Macro pictures within the area just isn’t all the time straightforward or comfy, usually requiring lengthy hours open air within the warmth. So now greater than ever, I’m seeing the advantages of light-weight lenses and our bodies. One thing so simple as being much less burdened by a heavy digicam within the area will help you courageous the warmth only a bit longer, and get extra profitable photographs.
As a long-time Pentax person, I’ve develop into reliant on heavy conventional DSLRs and their pentaprism viewfinders, and haven’t gotten too deep into the mirrorless sport but. Though, a couple of years again, I did purchase an previous used Canon EOS M physique (Canon’s first mirrorless providing) off eBay on which I put in Magic Lantern so I may use it to shoot RAW video.
Regardless of the poor ergonomics, lack of a viewfinder, and being a bit dated now, at solely 262 grams, the Canon EOS M continues to be one of many lightest APS-C digicam our bodies (with a hot-shoe!) you will discover on the market. From the second I bought it, I dreamt of creating a tiny light-weight macro setup with it. So when 7Artisans reached out asking if I wished to assessment an EF-M mount model of their upcoming mkII 60mm macro, I jumped on the alternative.
At solely about 340 grams, the lens feels very light-weight, and paired with my Canon EOS M and Meike MK300 flash, I can get a really succesful (and low-cost!) macro setup that solely weighs a complete of about 800 grams.
Though the general high quality is nowhere close to pretty much as good because the full-frame Pentax (largely a fault of the Canon’s dated APS-C sensor), the little setup is a welcomed reduction from my normal Pentax Ok-1 setup, which weighs in at a whopping 2,200 grams!
This has truthfully modified the best way I shoot this summer time, as choosing a lighter-weight mirrorless setup has made spending extra time open air much less of a burden. I can’t overemphasize how beneficial a light-weight macro setup is whenever you’re out within the solar for hours, coated in sweat and battling mosquitos!
I additionally admire the simplicity of the lens: it has no shake discount, no autofocus, and no digital coupling. These items are good, however simply add weight and price, and usually are not essential to take good macro photographs.
Perhaps I’m a bit spoiled and used to increased magnification lenses now, however the max magnification of 1x feels slightly primary or underwhelming with so many good 2x macros in the marketplace proper now. If something although, the lens has bought me extra enthusiastic about mirrorless setups and little lenses, notably the 335 gram Laowa 65mm 2x macro. I’m positive there are even smaller, lighter macro setups to be achieved within the Micro 4 Thirds realm, however I’m unsure if I’m prepared to compromise with a sensor that small simply but.
In summation, the 7Artisans 60mm f/2.8 Mark II Macro Lens is a pointy, small, light-weight, and cheap macro that may pair nicely with a contemporary mirrorless physique and has bought me hooked on placing collectively smaller macro pictures setups. One of many major joys in macro pictures for me is the time spent open air having fun with nature at my very own tempo, so any software that may assist me do this extra comfortably is a big plus.
Concerning the writer: Thomas Shahan is an artist and photographer primarily based out of Tulsa, Oklahoma, who focuses on high-magnification macrophotography and has a specific curiosity in Oklahoma’s leaping spider variety. He has labored as a co-instructor of BugShot macro pictures workshops, imaging specialist for the Oregon Division of Agriculture, online game artist, and e book illustrator. For extra from Shahan, subscribe to his YouTube Channel.