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which macro...60mm or 100mm?

 
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Feb 08, 2008 13:46 |  #1

Hi all,

Consider I already have a 50mm f/1.4 and 17-55mm f/2.8...would it make more sense to get the 100mm rather than the 60mm? I understand I can't take macros with the other 2, but I feel like if I get a 60mm I'll have 3 lenses do the 50-60mm range...a little too much there?

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Feb 08, 2008 13:53 |  #2

You can't go wrong the 100mm f/2.8 macro - and it's good for nice tight portrait shots as well.


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Feb 08, 2008 13:59 |  #3

With the lenses you already have, I think I would go for the 100mm even though I have a 60mm and find it to be very good.
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Feb 08, 2008 14:40 |  #4

The 100mm f/2.8 is the general favorite of the two, like Mark said you can't go wrong with it.


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Feb 08, 2008 15:05 as a reply to  @ HuskyKMA's post |  #5

Only a few reasons to get the 100 over the 60, IMO....

1. You need the working distance (you shoot bugs and other things that shy away from cameras).
2. You want to have a longer prime lens.
3. You plan on a FF upgrade in the near future.

My 60mm macro is small, lightweight, very well built (makes my 17-55 seem like a tinker-toy), easy to hand hold at lower SS's, extremely sharp, very fast focusing and doubles as a great portrait lens. Its also seems sharper wide open than my 50mm f/1.4 is at f/2.8!

If you don't plan on getting a longer zoom in the near future, then the 100 mm macro will come in handy, but if you plan on getting a 70-200 or 70-300 then I would consider the 60mm macro.

Just my 2 cents.


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Feb 08, 2008 15:48 |  #6

Get the 100mm.


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Feb 08, 2008 15:49 |  #7

100 vote from me too. my 50 sigma working distance is uncomfortably close to subjects so i think the 60 isnt too far off either.




  
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Feb 08, 2008 17:19 as a reply to  @ kaitanium's post |  #8

I own the 60mm and it's a great lens. The only reason I'm going to get the 100mm is to get a macro for my 5D. I didn't think I'd go FF when I purchased the 60mm. If you have any desire to go FF (with 5D prices coming down) your decision will be made for you.


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Feb 10, 2008 04:14 as a reply to  @ EcoRick's post |  #9

Hi,

I own the 60 mm and I am very happy with it. It works well as a general photography lens for me, the fastest lens that I have.

However, given your setup, you might benefit from the additional working distance of the 100 mm. You have to get quite close for large magnification (crop factor doesn't change anything about that).

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Feb 10, 2008 04:25 as a reply to  @ Volker Boehme's post |  #10

I've even used my EF-S 60mm f/2.8 macro on my Elan IIe film camera. I just put a EF-12 II extension tube in the middle. The full frame was fully covered, no vignetting. Of course there was no infinity focussing this way though but I got some beautiful Velvia slides with it.

It really is a great little lens. Even stopped down to f/16 it is still very sharp. Neither has external moving parts during focussing.

The 100mm f/2.8 is quite a bit longer, heavier and a little bit more expensive. If you go for the 100mm consider also getting the hood for the 60mm to use on it as well as the 100mm hood. They both have the same hood mount but the 60 is a lot shorter so it doesn't interfere with getting really close with the 100mm whereas the 100mm hood is really deep and usually has to be removed for 1:1 shots.


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