Years ago, fall of 2002, I bought my first digital camera, a Canon G2. I also
bought several lenses to go with it including a Canon 250D Close-up lens. Over
30 years ago a long time friend, Mike Smith, photographed a penny with his
optical bench. I was impressed. That is why I took the follow picture. To see
how close I could get with my new G2. Picture size is 640 by 480.
In the fall of 2007, UPS delivered my new 100mm Macro lens [Macro is for really
close up shots. It can focus closer than a non-Macro lens.] I decided to see if
I could get even closer with my new lens. I attached the Canon 250D Close-up
lens to the front of my new 100mm lens to get as close as possible. Also 640 x
Hey not bad. But I felt I could do better.
A lot of factors limited that 2nd shot.
Oh boy. When UPS delivers my new Manfrotto 055 XPROB tripod I can get as close
as I want because the center post can go horizontal allowing the camera to be
off-center by quite a bit. Also read about that in a magazine. Some
photographer had the old Bogen version. I couldn't find it on Amazon but later
I spotted an ad for the new model and ordered it. See below.
The tripod limited the closeness of the lens to the penny.
I set the camera to "Auto" and it picked a wide open lens apperture: f2.8,
causing a very shallow depth-of-field, making it very hard to focus.
I used "Live View" but didnt know I could blow up the image by 10X. (I read a
review in Popular Photography and it lauded the Canon EOS 40D for those
features: Live View and 10X magnification.
I then used the new tripod, set the aperature at various settings, finally
settling on f32 (max closed) and used Live View at 5x and 10x to focus
carefully, and walla, a great closeup of part of the date on my penny. Again
640 x 480.
I felt real good about that shot.