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Which Macro Lens to pick for my 80D

 
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Jun 05, 2017 00:13 |  #16

Thanks for all the replies. This is very helpful.




  
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Jun 05, 2017 09:32 as a reply to  @ Taylor29's post |  #17

Your intended use is most important. I have a Canon 100 non-L macro, Sigma 50 & Tokina 35 macro lens. I use the shorter focal lengths more than the 100. On crop, the 100 is great for very small objects, but the view is also very narrow (like 160 on full frame). The shorter lenses are more generally useful. There is no simple answer.




  
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Jun 06, 2017 04:54 |  #18

artyH wrote in post #18371405 (external link)
Your intended use is most important. I have a Canon 100 non-L macro, Sigma 50 & Tokina 35 macro lens. I use the shorter focal lengths more than the 100. On crop, the 100 is great for very small objects, but the view is also very narrow (like 160 on full frame). The shorter lenses are more generally useful. There is no simple answer.


Actually when dealing with macro one is usually dealing with magnification at the focal plane, rather than focal length, as the defining parameter. In that situation the FoV at a fixed magnification is constant, and all that FL changes is working distance. This is because at 1:1 a subject of 22.5mm × 15mm will always fill a Canon APS-C sensor, and on the 35mm format it will frame 36mm × 24mm.

Of course as you move away from true macro, into close up and then just normal working distance you move from looking at magnification and back into considering FL as controlling FoV. If most of your work is outside of the 1:2 or greater that is usually considered to be truly macro then you are moving back into the realms of FL not magnification being the factor controlling FoV.

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Jun 07, 2017 06:01 |  #19

I use the older (non-VC) Tamron 90mm and love it on my 50D and 6D. Here's a few recent examples to show what it can do:

IMAGE: https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2859/33788253026_9105f80cdd_o.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/TtKC​sE  (external link) Sedge Frog Portrait (external link) by Stephen Mudge (external link), on Flickr

IMAGE: https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/381/31952721256_5137677ac6_o.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/QFy3​Pb  (external link) Mopsus mormon, male (external link) by Stephen Mudge (external link), on Flickr

IMAGE: https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/723/30962535443_99bc79381a_o.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/Pb46​4Z  (external link) Green Jumping Spider (Mopsus mormon, female) (external link) by Stephen Mudge (external link), on Flickr

IMAGE: https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4267/34877317156_0d64070fe0_o.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/V8Zn​hq  (external link) Jumping spider (Jotus sp?) with green eyes (external link) by Stephen Mudge (external link), on Flickr

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Jun 07, 2017 06:33 |  #20

Both sides (more or less than 100mm) of the story at https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1163759.




  
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Jun 07, 2017 22:01 |  #21

WOW. These spider shots are just amazing!




  
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Jun 08, 2017 05:30 |  #22

Taylor29 wrote in post #18373575 (external link)
WOW. These spider shots are just amazing!

Thanks very much!



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Jun 08, 2017 05:32 |  #23

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Hello Everyone.

First off, I need to start with how happy I am to be a part of this forum and that I am looking forward to speaking with you all and hopefully finding answers to my problems.

When it comes down to photography, I consider myself a enthusiastic hobbyist. I mainly shoot landscapes and nature (flowers, leafs, small insects). I currently own a Canon EOS 80 D and a EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 lens.

Recently I started to do some “experimental” abstract shots like close ups of old leafs showing there structure and stuff like that. But the results are not very satisfying. So I figured out I may need a proper macro (zoom) lens.

So this week I did some research and checked out some websites for classified adds and I found a few lenses suitable for my camera. After some more investigation I nailed it down to the following ones:

* Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro
* Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8
* Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG

So what do you think about these choices? Are they suitable for my purposes? And which one should I pick? Price-wise the Canon is the most expensive lens, followed by the Tamron. The Sigma costs slightly less than the Tamron. I also know both, the Canon and the Tamron, are weather sealed. I don't think I need that feature. So should I go for the Sigma?

To save some money I was also thinking about buying a used camera lens. This way I can maybe get a good lens at a good value. So any advice is greatly appreciated.

Taylor.

I like using my Canon 24-70 f/4 IS on my 80D. that has a macro mode and also serves as a general purpose lens (although i brought it for my 5D4). Might be worth considering if you need a zoom.


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Jun 08, 2017 06:39 |  #24

Taylor29 wrote in post #18373575 (external link)
WOW. These spider shots are just amazing!

Just notice that S.R.M. is in Australia. Those spiders might be a foot across! ;-)a

(Seriously, great shots.)

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Jun 08, 2017 09:08 as a reply to  @ S.R.M.'s post |  #25

Stephen,

Amazing shots !!! Does that spider have 4 eyes?

Were these shots taken with any other techniques other than the Tamron (tubes, stacking, etc.)?


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Jun 08, 2017 17:20 |  #26

The biggest trade you need to make is working distance vs maximum magnification. If you are shooting things like butterflies or dragon flies that are larger than your sensor, and are easily spooked, a macro lens might not be the right choice. If your subject is 3x your sensor size, the 100-400L ii will give you tons more working distance while sacrificing nothing. If your subject is 1x your sensor size, then a traditional macro makes sense. If your subject size is 1/3rd or less your sensor size, then the MP-E should be considered. Once you understand what magnification and working distance your subjects require, then lens choice will become quite obvious.




  
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Jun 08, 2017 17:51 |  #27

mcoren wrote in post #18373762 (external link)
Just notice that S.R.M. is in Australia. Those spiders might be a foot across! ;-)a

(Seriously, great shots.)

Mike

:lol: Thanks Mike! No, these ones were smaller than that! Mopsus is about 15mm in length, and that green-eyed Jotus was about 8mm.



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Jun 08, 2017 18:03 |  #28

Larry20d wrote in post #18373855 (external link)
Stephen,

Amazing shots !!! Does that spider have 4 eyes?

Were these shots taken with any other techniques other than the Tamron (tubes, stacking, etc.)?

Thanks Larry! No tubes or stacking for these, but I did crop them a bit. I use a flash and home-made diffuser for the lighting (there are photos of the setup in the "DIY macro flash diffuser" album on my Flickr photostream iif you're interested).

These jumping spiders actually have 8 eyes, not 4! If you look closely at the photos, there are the two large front eyes (which are used for judging distance to prey), and then two smaller eyes on each side. On each side of the head behind the smaller pair of front eyes there is another smaller eye, and then at the back of the head there is a 4th pair of eyes. This gives these spiders almost 360 degree vision!

Cheers,
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Jun 08, 2017 21:26 |  #29

S.R.M. wrote in post #18374200 (external link)
Thanks Larry! No tubes or stacking for these, but I did crop them a bit. I use a flash and home-made diffuser for the lighting (there are photos of the setup in the "DIY macro flash diffuser" album on my Flickr photostream iif you're interested).

These jumping spiders actually have 8 eyes, not 4! If you look closely at the photos, there are the two large front eyes (which are used for judging distance to prey), and then two smaller eyes on each side. On each side of the head behind the smaller pair of front eyes there is another smaller eye, and then at the back of the head there is a 4th pair of eyes. This gives these spiders almost 360 degree vision!

Cheers,
Stephen

Jumping spiders with 8 eyes!!! Think I'm gonna have nightmares.

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Jun 08, 2017 21:35 |  #30

Stephen,

Just checked your flicker page. Holy cow!!!!! Absolutely amazing!!!!


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