I reported earlier in an article about the first experiences made with the achromatic 500D close up lens.
Lately on a little trip to the Blausteinsee i had the oportunity to try out the achromatic close up lens again. In combination with a telephoto zoom lens like a 70-200mm you’ll reach pretty high magnification ratios
First i’ll have to state that this is not a test, its only a practical test. I only carried a Canon 7D and a Canon 5D MK II with me. The 7D was equipped with the Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6 and the 500D achromatic lens. The 5D MK II was mounted with the 100mm/2.8 L IS.
More important in practicle use is the distance to the objects with the combination of a telephoto zoom lens like the 100-400/4.5-5.6 and the 500D achromatic lens. Comparing the pictures (comparing pictures from a 7D and a 5D MK II is not fair) the combination of the telephoto lens and the close up lens is working pretty good.
First an example of the 100-400/4.5-5.6 and 500D Achromat
The 100% Crop
And now an example of the 100/2.8 Makro
The same example picture in 100% crop
Even though both lenses have IS i used a higher ISO setting to close the aparture a little bit and garantue shorter shutter speeds. The picture of the fly was taken at f 7.1 and the image of the bee was taken at f8. Maybe i should have closed the aparture one more step to gain more detail in combination with the 500D close up lens.
To answer the question form the first article, the Canon 500D make a lot of sense even though you own a specialized Macro lens allready.
Is a high quality achromat like the Canon 500D lens useable to you, maybe to start with close up photography or is better to use a specialized Macro lens like a 100 oder 150/180mm Macro lens right away. I’m looking forwar to your comments and questions.