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Dec 12, 2007 15:22 |  #1

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I am new to macro photography and want to purchase a good lens that will last me. Which is better the 100mm f2.8 or the 180mm f3.5L lens? Or any other for that matter. :)


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the 180 is a better lens, but what matters more is what you're shooting and finding the correct focal length for it and knowing what size you want it (1:1, 5:1 etc)




  
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Dec 12, 2007 15:28 |  #3

I am looking to shoot insects using a 30D.


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Dec 12, 2007 15:34 |  #4

I'd suggest you take a look at the Sigma 150mm f/2.8. Sharpest lens I own.


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Dec 12, 2007 15:37 |  #5

Leisa,
Both the 100mm and 180mm macro lenses will give you true Life Size macro 1:1 However the 180L will give more room between lens and subject with a much higher cost and more weight. Because of the cost and weight I recommend the 100mm f/2.8 macro lens (its my favorite and have used it for years).

Both lenses will give sharp macro photos and both lenses will last for you :)


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Dec 12, 2007 15:48 |  #6

I also suggest the Sigma 150. Comes with hood and tripod collar. Very sharp. Good AF (for when you are using it as a regular lens.) If you are doing dragonflies, butterflies - then the best lens is probably the EF 300/4 L IS with a 25mm tube. but, that's a bit more money. I sold my EF 100 macro after getting the Sigma 150. I also own the Sigma 180 macro but only because I got a great deal on it.


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