Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM.

Yes, a new lens for me :) and what better way to test it than the old cliched watch photo.

Strobist: Vivitar 285HV on stand, camera left, pointed at subject 10 degrees off horizontal (pointing down) - 1/16th power. White cardboard with hole cut out for lens used as fill from the right.

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  • The Sage of Shadowdale said:
    Oooo....I've heard that 100/2.8 macro is very good (almost as good as the Nikon 105/2.8 VR Micro :-P ). Congrats. Love the retro subject too. ;-)
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  • David de Groot said:
    hehehe, well I'll pay that the 105/2.8VR is indeed an excellent lens. If nothing else, it's got VR and the Canon one doesn't (although VR/IS have certain issues with close macro work, or can do anyway).
    So far I'm very pleased - focus is fast, silent and accurate, weight is good and my normal flash and radio trigger seems to be sufficient for lighting (i.e. no need for dedicated macro ring lights - yet).

    The watch is 1988 vintage :)
  • .steve.t said:
    LIke the watch David.
  • michael.hossen said:
    Nice David! Looks sharp. Not that I didn't think it would be. Glad you're enjoying it.
  • troy :) said:
    nice one Dave. I don't get this bit though "White cardboard with hole cut out for lens used as fill from the right. " any chance of an explanation.
  • Vucko1000 said:
    i like the watch too! classic!
  • David de Groot said:
    I've had it for 20 years Steve, and never put a battery in it :)

    Thanks Mike, definitely having fun with it.

    Ah, right. Well the bare flash was too strong when close and was hitting the watch at the wrong angle to illuminate it correctly. In order to get the chrome looking nice and bright I needed to fill it's family of angles with a light source, thus the white cardboard as a reflector. However, to have a big enough piece of cardboard to do that, I had nowhere to put the lens, so I cut a whole in the cardboard and poked the lens through it.

    Basically, imagine this:
    * watch on mousemat with a button under the left side to raise it up a titch and point the face slightly at the cardboard.
    * flash on lightstand at about seven o'clock from the watch, tilted down to aim at the face, about 2 feet away.
    * piece of white cardboard right next to the watch on the right on an angle such that the top of the cardboard is over the watchface.
    * lens poking through cardboard, aiming straight down.


    Yep, classic late 80's :)