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Looking for a good macro Canon fit lens around the 85-105 mark

culturedcanvas 15 4.7k 59 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2006 10:53PM
It has to be said that the Tamron 90mm actually is not far off either .. in a couple of tests its actually out performed the 180mm L series ... work that one out !!
IRaddict 17 34
18 Oct 2006 4:59PM
Question Geoff or anyone who knows, I'm thinking my next lens would be the 90mm T&S, I googled the 500C but didn't find owt, did you mean 500D?
You speak so highly of that combination I am intrigued.
pikey 17 861
18 Oct 2006 9:15PM
Mmmm...plenty more to ponder...Hadn't really given the 90mm TSE much thought...following that link of Barry's (randomrubble) it seems that I had dismissed it out of hand in terms of how close one can get in....even without the 2x converters..

Thanks, again..
imagegrill 14 429
19 Oct 2006 10:13AM

Quote:What about a Canon 50mm F1.8? Anyone tried this combination?

can also say that I use the lens with a 5D. I'm very pleased and shooting in RAW means you cna remove the vignetting when shot wide open with no problem!
cambirder 16 7.2k England
19 Oct 2006 12:50PM
I have a 50mm f1.8 (Mk1), and as good as it is, it don't make a geat macro lens. The mk1 focus ring is too small, and the Mk2 is almost unusable.
GeoffP 15 130 Portugal
19 Oct 2006 9:30PM
90mm T&S takes some getting use too IMHO the 500c is a close-up filter.
GeoffP 15 130 Portugal
19 Oct 2006 10:32PM
I meant a 550D its a Canon close up filter - my apologies.
randomrubble 16 3.0k 12 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2006 11:02PM
Done some research off the back of this thread, and the Canon 500D seems to be so good that even Nikon users rate it!

Looks like a viable, lightweight, way to add a (near) macro facility to a regular kit for the less committed. Unfortunately the price is up there with a 50mm Macro. However I've found a very cheap 77mm one on Amazon and ordered it, to use with my 70-200. Hopefully it'll arrive in time for the Epping meet!
randomrubble 16 3.0k 12 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2006 4:00PM
Just though I'd say that I've now got a 500D close up lens. Seems to be very good indeed and gives slightly better than half life size with a 70-200 set to 200mm and closest focus. Smaller lighter and cheaper than a proper macro, at 97 including P&P from Amazon it seems like a perfect compromise for someone like me who occasionally does a bit of macro. I hope to get out and use it next weekend for some real photos. Just a shame I didn't have it for the Epping Forest meet...
philtaylorphoto 19 334 2
4 Nov 2006 4:20PM

OK, all the pictures here were shot on a macro lens, it's used professionally on a 20D, and they've all been on a gallery wall at 20X16.

Is it necessary to have a Canon logo on the lens? It's a Sigma 105 EX, not the current one, which is better still.

Campare the figures at if you are really fussy about test figures rather than how something performs in real life.

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