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So I got a new toy today. The Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS, sold my regular Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro in favour of adding an “IS” and “L” for about twice the price: Lucky me.
One of the benefits of this Macro, aside from the IS which is supposed to give stabilization up to 4 stops, is the 12 blade aperture; That’ll make the backgrounds creamy and smooth (it’s better bokeh). After walking around a bit today I figured I can get a decent hand-held shot at about 1/60th of a second – probably need more like 1/125th or so if I was going for a true 1x macro shot (you need about an extra stop from the standard 1:1 rule when you’re going for enlargement in photos).
Still, Macro photography is best on a tripod – though the option to hand-hold is pleasant, and my main use for this lens, portraiture, will surely benefit greatly.