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Macro lens for Canon 5D Mark III

 
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Apr 17, 2018 20:34 |  #1

I already have the Canon 100mm 2.8 non IS macro. i would like to add a macro in the 50mm range. I want to get in even closer. I have Kenko tubes so I’m not liking for that path. Any affordable recommendations?


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Apr 17, 2018 20:52 |  #2

I would be interested to see what is recommended.




  
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Apr 17, 2018 22:27 |  #3

What about one of the Canon add on lenses... I'm not at home and I can't remember the part number. They are around $100 give or take. They are screwed onto the front of the lens like a filter... a magnifying filter. 500D or something like that. There is one for sale here in the "for sale" section... or was... let me look:

https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1493021


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Apr 17, 2018 22:30 |  #4

I have a set of these add on lenses (Leica) for my little G12. I get the most beautiful macro shots with it... The Canon ones are supposed to be just as good.


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Apr 18, 2018 06:07 |  #5

marklori43 wrote in post #18608847 (external link)
I already have the Canon 100mm 2.8 non IS macro. i would like to add a macro in the 50mm range. I want to get in even closer. I have Kenko tubes so I’m not liking for that path. Any affordable recommendations?

No macro lens will get you in any closer, 1:1 is 1:1, no matter the focal length. With shorter lenses, you will be closer to the subject, but you can't make the subject any bigger on the sensor. 1:1 with a 180mm lens is the same size on the sensor as 1:1 from a 50mm, 100mm, 105mm, 150mm, or any other 1:1 lens.

You have a few options to get closer. The best is probably the MP-E65 macro that goes all the way to 5:1. It is good for nothing BUT macro, and it is manual focus. The other option is to add teleconverters and/or extension tubes to your existing lens. I added a 2XII, 1.4XII, and 25mm & 12mm ETs to my 100mm macro. The entire combination yields something like 4.3:1 magnification. It is also impossible to hand-hold, and extremely difficult to light. The objective lens is about 1" from the subject.

To re-iterate, buying a macro (1:1) lens of ANY other focal length will not get you even one teeny-tiny bit closer to your subject.


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Apr 18, 2018 07:05 |  #6

Thanks for all the feedback


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Apr 18, 2018 07:51 |  #7

There are other options. I agre with Tom that the MPE-65 is the best option if your looking for getting better than 1:1 macro. Simply an awesome lens but it is pricey. Another option is bellows (external link), i.e. tubes on steroids. They range from inexpensive to quite expensive (external link) for a hollow tube. You can also get a inexpensive reversing ring (external link). It too will give you better than 1:1. There are other more exotic options as well such as using an M39 or M42 enlarger lens and adapter.


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Apr 23, 2018 12:30 |  #8

The Laowa 60mm to 2:1 and the 2.5-5x, are sharp enough.
Manual diaphragm, though.

If you fancy a taste of very close, reverse your 18-55.
Stop it down some then take it off the camera, the aperture will stay as is.
They're reasonably sharp, surprisingly.




  
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May 04, 2018 15:08 |  #9

I have had very interesting and good results with a Canon bellows and Canon macro lenses from the FD era.
For a long focal length lens, front lenses are more effective than tubes as you need 100mm of tube to double magnification for a 100mm lens and 50mm tubes to double magnification with a 50mm lens.

For extreme macro photo, i.e. 5-10x, the 20mm/2.8 bellows lens attached to the bellows with the camera in the back using a hollow FD-EF adapter works great. And the FD lenses with an aperture ring work better in that setup. And cost a lot less. Even the 20mm bellows lens that is rare and pricey was around around $150 to get.

All that gear is not tied to Canon cameras, of course. With the right adapter you can mount the bellows to any (well, all I checked) camera mount including Nikon, Pentax, 4/3, etc.




  
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