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Buying a macro lens. Any suggestions?

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Jan 25, 2008 18:29 |  #16

RPCrowe wrote in post #4777980 (external link)
Since the Tamron does not hold its value quite as well, I would opt for a Tamron if I were going to buy used (and if I could find one). There are actually three 90mm Tamron lenses that have been produced. The first is the Adapt-All version which was a basic lens that used adapters to fit on various manufacturer’s cameras. The Adap-All was not a particularly good lens and I would avoid it. The present Tamron offering is the SP 90mm f/2.8 Di (In the Tamron alphabet soup language – Di signifies that the lens has been optimized for digital). Previous to the introduction of the Di model; Tamron offered the SP 90mm f/2.8 without the Di added to the name.

I have the previous non-Di model and I don’t know how Tamron could make this lens perform any better. My Tamron produces imagery that equals that of my best “L” glass lenses. It is a great lens, not a great lens for the price – but a Great Lens overall. However, I also got this lens used for a Great Price paying less that $125 USD including shipping for a minty lens from an eBay seller. You cannot often find the non-Di models on eBay. I would expect that few photographers would want to sell this jewel of a lens; especially not for a hundred or so dollars. However, if you can locate one selling somewhere between $100 and $200 – SNAP IT UP IMMEDIATELY. It is a great lens! By the way, the beautiful bokeh it produces makes it a great portrait lens.

Oh yes; I checked and there are none being offered on eBay at this time.

So are you saying Non-DI > DI????
How could an older version, be better than newer?

EDIT: Oh, do you mean to go for the non DI because it's cheaper and still a great lens?

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Cream of the Crop
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Jan 25, 2008 18:57 |  #17

Like others I suggest the Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens its my favorite :)

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In this forum people share the pros and cons about the Canon 100mm f/2.8 lens -= Archive EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM - pros & cons <-- click to see

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Cream of the Crop
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Jan 25, 2008 19:07 |  #18

prototype macro camera support...

If the video shoulder brace I mentioned in the last post doesn't please me; I'll fabricate one based roughly on these plans.

I would modify the plans for this camera support as follows:

1. I would attach the camera with an Arca compatible Q.R. and an "L" plate

2. I would modify the light boom to be able to accept two flash heads

3. I would modify the tail to rest "on" my shoulder rather than against the shoulder and I would add am extra tail so that I would have a "tail" resting on each sholuder.

4. I would attach a remote release cable to the right claw and would probably cover the claws with the type foam used on bicycle grips.

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Cream of the Crop
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Jan 26, 2008 04:44 |  #19

JWright wrote in post #4783091 (external link)
I've been using the Tamron SP 90mm Macro for years and love it...

Yeah, I've got two as well (different systems), and they are excellent. Don't know where the word came out otherwise.

I use the Canon 100/2.8 with my Canon kit, and it really is top notch. The 180/3.5 is no slouch either, but the 100 is more versatile. The AF on the 180 is a bit slow for use other than macro, but not on the 100, AF is fine there. Also, the 180 is too long for general use on 1.6X crop bodies.

It's true there are a number of good macro lenses available. 60, 70, 90 or 100 would be my personal preference on any of the 1.6X crop cameras. They give enough reach that you won't shade your won subject, and give some distance to keep from scaring the critters. Longer ones are good to keep away from anything that might bite or sting.

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Jan 26, 2008 20:53 |  #20

Thanks for the advice everybody!

CANON 18-55 (KIT)
SIGMA 70-300 (MACRO)
Olympus 1.2 mp p&s :lol:
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