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Best budget lens for Macro ?

 
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Oct 18, 2012 10:26 |  #1

Among the canons, what's the best budget option ?
would go for a New one. No second hand. What you guys would suggest.
As i cant mention my budget here as i hv no idea
Write some of your fav macro lenses here. n budget options please


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Oct 18, 2012 10:39 |  #2

1) Kenko tubes on your 50mm
2) Canon EF-S 60mm macro
3) Tamron 90mm SP Di AF macro


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Oct 18, 2012 12:40 |  #3

The EF-S 60mm is amazing for the price.


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Oct 18, 2012 12:48 |  #4

What are you shooting? For critters you may want a longer lens like the 100mm non-L


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Oct 18, 2012 12:50 |  #5

+ 1 to extension tubes for your nifty-fifty. You can do it even cheaper, by getting non-brand extension tubes with electric wiring from ebay, for 70$. (They are plastic, but so is your 50mm lens...)


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Oct 18, 2012 12:56 |  #6

Polaroid also makes a set of communicating tubes that are cheaper than the kenko set. I presently use kenko tubes on my 50 1.8 and its a decent macro setup for larger critters and objects.

If you want more working room and higher mag then you will have to probably get a dedicated macro lens.

You can get a cheap 75-300mm macro zoom that goes to 1:2 as well. But good IQ cheap will be the tubes with your 50mm. Better magnification or working room will be a dedicated lens.


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Oct 18, 2012 13:26 |  #7

The 28-135 and 28-105 both are cheap and have macro. Not real macro, for insects, but enough for flowers, product shots, etc. Depending what you shoot, these can be cheap alternatives.

Only looking at new is probably a bad idea. You will find cheap macro lenses on the used market. They are a specialty (and somewhat novelty) lens, so they are often sold used at a discount. The 28-135 and other similar lenses are also kit lenses, hence often resold at well below retail.


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Oct 18, 2012 13:31 |  #8

What about the 100mm 2.8 macro. It's sharp, cheap, usefull !


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Oct 18, 2012 14:22 |  #9

The 60mm 2.8 and 100mm 2.8 are outstanding, but the best budget bang for the buck macro would be the 50mm 2.5 CM. This is not a 1:1 repoduction macro, but a 1:2. So if you want to photograph the wings on a fly, you'll need a 1:1, but for close ups of flowers or most anything else, 1:2 is fine. Its quite sharp wide open and has some very nice bokeh. And you can buy a used one for about $175.




  
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Oct 18, 2012 14:47 as a reply to  @ nightcat's post |  #10

Using Kenko Tubes + 50mm. It's decent but you're probably better off with 100mm. There's a thread out there on POTN on the kenko tube setup as well.


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Oct 18, 2012 15:34 |  #11

ekfaysal wrote in post #15138315 (external link)
Among the canons, what's the best budget option ?
would go for a New one. No second hand. What you guys would suggest.
As i cant mention my budget here as i hv no idea
Write some of your fav macro lenses here. n budget options please

my vote would be for the Tamron 90nn 2.8 macro. consider used, these macro prime lens don't wear out




  
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