Flower photography is popular, and it is easy to see why. Being out and about in the countryside searching for wild blooms is a great way to get some exercise, chill out and get some stunning shots you can use for a multitude of different things.
If you want to get the best flower photos possible and also flower shots that are unique, original and stand out from the crowd it is crucial to use the right equipment and lens in particular. With the huge choice of camera lenses out there choosing the best lens can be a real challenge, however fear not since here we have the best lenses for flower photography currently available for Canon lenses.
CANON EF-S 60MM F2.8 MACRO LENS
Focal Length – Full frame/APS-C:- N/A/96mm/ Aperture:- 2.8 - 32/ Min focus:- 7.9”/Dimensions:- 2.87” x 2.76”/ Weight:- 11.8oz/ Image stabilization:- No/ Price (approx.) $USD/£GBP:-$400.00/£350.00
The 100mm focal length is popular length for macro lenses and if you shoot a crop sensor camera the “traditional” 100mm macro lenses are simply too long with their effective 160mm focal length. The Canon EF-S 60mm lens was specifically designed to give photographers using a crop sensor camera the desirable 100mm focal length, and whilst the effective 96mm focal length falls a little short, it is damn close. Please note – This lens will not work on a full frame camera.
This lens is a mid-priced Canon lens which means it is tough, durable and well made. It isn’t as strong as the L series lenses, and it isn’t weather sealed or waterproof either, but it is still robust and will provide years of trouble free service, provided you look after it of course.
The image quality of this lens is superb. It is sharp from the centre of the frame to the edges, colours are bright, there is a good level of contrast and fringing/distortions are well controlled. I guarantee that you won’t be disappointed with the image quality of this lens.
This lens is, as you’d expect, perfect for macro and extreme close up photos however if you want to capture images of entire flower heads and the like you will need to think around how to get the amount of “background blur” you desire. The maximum widest aperture is f2.8, which for a prime lens isn’t super wide so you may have to increase subject/background separation to throw the entire background out of focus. This isn’t a deal breaker, no macro lens goes wider than f2.8, but it is something you need to consider.
Overall this lens is a cracking lens and if you shoot a crop sensor camera and want the 100mm focal length the only choice.
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CANON EF 100MM F2.8 MACRO
Focal Length – Full frame/APS-C:- 100mm/ 160mm/ Aperture:- 2.8 - 32/ Min focus:- 12.2"/ Dimensions:- 3.06" x 4.84"/ Weight:- 21.2 oz/ Image stabilization:- No/ Price (approx.) $USD/£ GBP:-$400.00/£385.00
If you shoot a full frame camera or shoot a crop sensor and want a longer focal length this lens should be near the top of your list. There was a time when this lens was Canon’s “top” 100mm macro lens however the 100m f2.8L IS has taken this crown. Despite this, when photographing flowers I would recommend this non-IS and non-L version every time.
The build quality of this lens is superb, although it is not up to the same standard as the L series macro lens it isn’t too far adrift. The image quality of this lens is superb and ultra-sharp. Once again, the image quality isn’t as good as the L series version but to see the difference you have to go pixel peeping or create very large prints, and in the real world this simply doesn’t happen.
This lens is a fraction of the cost of the L series macro lens, so when you take this in to account together with the awesome image quality and strong/robust build quality it is easy to see that this lens gives a lot of bang for the buck and this is why I recommend it.
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