macro lens

craggwildlifephotography Junior Member 11 137 1 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2010 8:06PM
Im thinking of purchasing a macro lens for a canon full frame camera ....

Any suggestions


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AlanPerkins 14 659 England
18 Feb 2010 8:19PM
Any of the Canon macro lenses are good. My favourite is the 180mm F/3.5L, but the 100mm F/2.8 is good too (even without the "L" designation) if you can't stretch to the bigger lens.

Alan P
mohikan22 16 2.3k 2 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2010 8:22PM
he 100mm F/2.8 is good too (even without the "L" designation)
cracking lens IMO. i have one and it really doesnt come off. portraits or macro work are excellent with it.
most in my folio are done with it
Overread 11 4.1k 19 England
18 Feb 2010 8:36PM
What sort of budget are you looking at and also what kind of macro work would you be intending to do? Namly is it insects or not since insects do have slightly different ideal requirements over just static subjects like flowers, products and such.
craggwildlifephotography Junior Member 11 137 1 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2010 8:50PM
Re: price .its the quality of the picture that is more important, ]

As none of the lenses i have are macro (since upgrade to full frame)

i am looking looking for a good allrounder macro lens to add to my gear should the

occasion needs one...

flowers insects etc:
Coleslaw 14 13.4k 28 Wales
18 Feb 2010 9:01PM
I have a canon 100mm macro. Only used it couple of times, so don't think I am justifying it. So I am actually thinking of selling it.
Overread 11 4.1k 19 England
18 Feb 2010 9:14PM
Hmm well then your options are many indeed Smile
Sharpness wise you will be hard pressed to tell the difference between any of the current macro prime lenses on the market - and even if you can in studio tests sample variation will be a bigger contributing factor. In the field you simply won't be able to tell them apart.

So use, price and features are what you have left to go on;

Sigma 70mm macro - shortest fullframe macro lens (that I'm aware of) on the market (barring the sigma 50mm which is far more of a budget line macro lens in construction). It's a good solid performer, though its AF is nothing special (slow and noisy). It will alsosupport mounting on a sigma teleconverter (either 1.4 or 2*) even though its not listed as compatable. For short focal length macro its a very good option

Tamron 90mm macro - a very popular macro lens and the "budget" choice for an insect macro shooter. That making it the shortest recomended lens for insect work.

Sigma 105mm macro, Tokina 100mm macro - putting these two together mostly as they are very similar budget line 100mm macro lens options. Sigma 105mm performs very much the same as the 70mm macro sigma but without the teleconverter compatability. I have less idea of the Tokina's features.

Canon 100mm macro - the original and even so its still a very strong choice. One of the better auto focus systems in a macro lens, though its still not lighting fast.

Canon 100mm L IS macro - the new and upgraded version with IS and also a general overall improvement over the 100mm in features - however its image quality is still about the same as the original. IS has less effect at macro distances but is still a great boon to have for both macro and regular use. In addition it appears to support some new focusing modes in cameras like the 7D which is aimed at macro work and trying to counter the back/forward motion that is often present in macro work. I've had to rely on other sources for that last bit of info and I've not read too much about its use in the field thus far.
Its an expensive but certainly very worthy choice

Sigma 150mm macro - the longest focal length macro lens which is widly regarded as handholdable. Its features are a full step up from the other mentioned sigma options - having internal focusing, HSM focusing and offical teleconveter compatability. A very sharp and good macro lens - its also quite popular with general nature shooters for its longer focal length.

Sigma 180mm macro - feature are identicle to the 150mm sigma, but with another 30mm worth of focal length. It's more regarded as a tripod based macro lens instead of a handheld one (however it can still be used very well as a handheld option). The handheld/tripod difference between the 150mm and 180mm is really very fine and not written in stone

Canon 180mm L macro - this is infact not as popular a choice as the sigma - the sigma giving the same image quality, but being a bit lighter and also a lot cheaper in price. It has bonuses in that it has L grade building quality and also (I belive) will take to canon teleconverters.

Tamron 180mm macro - for some reason this is like the Tokina 100mm macro in that its not a very popular macro lens. Its certainly sharp and is a cheaper option than the canon but the sigma appears to beat it for features.
craggwildlifephotography Junior Member 11 137 1 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2010 9:25PM
many thanks for all your information ,its certainley going to be a big help..

thanks for all your time much appreciated

regards David

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