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Terran
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Aug 05, 2011 11:49 |  #1

I’m starting to get into macro photography and don’t want to spend too much as I go through the learning process. I have a 7D, my budget is $400 +/- and looking for something compact. I’ve narrowed it down to three lenses; Canon 50mm f/2.5, Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DG and Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 in order based on cost. Is there another lens I have not considered? Which one of the three lenses above would you recommend?

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Thanks to all the suggestions. I should be receiving a brand new Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 macro in the mail within five days. I took advantage of the Canon $40 instead rebate for this lens and an online coupon to get the price down to a few dollars above $400.


| 7D | Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 | 17-55 f/2.8 | 24 f/1.4L II | 60 f/2.8 Macro | 70-200 f/2.8L IS II | EF 2X II | 430EX II

  
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Aug 05, 2011 12:02 |  #2

I picked up a used tamron 90mm macro from the FS section for $325. It a great lens to get staryed with. Although its not that compact when it is extended, but its still a very nice lens.

What are you planning on shooting?




  
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Aug 05, 2011 12:13 |  #3

Terran wrote in post #12882601 (external link)
I’m starting to get into macro photography and don’t want to spend too much as I go through the learning process. I have a 7D, my budget is $400 +/- and looking for something compact. I’ve narrowed it down to three lenses; Canon 50mm f/2.5, Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DG and Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 in order based on cost. Is there another lens I have not considered? Which one of the three lenses above would you recommend?

the sigma is probably the way to go. I feel that the EF-S are not real lenses, because canon doesnt treat them very well....(cough nikon has a weather sealed 17-55 cough)

although, the EF-S 60mm is a great lens...


if you look hard enough, you may be able to pick up a canon 100mm USM macro for about $440-460, and that lens is a very very sharp lens. the only lenses that are sharper are sharper in argument(the 70-200mm IS2 being probably the sole exception)


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Aug 05, 2011 12:14 |  #4

worrptangl wrote in post #12882663 (external link)
I picked up a used tamron 90mm macro from the FS section for $325. It a great lens to get staryed with. Although its not that compact when it is extended, but its still a very nice lens.

What are you planning on shooting?

Mostly insects…

The Canon 50mm f/2.5 only give 1:2 lifesize and the oldest of the bunch. Wonder if this makes a difference in IQ compared to the Canon 60mm or Sigma 50mm?


| 7D | Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 | 17-55 f/2.8 | 24 f/1.4L II | 60 f/2.8 Macro | 70-200 f/2.8L IS II | EF 2X II | 430EX II

  
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Aug 05, 2011 12:21 as a reply to  @ Terran's post |  #5

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Aug 05, 2011 12:23 |  #6

pyrojim wrote in post #12882716 (external link)
I feel that the EF-S are not real lenses, because canon doesnt treat them very well.

although, the EF-S 60mm is a great lens...


Not true! The EF-S 60mm is every bit as good as the EF 100 2.8. I have both and the only difference is woking distance. Imo, build and IQ are exactly the same.
I use the 100 more only because working distance. For using the lens for more than just macro, the 60 wins for me, esp handheld.
I have no experience with the 3rd party lenses, so can't comment on them. Just make sure you get a lens that doesn't extend when focusing.




  
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Aug 05, 2011 12:31 |  #7

you can always get the kenko/opteka/other third part brand macro tubes.

They are very affordable and does the job well.


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Aug 05, 2011 12:35 |  #8

here is a 100mm canon macro for $400 https://photography-on-the.net …432&highlight=c​anon+100mm


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Aug 05, 2011 12:35 |  #9

+1 Rich. the EF-S 60mm is a superb lens.

OP, my advice is that you think first about reach and working distance. Even on a crop sensor, 60 mm is pretty short for bugs. The closer you get, the more often they flee. It's doable, but harder. a lot of mine were shot with one, so I know. On the other hand, it IS compact. You may want something in the 90-105 mm range for bugs, just to be farther way.

