G1XmkII - No need for Macro mode...

Started Apr 27, 2014 | Discussions thread
brianj Forum Pro • Posts: 14,657
Re: G1XmkII - No need for Macro mode...

Ranlee wrote:

brianj wrote:

Max@Home wrote:

brianj wrote:

Max@Home wrote:

brianj wrote:

Ranlee wrote:

First, my version focuses just as close whether in Macro mode or not. In fact, it focuses even closer than specs. As close as 3cm (1.18") to the front (glass) of the lens instead of the 5cm (2") the manual states. This is at the 24mm equiv. FL.

At the long end mine focuses from 34.3cm (13.5") to infinity which is approximately 7.62cm (3") closer than the manual states. This is a good thing, and I'm happy about it!

Now for the second part: My testing shows that the only thing Macro mode does is limit focusing ability from 3cm to a maximum of approximately 3.5' (106.5cm) at 24mm equivalent. At the long end macro mode does nothing at all.

So I guess my question is, why is it even there? Am I missing something? Why would I even want to limit the maximum focus at 24mm equiv. focal length or any focal length for that matter. I simply will ignore macro from now on unless I really am missing something.

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In other words, macro mode doesn't work, I would consider that to be an extreme drawback

Please read again, as it actually works perfectly, but you have to know why it's there and what it's function is: it is (designed and build as) a focus-delimiter switch, making the camera 'concentrate' on Macro/CloseUp without it looking at AF 'distractions' from 'further back'

IMO to 'work' it would need to do this function as well as allow it to focus from 3cm down to 1cm.

So the switch should somehow magically change the lens specifications and allow AF at 1 cm...

Perhaps you could make a 'wide open aperture' switch on my 70-200F2.8 that allows it to open to F2.0 ?


That's not my job, its canon's job, what I am saying is that it would be no good for me as I use one camera and it must do everything.


Brian, I'm not sure you are understanding the point of my original post. I expect I didn't explain well enough. I am not/was not complaining about the close focus ability. If anything I think it focuses closer than the specs (Canon) says it should. That's why I referred to that as a "good thing". I simply was not seeing/realizing what the benefit of the macro setting was since it focused just as close whether in it or not.

I did understand that point, maybe I went off on a slight tangent describing how that would affect me personally.

I do believe I have had cameras in the past that focused closer in macro mode than when not in macro mode and perhaps that confused me and perhaps you too. Never the less, Max's description makes sense, certainly for the G1XmkII and I assume in general. The close focusing ability of the G1XmkII is quite an improvement over the G1X.

I agree, what Max described was good and I haven't seen that functionality before, but it also skirts around the the fact that the G1X MKII doesn't have the ability to shoot macro, even though it is better than the G1X.

The reason why I get excited over this is because in their obsession to get the camera with the biggest sensor squeezed in, like the sony RX100, they overlook what has been lost, to get the ability to shoot in lower light at higher ISO, even though they may seldom have the need to do that.  Its not a good tradeoff in IMO.


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