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lisajane1970
2 Aug 2011 - 10:14 PM

Hi, I am seeking some advice on lens! I am getting quite confused with what to buy as I am quite new to DSLR. I have the cannon 550d and would like to purchase as cheaply as possible a macro and wide angle lens. All advice would be really helpful to me.

Thanks Lisa

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2 Aug 2011 - 10:53 PM

Did you get an 18-55 lens with the camera? That's fairly wide. There's not many options that are wider and cheap. You need to look at something like the Sigma 10-20. As for macro consider the Sigma 105 if that's too expensive then consider the cheap and cheerful Sigma 75-300, or to use existing lenses for macro photography try buying some extension tubes (Canon are expensive but Kenko and Jessops ones aren't)

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sherlob
sherlob e2 Member 82279 forum postssherlob vcard United Kingdom123 Constructive Critique Points
3 Aug 2011 - 12:30 AM

An indication of budget would be useful!

Personally, I think the 105 Sigma maybe quite difficult to use on a cropped sensor body - the focal length would be nearer 170mm. I seem to recall that sigma brought out a 70mm version of their macro lens which you may find easier to use. I agree with Chris re: the wide angle route. Be cautious if going for a telephoto lens as the macro feature isn't a true macro, but more of a sales pitch. Again I agree that extension tubes may be a cheaper way into the macro market.

Adam

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lisajane1970
3 Aug 2011 - 8:36 AM

Thanks Chris, Adam. I do have the 18-55 lens and the 70-300 telephoto macro. I did get set-up rings and 10* lens but I was very disappointed I got much better effects with the 70-300 lens. I will look into extension tubes. My budget for a macro lens would have been about 200!

Thanks Lisa

adrian_w
adrian_w e2 Member 63279 forum postsadrian_w vcard Scotland4 Constructive Critique Points
3 Aug 2011 - 9:27 AM

You could try for a 2nd hand 100mm Canon macro, would probably cost around 150-200.
It is an excellent lens even on a crop sensor, ideal for creepy crawleys & good for non moving items as well.
if you only want it for static shots ( flowers etc) the 60mm macro is another option.

cambirder
cambirder  107202 forum posts England
3 Aug 2011 - 9:34 AM


Quote: would probably cost around 150-200

You would be lucky to find one under 300.

lisajane1970
3 Aug 2011 - 4:02 PM

Thank you adrian, cambirder, I will take a look and see what I come up with! Most of my shots are macro...

conrad
conrad  1010873 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
3 Aug 2011 - 4:22 PM

I beg to differ with Adam - I've used a Sigma 105mm on a crop camera, and it was a joy to use.

The advantage of using a third party lens instead of one from Canon itself, is that you can usually make the purchase on a smaller budget.

The same goes for wide angle. If you do indeed require a lens wider than the 18-55 that probably came with your camera, a Sigma 10-22mm or Tokina 11-16mm is cheaper than a Canon 10-20mm, and the quality is very high.

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114484 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
3 Aug 2011 - 4:25 PM

You might be better off looking for a Tamron 90mm Sp Di Macro, it's a good trade off between the lenses so far mentioned and on top of that, I personally think it's better than the Sigma 105mm having had both of them. But horses for courses spring to mind, I can tell you this much the Tamron is rarely of the front of my camera and it's cheaper than the other options mentioned here.

Ade

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colin beeley
colin beeley e2 Member 111070 forum postscolin beeley vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
3 Aug 2011 - 5:45 PM

look here for one of those Wink

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1314927 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
3 Aug 2011 - 6:01 PM

Since when has a 90mm been a wide angle.

cambirder
cambirder  107202 forum posts England
3 Aug 2011 - 6:21 PM

I think the OP was looking for one of each.

Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114484 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
3 Aug 2011 - 8:19 PM

No need to be pedantic Paul Tongue

Ade

lisajane1970
3 Aug 2011 - 10:09 PM

Thank you so much for your suggestions and help as it was really needed I can now go and seek out a macro lens Smile

lisajane1970
3 Aug 2011 - 10:16 PM

Thanks for the link colin Smile

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