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User_Removed
4 Sep 2012 - 9:57 PM

A friend of mine wants to get into Macro for some strange reason?
I know diddly squat about macro lenses.
Could anyone shed some light on his choice please.

Canon lens/fit

Budget good



Thanks.

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JJGEE
JJGEE  96303 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2012 - 10:13 PM

I have recently bought a Sigma 105mm macro lens, Sony fit, BUT it is also available in the Canon fit.

Reason I went for it is because I prefer internal focussing for a macro lens.

Giving me good results and I am also using it as a general lens and for for close up shots, not necessarily the true macro of 1:1.

Last Modified By JJGEE at 4 Sep 2012 - 10:14 PM
justin c
justin c  104526 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2012 - 10:17 PM

Have you thought about using the search function in the top right of the page??

The question gets asked almost weekly since time began Wink You'll find enough reading to last a lifetime Smile

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User_Removed
4 Sep 2012 - 10:27 PM

Thanks Jeff.


Thanks Justin but no, not yet. Smile

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Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2012 - 10:28 PM

Bad boy, Justin! Lol

justin c
justin c  104526 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2012 - 10:31 PM

LOL Smile

I was actually being genuinely helpful as the question comes up so often.

User_Removed
4 Sep 2012 - 10:32 PM

Yes Justin. I'm a new boy. Only been here 11 years!

I understand Justin.
I'll have a look tomorrow when I have more time but just a quick question to get things rolling to start with.
Thanks for the suggestion Justin. (Although it'll probably develop into another argument!)

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User_Removed
4 Sep 2012 - 10:35 PM

...................search button?

I think they left me out when they were handed out. Don't seen to have one! Sad

They're probably moving things around again!!!!!!!

Last Modified By User_Removed at 4 Sep 2012 - 10:35 PM
JJGEE
JJGEE  96303 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2012 - 10:38 PM


Quote: ...................search button?

The magnifying glass icon, top right next to your avatar / user name Wink

User_Removed
4 Sep 2012 - 10:40 PM

Oh that. Thanks Jeff.

Cameras, no problem.
'Puters,' haven't a clue. Smile

mikehit
mikehit  56444 forum posts United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
5 Sep 2012 - 8:49 AM

'wants to get into' doesn't sound very convincing - if it is dabbling at this stage it depends on how much they are willing to spend: bellows, extension tubes and diopter lenses are cheaper ways to try it out

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adrian_w
adrian_w e2 Member 73347 forum postsadrian_w vcard Scotland4 Constructive Critique Points
5 Sep 2012 - 9:11 AM

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 macro lens. USM. 3 currently on fleabay around 350 squids.
Non IS version about 150.
I have one & swear by it, although I sometimes swear at it when the autofocus won't because of lack of contrast.
all my orchid shots are taken with it.

Never been convinced by diopter lenses/filters because of difficulty focussing either auto or manual & also dropoff of IQ at the edges.

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User_Removed
5 Sep 2012 - 9:47 AM

Thanks for the info lads.

Yes Adrian, it was that very lens (100 f2.8) that came to mind as soon as I was asked.
Thanks for that. Wink

KevinEllison
KevinEllison e2 Member 72507 forum postsKevinEllison vcard England
5 Sep 2012 - 3:02 PM


Quote: (Although it'll probably develop into another argument!)

No...the arguments start when you ask what focal length is best....

The 40mm 50mm group who are happy for a bumble bee to leave his nose print on the front element, to the 150mm 180mm brigade who prefer to be on the other side of the room...

Sitting on the middle ground myself, I'm quite happy with 105mm (Nikon's version) which sits at neither extreme... so I reckon the Canon 100mm would be a good idea..

I've also collected add-on filters, spacers, god knows what.. but eventually there's nothing easier than a "proper" macro lens ( and agree with Adrian's take on this as above...just to share the blame when arguments arise about this comment.. Wink )

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User_Removed
5 Sep 2012 - 5:22 PM

Thank you Kevin. Great help and info. Smile

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