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Macro Monday: You Can’t See Me

OK, here’ my first Macro Monday post.  We’ll call it my Flower Friday post too, since I missed it last week.  I recently picked up a Canon EF35-80mm III lens which is a poor lens as-is.  However, by removing the first three elements the lens becomes a pretty decent zoom macro lens.  Of course there are some pretty big limitations; no auto focus and the working distance is not much more than an inch.  Magnification varies from around 0.85x (35mm end) to 1.85x (80mm end).   DOF is razor-thin and a very small aperture is mandatory for anything other than a perfectly flat object.  Below are a couple of images that came out OK.

You Can't See Me

The flower is ~ four mm wide. The little guy hiding in there is less than one mm long

I took several shots of this flower before I realized there was a critter hiding on it!  I have no idea what it is.  The flower is Black Medic, a clover weed that is very common in my lawn. Shot with a Canon XTI at 80mm, f32, 0.6s, ISO100.  Even at f32, the DOF is probably no more than a millimeter thick.  Yikes!

Common Bluebell flower, ~15mm wide

This is an example at the 35mm end of the lens.  The DOF makes it impossible to capture the entire flower in focus, so some creativity is needed to make the most of what’s available.  Taken with a Canon XTI at 35mm, f22, 0.6s, at ISO100.

Overall, I’m very happy with this lens, considering it cost me nothing (a good friend gave it to me for repairing a bent CF pin on his DSLR).  If you have to pay, I’ve seen them for $40-50.  A bargain for what you can do with it.  Enjoy!