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Dedicated Macro or?

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Jun 25, 2008 06:37 |  #1

The lens I now have are a 50MM 1.4 a 17-85MM IS and a 70-200MM F4 L IS plus a 1.4 TC . Now I would like either a Macro or a UWA can't do both at this time. I need to know if Extension tubes such as the Kenko set will help with the Macro using any of what I already have. If so I can swing the UWA and a set of Kenko tubes at this time. If not I will opt for the Macro lens first and wait for the UWA lens.

20D Canon EFS 17-85IS, 70-2001:4 L IS, Macro 100 F2.8, Canon 50 1.4Canon ext EF 1.4X II

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Jun 25, 2008 07:03 |  #2

Yes you can use the tubes with the 50 and 70-200, some of the Kenko tubes do not fit EF-S lenses. Tubes are best with sharp primes but working distance can be limited with a 50mm around life size. Quality, probably OK as long as you don't need flatness of field, could be an issue for copy work, coins, very flat insects like butterflies or damselflies but I expect it will be OK.

The magnification you will get will be M=E/F where E is the length of the extension tube and F is the lens focal length. So with a zoom you get LESS magnification as you zoom to the long end although you will be a longer way from the subject.

Finally, remember a macro lens like the EF 100mm f2.8 macro USM makes a very good general short tele and will probably be sharper than your L zoom.

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Jun 25, 2008 07:03 |  #3

What do you like to shoot?

17mm is as wide as I have available to me (on a 20D) and I find it pretty satisfactory.

I just picked up the canon 100mm f/2.8 and love it, and I'm not even that serious about macro photography - I bought it for portraiture and product shooting.

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