The Canon 10D and a Macro Lens

May 15, 2003 | Mark Goldstein | Canon EOS 10D | 5 Comments | |

I haven’t really posted any samples yet showing what the original images files from the Canon 10D look like - I’ve been too busy using it to try and take photographs, instead of pictures of test charts/rulers/cats etc.

Yesterday I bought a macro lens, the Canon 100mm f/2.8 USM, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to show one of the first pictures that I’ve taken with it in various states. From left to right, the first photo is a resized version (500x333 pixels) of the original JPEG file, with levels adjustment and USM applied. The second is a 100%, non-altered crop from the original JPEG. The third is a 100% crop with levels adjustment and USM applied.

If you’re thinking of buying a 10D or a macro lens, it might give you an idea of what to expect. If you’re not thinking of buying either, you may just want to skip this post entirely and read about the Minolta Dimage S414 review instead.

Macro #1
Macro #1 - 100% Original
Macro 1 - 100% Sharpened
Macro #1
Macro #1 - 100% Original
Macro 1 - 100% Sharpened
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#1 Ryan

Much appreciated Mark! I've got a 10D coming my way by the end of June, so it's great to see and learn from your experiences. Glad to see plenty of clarity and detail available in those shots.

3:26 am - Friday, May 16, 2003

#2 Stephen

As a matter of interest Mark, what were the settings of your USM in PS?

3:04 pm - Friday, May 16, 2003

#3 Mark Goldstein

Here's the USM settings which were applied to both of the sharpened photos:

Amount = 200
Radius = 0.5
Threshold = 0

Any USM tips that you have would be greatly appreciated!

I'm thinking of buying Fred Miranda's 10D CSPro action, which at $15 may be an inexpensive way of taking some of the guesswork out of this process.


3:43 pm - Friday, May 16, 2003

#4 Stephen

I have to confess to being as unsure about USM as you are Mark. My philosophy has always been to make subtle changes and apply it more than once if need be. My current settings are:
Amount 50%
Radius 1 pixel
Threshold 0

There is a free PS plugin at
Which seems to only sharpen those parts of the image that need it

3:54 pm - Friday, May 16, 2003

#5 Mark Goldstein

Thanks for the URL - UltraSharpen looks kind of similar to Fred Miranda's actions, excepts his are customised for specific cameras. I'll download the free version and give it a whirl.

5:23 pm - Friday, May 16, 2003