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What's your favourite lens for macro/close-up?

 
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May 26, 2014 07:27 |  #1

What's your favourite lens for macro/close-up and why?

I like shooting close-up, maybe not quite into the 1:1 or greater range, and tend to use enlarging lenses, often on a Nikon tilt shift bellows or on a Sinar view camera with a Canon on the back. These methods allow some tilt to control the focal plane. If I had to pick favourites they would probably be Schneider and Rodenstock lenses, probably in the 80-120 range, but there are heaps of nice lenses to choose from and many are quite cheap too.

Schneider W.A. Componon 80/5.6 at F5.6 (excellent sharpness and bokeh, allows considerable tilt/shift)

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Schneider W.A. Componon 80/5.6 at F5.6 (excellent sharpness and bokeh, allows considerable tilt/shift)
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Kodak Ektar 90/4.5 at F4.5 (razor sharp wide open, nice bokeh)
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Meopta Meogon 80/2.8 at F2.8 (dreamy wide open yet still very sharp, funky bokeh)
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My favourite lens is always the one I'm waiting for to arrive in the post. But there are plenty of decent lenses out there so what's your favourite for macro/close-up and why?

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May 27, 2014 01:00 |  #2

I use my Canon 70-300mm (black) lens with the 500D closeup lens for most of my macro. That combo attracts some scorn, but I think my results with it are adequately sharp. It gives me great working distance (around 50 cm) and I don't lose any light. At 300 mm, the magnification is near 1:1, and I can vary the magnification a lot by adjusting focal length and focus setting. So it is real versatile.

More recently I bought the MT-E 65mm and am having fun with it. But at 1:1, it has not yet won my love from the zoom/500D combo.

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May 29, 2014 17:55 |  #3

Archibald wrote in post #16932776 (external link)
...Examples from the zoom/500D follow.
https://www.dropbox.co​m …AAB2JUi3i2FJwpu​glxJo1Gv5a (external link)

The images (dragon fly and wasp) seem surprisingly sharp, as much as you can tell from the links anyway. Goes to show you don't need high-end or expensive optics.


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May 31, 2014 06:10 |  #4

I use the MP-E 65mm for 1-4x work, and a Mitutoyo for 5x in the studio when doing focus stacking. I have a few other lenses for this type of photography, but they either don't render the fans detail as sharp or they are a pain to work with.

For field work I'm trying to love the 180L but it doesn't appear as sharp as the canon 100mm (non L) that I used to have. However, I recently captured a few shots of a garter snake that I am very satisfied with. I'll play with this lens for the reason and decided in the fall if I'm going to sell it.


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Jun 07, 2014 23:14 |  #5

I've used three Canon Macro lenses, the "old" 100mm f/2.8, the "compact" EF 50mm (only 1/2x,not full 1x), and then the EF-S 60mm Macro.

I've been happy with each of them, they do as advertised, but my go-to is still the old 100mm!


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Jun 10, 2014 10:00 |  #6

Like the OP I use enlarger lenses as well. My favorites that I use often are the Schneider Componon-S 50mm and the Componon 28mm.


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