Skip the compact 50 f/2.5. I owned one. The 1:2 magnification is a huge drawback for bugs, and if you buy the 1:1 adapter, you will have spent enough to buy the EF-S 60mm. The 50 also lacks USM/ full time manual focusing, which I find very important for macro. (When I use AF for macro, which I often don't, I leave AF on the back button so that you can use the shutter without triggering AF. That way, you can go back and forth between AF and MF instantly.)


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Aug 05, 2011 12:39 |  #10

While searching, I came across the Tokina AT-X M35 Pro DX, 1:1 life-size, closest focal distance 14cm and have focus clutch. Price for the lens is $US300. Anyone have an option on this lens?


| 7D | Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 | 17-55 f/2.8 | 24 f/1.4L II | 60 f/2.8 Macro | 70-200 f/2.8L IS II | EF 2X II | 430EX II

  
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Aug 05, 2011 12:42 |  #11

Terran wrote in post #12882722 (external link)
Mostly insects…

The Canon 50mm f/2.5 only give 1:2 lifesize and the oldest of the bunch. Wonder if this makes a difference in IQ compared to the Canon 60mm or Sigma 50mm?

You need a lens that will give you a little more working room for insects . Not saying it can't be done with these , but it's easier with a longer lens .


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Aug 05, 2011 12:43 |  #12

paddler4 wrote in post #12882836 (external link)
+1 Rich. the EF-S 60mm is a superb lens.

OP, my advice is that you think first about reach and working distance. Even on a crop sensor, 60 mm is pretty short for bugs. The closer you get, the more often they flee. It's doable, but harder. a lot of mine were shot with one, so I know. On the other hand, it IS compact. You may want something in the 90-105 mm range for bugs, just to be farther way.

Skip the compact 50 f/2.5. I owned one. The 1:2 magnification is a huge drawback for bugs, and if you buy the 1:1 adapter, you will have spent enough to buy the EF-S 60mm. The 50 also lacks USM/ full time manual focusing, which I find very important for macro. (When I use AF for macro, which I often don't, I leave AF on the back button so that you can use the shutter without triggering AF. That way, you can go back and forth between AF and MF instantly.)

Thanks, never thought about the reach. Great advice!


| 7D | Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 | 17-55 f/2.8 | 24 f/1.4L II | 60 f/2.8 Macro | 70-200 f/2.8L IS II | EF 2X II | 430EX II

  
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Aug 05, 2011 12:45 |  #13

Terran wrote in post #12882852 (external link)
While searching, I came across the Tokina AT-X M35 Pro DX, 1:1 life-size, closest focal distance 14cm and have focus clutch. Price for the lens is $US300. Anyone have an option on this lens?

looking at your lens list,

you will probably want something from canon, and something in in L flavor... at the least you are going to want the EF-S 60mm USM.


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Aug 05, 2011 12:54 |  #14

Terran wrote in post #12882601 (external link)
I’m starting to get into macro photography and don’t want to spend too much as I go through the learning process. I have a 7D, my budget is $400 +/- and looking for something compact. I’ve narrowed it down to three lenses; Canon 50mm f/2.5, Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DG and Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 in order based on cost. Is there another lens I have not considered? Which one of the three lenses above would you recommend?

i'd go 60mm EF-S, great sharpness (a trace better than 100 USM), USM AF, (very, very high quality build if you care about that sort of thing)

the canon 2.5 is only 1:2 ratio

although 100mm can help a little bit for insects (OTOH, the longer lens makes it even trickier to get away with on-board flash....)




  
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Aug 05, 2011 12:55 |  #15

pyrojim wrote in post #12882878 (external link)
looking at your lens list,

you will probably want something from canon, and something in in L flavor... at the least you are going to want the EF-S 60mm USM.

Since I have no idea if I’d enjoy macro photography, I don’t want to invest too heavily in it. For now, this is experimental.


| 7D | Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 | 17-55 f/2.8 | 24 f/1.4L II | 60 f/2.8 Macro | 70-200 f/2.8L IS II | EF 2X II | 430EX II

  
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