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Key Considerations for Choosing Canon Macro Camera Lenses

Whether you are taking a leisurely stroll in your neighborhood or are on vacation at the beach, a macro lens can help you capture close-up images of small subjects, such as water droplets on a flower. These lenses are compatible with both digital and film camera technologies. The majority of these lenses come with a 1:1 magnification level.

Which cameras can be used with these lenses?
  • Rangefinder: This is a type of camera that is outfitted with a small rangefinder unit, which can help you measure the exact distance from your lens to the object you are zooming in on.
  • Camcorder: This is a type of video camera that can record video onto a range of different types of media, from memory cards to cassette tapes. They can also capture video in standard definition or high definition resolutions.
  • Digital SLR: This is a digital camera like the Canon APS-C that comes with a digital sensor and can support interchangeable lenses. They also come with USMs (ultrasonic motors) that allow for fast autofocusing and an array of manual and automatic settings for you to use.
  • SLR: This is a still camera like the Canon EF that comes with an electronic viewfinder and is comprised mostly of manual settings. These cameras are compatible with macro lenses and use photographic film for capturing images.
How do you select a macro lens?

There can be a wide range of variables that factor into selecting a macro lens. These guidelines may help you narrow down the options and identify which lens you prefer.

  • Select a focus type: These lenses can be outfitted with several focus types that include a manual focus mode, an autofocus mode, and a focus system that combines both modes.
  • Choose a focal length and length type: The lengths available with these lenses range from 4mm to around 200mm. The focal types that you can select include zoom and prime types.
  • Match the lens with a camera type: Make sure that the lens you select is compatible with your type of camera, which can be a digital SLR or rangefinder.
  • Choose a maximum aperture: The aperture amounts that these lenses are comprised of range from f-1.2 to f-8.
  • Match the lens with a mount: The lens mount is a component of the system that is situated between your camera and the lens that you select. Make sure that your lens can fit onto the mount you have.
What does the focal length of a macro lens mean?

This length refers to the precise distance from the lens to the sensor within your camera, which is always measured in millimeters. These lenses can either come with fixed/prime lengths or zoom lengths. A prime lens is one that comes with a single focal length. A zoom lens comes with a variety of different lengths that you can switch between. Shorter lengths result in images with wide angles that capture more of a scene in a single shot. Longer lengths lead to the creation of photos that are magnified and have a narrow field of view.

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