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Nov 21, 2006 06:59 |  #76

Awesome lens. One of Canons best buys for sure.I sometimes take just that lens and go find things to shoot.


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Nov 21, 2006 12:05 |  #77

I was going to pick up the sigma 105 mm macro eventually but you guys are really making me think about the 100mm


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Nov 26, 2006 22:00 |  #78

freefallu wrote in post #2284856 (external link)
i think im gonna get this lens , but i am dissapointed there arent more images in this archive thread ?

I had missed this thread before now. Here are a couple of photos that I took with the 100mm f/2.8 macro lens. One photo is an obvious macro shot and the other is a portrait shot to show the bokeh possibilities with the lens.


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Dec 27, 2006 17:41 |  #79

Took this shot yesturday morning. I got excited and posted in Animals photo sharing section but I thought I'd throw this one in the 100mm f/2.8 Macro archive.
If anyone is considering this lense, it is simply an amazing lense! If I had to give a con to this lense would be the fucus speed isn't fast but it ain't majoy issue for me.

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Dec 27, 2006 18:11 |  #80

dan1home wrote in post #2452008 (external link)
Is the 100mm f2.8 macro considered to be better than the "EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM"?

Well...
100mm Pros
-more working distance
-inner focusing
-usm
-also goes with FF

100mm Cons
-protruding front element needs protection; hood or filter
-heavy & not too good to take on trips
-a tad less sharp, but not much

60mm Pros
-lightweight, small, good travel macro
-rumored to be Canon's sharpest
-usm

60mm Cons
-less working distance
-only for crop cameras
-no inner focusing (not sure about this though)




  
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Dec 27, 2006 20:39 |  #81

BrewsterPilot wrote in post #2452079 (external link)
Well...
100mm Pros
-more working distance
-inner focusing
-usm
-also goes with FF

100mm Cons
-protruding front element needs protection; hood or filter
-heavy & not too good to take on trips
-a tad less sharp, but not much

60mm Pros
-lightweight, small, good travel macro
-rumored to be Canon's sharpest
-usm

60mm Cons
-less working distance
-only for crop cameras
-no inner focusing (not sure about this though)

Please elaborate on what you mean by this comment "-only for crop cameras".


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Dec 27, 2006 20:48 |  #82

dan1home wrote in post #2452581 (external link)
Please elaborate on what you mean by this comment "-only for crop cameras".

It's an "EF-S" lens, which means it will only fit on EOS cameras with a smaller sensor than the "FF" (full frame=same size sensor as an old time 36.0 x 24.0mm film negative).

The cameras it will fit on are:
300D/Digital Rebel
350D/Digital Rebel XT
400D/Digital Rebel XTI
10D
20D
30D

It won't fit on:
5D
All versions of 1D




  
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Dec 28, 2006 05:59 |  #83

Jarrad wrote in post #2452624 (external link)
I disagree. The USM on my 100mm Macro lens, with the focus limiter on, seems to be every bit as fast as my 85mm 1.8, IMO.

:)

I agree also.

Folks who don't use the focus limiter when using a macro lens in low light experience the search over the whole of the macro range which would be slow. The focus limiter solves this issue.


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Dec 29, 2006 03:01 |  #84

Sydor25 wrote in post #2457859 (external link)
I just got this lens today and if this lens had IS it would be perfect. I'm sure Canon will announce a new Macro lens with IS tomorrow since I finally pulled the trigger on a Macro lens. Does anyone know if IS would reduce the sharpness and that is why they don't have IS?

This is my first macro lens and it really does need a tripod unless you have a tremendous amount of light. I can't wait to try this baby outside with sunlight. Too bad it is going to be overcast the next couple of days here in Dallas.

The experience of those with the Nikon IS macro lens (Nikon call it VR) is that the IS is of little or no help at macro distances.

The main problem handholding at macro distances is plane of focus movement and subject movement which IS does nothing to help with.

However at normal tele distances and moderate magnifications IS can help, however the 100mm macro is sharp wide open and is relativly light and easy to use handheld.

IS on the 180mm macro might be more useful however.


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Jan 07, 2007 16:24 |  #85

BrewsterPilot wrote in post #2452600 (external link)
It's an "EF-S" lens, which means it will only fit on EOS cameras with a smaller sensor than the "FF" (full frame=same size sensor as an old time 36.0 x 24.0mm film negative).

The cameras it will fit on are:
300D/Digital Rebel
350D/Digital Rebel XT
400D/Digital Rebel XTI
10D
20D
30D

It won't fit on:
5D
All versions of 1D

Correction - the 10D does not accept EF-S lenses


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Jan 07, 2007 18:33 |  #86

the 10D doesnt take EF-S lenses? It's not FF..How is this?
Just curious!


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Jan 08, 2007 03:26 |  #87

zacker wrote in post #2504962 (external link)
the 10D doesnt take EF-S lenses? It's not FF..How is this?
Just curious!

The 10D is pre-EF-S mount although APS-C format.

The mount does not take the seperate polarity pin (mount angle) for EF-S, if you modify things so you can mount an EF-S lens you have to worry about the mirror hitting the back of the lens at some focal lengths due to the short back focus design meaning the stick futher into the camera at some focal lengths.

I know some use EF-S lenses in some way, but it sounds a bit risky.


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Jan 08, 2007 06:21 |  #88

Lester Wareham wrote in post #2507012 (external link)
The 10D is pre-EF-S mount although APS-C format.

The mount does not take the seperate polarity pin (mount angle) for EF-S, if you modify things so you can mount an EF-S lens you have to worry about the mirror hitting the back of the lens at some focal lengths due to the short back focus design meaning the stick futher into the camera at some focal lengths.

I know some use EF-S lenses in some way, but it sounds a bit risky.

Wow, I never knew that... Thanks Lester!


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Feb 08, 2007 18:40 |  #89

I'm thinking about buying this lens, along with a few others, but particularly because of the rebate period soon coming to an end. I have a few questions because Macro is something I think I may enjoy.

1) Is the hood necessary? I usually buy hoods for all my lenses, just wondering if it's truly necessary for macro work or whether it's not.

2) Macro ring lite - are they necessary or can I get away with using my 430ex with ABBC and/or no flash in bright sunlight?

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Feb 09, 2007 02:46 |  #90

anomie wrote in post #2677438 (external link)
I'm thinking about buying this lens, along with a few others, but particularly because of the rebate period soon coming to an end. I have a few questions because Macro is something I think I may enjoy.

1) Is the hood necessary? I usually buy hoods for all my lenses, just wondering if it's truly necessary for macro work or whether it's not.

2) Macro ring lite - are they necessary or can I get away with using my 430ex with ABBC and/or no flash in bright sunlight?

Thanks!

Hi Anomie

The hood, which is very deep, can get in the way a bit at life size causing shadowing or bug scaring. You should use the recommended hood for working at longer distances however.

As a compromise I also carry the hood for the EF-S 60mm macro which is much shorter, and so less effective, but fits. This gives some protection for ambient light work at 1:1 without being too bothersome.

For flash you would not normally fit the hood, as long as the flash does not shine directly on the front of the lens.

Lots of folks use an ordinary flash on a bracket so I would try that first. Myself I use the MT-24EX which really comes into its own with the MP-E 65mm, but even then many here, like Brian (LordV) prefer an ordinary flash and bracket set up.


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