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What macro lens ?

 
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Mar 03, 2012 23:51 |  #16

dfbovey wrote in post #14017980 (external link)
If you're taking handheld shots the 100L with IS is probably the way to go. I did a lot of research and bought one because I'd probably rarely ever use it with a tripod.

Yep, my research led me to the same conclusion. The lens is still in my piggy bank.




  
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Mar 03, 2012 23:53 |  #17

Thank you everyone for all of you advice and opinions. I guess I am not looking to stay between the $300 and $400 range for a decent macro to start. As for what type of macro I really am not 100% sure so I guess I want something that I can use for several things. I just know I am really drawn to the macro pictures I love them and can look at them for hours on end. Not the bugs though even though they are cool, I hate bugs lol. So I guess something in between.

1Tanker just wondering why did you say you didnt think my husband would like that..... I just cant figure it out lmbo =)


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Mar 04, 2012 00:26 |  #18

lounroxluv wrote in post #14018174 (external link)
I guess I am not looking to stay between the $300 and $400 range for a decent macro to start.

Huh? Do you mean you ARE wanting to stay between $300-400? If so, your options are quite limited. Probably your best bet would be to look for a used EF-S 60/2.8, or a good deal somewhere on a new one.

1Tanker just wondering why did you say you didnt think my husband would like that..... I just cant figure it out lmbo =)

Unless your husband's name is Marco, there could be problems.




  
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Mar 04, 2012 00:52 |  #19

I've seen the 100mm USM for under $400 lately. It's extremely sharp and in fact on par with the 100L with the exception of the IS. The EF-S is okay but not quite as good as the 100mm. The 50mm CM is also a very sharp macro but without the LSC you don't have 1:1. The Sigma 50mm is also very sharp and is 1:1. I've seen those used in the $275-300 range.


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Mar 04, 2012 01:56 as a reply to  @ K6AZ's post |  #20

ejenner wrote in post #14017855 (external link)
I just looked at that recently after some comments.

How's the AF? For instance, if I got this lens I would like to also use it for portraits indoors with my 5DII since I don't have a long sub-f4 lens.

The AF is good. I also had the non-OS 150mm, and in comparison this one is better all-over.

I cant compare the AF with any other macro lenses in this range, never used them.


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Mar 04, 2012 08:44 as a reply to  @ Mjolnir's post |  #21

I use the Tamron 90mm macro. My copy is tack sharp.


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Mar 04, 2012 09:26 |  #22

Sorry I was way to tired to be on here last night and made a few mistakes lol..

Yes I did mean to say I wanted to try and stay around $300- $400. I know this is not going to get me a L lens or anything but was hoping I could get a decent starter Macro lens. We have only owned DSLRs for about 3 weeks now and Im "think" I love the Macro pictures but do not want to spend a TON of money until I know for sure what I want to do..

Thank you all for your help =)


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Mar 04, 2012 10:04 |  #23

Given that the budget is limited and you are not exactly sure about what kind of macro shooting you'll do, I think a wise solution would be to start with much cheaper options (compared to a dedicated macro lens).

E.g., you could get a MF 50mm lens (any brand/mount - doesn't matter, as long as it has a manual aperture control and undamaged filter thread), a cheap (~2-10$) reverse macro ring / coupler for the filter threads of your 55-250mm and the MF lens, use the coupler to put the MF lens in reverse position on top of 55-250mm, and voila - you get a macro lens with up to 250mm/50mm=5:1 magnification, and AF control. With this, you can do focus stacking experiments, like I did here:

http://www.flickr.com/​photos/syamastro/61087​67926 (external link)

For live (outdoor) macro, you can do a decent job by getting extension tubes with AF (ebay; 70$ all-metal, 50$ plastic), and using it with your 55-250mm. You get full lens control (AF, aperture), and significant magnification. (I get 3.7 more magnification, or 0.7:1, with my 135mm lens and extension tubes.)

You don't list a flash in your gear - you must get a good one if you plan to do macro. I think your macro money will be better spent on a flash, plus some simple diffuser (I did it myself from a plastic container from a dollar store.)


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Mar 04, 2012 10:14 |  #24

Tamron 60mm 2.8 Macro is an excellent lens. Light, bright, and very sharp. It's also a great portrait lens.


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Mar 04, 2012 11:14 |  #25

Thank you again so helpful


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Mar 04, 2012 11:42 |  #26

Camo 757 wrote in post #14020043 (external link)
Tamron 60mm 2.8 Macro is an excellent lens. Light, bright, and very sharp. It's also a great portrait lens.

Its not 2.8, its 2.0, and it does seem to be a decent lens from what I've seen.

The sigma 50 is cheaper though:
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …101_50mm_f_2_8_​EX_DG.html (external link)

No bugs to me means no need for 100mm on crop, and the shorter macros are much easier to work with both indoors, which I assume the OP will want to do at least occasionally, and out.


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