In her photojournalism and documentary photography, Ilvy usually gets close to her subjects emotionally more often than physically. "Winning the trust of people is essential for good reportage," she says. The small details of their environments and activities, however, can be particularly intriguing and revealing, and Ilvy was pleased to be able to add a new dimension to her work with a compact, versatile RF-mount prime lens designed for macro as well as portrait photography.
Not sure whether macro photography is really for you? One inexpensive way to try it out is using an extension tube on your EF lenses, a simple accessory that increases the magnification of your existing EF lens and enables it to shoot closer subjects than normal. Mike Burnhill explains: "Extension tubes such as the Canon Extension Tube EF 12 II are often the unsung heroes of macro photography, and for me this is the place to start. These low-cost solutions can make any EF lens a macro lens without affecting image quality or performance too much. Even as you progress, these tubes can be partnered with dedicated macro lenses to get even closer. These simple tubes can be used by everyone, from beginners to professionals, to achieve macro results with existing EF lenses."
Ready to get serious about macro? Whether you're looking for a versatile, hard-wearing macro lens or specialist glass capable of capturing 5x magnification close-ups, here are the best Canon lenses for macro photography.