1. Canon RF 100mm F2.8L Macro IS USM
"The Canon RF 100mm F2.8L Macro IS USM allows you to do things quite differently," says Oliver, who photographed insects, reptiles and amphibians inside a butterfly house. "It allows you to go all the way to 1.4x magnification, whereas the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM has a 1x magnification. You're 40% more zoomed into the image. That might not sound much, but it makes a huge difference to macro photography. When you combine that with the resolution of a Canon EOS R5, it's pretty staggering."
An advanced stabilisation system and f/2.8 maximum aperture produces stunning image quality, even in low light, while Dual Nano USM motors offer fast and silent focusing, ideal for both stills and video. "This lens is super sharp and really well controlled," says Oliver. "You can zoom right in and see the veins in a gecko's eye. I've also photographed butterfly wings and when I zoom into those, I can see the individual scales."
The Canon RF 100mm F2.8L Macro IS USM also introduces a variable Spherical Aberration Control mechanism, to adjust the look of out-of-focus bokeh areas and produce a soft-focus effect on subjects. "This is going to have really exciting opportunities from a creative perspective," says Oliver. "Whether it be macro, product or portrait photography."