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tamasalucy
4 Sep 2013 - 9:09 PM

Hi all i am looking to purchase a good Macro lens i was going with the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens but is this a good lens for pics of insects.

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adrian_w
adrian_w e2 Member 63280 forum postsadrian_w vcard Scotland4 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2013 - 9:42 PM

yes.

tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85867 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2013 - 9:48 PM

If you can run to it, make it the IS version

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robthecamman
4 Sep 2013 - 10:04 PM

is. not worth the extra iv just bought canon 100 2.8 its good

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mikehit
mikehit  46182 forum posts United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2013 - 11:44 PM

I disagree. The IS is really useful.
I'm guessing you haven't actually used it.

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Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1314957 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2013 - 11:55 PM


Quote: Is. not worth the extra iv just bought canon 100 2.8 its good

The none IS version is probably just fine if your only going to take macro shoots using a tripod, but who wants to use a tripod all the time, the IS version makes a lot of sense Smile

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85867 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
5 Sep 2013 - 9:11 AM

Myself and loads of other folks on here, use the IS version

No tripod needed and excellent results can be obtained down to 1/50 second

It makes butterfly togging an enjoyment rather than a chore

alansnap
alansnap e2 Member 10528 forum postsalansnap vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
5 Sep 2013 - 10:05 AM

I use the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens and it's fabulous. I guess the IS would be better, but it depends on how much macro you want to do. If macro is the area of photography you want to specialise in, then spend the extra money, but if, like me, it's just one facet of your hobby, then the USM 2.8 is a great lens and I have used it very successfully hand held. Have a look here.
All the best,
Alan

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GlennH
GlennH  91894 forum posts France1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Sep 2013 - 10:14 AM

I'm sure IS is useful, but one of the technical hurdles I regularly encountered in thousands of macro/close-up pictures was subject movement, more than camera shake. So I don't know that it'd make a great difference to me, if I invested in it -- I'd be more likely to counteract both problems with shutter speed.

discreetphoton
discreetphoton Site Moderator 93447 forum postsdiscreetphoton vcard United Kingdom20 Constructive Critique Points
5 Sep 2013 - 11:00 AM

In my opinion, the value of IS in macro lenses has less to do with the image quality itself, and more to do with not making yourself sick when working at high magnification! It's saved me many a headache.

Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114484 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
5 Sep 2013 - 11:06 AM

I have both Smile Well the wife has one and I have the other....Both lenses have their uses, but as already stated if you can afford the IS version go for it

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tamasalucy
5 Sep 2013 - 11:40 AM

Hi all thank you for the response i think after reading all of the posts is that if a can afford it then buy the IS if not there are ways of compensating for non IS "shutter speeds" and Chloroform ??? LOL
once again thank you all.

Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114484 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
5 Sep 2013 - 12:01 PM

Chloroform....No

Ethyl acetate or nail polish remover.....Yes

Look up Killing Jars on Google.......Though you will probably be frowned upon by the purists who say everything they shoot is alive......Wink

brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110181 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
5 Sep 2013 - 3:58 PM


Quote: Chloroform....No

Ethyl acetate or nail polish remover.....Yes

Look up Killing Jars on Google.......Though you will probably be frowned upon by the purists who say everything they shoot is alive......Wink

Pah, that's the sissy approach, all mine are either hypnotised or stuffed! Grin

Another vote for the 100LIS, I had that and until I got the EM-5 + 60mm macro it was the best hand-holding macro lens I had ever used (particularly with the 7D)

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lemmy
lemmy  71773 forum posts United Kingdom
5 Sep 2013 - 4:28 PM

Sigma's 105mm is good.

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