Gear Review: Canon R-Series 35mm Macro Lens


Over the summer my husband reviewed the Canon R5 that we upgraded to. My only request was for a macro-lens to go with it. I really love close up photography, maybe I am just channeling some Georgia O’Keeffe vibes. I really got the chance to test out this lens in Nebraska over the summer

Previous attempts at macro-photography:

Here are some of the images I took with the Canon Rebel T6 using a Canon 24mm-105mm lens. This lens is not designed to take these kinds of photographs and I did have to do a lot of manual work. However, that does not mean that I don’t love them and how they turned out.

Canon RF 35mm F1.8 Macro

This lens has a fixed focal length of 35mm. The real beauty of it is that the aperture can expand to F1.8. If you have no idea what that means, like I did when I first stared my photograhpy journey, please check out this cheat sheet.

Having a large range in aperture means that the lens has a greater range for depth of field. I can really isolate a single bloom in the frame. A shallow field of depth means the background will be blurrier while a deep depth of field will lend to a more in focus background.

This does not mean that macro-photography is easy by any stretch. Increasing the f-stop, creating a shallow range means that it is difficult to capture crisp, clear images of flowers when there is a breeze blowing. The space that can be clear is narrow. Below are a couple of images when the aperture is wide and there is a shallow field of depth; the flower I’m happy with, while the bee needs work.

On this trip I only played with the aperture setting and left the other settings on program. When getting a new lens or anything with various settings that can be manipulated, I prefer to practice with one element at a time to fully understand how that one works before moving on to the next.

Some of my favorite shots so far:

On the other end of the spectrum, this lens is capable of capturing shots like the one below of the Milky-Way. Taking shots like this one have a lot to do with a capabilities of the lens but also manipulation of all the manual settings. Keltin took these photos and we do have a lot that are similar and some that just really did not work. The general formula was: wide aperture, slow shutter speed, high ISO.

The Milky-Way Galaxy at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

I’m really happy with the capabilities of this lens so far. It has some diverse uses that have made it worth the price. Photography in general can be an art form. I am working steadily towards being the type of photographer that I want to be. This lens is helping me to get there. If you want to check out this lens for yourself it can be found here. What type of photography do you prefer? Let me know in the comments! Remember to leave no trace and safe travels.

Thank you KW Photography for allowing me to use your wonderful photos!

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2 comments on “Gear Review: Canon R-Series 35mm Macro Lens”

  1. The camera and the lense sound amazing but its not all about equipment is it? You have to have an eye for a great shot and you really do have that. Brilliant photos Laci.

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