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Thread started 02 Aug 2012 (Thursday) 17:51
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Need a good macro lens, where to start?

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Aug 13, 2012 19:11 |  #31

Ursie wrote in post #14854305external link
so are you saying you use a 58mm reverse adapter for a 50mm lens. Is that something you can do with any lens? What about focusing distance? how is that affected?

That's what I have been using - 50 f/1.4 reversed. The focusing distance is a few feet. The smaller the focal length of the lens, the closer you can get with higher magnification.

I just received an adapter for my 135l, so I may try that tonight and see what that does to magnification/focal length. I'm definitely not an expert on the subject so maybe others can chime in. I like the results thus far.


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Aug 15, 2012 09:59 |  #32

SunshineRose, the 100 is great for both portraiture and macro. there are countless pictures in our galleries by talented people here who have made this lens work wonders. The Canon 180 is also a good lens, but it is heavier, the focal length is not as easy to manipulate for portraiture and the max aperture is 3.5
Anyway, i would say that you can add that reviews opinions to your arsenal, but don't let it override all the positive and glowing ones which say the exact oposite. The 100 USM f2.8 and the 100 IS are excellent lenses

50 1.8 II, MP-E65, 85 II, 100 IS
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Aug 18, 2012 07:43 |  #33

RACINGHART03 wrote in post #14825072external link
There is no substitute for the 100mm 2.8. I am in the market now. IF just dipping feet..Why not to with the 500d filter for your 24/70?

I just noticed that there is a 72mm Canon 500D for sale over at Photo Camel in their Marketplace section. The guy want $99 for it. I have a 72mm and use it occasionally on my 180mm macro and also on my 70-200mm f 2.8 with a stepup ring. It works very well for flower photography on the 70-200.

7D Mark II 6D 100mm f 2.8 macro 180mm f 3.5 macro, MP-E-65 300mm f 2.8 500mm f4 Tokina 10-17mm fisheye 10-22mm 17-55mm 24-105mm 70-300mm 70-200 f 2.8 Mk II 100-400mm Mk II 1.4 TCIII 2X TCIII 580EX II 430 EX II MT 24 EX Tamron 150-600

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Aug 18, 2012 11:01 |  #34

I've orderered the 100mm F2.8, not the L, but I'll get my feet wet with this one and see if I feel I need the L. I'm guessing this one will be satisfactory for someone just playing with macro. Thank you to everyone for all the input, it has been invaluable.

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