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Aug 03, 2014 22:17 |  #1

I was thinking of picking up a Macro lens. I've been doing a lot of weddings lately and its hard to get the best ring and fine detail shots that I think a Macro would significantly make easier, not to mention a better pic.

Couple questions though. Aside from fine detail ring shots, etc., what are other good uses of a Macro lens? I've seen some people like to use them for portrait. What do you think?

Next, which Macro Lens would you recommend? The Canon 100mm seems the popular choice, but what about Sigma or other brands? Sigma has a 105mm with "IS" and a 70mm without. What to choose?

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Aug 03, 2014 23:41 |  #2

My 100mm 2.8 just sings. It is a marvelous lens. The only thing I would like better is IS on the lens but I would have to pay twice as much for the L version. Get one of the Canon 100 macros. You won't be sorry. Get the L if you can but don't hesitate to get the non L if you want to save a good deal of money.


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Aug 04, 2014 00:13 |  #3

aside from macro it's not going to really allow you to do anything you can't already do with your tamron 70-200mm...have you thought about just getting an extension tube for the ring shots?


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Aug 04, 2014 00:39 |  #4

Love my Sigma 105 OS. Great deal at the price!


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Aug 04, 2014 03:39 |  #5

Sparrow19 wrote in post #17074530 (external link)
I was thinking of picking up a Macro lens. I've been doing a lot of weddings lately and its hard to get the best ring and fine detail shots that I think a Macro would significantly make easier, not to mention a better pic.

Couple questions though. Aside from fine detail ring shots, etc., what are other good uses of a Macro lens? I've seen some people like to use them for portrait. What do you think?

Next, which Macro Lens would you recommend? The Canon 100mm seems the popular choice, but what about Sigma or other brands? Sigma has a 105mm with "IS" and a 70mm without. What to choose?

Thanks..!

Heya,

Tamron 90mm F2.8 VC

Does portrait nicely. It's ridiculously sharp. Has VC that works very well.

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Aug 04, 2014 04:04 |  #6

Canon 100mm L IS and Sigma 105mm EX OS are almost the same, very hard to find a difference, if any it's goes to Canon in the corner, but ... it's very hard to see it
>> http://www.the-digital-picture.com …omp=0&FLIComp=0​&APIComp=0 (external link)

Now about the Tamron 90 f/2,8 VC we can see a real difference at f/2.8 in the mid frame and in corner it's a lot less sharp with the tamron, but stop down to f/4 and there is just a little difference though the 100mm L IS and the 105mm EX OS are more sharp at f/2.8 than the Tamron at f/4
>> http://www.the-digital-picture.com …omp=0&FLIComp=0​&APIComp=0 (external link)

In my opinion the difference between the Canon and the Sigma are so insignificant, that you should just consider the price between these 2 lenses (and may be the possibility that you can install the ring flash on the Canon and Canon is weather sealed, but over all they are almost the same)


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Aug 04, 2014 04:12 |  #7

Reservoir Dog wrote in post #17074822 (external link)
Canon 100mm L IS and Sigma 105mm EX OS are almost the same, very hard to find a difference, if any it's goes to Canon in the corner, but ... it's very hard to see it
>> http://www.the-digital-picture.com …omp=0&FLIComp=0​&APIComp=0 (external link)

Now about the Tamron 90 f/2,8 VC we can see a real difference at f/2.8 in the mid frame and in corner it's a lot less sharp with the tamron, but stop down to f/4 and there is just a little difference though the 100mm L IS and the 105mm EX OS are more sharp at f/2.8 than the Tamron at f/4
>> http://www.the-digital-picture.com …omp=0&FLIComp=0​&APIComp=0 (external link)

In my opinion the difference between the Canon and the Sigma are so insignificant, that you should just consider the price between these 2 lenses

That is not the Tamron 90mm F2.8 VC. That's the older 90mm F2.8. There's 3~4 different 90mm F2.8's by Tamron. The latest one with VC is quite different.

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Aug 04, 2014 04:36 |  #8

MalVeauX wrote in post #17074825 (external link)
That is not the Tamron 90mm F2.8 VC. That's the older 90mm F2.8. There's 3~4 different 90mm F2.8's by Tamron. The latest one with VC is quite different.

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Oh ok, i didn't know that, thanks for the info :)


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Aug 04, 2014 08:29 |  #9

DreDaze wrote in post #17074681 (external link)
aside from macro it's not going to really allow you to do anything you can't already do with your tamron 70-200mm...have you thought about just getting an extension tube for the ring shots?

I honestly don't know anything about extension tubes. I will have to look into it though.


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Aug 04, 2014 08:33 |  #10

Being that the Sigma 105 and the Canon 100 are so close in picture quality, I guess the biggest thing to consider is that the Sigma is $300 cheaper right now. Could use that to buy a new speedlite.

But it would be nice to have the L lens.


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Aug 04, 2014 08:44 |  #11

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Being that the Sigma 105 and the Canon 100 are so close in picture quality, I guess the biggest thing to consider is that the Sigma is $300 cheaper right now. Could use that to buy a new speedlite.

But it would be nice to have the L lens.

the dilemma start :lol:


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Canon will be happy to sell you a refurbished 60mm f/2.8 macro for use on your 60D. They are currently $375. As you are shooting non-spookable inanimate objects, you don't need more. I have had the 100mm f/2.8 (not the IS L-version) and like the 60 much better. It is smaller, lighter, focuses faster, and therefore makes a better GP lens than does the 100. Both offer excellent IQ wide open. I haven't used a 100L.


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Aug 04, 2014 09:04 as a reply to  @ GeoKras1989's post |  #13

I have the 100mm 2.8 non-L lens for sale at $375 in the for sale section, shipping included. Fantastic lens. I think you would be very happy with it.

It sells new for $599 with $50 rebate right now from Amazon or B&H. You'll get the same results with the used one.


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Aug 04, 2014 09:19 |  #14

Macro lenses are great for portraits and product photography. I have the Canon 100L IS and I actually use it more for product shots than I do for macro. The IS really comes in handy and works great for handheld shots.


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Aug 04, 2014 09:27 |  #15

GeoKras1989 wrote in post #17075165 (external link)
Canon will be happy to sell you a refurbished 60mm f/2.8 macro for use on your 60D.

It's an EF-S lens and work only with crop sensor, the OP have also a 6D which is full frame ;)


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