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Which Macro?

LenShepherd 10 3.6k United Kingdom
5 Sep 2012 9:23PM

Quote:A friend of mine wants to get into Macro for some strange reason?

Why not get your friend to join and ask the question?
That way your friend can explain what he/she wants to use a macro for, budget etc.

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User_Removed 16 2.8k 11 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2012 10:09PM
Because he doesn't want to. Smile

Did try that one but he's another photographer.........if you catch my drift! Wink
strawman 14 22.1k 16 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2012 11:14PM
I own the Sigma 105 Ex f2.8 lens, and a friend has the Tamron 90mm lens Both work well and if you are on a budget are good for macro use. But I have to admit the canon 100mm macro lens has better AF ( its fast and quiet compared to the other two) plus it does not alter its length as you focus. So the Canon is in my mind the best buy the other two work well. I guess its a case of how much you/ sorry your friend wants to spend and how often you use them.

Oh and did anyone tell you to google it Wink
User_Removed 16 2.8k 11 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2012 5:46AM
Thanks for that John. Good info.

By the way. I have no interest what so ever in macro photography and I knew from the start that posing this question would bring out the more unbalanced members of this site. I was right!

Oh and googling it wouldn't give me/ or you the opinions of epz members to whom the question was originally aimed.

brian1208 Plus
15 11.4k 12 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2012 7:44AM
You say he has a good budget so I guess the two natural options would be:

- canon 100 f2.8 LIS which particularly good on the 7D where the AF characteristics of the body match those of the lens but a lovely lens to use on most any canon body

- canon mp-e 65 macro lens, a bit specialised going from 1:1 to 5:1 mag and its MF only and probably not best suited for a beginner (not sure of your friend's experience here)

any of the other makes are also very acceptable there being few if any "Poor" macro lenses around these days
User_Removed 16 2.8k 11 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2012 9:13AM
Judging by your Avatar, I should have asked you first Brian Smile

To be honest with you, I don't even know the guy. It's someone who asked a friend of mine from the 'Duxford Press gang' and he passed the question onto me. So I thought I'd ask the Epz'ers as I know diddly squat about Macro.
I must admit, the Canon 100 f2.8 does keep coming up and although, as you say, there are many other makes and alternatives, this one seems to be the choice of many on here and on other sites.
As for budget, I feel he's prepared to spend good money if he needs to so I don't think that's a problem.

Thanks for that info Brian. very helpful. Smile
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
6 Sep 2012 10:54AM
Also consider the Tamron SP Di 90mm Macro, it's a bit clunky and noisy in comparison to the Canon 100mm and it's body extends when focussing whereas the Canon's doesn't, however image quality wise in the right hands I think it's better than the Canon. And before anybody gets on their high horse, I've access to both so can make that judgement. The one advantage with Tamron's lens is the price, you can normally source it on the internet for about 320, much cheaper than the Canon.....Had my Tamron now over 8 years and it still works as well as the day I bought and trust me when I say it get's used a lot.....It fact it stays on it's own camera so I don't have to fart about cleaning sensors Sad

As Brian so rightly states above, leave the Canon MP-E 65 well alone it's a specialist tool and to put it bluntly to try and use it in the field chasing butterflies and such creatures is nigh on impossible. It's really is a tool for someone who prepared to take their time and make lots of mistakes, the learning curve with it is incredibly steep and it takes a while before to you get to see good results. However if your friend want's to go with magnifications larger than life size 1:1 it's a fabulous weapon and does away with the need to use extension tubes, adaptor rings, bellows and all the other paraphernalia needed to capture such things.

A blatant plug here from me again, I really must try and stop it, but results from both lenses can be seen in my p/f Tongue

User_Removed 16 2.8k 11 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2012 11:33AM
Again Ade, some great info. Thanks.
I think all this is enough to hand over to him/her and hopefully they can make a decision from reading the responses.

Thanks to all for advising.

I now know a lot more about 'Macro' than I did yesterday......................but I still can't get an interested for it due to medical reasons I don't really want to explain just now.

Thank you. Smile
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
6 Sep 2012 12:01PM

Quote:I now know a lot more about 'Macro' than I did yesterday......................but I still can't get an interested for it due to medical reasons I don't really want to explain just now.

No worries Laurel, I think most if us that know of you, know the problems you have mate......Just keep yer pecker up as they say down in this neck of the woods...Wink

strawman 14 22.1k 16 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2012 12:42PM
I read an article once that macro photographers were the happiest. I hope your recovery keeps up.

This sort of stuff reminds me what I ought to try harder at. Smile
User_Removed 16 2.8k 11 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2012 12:52PM
Cheers Ade. I'm very well mate thank you and enjoying life.

I have a new eye, new lens, a new arm, no more splint and when I return from Greece on the 17th, a new job!

Yep, life is good at the moment thanks. Smile

................and thanks John as well. Doing very well now ta. Smile
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
6 Sep 2012 1:11PM
Good for you mucker!!!

Next thing on my list is knee surgery, (gulp) nothing serious, just the cartilages are stuff, but as always I try to keep my chin up! Even when it's flat on the floor like it has been over the last 5-6 weeks......I'm coming back up though Tongue

Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
6 Sep 2012 1:15PM

Quote:This sort of stuff reminds me what I ought to try harder at.

Nah....That's too easy, do it with live insects when the beggars move! Like I've been doing on and off for the two hours......grrrrrr!!!

And I wonder why I'm a complete fruit-loop and mad as a hatter!

User_Removed 16 2.8k 11 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2012 1:38PM
Don't talk to me about knee ops Ade. I had my 6th a couple of years ago.
Due to my athletics and heavy involvement in Club/County/national league/Tennis coaching, I am completely without cartilages and a little bit painfull all the time to say the least. In fact, I can tell when it's going to rain lol.

I hear what you're saying though Ade and I've always been fairly positive through what ever hand is dealt to me and my way of dealing with it is to not get all down about it, just put up with it and get on with it!
When I see these guys coming back from Afghan minus two legs and one arm..............what I've put up with is nothing.

Good chatting Ade and as you say, pecker up mate. After all, we're British and we don't give up. That's how we won the war you know!!! Smile

Take care mate.
Spuddie 10 3
26 Sep 2012 9:08PM
I was thinking about starting a which macro lens topic myself, guess I don't need to do so now!

Can I add my thanks to everyone who has contributed to the thread, most interesting, now just need to save up the rest of the cash......

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