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Old 16th of August 2007 (Thu)   #1
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Default 100mm macro going to be replaced soon?

does anyone know if the 100mm macro is going to be replaced by something newer anytime soon?

i'm asking because i'm trying to decide on a new macro lens to buy and its basically between the canon 100mm macro and the sigma 150 macro

i dont wanna end up buying the canon only to find out its been replaced by something newer and better. i think its been out since 2000, 7 years is a long time.

and yes i know this is my first post lol
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Old 16th of August 2007 (Thu)   #2
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Default Re: 100mm macro going to be replaced soon?

7 years might be a long time, but if it's not broken why fix it. The 50mm f1.4 hasn't been changed for a long time to my knowledge as it a very good lens. Seems to me the standard canon primes only get upgraded if they are designated L. I might of course be wrong!
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Old 16th of August 2007 (Thu)   #3
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Default Re: 100mm macro going to be replaced soon?

Why would it?
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Default Re: 100mm macro going to be replaced soon?

This belongs in the rumors forum.

I own the 100mmmacro, it is one fine lens. I'd prefer Canon fix something that is actually in need of improvement more than this lens.
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Old 16th of August 2007 (Thu)   #5
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Default Re: 100mm macro going to be replaced soon?

I bought mine last week, so I would say it will be changed any day know.
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Default Re: 100mm macro going to be replaced soon?

A newer version won't make the existing lens any less usable... Good glass, is good glass...
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Default Re: 100mm macro going to be replaced soon?

its a great lens, I dont see it being upgraded any time soon.
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Default Re: 100mm macro going to be replaced soon?

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7 years might be a long time, but if it's not broken why fix it. The 50mm f1.4 hasn't been changed for a long time to my knowledge as it a very good lens. Seems to me the standard canon primes only get upgraded if they are designated L. I might of course be wrong!
I actually just got the 50/1.4 today. The 50 is a lens that I believe Canon should upgrade, but I did not want to wait . It is a great lens, but I am wondering why they do not upgrade the USM from micro-USM to ring-USM.
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It is a great lens, but I am wondering why they do not upgrade the USM from micro-USM to ring-USM.
I don't understand why they designed it with micro-USM in the first place? AFAIK, it's the only lens which offers FTM with micro-USM.
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Default Re: 100mm macro going to be replaced soon?

How about IS? I think there is room for some improvement mechanically, but from what I've heard it is a fine lens optically. It is certainly on my wish list. That said, I've not seen a whiff of a rumour of a replacement any time soon. Oh - and ghocking - you're safe until a week after I buy mine!
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Default Re: 100mm macro going to be replaced soon?

Most serious macro work is done on a tripod, which would make the IS unusable... I suppose it would be OK for a walk around macro type lens though...
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Why would they want to change this lens. It is great as it is and very affordable for such sharp glass. IS on a Macro? Bloody well hope not.
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Default Re: 100mm macro going to be replaced soon?

Good point, Kennymc. There's also the common use of flash for macro work too, which means that the camera doesn't really have much of a chance to wobble during exposure. I'm not sure I really thought it through. Still, being able to grab an image of a flower "on the run" stopped down for DOF, and handheld does have some appeal.
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Default Re: 100mm macro going to be replaced soon?

It would probably double the price of the lens, more gimmicky than practical I think...
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Default Re: 100mm macro going to be replaced soon?

IS would also increase the weight of the lens as well.

IMO, there's not much to improve with the lens, so I'd buy one now if I were you.
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