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Sep 19, 2012 16:32 |  #1

I am looking to add a good/versitile macro lens to my line up. But I dont know where to start. Reason: where I live there has been a huge increase in the spider population and their colors are awesome and I would love to get some great shots of them. Any and all sugestions will be of great help:)


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Sep 19, 2012 16:42 |  #2

I just bought a 100 f/2.8L Macro last night from B&H. Do a search, and you will find that (almost)everybody raves about that lens. It has a reputaion as one of Canon's sharpest lenses. -rick


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Sep 19, 2012 17:41 |  #3

I've got the 100mm f2.8 (not the L) recently for use with my 7d and it's a cracking lens..


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Sep 19, 2012 17:55 as a reply to  @ alazgr8's post |  #4

As far as IQ, just about all true macro (only primes here) lenses are very good to excellent. Get one that goes to life size (1:1) without an adapter.

As far as versatility, macro lenses can be used just like any other prime of that focal length. They just will be f/2.8 or slower. IMO the 100mm FL is probably the most versatile. It gives decent working distance. The 180mm gives more working room and the 50-ish mm range give less working distance. IMO In general spiders are less skittish than insects so the 100mm would be fine.

If I didn't already own, I would go for the 100L. I think the IS would add even more versatility to non-macro shots. I don't know about IS at macro settings, as I have never used a macro lens that had IS. But flash and/or a tripod seems to work.


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Sep 19, 2012 18:50 |  #5

Just from the few of you that have replied so far 100mm is the way to go. i think i'll work on getting the 100mm f/2.8L IS USM. I may rent it first to see how it goes.


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Sep 19, 2012 19:23 |  #6

IQ isn't the difference between the L and nonL 100mm's, the IS on the L is really about the only real difference. I think you will appreciate the working distance of the 100 vs something shorter.


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Sep 19, 2012 20:00 |  #7

As BrickR said; the L is only better (and more expensive) due to IS and weather sealing. IQ is a wash between the 2 canon 100mm's.

I use the non-L myself. IS would be nice, but I manage fine without it. I do wish I had it sometimes, but not enough to make me spend the money. A flash on an ETTL cable and a bracket is more useful IMO.

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Sep 19, 2012 20:04 as a reply to  @ Sirrith's post |  #8

100L works great for spiders

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That said, as stated above the 100mm Macro without IS is just as good in terms of sharpness.. Theres also a very good Sigma 105 f/2.8 OS

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Sep 19, 2012 20:11 as a reply to  @ KenjiS's post |  #9

I would go for the 100/2.8 non-L..or 100L(if you can afford it, and want IS), over the 60 or 50. The few inches of extra working distance would be nice for spiders.. i don't want to get too close to spiders, and end up with webs on my lens/hood. :lol:


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Sep 19, 2012 20:12 |  #10

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I would go for the 100/2.8 non-L..or 100L(if you can afford it, and want IS), over the 60 or 50. The few inches of extra working distance would be nice for spiders.. i don't want to get too close to spiders, and end up with webs on my lens/hood. :lol:

They get scared too, its hard enough with the 100L + 1.4x teleconverter sometimes...


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Sep 19, 2012 20:54 as a reply to  @ KenjiS's post |  #11

I'm happy with the Canon 60mm I just got but I think maco will take a back seat and it will be used for everyday shots and if I need to get close it'll work for that also.

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Sep 19, 2012 21:06 |  #12

Actually, the 300/4 IS (on 7D) makes a pretty good macro lens, too...

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For spiders and such, the 100/2.8 non-IS is fine. Get a tripod ring for it.... The Canon is expensive, but there are far less pricey clones on eBay all the time. That's one of the nicest things about the two Canon 100mm lenses. There are a number of very good 50mm, 60mm, 70mm, 90mm, 100mm, 105mm macro lenses... but most can't accomodate a tripod ring. The two Canon 100s can. Macro often needs a monopod or tripod... Though there are times handheld is possible (especiall if using a flash).

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Both have USM that makes them relatively fast focusing... for a macro lens. That might make them a bit more dual purpose, more useful for non-macro work. They also have focus limiters, where you can set the lens to only operate within a certain range. That also helps it focus faster in diffiernet situations.

They also are both IF or Internal Focusing designs. As a result, they start out larger than some other lenses, but don't extend during focusing. Some 1:1 macro lenses double or triple in length when set to their maximum magnification. This cuts into your working space. But, IF lenses actually act a little like a zoom... The 100mm is more like a 70mm by the time it's at its maximum 1:1 magnification.

Personally I don't have much need for IS for macro... It's not all that effective anyway at higher magnifications. Might be nice to have if using the lens a lot for dual purpose, for non-macro shots. But I'd rather put the money saved buying a non-IS lens into a flash and an off-camera shoe cord to use for macro shots (a regular flash can do, just use a rubber band to put a layer or two of white gauze bandage over the head to tone it down a bit).

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Sep 19, 2012 21:20 |  #13

Canon's EF 100mm 2.8 non-L is a magnificent macro lens. By all accounts, the L version is even better. Pick your poison, you won't go wrong.


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Sep 19, 2012 21:29 |  #14

I've got the Non L 100mm 2.8. its a stunning lens for macro but mine has also seen a bit of use in portraits, and sports. so its a good choice for its flexibility of use.


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Sep 19, 2012 22:07 |  #15

If you are looking for a few more inches than the 100mm macro, I'd suggest looking at the Sigma 150mm. I rented it and the Canon 180mm, loved the Sigma, didn't like the Canon. I'll mainly use it for butterflies whenever i decide to buy it.


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