In macro photography, focus is critical. Canon EOS R System
cameras are ideal for macro photography as they offer a range of powerful features to help you get the perfect focus every time.
The closer your subject is, the shallower the depth of field
at a given aperture. If there is not sufficient light, which is often the case when you're shooting very close, then you need to open the aperture wider to let in more light, which further reduces the depth of field. This means that an image will have only a tiny slice in focus – not ideal when the aim is to bring out every detail.
To overcome this, several EOS R System cameras, such as the EOS R10
and EOS R50
, offer focus bracketing. This feature takes multiple photos of the same frame, automatically moving the focus point in increments to capture lots of tiny slices in sharp focus. These images can then be combined to create one image with much more of the subject in focus than would be possible in a single shot. This is known as focus stacking
or depth compositing, and a number of cameras can do this automatically in-camera. You can also do this manually using tools such as the Depth Compositing tool in Canon's Digital Photo Professional
The EOS R50 goes one step further with its Advanced A+ mode. This will automatically detect when focus stacking is required, take the necessary shots and apply in-camera depth compositing too, so you don't have to set it up yourself.
If you prefer, Canon mirrorless cameras
also allow you maximum control over focusing. All EOS R System cameras feature a manual focus peaking display option, which uses bright colours to highlight the areas of your image that are in focus. They also allow you to zoom into an image in Live View to check your focus manually. Some cameras, such as the EOS R10 and EOS R7, also have AF/MF switches on the body, enabling you to switch quickly to manual focusing mode and choose precisely where you want your focus.
Best cameras with advanced focusing for getting started in macro photography: