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Jul 12, 2012 13:15 |  #16

60mm macro is great for flowers
100mm macro is great for bugs
i like them all


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Jul 12, 2012 13:37 |  #17

I love my 100L, and it works great as for portraits too.


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Jul 12, 2012 21:09 |  #18

amfoto1 wrote in post #14707248 (external link)
First of all, what lenses do you already have?
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The four macro lenses I use with my Canon kit...

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Left rear: Canon EF 100/2.8 USM. Right rear: Canon EF 180/3.5L. Left front: Canon TS-E 45mm. Right front: Tamron SP 90/2.8 (vintage/adapted).

@ Alan. Well written & clear discussion here. bw!bw!bw!
Perhaps the mods can consider making it a sticky.

I am curious. The TS-E 45mm as a macro lens ? I am not familiar with the TS-E family except that it is used to correct perspectives on buildings.


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Jul 13, 2012 09:47 |  #19

Thank you amfoto1! That is very informative. I'm going out to check out a used Tamron 90mm macro lens today after work. The price is great compared to the new prices, hopefully the condition of the lens is excellent so that I can buy it and start experimenting with macro.


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Jul 13, 2012 16:08 |  #20

If you can find one, a non-OS Sigma 150. Macro doesn't really benefit from the OS


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Jul 13, 2012 16:19 |  #21

Alan's post was very comprehensive, so I will add only a couple of things.

As someone who uses both the EF-S 60 and the EF 100mm L extensively on a crop-sensor body, I would say that if you are going to choose between them and if you want primarily to do bugs, go with 100mm or something close, like the Tamron 90. The extra working distance makes it a little easier to get close enough.

Alan wrote:

The Canon lenses all have fast, accurate USM autofocus... not a big deal for macro because a lot of the time it's easier to manually focus extreme close-ups.

That is one point on which I disagree. I agree that manual focusing is often easier. More often than not, I either focus manually or set the focus and move the camera to obtain focus (a common method in shooting bugs). However, there are times when AF is useful, and when it is, USM is worth it because it gives you full-time manual focusing. You can put AF on a back button and then move back and forth between AF and MF freely, without stopping to change the AF switch. I do this frequently. I have one non-macro lens without FTM focusing, but I find it helpful on macro lenses.


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Jul 25, 2012 11:58 |  #22

Thanks everyone for the great information and I think the tubes are a good place to start because it sounds like they are very handy items to have in your photography arsenal!

amfoto1, thanks for your superb information, it's no small wonder why you are considered a cream of the crop contributor to this forum. To answer your question about my lenses. I have a nifty-fifty, the standard 18-55mm (Which doesn't auto-focus for some reason) and the Tamron 18-270mm

So let me ask this straight out about the tubes then... Which tubes can I use that will allow me to auto-focus and will not require me to remove the lens or tubes to adjust my aperture/ ISO or even F.Stop settings?

Thanks to everyone for the invaluable advise.


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Jul 25, 2012 12:03 |  #23

I have found these: http://www.ebay.com …ain_0&hash=item​3cc9075560 (external link)

I do not know if they will be good enough letalone compatible. Sorry about the stupid questions, but I'm a newb to macro, however it is something I really want to try getting into.


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Jul 27, 2012 05:43 |  #24

chrismarriott66 wrote in post #14700610 (external link)
As people have already said, you'll be better off with a prime... have a look at the Canon 60mm and the Canon 100mm :)

i love my 60mm




  
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Jul 27, 2012 09:32 |  #25

SolEterna wrote in post #14767888 (external link)
I have found these: http://www.ebay.com …ain_0&hash=item​3cc9075560 (external link)

I do not know if they will be good enough letalone compatible. Sorry about the stupid questions, but I'm a newb to macro, however it is something I really want to try getting into.

There are two versions I believe. The old one will not fit EF-S lenses and the new ones I believe will. The title of the Ebay post says those ones are compatable, but yo might want to do an internet search to find out which ones work with EF-S lenses.

It is the same with Canons 25mm and 12mm extensions, the old one would not work with EF-S, but the new ones do. With Canon the new ones are designated II (but I don't know with Kenko).

Most people say Kenko's are just as good (build and connection wise) as Canon's, just less expensive.

Also remember with extension tubes you will lose any distant focusing with your lens (It will only focus close up).


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Jul 27, 2012 10:52 |  #26

Shot with a Tamron 90mm on a Canon 350D

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Jul 27, 2012 11:16 |  #27

I have gotten a lot of use out of my 100mm macro, picked it up used for $450 some of the best cash I have spent on a lens. You can also use it as standard 100mm zoom.
I have used it for birds, deer people insects plants even the odd landscape shot.
a few sample shots done with this lens to show the range of uses.

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Jul 27, 2012 17:54 |  #28

jimewall wrote in post #14777293 (external link)
There are two versions I believe. The old one will not fit EF-S lenses and the new ones I believe will. The title of the Ebay post says those ones are compatable, but yo might want to do an internet search to find out which ones work with EF-S lenses.

It is the same with Canons 25mm and 12mm extensions, the old one would not work with EF-S, but the new ones do. With Canon the new ones are designated II (but I don't know with Kenko).

Most people say Kenko's are just as good (build and connection wise) as Canon's, just less expensive.

Also remember with extension tubes you will lose any distant focusing with your lens (It will only focus close up).

The Kenko tube set marked "CA/AFs" (note the small "s") are compatible with both EF and EF-S lenses. The earlier ones were simply marked "CA/AF" and only work with EF lenses.

I've got both the Kenko set and a few Canon tubes. They really are pretty equal. Appear to be mostly metal. The differences seem mostly cosmetic.

There are cheaper... Zeikos under $100, plastic tubes with metal bayonet mounts. But they have the electronic contacts. They sell under a bunch of different brand names: ProOptic, Jessops, Bower, Vivitar, and more. But they are all the same. They make an even cheaper version, but they are plastic tubes with plastic bayonets... I wouldn't expect the all plastic ones to last very long or trust them with a heavier lens.

Avoid the really cheap extension tubes. They don't have the electronic contacts, so no AF and no means of directly controlling the aperture. (There's a work-around method of stopping down, but it's a pain in the arse.)


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Jul 30, 2012 07:22 |  #29

Great comments once again!! This forum continues to add so much value to my hobby of photography!! Thanks everyone for the valuable info. Martzart, those images are great and you make a compelling case for the 100mm lens. so now it's a question of which one to buy. The lens or the tubes.

Since I am student and am only receiving a little bit of birthday cash, I am thinking the tubes will be a good call, but conversely I could just save the money till I can afford the 100mm... MMM, so many choices.

Thanks again everyone!!


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Jul 30, 2012 09:00 |  #30

I vote for the 100 Macro. Great lens for nature shots, plus can be used for portraits.




  
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