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Aug 05, 2014 02:58 |  #31

Sparrow19 wrote in post #17076651 (external link)
You're right. I didn't even catch that. 1' (foot) vs 12.3" (inches). Essentially the same thing. I guess I just assumed they'd list both in the same measurement scale. I guess that explains why I was thinking that being 1" (inch) away from something was really crazy, HA. Thanks..!

FYI, not as crazy as you might think.
MFD, or Closest Focusing Distance is film plane to subject.
Working Distance is front element to subject.
EF 100mm f/2.8L 123mm in length, Closest Focusing Distance0.3m.
Flange to sensor 44mm. 0.3m - 0.167m = 0.133m working Distance.
Use a hood, depending on dimensions, it could be about 2 inches from subject.

A Canon EF 180 has a working distance of approx 25cm, or 10 inches.


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Aug 05, 2014 10:36 |  #32

Thanks for that info..


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Aug 05, 2014 10:49 |  #33

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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..!

the ef 100mm 2.8 will be fine, BUT, if you not using a tripod, the IS will help a lot in handhled shots, because most likely you will not be shooting at 2.8 or outdoors. In fact, the downside of a macro lens is having a narrower DOF which can become an issue in close-up shots - which is basically what you want to do.
With that in mind, there are other choices depending on your budget.
bang-for-the-buck, the regular 100mm 2.8 wins
The ts-e 90 as someone else suggested it's a great choice, but at that price, you might as well consider the ef135mm
all great choices, and all will do a good work for close-up photography
maybe you should rent two options before taking the plunge, and compare which works best for you


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Aug 05, 2014 17:56 |  #34

Cheapest macro lens you can buy may be the 50mm f/2.5. A good lens but you need to get really close.


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Aug 05, 2014 18:22 as a reply to  @ Tapeman's post |  #35

The Canon 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro only goes to half life size. It needs the Life Size Converter (or about a 1.4X and 25mm ET) to get to life size.


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Aug 05, 2014 18:57 |  #36

The new Tamron 90mm 2.8 VC is great. I compared it with both Canon 100mm macro's and chose it. All were basically on equal grounds image quality-wise. The Tamron offered the best price/performance in my opinion. I have not regretted it once.


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Aug 05, 2014 19:28 as a reply to  @ gnome chompski's post |  #37

One question asked was about other uses beyond macro. As far as other uses for a macro lens, they can be used for anything that particular FL prime would be good for (as long as it doesn't need real fast AF focus).

For the OP (based on the first post) any macro would work.

I personally like 100mm and longer focal length macros, and I like stabilization. I still want to get a 180mm (Tamron VC unless a great deal for another comes first). I've not used the Sigma 105 OS or the Tamron 90 VC but sharpness looks good for both from what I've seen. The Sigma seems it might be a tad sharper than the 100L. The only thing the Canon 100L has on the Tamron 90VC is the ability to use a tripod mount (something I wanted). The 100L has the same and weather resistance over the Sigma 105OS.

For rings and other wedding close-ups, there would not be a need for a tripod mount. Some will argue the 100mm are not all that heavy and don't really need a tripod mount even for macro. That maybe true, but I personally like its use.


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Aug 08, 2014 10:43 |  #38

I think I'm going to go with the Sigma 105. $300 instant savings is pretty nice, plus the almost $100 in B&H rewards that I have. I just hope I can use it more than just the tight ring shots.

I know a few have mentioned extension tubes, but that just sounds cumbersome and more to carry. Thanks for the suggestions though.

Now I have to decide to get this or the 24-70 first. HA. Thanks to everyone for their input!


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Aug 08, 2014 14:58 |  #39

most macro's can serve double duty as a portrait lens, and do exceptional at it. The AF is generally not quite as snappy as a non macro lens, but for portraits, this is not an issue. If you are not sure, why not source a used Canon 100mm 2.8 (non L). You could probably find one for $300-$400-ish


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Aug 08, 2014 15:06 |  #40

Sparrow19 wrote in post #17084067 (external link)
I know a few have mentioned extension tubes, but that just sounds cumbersome and more to carry.

Extension tubes are lighter and smaller than a macro lens, and are cheaper too.


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Aug 08, 2014 15:31 |  #41

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 liked my 70-200 f/2.8 so much that I'm picking up a 70-200 f/2.8 Mark II today to replace the sold Mark I.

But it is NOT a 100 macro, and will not do the same things nearly as well.

If the OP can afford the Mark I 100 macro then do it.


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