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Which Macro?


User_Removed 12 2.8k 11 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2012 9:57PM
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 9 6.4k 18 England
4 Sep 2012 10:13PM
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.
justin c 10 4.5k 36 England
4 Sep 2012 10:17PM
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
User_Removed 12 2.8k 11 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2012 10:27PM
Thanks Jeff.


Thanks Justin but no, not yet. Smile
Coleslaw e2
9 13.4k 28 Wales
4 Sep 2012 10:28PM
justin c 10 4.5k 36 England
4 Sep 2012 10:31PM
LOL Smile

I was actually being genuinely helpful as the question comes up so often.
User_Removed 12 2.8k 11 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2012 10:32PM
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!)
User_Removed 12 2.8k 11 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2012 10:35PM
...................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!!!!!!!
JJGEE 9 6.4k 18 England
4 Sep 2012 10:38PM

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

The magnifying glass icon, top right next to your avatar / user name Wink
User_Removed 12 2.8k 11 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2012 10:40PM
Oh that. Thanks Jeff.

Cameras, no problem.
'Puters,' haven't a clue. Smile
mikehit e2
5 6.8k 11 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2012 8:49AM
'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
adrian_w e2
7 3.4k 4 Scotland
5 Sep 2012 9:11AM
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.
User_Removed 12 2.8k 11 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2012 9:47AM
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
5 Sep 2012 3:02PM

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 )
User_Removed 12 2.8k 11 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2012 5:22PM
Thank you Kevin. Great help and info. Smile

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