EOS M3 and EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro for People Spotting!

I really, really love my new EOS M3. The thing that I love about it the most is the EVF-DC1 electronic viewfinder. Why they don’t bundle that with the camera in the UK I’ll never know – it makes a world of difference using it.

I was using it at a friend’s wedding in Moscow with the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens to do the wide angle shots while I kept the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM on my 5D Mark III. But I got a bit bored of the wide-angle shots, and starting to regret I’d left my 70-200 lenses at home, I thought I’d try the EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro on the M3 to give me something with a little more reach. I fell in love with this combination immediately!

Not generally known as a portrait lens, this combination however proved extremely efficient – with the incredible bonus of being able to get really good close-ups of wedding rings, etc. because of the 1:1 magnification on the lens. This lens has one of the best image stabilizing systems that Canon have produced – so I took it out for a walk around Red Square to try and take photos of other people taking photos, or people looking at their phones. Needless to say there were a lot of possibilities.

I’m told that real street photographers don’t use anything longer than a 50mm lens and that the trick is to get close to people and snap away. But I’m a bit too much of a coward to try that, so the 100mm on an APS-C sensor gave me enough distance to be able to take this photos without being spotted. What helps is that the camera is small and the lens is not too massive either. In addition with the viewfinder angled at 45 degrees looking into it doesn’t obviously look like I’m taking photos.









NOTE: I’ve now added a more detailed review of the EOS M3, click here


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  1. Dave says:

    One feature I like about the Canon 100mm L macro is the optional tripod collar which allows you to easily switch between portrait and landscape (and anywhere in between). Way more convenient than an L bracket.

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