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Macro and wide angle lens

2 Aug 2011 10:14PM
Hi, I am seeking some advice on lens! I am getting quite confused with what to buy as I am quite new to DSLR. I have the cannon 550d and would like to purchase as cheaply as possible a macro and wide angle lens. All advice would be really helpful to me.

Thanks Lisa

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User_Removed 14 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2011 10:53PM
Did you get an 18-55 lens with the camera? That's fairly wide. There's not many options that are wider and cheap. You need to look at something like the Sigma 10-20. As for macro consider the Sigma 105 if that's too expensive then consider the cheap and cheerful Sigma 75-300, or to use existing lenses for macro photography try buying some extension tubes (Canon are expensive but Kenko and Jessops ones aren't)
sherlob Plus
12 2.9k 129 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2011 12:30AM
An indication of budget would be useful!

Personally, I think the 105 Sigma maybe quite difficult to use on a cropped sensor body - the focal length would be nearer 170mm. I seem to recall that sigma brought out a 70mm version of their macro lens which you may find easier to use. I agree with Chris re: the wide angle route. Be cautious if going for a telephoto lens as the macro feature isn't a true macro, but more of a sales pitch. Again I agree that extension tubes may be a cheaper way into the macro market.

3 Aug 2011 8:36AM
Thanks Chris, Adam. I do have the 18-55 lens and the 70-300 telephoto macro. I did get set-up rings and 10* lens but I was very disappointed I got much better effects with the 70-300 lens. I will look into extension tubes. My budget for a macro lens would have been about 200!

Thanks Lisa
adrian_w Plus
10 3.7k 4 England
3 Aug 2011 9:27AM
You could try for a 2nd hand 100mm Canon macro, would probably cost around 150-200.
It is an excellent lens even on a crop sensor, ideal for creepy crawleys & good for non moving items as well.
if you only want it for static shots ( flowers etc) the 60mm macro is another option.
cambirder 14 7.2k England
3 Aug 2011 9:34AM

Quote:would probably cost around 150-200

You would be lucky to find one under 300.
3 Aug 2011 4:02PM
Thank you adrian, cambirder, I will take a look and see what I come up with! Most of my shots are macro...
conrad 13 10.9k 116
3 Aug 2011 4:22PM
I beg to differ with Adam - I've used a Sigma 105mm on a crop camera, and it was a joy to use.

The advantage of using a third party lens instead of one from Canon itself, is that you can usually make the purchase on a smaller budget.

The same goes for wide angle. If you do indeed require a lens wider than the 18-55 that probably came with your camera, a Sigma 10-22mm or Tokina 11-16mm is cheaper than a Canon 10-20mm, and the quality is very high.
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
3 Aug 2011 4:25PM
You might be better off looking for a Tamron 90mm Sp Di Macro, it's a good trade off between the lenses so far mentioned and on top of that, I personally think it's better than the Sigma 105mm having had both of them. But horses for courses spring to mind, I can tell you this much the Tamron is rarely of the front of my camera and it's cheaper than the other options mentioned here.

colin beeley Plus
15 1.2k 10 England
3 Aug 2011 5:45PM
look here for one of those Wink
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
3 Aug 2011 6:01PM
Since when has a 90mm been a wide angle.
cambirder 14 7.2k England
3 Aug 2011 6:21PM
I think the OP was looking for one of each.
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
3 Aug 2011 8:19PM
No need to be pedantic Paul Tongue

3 Aug 2011 10:09PM
Thank you so much for your suggestions and help as it was really needed I can now go and seek out a macro lens Smile
3 Aug 2011 10:16PM
Thanks for the link colin Smile

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