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So, if I get the Canon 60 macro, will I still need my 85 1.8? . . .

 
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Mar 08, 2012 15:02 |  #1

I would LOVE a macro lens and the best options are the 60 or 100. Both sound awesome, but the 60 could double as a portrait lens. But where would that leave my 85? I'd happily sell it if the quality is the same. Is there any reason to keep both when they are so close in focal length?


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Mar 08, 2012 15:08 |  #2

Do you shoot your 85 with the aperture faster than f/2.8?


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Mar 08, 2012 15:18 |  #3

Good point. I also have the 35 2.0. Much to ponder! (Really want to justify that macro, LOL.)


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Mar 08, 2012 15:34 as a reply to  @ bob_r's post |  #4

Haven't shot portraits much with my 60 but from what I have shot and from pictures I've seen its pretty sharp. In fact I have the 100 macro so I don't use the 60 very much these days so I'm debating on selling the 100 for a 50 1.4 or 85 1.4 for portraits.




  
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Mar 08, 2012 15:38 |  #5

The 100 sounds great, but it's even longer than my 85 (which is hard enough for portraits.)


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Mar 08, 2012 15:46 as a reply to  @ YankeeMom's post |  #6

Sorry I meant to say I'm was thinking of selling the 60 macro not the 100. I bought the 100 macro right after I got the 60 because I wanted the extra reach for macro work so now the 60 doesn't get much use.




  
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Mar 08, 2012 16:10 |  #7

I own the 60 macro and it is an amazingly sharp lens!




  
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Mar 08, 2012 16:22 |  #8

I have both and use both about equally. They are different enough. you can't do macro as well with the 85 and you can't do action as well with the 60.


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Mar 08, 2012 18:02 |  #9

The Tamron 60mm macro, at F/2, might help. Though the AF is probably not as fast as Canon's 60mm (not that it's very fast itself).




  
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Mar 08, 2012 18:03 |  #10

Well, I don't have any third party lenses, but I'll look into it -- thanks! :)


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Mar 08, 2012 18:37 |  #11

Which macro lens makes most sense for you depends on what kind of macro you do. I assume you are shooting with a crop sensor camera, or you wouldn't be interested in the 60mm. I do as well. I have both the 60mm and the 100mm L. Both are fabulous lenses, but they are good for different things. I almost always use the 100 for bugs now that I have it because of the extra reach. I did lots of bugs with the 60 when that was all I had, but it is harder. For flowers, I almost always use the 60, because for that purpose, I find the extra reach of the 100 a nuisance. When I bought the 100, I thought I would sell the 60, but because I do so many flowers, I can't part with it.


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Mar 08, 2012 18:58 |  #12

I have both the 60 and the 85, and they're very different beasts. Of the two I much prefer the 60, because of the close focusing distance and the more useful focal length. It's a stellar lens in every respect. I find the 85 to be irritating. It's an odd focal length on my 40D - too long indoors, not long enough outdoors - and I don't like the the purple fringing in high contrast situations. Also, I'm always bumping up against the long MFD. On the other hand, in the right circumstances it produces extraordinary images. So I keep it. However, if I had to choose between the two, the 60 would stay and the 85 would go.

If you want an outstanding prime that can serve as a general lens and also has macro capabilities, the 60 is hard to beat. It's a fun lens and I encourage you to try it. You're unlikely to be disappointed.


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Mar 08, 2012 21:01 |  #13

Very interesting feedback! Yes, I have a crop camera and I am mainly interested in a macro for flowers. Well, you do sell it well. It's definitely moving up on my list. Thanks so much! :)


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Mar 08, 2012 21:17 as a reply to  @ YankeeMom's post |  #14

I don't have the 85mm, but do have the 60mm macro.

I've actually been considering an 85mm, but will probably pass for now. What attracts me to it is the extra speed. That's one negative about the 60mm - it's a little slow for shooting indoors without a flash unless it's very well lit.

The 60mm is very sharp.

And as mentioned, another huge advantage of the 60mm over the 85mm is the closer minimum focusing distance. I think it's nine inches for the 60mm, and what, about three feet for the 85mm?

That MFD really does make a difference. I compared the 60mm to the nifty fifty once, at MFD for each. It was interesting. I was shooting a small figurine. With the nifty fifty at its MFD, I got the whole figurine in the shot, with LOTS of empty space around it. With the 60mm, I was able to get very close to the head/shoulders and minimize the empty space.

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Mar 08, 2012 21:28 |  #15

I really enjoy my 60 for flowers and other natural macro subjects. I use it a lot under water and it is terrific for that. I have yet to find it not fast enough in either aperture or focus.


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