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    Tony_B  6 United Kingdom
    12 Oct 2009 - 3:46 PM

    Hi Guy's
    Well she is allowing me 1k to spend, so advice needed.

    I have a canon 40d, and I would love to have a half decent macro lens, I like to photo butterfly's, insects etc. Any advice would be much appreciated.

    I was thinking of the sigma 180mm macro !!

    Tony B

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    Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
    12 Oct 2009 - 3:52 PM

    Sigma 150, or canon 100, or Tamron 90.

    justin c
    justin c  104537 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
    12 Oct 2009 - 3:53 PM

    They're all excellent lenses that Cole mentions but my choice would be the Sigma 180mm also.

    Last Modified By justin c at 12 Oct 2009 - 3:53 PM
    Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
    12 Oct 2009 - 3:59 PM

    Or the new canon 100 IS? Under your budget but still very expensive though.

    GazzaG2003  11252 forum posts England
    12 Oct 2009 - 4:07 PM

    I have the Sigma 150mm, and I have friends who own a 100mm canon and the tamron 90mm, the guy with the tamron prefers mine, but seeing images from all 3, they are all exceptional imho.

    Last Modified By GazzaG2003 at 12 Oct 2009 - 4:07 PM
    cambirder  107202 forum posts England
    12 Oct 2009 - 4:14 PM

    On a 1.6 crop camera, I don't think you really need to go for a heavy 180mm lens, something around 100mm should be fine.

    As you have been granted permission to spend up to a grand you might seriously want to consider the new Canon 100mm f2.8L IS. Not used it myself as my order for one has not been met yet, but there is a review here

    John_Wannop e2 Member 955 forum postsJohn_Wannop vcard Wales
    12 Oct 2009 - 4:43 PM

    I use the Sigma 105 and 150 they are both great but i prefer the 150. But if I had 1K to spend now I would probably get the new Canon.

    Coast Critique Team 61393 forum postsCoast vcard United Kingdom292 Constructive Critique Points
    12 Oct 2009 - 7:04 PM

    I would certainly take a look at the new Canon 100mm Macro IS lens if you want to spend all your budget in one go. I have the 100mm f2.8 Macro (non IS) and it is a fabulous piece of glass. Absolutely pin sharp and it doubles as a useful portrait lens for me both on my full frame 5D and cropped 30D.

    In your shoes I would spend 400 on the older 100mm f2.8 Macro and put the rest of the money toward something else. Another lens to extend your repertoire, Macro flash set up perhaps or maybe a mini holiday where I can get out and use my new lens!

    If you can get to try your shortlist of lenses out, even just to handle it would give you a feel for lens length and handling on the body. Also consider what Macro photography are you looking to undertake as this can be a factor in determining how close you need to be away from the subject - some small insects do not seem to appreciate having a lens poked in their face so a longer focal length allows frame filling at a more discreet distance.

    Cannot comment on the other lenses mentioned and I am sure they are all good however my experience of the Canon 100mm Macro is one that I confidently recommend it.


    saturns  951 forum posts
    12 Oct 2009 - 7:05 PM

    I use the Tamron 90. Fantastically sharp lens.

    oneill  6155 forum posts Ireland
    12 Oct 2009 - 7:49 PM

    have used a cannon 60mm macro lens,,stunning results ,plus not as heavy as the 100mm,,and a nother plus ,, fantastic for portraits,,,,pat

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