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vickylou
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I am looking to purchase a lens for 50:50 macro:portrait, the portrait will mainly be of my 2 year old so the focus needs to be fast (as it can be on a macro) and accurate. Will i notice much difference indoor/low light and boken between F2 vs F2.8.

I have read the focus ring is stiff on the Tamron and that AF tends to hunt alot? Which has the smoothest bokeh especially for those portraits. Canon has usm vs tamron F2. I have heard great thing about macro from both these lenses but I would love to hear about portrait too.

Has anyone compared the 2 lenses? how do they compare portrait wise to the 50 1.8/1.4?

I know working length for macro is ideally longer but i can't afford 2 lenses and ltd space indoors for 100mm.

Any help advice welcome :)

Post #1, Jun 04, 2011 03:15:16


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vickylou
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Anyone have experience with either of these lenses to make a recommendation? I have been able to look at the canon macro lens but nowhere seems to stock the Tamron?

Post #2, Jun 05, 2011 01:50:00


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only have the canon and I am happy. Marco's are pretty sharp and may be too sharp for a portrait - depends on what you want. Maybe look at extension tubes if you want macro and something that is fast for the portraits - a 50 will do nicely then

Post #3, Jun 05, 2011 01:54:39


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They are both fantastic lenses. The AF is noticeably faster on the Canon, but having the ability to go to f2 on the Tamron is verrry nice. If sluggish (but accurate) AF is a deal breaker, then get the Canon. If you really fancy the extra blur-ability of the f/2, then the Tamron is quite nice. I for one never noticed any stickiness of the focus ring on the Tamron.

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I guessed you would have to stop down on both lenses and this would mean the tamron would be sharp and f2.8 how sharp is the canon at f2.8? how does the bokeh compare? is the AF noisy enough on the Tamron to scare off the bugs in macro? The problem is i need the faster focus to capture my 2 year old but want the shallower DOF!

Post #5, Jun 05, 2011 02:51:19


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How do the portraits on the 60mm macro compare to the 50mm 1.4 or the 50mm 1.8?

Post #6, Jun 05, 2011 02:54:33


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a couple of portraits with Canon 60mm/2.8:

IMAGE: http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d125/algold9/Kids/IMG_1664_1.jpg

IMAGE: http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d125/algold9/BW/IMG_5646_bw.jpg

and a couple of macro shots:

IMAGE: http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d125/algold9/IMG_9398_1.jpg

IMAGE: http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d125/algold9/mantis_IMG_9088_1.jpg

60mm + 25mm extension tube:

IMAGE: http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d125/algold9/ant.jpg

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PS. and this is the 3rd forum you ask the very same question :) - just buy any one of these two and be happy.

Post #7, Jun 05, 2011 02:59:16


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vickylou wrote in post #12538621external link
I guessed you would have to stop down on both lenses and this would mean the tamron would be sharp and f2.8 how sharp is the canon at f2.8? how does the bokeh compare? is the AF noisy enough on the Tamron to scare off the bugs in macro? The problem is i need the faster focus to capture my 2 year old but want the shallower DOF!

the sharpness charts show that Tamron is as sharp stopped down to f/2.8 as Canon wide open at F/2.8.
don't think the noise of AF will scare off any bug, because you will be mostly using manual focus for macro shooting anyway. AF of Canon is faster and works better in low(-ish) light.
you can safely shoot 60/2.8 wide open for portraits and it will be more than sharp enough, most likely you will need to knock down the sharpness a bit in post processing, that's what I do and don't use the usual sharpening. the dof of 50 f/1.4 and f/1.8 wide open is too shallow, especially when shooting a 2 years old - you will only get one eye in sharp focus. also the AF speed of 50/1.8 is not fast enough and it's not precise enough to shoot kids, may be that's my copy though.
here is a shot taken with 50/1.8 at f/2.2 in lowish light:

IMAGE: http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d125/algold9/Kids/Twins_0704.jpg

Post #8, Jun 05, 2011 03:24:09


G1X, 100D, 40D, 10-18 IS STM, 17-85 IS, Sigma 30/1.4, 40/2.8 STM, 60/2.8 macro, MP-E 65/2.8, 85/1.8, 70-200/4 L, 270EX, 430EX, MR-14ex, Metz 58 AF-1
EOS-M 22/2, 18-55 is stm

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Sorry for posting on another forum I am new to this site and was not sure the best place to post so though I would try both. I really appreciate and help.

Post #9, Jun 05, 2011 03:52:12


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derick
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Well done.

I like to learning how to take this. Could you teach me how?

algold wrote in post #12538635external link
a couple of portraits with Canon 60mm/2.8:

and a couple of macro shots:

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60mm + 25mm extension tube:

cheers,
Alex
PS. and this is the 3rd forum you ask the very same question :) - just buy any one of these two and be happy.

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I own the Tamron 60mm f/2 1:1 Macro, and recently tried putting it to work for a task it wasn't designed for, Low-light action shooting... at a Burlesque show. The AF is sluggish to be sure, but the results are super sharp when it hits.

When I've used it for portraiture, I find the quality of the bokeh to be up there with my Zeiss... and thats saying a lot. Its really a wonderful lens.

My suggestion, give it a try... either rent one or go play with one at a camera shop... you'll want to keep it.

If the AF hurdle is too great, the EF-S 60mm is a highly regarded performer.

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Alex - beautiful shots. I have the 60mm in a drawer somewhere, but haven't been able to get those kind of shots with it.

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