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Sooner or later we all will want our first macro...

 
patspicasa
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May 23, 2011 09:22 |  #1

So i finally got to this point... Have a nice lineup for my 7D. Shooting sports, landscape, family photos but am amazed by the detail from macro lenses....

So if I were interested in getting a canon lens for my 7D - which one would be the perfect fit? No budget - just want the best.

Hopefully this is a topic others will benefit from the responses on...


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May 23, 2011 09:27 |  #2

I'm a big fan of the Sigma 150 2.8 macro and prefer it to my 100 2.8L IS macro. Works well on 5D2 and 1D4. Haven't tried it on a 1.6 crop though.


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May 23, 2011 09:30 |  #3

The new sigma 150 macro should be one of the best, but it costs $1k.


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May 23, 2011 09:32 |  #4

Best? Voigtlander 125 APO, Zeiss 100, Zeiss 50 MP

Most magnification? MP-E 65

Best AF and Working Distance: Sigma 150, Sigma 180, Canon 180

Best AF and general purpose Prime: Canon 100L and Canon 100 non-L


If you want to shoot bugs, you need working distance. If you're going to be shooting stationary objects, how close do you want to get? If you'll use the lens as a dual purpose prime, AF is a bonus.


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May 23, 2011 09:42 |  #5

I will probably need some reach as I don't imagine I will get super close.

Need to consider my crop frame.

Doesn't have to be a canon and cost no factor


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May 23, 2011 13:00 |  #6

I take it nobody is big fan of extension tubes as an inexpensive introduction to the macro world...... Or am I the only one thinking that would be a good test bed to see how much I enjoy it??


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May 23, 2011 13:58 |  #7

GeeMack wrote in post #12463884 (external link)
I take it nobody is big fan of extension tubes as an inexpensive introduction to the macro world...... Or am I the only one thinking that would be a good test bed to see how much I enjoy it??

I have a Kenko set of ext. tubes and they work pretty good on the stellar 70-200MKII lens but if i were after a dedicated macro lens with a nice working distance and extremely sharp it would be the soon to be released Sigma 150/f2.8 OS HSM macro.

Here below is the Non-OS version to check out its sharpness:

http://www.slrgear.com …ct.php/product/​180/cat/30 (external link)

So IMO if the new OS version is as sharp, and possibly even more so, plus has the extra 50mm working distance versus the fine Canon 100/f2.8 IS USM it should be a no-brainer for almost the same price.

But thats just me !

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May 23, 2011 14:02 |  #8

Silverfox1 wrote in post #12464263 (external link)
it should be a no-brainer for almost the same price.

But thats just me !

Not just you ;)
Seems to be the trend for recent sigma lenses, better for almost the same price, or almost as good, for much less.


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May 23, 2011 14:10 |  #9

CZ100 or MPR-65 would be my two choices right now..


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May 23, 2011 14:11 |  #10

I got the 100 non-L 2.8 Macro from Canon.
If I had the chance to do it again, I'd take the Zeiss 100 f/2 Makro Planar.
It is more expensive and lacks AF, but I find myself Manual Focusing in 99,9% of my macro shots, and the IQ on the Zeiss is very impressive.


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May 23, 2011 15:01 |  #11

ON a 7D, I'd get a 60mm macro due to the versatile focal length and great optics. Honestly, though, I don't know of a bad macro lens. They tend to have great optics no matter who makes it.

Whatever you do, stick with Canon because the 7D has a special macro AI servo feature that is only works with Canon lenses.


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May 23, 2011 15:21 |  #12

I used the original Canon 100mm macro for many years with good results before obtaining the Canon 180mm macro which I have been really please with and would recommend.




  
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May 23, 2011 15:52 |  #13

Here's a 70-200Lf4 with extention rings (Kenko) on a 5Dc

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May 23, 2011 16:20 |  #14

patspicasa wrote in post #12462574 (external link)
So if I were interested in getting a canon lens for my 7D - which one would be the perfect fit? No budget - just want the best.

Leica-R APO Macro 100mm f/2.8 + Elpro.
You will also need an EOS adapter.

The Zeiss 100MP is also a great lens, but has embarrassing LoCA. YMMV.

P.S. The Voigtländer 125 APO is said to be one of the best, but I've never used it.


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May 23, 2011 16:27 |  #15

Silverfox1 wrote in post #12464263 (external link)
I have a Kenko set of ext. tubes and they work pretty good on the stellar 70-200MKII lens but if i were after a dedicated macro lens with a nice working distance and extremely sharp it would be the soon to be released Sigma 150/f2.8 OS HSM macro.

Here below is the Non-OS version to check out its sharpness:

http://www.slrgear.com …ct.php/product/​180/cat/30 (external link)

So IMO if the new OS version is as sharp, and possibly even more so, plus has the extra 50mm working distance versus the fine Canon 100/f2.8 IS USM it should be a no-brainer for almost the same price.

But thats just me !

Regards, ;)

No doubt the Sigma 150mm is a killer lens . I love mine :lol:


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