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Macro lens, advise

Tony_B 10 6 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2009 3:46PM
Hi Guy's
Well she is allowing me 1k to spend, so advice needed.

I have a canon 40d, and I would love to have a half decent macro lens, I like to photo butterfly's, insects etc. Any advice would be much appreciated.

I was thinking of the sigma 180mm macro !!

Tony B

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Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
12 Oct 2009 3:52PM
Sigma 150, or canon 100, or Tamron 90.
justin c 14 5.0k 36 England
12 Oct 2009 3:53PM
They're all excellent lenses that Cole mentions but my choice would be the Sigma 180mm also.
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
12 Oct 2009 3:59PM
Or the new canon 100 IS? Under your budget but still very expensive though.
GazzaG2003 15 358 England
12 Oct 2009 4:07PM
I have the Sigma 150mm, and I have friends who own a 100mm canon and the tamron 90mm, the guy with the tamron prefers mine, but seeing images from all 3, they are all exceptional imho.
cambirder 14 7.2k England
12 Oct 2009 4:14PM
On a 1.6 crop camera, I don't think you really need to go for a heavy 180mm lens, something around 100mm should be fine.

As you have been granted permission to spend up to a grand you might seriously want to consider the new Canon 100mm f2.8L IS. Not used it myself as my order for one has not been met yet, but there is a review here
John_Wannop 13 97 Wales
12 Oct 2009 4:43PM
I use the Sigma 105 and 150 they are both great but i prefer the 150. But if I had 1K to spend now I would probably get the new Canon.
Coast 10 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2009 7:04PM
I would certainly take a look at the new Canon 100mm Macro IS lens if you want to spend all your budget in one go. I have the 100mm f2.8 Macro (non IS) and it is a fabulous piece of glass. Absolutely pin sharp and it doubles as a useful portrait lens for me both on my full frame 5D and cropped 30D.

In your shoes I would spend 400 on the older 100mm f2.8 Macro and put the rest of the money toward something else. Another lens to extend your repertoire, Macro flash set up perhaps or maybe a mini holiday where I can get out and use my new lens!

If you can get to try your shortlist of lenses out, even just to handle it would give you a feel for lens length and handling on the body. Also consider what Macro photography are you looking to undertake as this can be a factor in determining how close you need to be away from the subject - some small insects do not seem to appreciate having a lens poked in their face so a longer focal length allows frame filling at a more discreet distance.

Cannot comment on the other lenses mentioned and I am sure they are all good however my experience of the Canon 100mm Macro is one that I confidently recommend it.

saturns 13 51
12 Oct 2009 7:05PM
I use the Tamron 90. Fantastically sharp lens.
oneill 10 155 Ireland
12 Oct 2009 7:49PM
have used a cannon 60mm macro lens,,stunning results ,plus not as heavy as the 100mm,,and a nother plus ,, fantastic for portraits,,,,pat

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