Canon 7D + Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens + Twin Lite MT-24EX flash

Loving this set up for macro photography – Canon 7D + Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens + Twin Lite MT-24EX flash.

Since coming back from our Melbourne trip I’ve been having a ton of fun playing with the new Canon 7D and macro photography. When I first started messing around with macro, I owned a Canon 400D and absolutely loved it! Most of the macros you see in the gallery are taken with the 400D. After upgrading my camera to a full frame 5D Mark II, macro photography just wasn’t the same and I was starting to lose interest.

Don’t get me wrong, the Canon 5D Mark II is a great camera …. for landscapes! I just found for macro photography I was having to crop way too much for my liking. I also found the detail seen in the insect or bug wasn’t the same as I see with the 7D.

With plenty of rain here in the Whitsundays, the marsh flies have been out in their hundreds. What’s a photographer to do? Grab the Canon 7D + Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens + Twin Lite MT-24EX flash and go take insect portraits of course :)

Here’s a favourite macro from yesterday!

Insect macro - marsh fly


Colleen Easley November 14, 2010 at 2:53 am

Is this fly dead? And if so, what are you using to rest him on?

Tanya Ann December 19, 2010 at 3:55 am

The fly wasn’t dead Colleen, but was hanging in a bit of cobweb which I removed with Photoshop CS5 and rotated the image to an upright angle.

Dave Rogers November 14, 2010 at 9:17 am

Magnificent – even by your high standards – I can only hope to improve to something close to this!

Garr8 November 25, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Recently found your Flickr images and became an instant admirer of your work. This is quite simply superb.

John December 10, 2010 at 3:36 am

I am a new user with 7D. The 50D had a macro setting on the dial. What is the correct setting on the 7D for macro shots?

Tanya Ann December 19, 2010 at 3:58 am

For macro shots, I normally use Aperture mode because I like to control how much of the subject is in focus. Hope this helps :)

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