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Macro lens to add to my kit

 
boomjuice1
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Dec 22, 2012 14:58 |  #1

Hi guys,

So looking into having a dabble at Micro photography and looking to add a suitable lens to my kit.

Currently the lens I have for my 600D are:

- Canon 15-85mm IS USM (great little walkaorund lens)
- Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 Di VC USD Lens (just to give me that extra length)

I'm leaning towards the: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens

Just looking to shoot the usual stuff - flowers / insects.

Any recommendations / advice would be appreciated!




  
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Dec 22, 2012 18:14 |  #2

I just ordered the 100L macro from Allen's Camera in PA. It's on sale at the moment for $150 off so $899. The reason I got it instead of the less expensive 100 macro is the IS. I will probably use a tripod for most shots but there are a few parks that don't allow either monopods or tripods, so for hand held shots, the IS will come in handy.

If you are on a budget, people highly recommend the EFs 60mm, though it won't work on a full frame camera if you end up heading that route. It's $409 on Amazon while the non L 100 mm is $515.


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Dec 22, 2012 18:41 as a reply to  @ Phoenixkh's post |  #3

If you can afford it, the 100L IS is great. 90% of my macro shots are hand-held, and the IS is always on for those. Think about a set of extension tubes as well. My kenko set used with the 100mm brings 1:1 to about 2:1.

Edit: it's no slouch as a portrait lens either.


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Dec 22, 2012 19:02 |  #4

Hhmm, unfortunately the 100L is slightly out of my price range. Would you recommend any other lens, similar to the 100mm, which has IS? Im thinking that most of my shots will be hand-held!




  
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Dec 22, 2012 19:12 |  #5

I'm in agreement with the other posters. I ordered the 100 macro w/IS yesterday and should receive it on Monday.
I've been wanting it for several years and saved/waiting until the time was right. ($150 off plus free next day delivery (B&H)
My Christmas present to myself.


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Dec 23, 2012 03:16 |  #6

I have the 100mm Macro and it is a great lens but I still really regret not having saved a little longer and bought the L. Fact is the 100mm is such a useful focal length for all sorts of wildlife, portraits, candids etc and is so sharp, one really has to optimise its usefulness. That extra expense is so worth it as you are not just getting a Macro lens, it really is so much more than that.


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Dec 23, 2012 11:07 |  #7

The Canon 100mm non-L macro is a great lens, you wont be disapointed. The IS is certainly useful with the L lens, but you can get a tripod/monopod for much less than the difference in price of the two lenses and that will be much better. I have the L because I do a lot of handheld macro and that is also a fantastic portrait lens.


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Dec 25, 2012 15:07 |  #8

The 100mm macro is on my wishlist as well. Hold new worlds to view and photograph.


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Dec 25, 2012 17:44 |  #9

Well I did NOT get my new macro lens as promise. Seems UPS forgot to take my package off the plane and it's been flying around.
UPS next day AIR tracking shows the package going from Newark, NJ to KY, to Jackson, MS to Lansing, MI and holding. Sure hope they don't send it to the west coast.
Suppose to go to Jackson, MS and then trucked to my house.


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Dec 27, 2012 08:48 as a reply to  @ lauderdalems's post |  #10

I hope I am not hijacking this thread....

I have found this lens in the UK for £569.99 on ebay:

http://www.ebay.co.uk …enses&hash=item​1e74c8db7e (external link)

Looks a good price for a brand new lens, what do you all think. I could walk into Jessops today and pay well over £100 more but for that saving, I can wait a few days.




  
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Dec 27, 2012 09:00 |  #11

That price is higher that what I just paid in US dollars. Selling for $899.00 in U.S. at most camera stores


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Dec 27, 2012 10:03 as a reply to  @ lauderdalems's post |  #12

$899 works out to £555, so when shipping is included then it seems about right. I am in the UK btw.




  
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Dec 27, 2012 10:12 |  #13

Not sure what camera stores are doing in U.K., but I the $899 includes free shipping over here. Anyway, I just got mine today - now to get off the computer and play with it


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Dec 27, 2012 11:00 |  #14

My 100L is about an hour and a half away.... It is due here tomorrow.


Kim (the male variety) Canon 1DX2 | 1D IV | 16-35 f/4 IS | 24-105 f/4 IS | 100L IS macro | 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II | 100-400Lii | 50 f/1.8 STM | Canon 1.4X III
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PingedSole
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Dec 31, 2012 08:33 |  #15

Hi Phoenixkh,

What do you think of the lens as it is deffo the next purchase for me unless someone manages to talk me out of it.




  
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