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07/10/2009 09:36:06 PM · #1
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It's neat to be able to get in tight, but still capture that wide view of the background. Unlike the complete blurring that occurs with a long focal length macro lens, the background remains somewhat recognizable. A very different way to shoot macro.
I'm really liking the 17-40. It's excruciatingly sharp when stopped down, a really nice landscape lens.
07/10/2009 09:37:42 PM · #2
Very nice detail with great OOF DOF
07/11/2009 02:19:07 AM · #3
Yup. Use it with extension tubes.

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Message edited by author 2009-07-11 02:20:31.
07/11/2009 02:21:41 AM · #4
I believe you would find macro photography with the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM II without the extension tube even more impressive.
07/11/2009 08:24:14 AM · #5
Originally posted by Artifacts:

I believe you would find macro photography with the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM II without the extension tube even more impressive.


You'd still need extension tube(s). The 16-35L II will go to a magnification of 0.22 (or 1:4.5) without tubes, which is quite impressive, but with a 12mm tube, the 17-40 can approach 0.8 (1:1.25).
07/11/2009 08:35:52 AM · #6
I just got a Tamron 28-75 2.8 and haven't had time to mess with it yet, but I think the same might be true for it. It's 1:3.9 without tubes, but this really makes me want to try it out with them.
07/15/2009 06:37:02 AM · #7
Glad to see you're getting good use out of it and enjoy the lens Fritz =)
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