Canon Gear: T5i Camera and f/2.8 Macro Lens



Recent photos were taken with a Canon Rebel T5i (also known as the Canon  EOS 700D) which came out in 2013. Its key sizes are:

  • 18.0 MP
  • 5184 × 3456
  • 22.3 × 14.9 mm

It is called an “amateur” camera but it has a high MP count and produces decent photos thanks to a “professional” lens (details below).

I got this Canon camera brand new using TD Reward points. It replaced my previous camera, an old Canon EOS 30D (8.2 MP).


The lens on my T5i is the highly acclaimed Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens. “Despite the macro designation, the lens can focus to infinity like regular lenses. As such, it is appropriate for use as a portrait lens.”

I don’t usually have the chance to switch lenses when at the mercy of wildlife on its own timeline, so I use this fine Macro for closeups of flowers and also birds nearby on the ground or in flight.


I have not had any problems with either the camera or the lens. I prefer to shoot in RAW unless shooting birds in flight. RAW produces 20-30MB files versus the 6MB files in Large (jpg), so you need the extra speed burst available from smaller file sizes. The camera “freezes” after a few quick, successive RAW shots.