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22 Oct 2013 6:28PM
I want to buy a good macro lenses to take detailed pictures of insects and other small creatures. I was going to buy either sigma 105 or the Canon 110 but I am not sure if these will give me the quality of detail I desire. HELP .

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KenTaylor e2
10 3.0k 2 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2013 6:36PM
No harm in adding the Tamron to the list.
The quality you desire is anyone's guess apart from your good self of course Wink
22 Oct 2013 6:41PM
All the macro lenses on any system are very very good. At the end of the day it will come down to the person using the gear and how dedicated they are. For serious macro work you will need to provide extra light ie flash. Extension Tubes etc. There is also the choice of using an old 20mm/24/28/50mm lens reversed which if I recall can give you 4x life size I could be wrong on the magnification great for greenfly size critters and also the cheapest route of all and the results will surprise you. Plenty of ways to get great macros without spending 300+ on a lens.
22 Oct 2013 6:49PM
4x life size at 20mm down to 1/2 life size or so with a 50mm reverse or there about.
forgot to put that in sorry.

Check Marks site lots of samples etc on reversed macro.
http://www.mplonsky.com/photo/article.htm
KenTaylor e2
10 3.0k 2 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2013 7:08PM
Lots of patience and a grasp of technique is a must with any lens including a suitable flash.
Macro is a field on its own with the likes of Mark truly dedicated.
lawbert e2
8 1.8k 15 England
22 Oct 2013 7:21PM
Check out Ades site here on EpzWink

And many many others on Epz

Put your lenses into the epz search facility and you will get a gazillion pics of whats achievableWink

As a note the Canon is a 100mm and not 110mm and comes in 2 different variants, IS and Non IS....I just love the 100mm L IS...A tad pricey but a true walkabout Macro lensSmileSmileSmileSmile
JonnyNI e2
3 748
22 Oct 2013 7:29PM
I had been keen for a long time to get myself a macro lens but as funds didn't allow I opted for the reverse setup (all in all it cost me about 11 as I already had a 50mm 1.8 I could use.) It takes a lot of patience and you get a lot of crap shots but I have managed a "few" that I'm quite happy with (you guys may think differently lol) which spurs me on a bit. Another reason I went down this route was also to see if it would be something I would stick at before saving for a macro lens.
22 Oct 2013 7:30PM
lenses on any system are very very good. At the end of the day it will come down to the person using the gear and how dedicated they are. For serious macro work you will need to provide extra light ie flash. Extension Tubes etc. There is also the choice of using an old 20mm/24/28/50mm lens reversed which if I recall can give you 4x life size I could be wrong on the magnification great for greenfly size critters and also the cheapest route of all and the results will surprise you. Plenty of ways to get great macros without spending 300+ on a lens.
HI Gareth thanks for the advise I have just brought a reasonable ring flash and have a set of MACRO tubes but can't get the results I had hoped for .

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