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Macro and portrait


RobMacd 14 21 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2007 7:51PM
I would like to buy a macro lens for my 40D and if possible use it for portraits as well.
Is there a focal length that will work for both. I was thinking of Sigma or Canon.
And i have read that a true macro lens should be a fixed lenth (not a zoom) is this true?

Thank`s Rob.
Coleslaw 15 13.4k 28 Wales
13 Nov 2007 8:08PM
sigma 105mm macro should work fine, but you need quick a bit of distance with that for portrait though.

You can always get a cheap canon 50F1.8 for portrait work anyway, it is a cracking lens for the money.
malum 16 630 1 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2007 8:18PM
I have the Tamron 90mm F2.8
It's a cracking lens for both Macro and portraits.
Briwooly 15 454 6 England
13 Nov 2007 8:19PM
Can recommend the 105mm sigma great macro lens. Have used it for a few portrait type shot. only one in my pf is a shot of our moggy Dennis have a look.

Brian...........................
RobMacd 14 21 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2007 8:22PM
Would the Canon 60mm be better then?
elowes 16 2.8k United Kingdom
13 Nov 2007 8:31PM
Zoom lenses usually do not give better than 1/4 life size where as a true macro will give you life size or better but mostly life size which is 1:1.

The 40D has a crop factor of 1.6 so the 60mm macro would give the same area of view as a 96mm lens on a 35mm camera. Good for portraits and macro photography.

One draw back is that the 60mm macro is only good on canon Cameras with a crop sensor. On a camera like the 5D (if you aspire to one that is) even if the lens worked you would get very serious vignetting.
Coleslaw 15 13.4k 28 Wales
13 Nov 2007 8:58PM
60mm is good for portrait, but not so good for macro.

I would go for either Tamron 90 or sigma 105, IMHO.
Boyd 17 11.2k 11 Wales
13 Nov 2007 8:59PM
Why not the Canon 100mm Cole?
riprap007 16 1.6k 37 England
13 Nov 2007 9:00PM
the Sigma 70mm is great (105mm on 1x5 crop factor) and is the sharpest Sigma Macro
PeteyG 14 14 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2007 10:22AM

Quote:The Sigma 70mm is great (105mm on 1x5 crop factor) and is the sharpest Sigma Macro

Yep, got the Sigma 70mm..Fab for Macro work and not so long that it cant be used in the average living room for portraits.
Pete
keithh 17 25.8k 33 Wallis And Futuna
14 Nov 2007 10:23AM
One minor point. On the whole, Macro lenses do not make the best of portrait lenses.
The Canon 100mm for instance is a horrible portrait lens.
riprap007 16 1.6k 37 England
14 Nov 2007 10:26AM
true Keith wouldn't be my first choice , but I've seen good results from the Tamron 90 and Sigma 70
malum 16 630 1 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2007 10:31AM
The Tamron 90 makes a great portrait lens
Coleslaw 15 13.4k 28 Wales
14 Nov 2007 10:55AM
I still stand on my points:


Quote:Sigma 105mm macro should work fine, but you need quick a bit of distance with that for portrait though.

You can always get a cheap canon 50F1.8 for portrait work anyway, it is a cracking lens for the money.

strawman 17 22.2k 16 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2007 12:43PM
The canon 100mm lens is a good macro lens, but is it worth the extra over the good Tamron and Sigma equivalents? It is a choice on money, not a lot in it in images, a big difference in AF performance but do you need AF with a macro.

On a crop camera I do like the 50mm prime for portraits. As they start at @ 60, its nice to have both.

I do not like the thought of the Canon 60mm because it is a crop sensor only lens, but Sigma's 70mm is full frame compatable and gets good reviews. Never used it myself.

I have used my 105mm macro for portraits, but you are long way back from the subject, best give them a phone call to change poses Smile

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