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looking for a macro lens


tamasalucy 4 141 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2013 9:09PM
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 e2
7 3.4k 4 Scotland
4 Sep 2013 9:42PM
yes.
tomcat e2
9 6.0k 15 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2013 9:48PM
If you can run to it, make it the IS version
robthecamman 3 1.3k United Kingdom
4 Sep 2013 10:04PM
is. not worth the extra iv just bought canon 100 2.8 its good
mikehit e2
5 6.8k 11 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2013 11:44PM
I disagree. The IS is really useful.
I'm guessing you haven't actually used it.
Paul Morgan e2
13 15.7k 6 England
4 Sep 2013 11:55PM

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
tomcat e2
9 6.0k 15 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2013 9:11AM
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 e2
10 529 22 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2013 10:05AM
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
GlennH 9 1.9k 1 France
5 Sep 2013 10:14AM
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 e2
10 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2013 11:00AM
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 e2
11 4.5k 36 England
5 Sep 2013 11:06AM
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
tamasalucy 4 141 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2013 11:40AM
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 e2
11 4.5k 36 England
5 Sep 2013 12:01PM
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 e2
11 10.4k 12 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2013 3:58PM

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)
lemmy 7 2.0k United Kingdom
5 Sep 2013 4:28PM
Sigma's 105mm is good.

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