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Thread started 31 Oct 2011 (Monday) 13:39
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Oct 31, 2011 13:39 |  #1

looking for an entry level macro lense. I'm still a novice so i dont want to blow too much money on a lense. i also only have a older rebel xs so im not sure if id be better off upgrading my body or getting another lense.

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Oct 31, 2011 14:55 |  #2

I used an XS and now an XSI. I think you will be better off getting a dedicated macro lens or other combination before a camera. It does not need to be expensive.

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Oct 31, 2011 15:06 |  #3

Upgrading your lens would be best; but if you're on a tight budget you might want to start with a set of extension tubes an your existing lens(es). Then you can determine whether or not that type of shooting is really where you want to 'go'.

For a true macro lens, the Canon 100mm f/2.8 (non-L) lens is an absolutely phenomenal lens that gives you a pretty decent working distance and amazing optics.

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Oct 31, 2011 17:11 |  #4

I've had the 60mm and both 100's (L and non-L). The 60mm is a great little lens, I couldn't detect any IQ difference between it and either my 100's. It's not expensive and works a nice little portrait lens too.

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Oct 31, 2011 18:54 as a reply to  @ rick_reno's post |  #5

I really like the 60mm too. It focuses fast for a macro even though it has no focus limit switch. It's sharp wide open. It's good for low light too being a f2.8 . The auto focus works great and is accurate even up close. Avery versatile lens and a good focal length for portraits.

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Nov 01, 2011 06:21 |  #6

both the 60 and 100 (non-L) are great. it just depends on what you want to macro on. i find the 100 great because i can also do bugs without having to get too close. people have expressed concern that sometimes it is too long for flowers if there are obstacles in your way because you have to shoot from further compared to the 60. now i have the 100L and it is a great lens if you want to do more with it because it has IS. i shot sports with it until i got myself a 70-200 2.8 IS. as for IQ between the lenses, there all exceptional!

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Nov 01, 2011 06:47 |  #7

The Canon 60mm would be an excellent choice. Also the Tamron SP 60mm f/2 Di II 1:1 AF Macro would be another good choice. It is on sale right now, at least in the U.S.

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Nov 01, 2011 06:59 |  #8

+1 Hens. A new body won't let you do macro. The EF-S 60mm is a superb lens and not too expensive. I use that for most of my flower shots. However, I use a 100mm for bugs most of the time because it is easier not to have to get as close. I have shot lots of bugs with the 60, but it is harder to do.

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Nov 01, 2011 22:20 |  #9

If you are shooting real macro images, you will not likely want or be able to use autofocus. If that's the case, you may be best off getting a legacy manual focus macro lens. These are typically reasonably priced and optically superb. Tamron 90mm lenses, for example, are excellent and widely available. Others, such as the Vivitar 55 and 90mm macros, go to 1:1 magnification.

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Nov 01, 2011 23:24 |  #10

Im kinda in the same boat atm also....I really like the 100mm Macro L but Im just not sure if i should spend that much money on my first Macro Lens....I beleive I will enjoy macro photography however I cannot confirm this until I actually try it. The thing that turns me away from the 60mm is the fact that most people say its not ideal for shooting bugs/insects....these are one of the main things I want to shoot with a macro lens..

another thing I like about the 100mm L is that I could use it as a short telephoto for normal photos and the IS could come in handy.

Here is what I use to take photos: 5DMark3 | 7D Gripped | 24-105mm IS f4L | Canon 50mm f1.4 |Canon 28mm f1.8 | Canon 17-55mm IS f2.8 | Canon 70-200mm IS f4L | 580EXII | 430EXII | Slik F740 Tripod | Lowepro Nova 180 AW & Lowepro Flipside 400 AW

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