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which macro lense.

 
tapps
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Jul 06, 2011 03:50 |  #1

i,m new to this,i treated myself to a canon eos 600d with an efs 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS,i am interested in doing close up work,i'm going to get myself a MACRO lense,which lense will do a good job,i'm looking for a decent lense.which one should i get.




  
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Jul 06, 2011 08:11 |  #2

I know others will chime in, but I went with the Tamron 90mm. It's an amazing lens for the price. Especially if you can find one used. I got mine for just over $300 used. The Canon EF 100mm (non L) are constantly for sale in the BST section. Most go for $450 some go for lower and go quick if they are.




  
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Jul 06, 2011 10:07 |  #3

Also consider the Tokina 100mm macro, great build quality and reasonable price plus Tokina quality glass. I have this lens and it's great for not only macro but for portraits too. Certainly worth a look!

If you are really on a tight budget, also consider Macro Tubes by Kenko and/or Opteka that you can attach your current lens to...


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Jul 06, 2011 21:16 |  #4

I really enjoy the 100mm (non IS) as a starter macro lens. Great lens.


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Jul 07, 2011 11:06 as a reply to  @ agiaco's post |  #5

It's not cheap (you didn't say price was a factor), but I love the Canon 100mm f/2.8L IS. Many folks say the IS isn't useful for macro, but I know it helps me (when I'm not using a tripod). I have the IS turned on most of the time. I also use extension tubes and sometimes a 1.4X TC in conjunction with the lens.


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Jul 07, 2011 16:02 |  #6

I am a rank amateur, still learning to take macro shots using the Canon 100mm f/2.8, non L, and a tripod, I just started to take macro hand held shots, and as a rank armature, I wish I bought the IS version, it would really help with hand held insects.


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Jul 13, 2011 09:04 |  #7

i've got 3 Canon macro lenses; 60 and both 100's. The 60, for the money is excellent on a crop body. There is no difference in IQ between the 100L and non-L, but the build and feel of the L is quite a bit nicer. I'm not a fan of IS, but on the macro it really helps.




  
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Jul 13, 2011 10:31 |  #8
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tapps wrote in post #12711832 (external link)
i,m new to this,i treated myself to a canon eos 600d with an efs 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS,i am interested in doing close up work,i'm going to get myself a MACRO lense,which lense will do a good job,i'm looking for a decent lense.which one should i get.

I have personally owned 4 out of the 6 macro lenses that Canon offers, and I recently made this comparison & review blog post (external link), which you might find helpful in deciding which of these lenses is best for you :)

Good luck,

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Jul 14, 2011 22:30 as a reply to  @ John Koerner's post |  #9

Jack...your reviews were brief and to the point. I have the 180 macro and had difficulty in choosing another one, looks as if the 65 1-5x will fit the requirements quite nicely. ;)


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Jul 29, 2011 11:48 |  #10

I have an 100mm and the MP-E on the way, but it should be mentioned that a lot of older manual focus lenses can be had for much less money and attached with an adapter; I've had really good results with some.




  
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Jul 29, 2011 12:21 |  #11
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chauncey wrote in post #12760671 (external link)
Jack...your reviews were brief and to the point. I have the 180 macro and had difficulty in choosing another one, looks as if the 65 1-5x will fit the requirements quite nicely. ;)

I agree with you, Chauncey, the MP-E 65 is the only true option if you already have the 180mm ... unless it's the 100L for "handholding" in situations where the tripod+180mm can't go.

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Jul 29, 2011 18:08 |  #12

tapps wrote in post #12711832 (external link)
i,m new to this,i treated myself to a canon eos 600d with an efs 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS,i am interested in doing close up work,i'm going to get myself a MACRO lense,which lense will do a good job,i'm looking for a decent lense.which one should i get.

I have both the canon ef-s 60mm and the sigma 150mm, and I love them both for different reasons.

The 60mm is light, so it's the one that get carried out and about. It's much less tiring to use handheld, and it's a good focal length for more general use. But its working distance (the distance from the front of the lens to the closest focus for maximum magnification) is only about 4 inches, which can make lighting more difficult, and also makes it harder to get close to critters who'd rather not be bothered. Just as you carefully stalk close enough, you bump into a leaf and the beetle vanishes.

The 150mm has a working distance of about 8 inches, which makes a huge difference not just for not disturbing the subject, but also for isolating it. The longer focal length gives a much narrower field of view, which cuts out lots more of the background. But it's lots heavier. This will be less of an issue for people with no hand/arm problems, but for me it means that even though I love the lens, it doesn't get used much unless I can use a tripod.


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ebert
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Jul 30, 2011 17:44 |  #13

I'm also curious as to what lens to get. I'm currently using a nifty fifty with kenko tubes. Can get some good shots, but the working distance leaves something to be desired...

Been looking into the canon 100mm USM ofc, as it is highly recommended by pretty much everyone and is a nice starting point optically and price-wise. I recently saw a CL ad in my area for a sigma 150mm for about $550 (keep in mind I'm in Canada, where everything is priced higher, lol). Is this a good deal? Even so, I am iffy on it due to its weight


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