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Whats a GOOD Macro lens?

 
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Sep 15, 2013 20:22 |  #16

Im going to try out the Sigma 150mm before i make the plunge. I have used both 100mm 2.8's that Canon offers, and quite frankly was more impressed with the non L version. I have a couple 1:1's in my catalog that were shot at 2.8. and the depth of field is measured in millimeters it seems...


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Sep 15, 2013 20:27 |  #17

schmoelzel wrote in post #16299406 (external link)
The 180L is the one I like a lot........good distance from skittish subjects and the IQ is superb!

Guess you missed this part:

ATP wrote:
Whats a great, inexpensive macro lens that would be great for shooting things like insects, water drops, etc?


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Sep 15, 2013 20:31 |  #18

DreDaze wrote in post #16299366 (external link)
i got lost on your flickr a bit ago :) it was a nice place to get lost...nice shots

lol thanks man. Yea its a huge diff to what I shoot now. So learning marco is like starting over


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Sep 15, 2013 20:37 |  #19

schmoelzel wrote in post #16299406 (external link)
The 180L is the one I like a lot........good distance from skittish subjects and the IQ is superb!

And presumably for the 180L a flash is not so necessary?


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Sep 15, 2013 20:47 |  #20

1Tanker wrote in post #16299426 (external link)
Guess you missed this part:

Sorry, maybe not inexpensive but it is great!




  
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Sep 15, 2013 21:31 |  #21

ATP wrote in post #16299340 (external link)
but wouldn't i get better DOF shooting with a wider F/Stop like 2.8 and bring my shutter speed a bit faster?

At f/2.8 for macro, you can see just a slice of the ant rather a whole one :D

Try f/16 - f/22, you should get much better view.


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Sep 15, 2013 21:34 |  #22

Jack Dawe wrote in post #16299451 (external link)
And presumably for the 180L a flash is not so necessary?

why would you think that? if you're not tripod mounted, then you're going to need a fast shutter speed to make sure you don't add any motion blur...you'll have just as small dof with the 180mm, so you're in the same situation...so in my opinion 99% of the time you'll want a flash when shooting near 1:1 macro or higher


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Sep 15, 2013 22:05 |  #23

Any regular macro lens will give you very sharp image. I don't recommend mpe lens until you get some experience first. I also recommend learn how to use your flash as diffuser. Check macro thread for other people macro setup to give you an idea. LordV have a great thread how to start out macro. Check it out


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Sep 15, 2013 22:37 as a reply to  @ minh2pac's post |  #24

Anybody thinking they are not going to need a flash for macro has a learning curve. Or they are only shooting inanimate objects with a tripod.

Sure there are good macro photographers that use natural light, but I'll bet they started with flash (actually multiple flashes).

At minimum I would start with a 1:1 lens, a set of extension tubes, a flash bracket, a flash (at least a 400 series or more powerful, or two flashes) and a diffuser (these can be home-made, but are not so expensive either). Inexpensive macro lenses are likely to still be very sharp, it's the features and focal lengths that make them more expensive. I can't off hand think of a 'poor' macro lens.

And as with all types of photography don't expect great results without a lot of practice.


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Sep 15, 2013 22:46 |  #25

I'm pretty happy with my Tamron 180mm Macro. Whoever said theres some learning to do is not wrong.


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Sep 15, 2013 22:53 |  #26

Good inexpesive macro lens = Oxymoron! ;)


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Sep 15, 2013 22:56 |  #27

the Oxy employees don't get the Oxymoron thing :) http://www.oxy.com (external link)


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Sep 16, 2013 00:01 |  #28

alann wrote in post #16299688 (external link)
Good inexpesive macro lens = Oxymoron! ;)

Maybe you and I have different standards for defining expensive, but unless you get into 150mm and 180mm options, pretty much all of the current macro lenses are good and inexpensive. Even the 100L lens which will most likely sell for $899 when the rebates hit again isnt that expensive especially when you compare it to any other L lens Canon has released in the past 7 years. My 60/2.8 is the sharpest lens available for crop and I paid $400 for it a couple of years ago.


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Sep 16, 2013 00:15 |  #29

DreDaze wrote in post #16299555 (external link)
why would you think that? if you're not tripod mounted, then you're going to need a fast shutter speed to make sure you don't add any motion blur...you'll have just as small dof with the 180mm, so you're in the same situation...so in my opinion 99% of the time you'll want a flash when shooting near 1:1 macro or higher

Yes, and even more-so with the 180. Longer focal length = higher shutter-speed (pretty-much double what a 100mm needs, in this case) to negate camera shake.


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Sep 16, 2013 00:16 |  #30

Since you shoot a 7D then the EF-S 60mm macro is probably going to be the best and cheapest option.

Doubles as a good portrait lens too.

Down side is it may not get you far enough away to not scare off some skidish bugs. If you need something longer the 100mm macro is another great lens.




  
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