Do you have a macro lens in your camera bag? If you don’t, is it because you don’t shoot macro photography? If you do, are you limiting the use of the lens? There are several lenses out there that some photographers use only for a specific reason, and a macro lens is one of them which many photographers limits to macro photography. What if I told you the lens has many more uses than just extreme up-close photos which they are known for.
For this week’s two-minute Tuesday video with Peter McKinnon, he talks about the several different scenarios where he used his macro lens beyond just macro photography. Don’t let the lens name fool you, McKinnon calls his macro lens the “Swiss army knife” in his camera bag, and I agree. While there are a few different kinds of macro lens and several brands, he shows off his Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro and the Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS lens. I personally have used my Canon 100mm L for portraits and some automotive shots, and it can be used for more as McKinnon lists product photography and video specifically as uses and states he uses it for everything.
It's not unheard of using the 100mm macro lens for portraits, we have a few articles that mention it and some comparisons on which is the best lens to use for portraits. Yes, one downside is that it can be slower to focus which I have personal experience with. When the lens misses focus, it misses and takes a while to get back into focus. As long as it’s not a fast-paced shoot with a lot of movement, you will be OK using the macro lens. So for those of you with macro lenses, which one do you have and what else do you shoot with it besides macro photography? Let us know in the comments below.