!! I’m excited to share about WHY I love this lens on the blog today!!
1. Details, details, details
If you’ve been around for more than a couple of weeks, you might have picked up that I L.O.V.E. shooting details. They are some of my favorite things to photograph on a wedding day because, oftentimes, a lot of thought + work has been put into the details + they are what make the day special + unique to the couple!! They help tell their story!
While I oftentimes use the 100mm to shoot close-up reception details …
… or other things like stationery suites …
… I use this lens most during the “getting ready” portion of the day!! This is when I will photograph all of the bride + groom’s unique details—like shoes, jewelry, cuff links, + ESPECIALLY the rings!! I mean, c’mon, nothing makes a diamond look more beautiful than a close up shot with the macro!! Here are some of my favorite most recent rings shots : )
While most people think that this lens is only used for shooting minute details, or things really close up, it is actually also a great portrait lens!! I have used this lens many times on portrait sessions when I am working with just one person. It has a very unique bokeh (very circular + smooth due to the circular diaphragm!!) that I really love!! I also almost always use it for a portion of the wedding ceremony. Since Caleb has the 70-200mm zoom lens on his body during this portion of the day, the 100mm allows me to photograph the bride + groom more close up (because of its awesome focal length!!) without being intrusive or in anyone’s way during the ceremony!!
Examples of shots I took with the 100mm at our most recent wedding (all while staying out of sight)!!!
For the quality of this lens AND all that it has to offer me as a photographer, the 100mm macro is a total steal in my opinion!! It has professional lens elements + coatings, is dust + moisture resistant (with the correct camera bodies), hybrid optical image stabilization (you always have the option to manually focus), + the build quality associated with the Canon L series, all for under $1,000!!
I hope I’ve convinced you of how POWERFUL of a tool this lens can be!! I absolutely love this thing + cannot imagine shooting a wedding without it in my bag!!!