Words and Images by Jerred Zegelis
In almost two decades of taking photos of nature, before this last weekend, I've always used either 60mm or 100mm macro lenses. These lenses are fantastic for getting very close on small details and narrowing in on what you want to isolate in the image.
But here comes the Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 Macro.
Wow. That's pretty much all I can say. It's one of those lenses that can be used for more than one function (it makes a solid every-day use lens as well), but more than anything it made me "see" the world a little differently.
Suddenly, even when I'm really close, I've got some of the edges of the frame to worry about in my macro photos that I didn't have to consider as much before. These wide-angle macro photographs add a unique perspective that I've fallen in love with... and the lens has enough light-gathering ability and lightness to stay on my camera as my "every-day" lifestyle lens too, making it easy to capture photos of my family in action quickly and even in darker situations.