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Mar 03, 2014 17:39 |  #1

Dear friends, I need your advice for macro photography.
Is still worth to buy the 100 non L series for limited budget?
Or should I buy the L series for IS and better quality for extra $ 300-400?
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Mar 03, 2014 17:48 |  #2

I've taken some great images with a beat to hell rental non-L lens. I'd love the L-series but wouldn't concern myself if I couldn't swing it.

(note I have the 60m now, also great)


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Mar 03, 2014 18:13 |  #3

Do you NEED IS? If so, it's worth it. Otherwise IQ is pretty similar, with the L just slightly edging out the non-L in my opinion.


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Mar 03, 2014 18:35 |  #4

do you have a flash set up already? i'd rather have the non L and a flash, than the L and no flash...


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Mar 03, 2014 18:41 |  #5

The non L is a superb lens. Unless the L has some feature you really need (other than a red ring), buy the non L. Besides it has a gold ring :)


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Mar 03, 2014 18:47 |  #6

The non L is just as good as the L image quality wise. I only got the L because I wanted the weather sealing along with the IS. That way I can shoot in any enviroment I encounter, plus it rains a lot here in the Seatlle area and water drops are really fun to shoot.


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Mar 03, 2014 18:50 |  #7

Love my non L with the ring flash. Takes some outstanding photos.


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Mar 03, 2014 19:27 |  #8

If budget is an issue (and it obviously is or else you wouldn't be asking) and you don't have a macro flash and macro rail already, then I'd go for the non-L and get those with the money you save. You can always sell it down the road and then get the L if you want to.


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Mar 03, 2014 19:34 as a reply to  @ HuskyKMA's post |  #9

Is Sigma 105mm macro a good alternative?

what ring flash would you ppl recommend? Canon ring flash is quite expensive.


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Mar 03, 2014 19:40 |  #10

Job511 wrote in post #16732524 (external link)
Is Sigma 105mm macro a good alternative?

what ring flash would you ppl recommend? Canon ring flash is quite expensive.

it doesn't neccesarily have to be a ring flash...but at least a flash, and maybe a bracket


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Mar 03, 2014 20:35 |  #11

kawi_200 wrote in post #16732402 (external link)
The non L is just as good as the L image quality wise. I only got the L because I wanted the weather sealing along with the IS. That way I can shoot in any enviroment I encounter, plus it rains a lot here in the Seatlle area and water drops are really fun to shoot.

My experience was the same. When testing both lenses I found the IQ to be exactly the same. For me, the only difference was the IS. Since I sometimes shoot in dark churches and museums, I needed the IS. If you don't need the IS, I'd say get the non IS version.




  
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Mar 03, 2014 20:39 |  #12

I had a response all typed up at work and forgot to post...

I think that you could buy a 430exII, a bracket and a diffuser with the money you saved if you went non L route. Weather sealing and IS are the only major difference in my experience, as image quality is nearly identical. IS is not a huge benefit at 1:1. Could also go Tamron 90mm VC. Its weather sealed, has VC/IS and its image quality is second to none. Its also $749 or so, less if there is a rebate going on


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Mar 04, 2014 05:32 |  #13

Thanks, I decide to buy the non L series, and I''m glad with it


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Mar 04, 2014 06:31 |  #14

It makes me laught when someone says that L version has nothing more than red ring :D

Advantages of L version:
-Weather sealing
-powerful hybrid IS
-better bokeh (smoother, more creamy)
-more focus limiter options, like macro only (0.3-0.5m)

Anyway, both are very good for the price! Best "bang for buck" lenses and highly recommended!

I really like the IS feature, so I bought the L version.


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Mar 04, 2014 07:02 |  #15

Owl_79 wrote in post #16733288 (external link)
It makes me laught when someone says that L version has nothing more than red ring :D

Advantages of L version:
-Weather sealing
-powerful hybrid IS
-better bokeh (smoother, more creamy)
-more focus limiter options, like macro only (0.3-0.5m)

Anyway, both are very good for the price! Best "bang for buck" lenses and highly recommended!

I really like the IS feature, so I bought the L version.

I agree with this, having shot both lenses extensively I much prefer the L although the non L is still an excellent lens and capable of superb images


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