Favourite Macro/Close up lens
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    Favourite Macro/Close up lens

    by magnum » Tue Nov 13, 2012 7:38 am

    As an interested Canon APS-C photographer just wondering what lens(es) people use for macro/close up photography?
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    Re: Favourite Macro/Close up lens

    by W G » Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:50 am

    I suggest that the Canon 100mm Macro is too long on APS-C in which case I'd be investigating the EF-S 60mm. Back in the days when there was only APS I tried one and it was pretty good.

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    Re: Favourite Macro/Close up lens

    by Big Pix » Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:05 am

    ....... would give the Tamron 90mm macro a very close look....... http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Revi ... eview.aspx

    This would be my choice if I decided to buy again.........
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    Re: Favourite Macro/Close up lens

    by Big Pix » Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:22 am

    ........ and the 90 mm 2.8 Tamron Macro makes a fantastic Portrait Lens......
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    Re: Favourite Macro/Close up lens

    by Eden » Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:34 am

    I know its 100 converts to 160 ish but the price dictated my first macro and Ive had it for 3 days and having fun

    the early 100 2.8 canon ( no IS or USM )

    definitely a tripod on the list (soon!) but still enjoying the hand held results minus about every third or fourth shot due to shake

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    IMG_6321 (2) by Edenspics, on Flickr

    is the full shot

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    IMG_6321 by Edenspics, on Flickr

    and just one more backed up a little

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    IMG_6352 by Edenspics, on Flickr


    as said this is the early 100 macro and IS would be great with this lens for the hand held stuff but for the $214 paid for it im going to get a lot of fun from it for my dollar

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    Re: Favourite Macro/Close up lens

    by beeb » Wed Nov 14, 2012 5:20 pm

    I really liked the 100mm IS L on the 7D I had, and I like it on the 5D I have now, though I tend to use it with at least a 12mm extension tube as a minimum nowadays. IMO, there's nothing wrong with having the longer focal length on the crop-frame (APS-C) bodies, as it can make it easier to do macros of insects which are easily scared away, I reckon the 60mm would be a challenge in that regard.

    FWIW too, the Image Stabilising comes in very handy as it steadys the viewfinder while trying to frame shots.
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    Re: Favourite Macro/Close up lens

    by kwizikle » Wed Jul 17, 2013 12:19 am

    I too am looking around for a macro lens for my APS-C cameras...

    Looking closely at 90 mm 2.8 Tamron Macro, and Canon 100mm 2.8 USM Macro... whilst the Canon 100mm 2.8 L IS USM Macro lens is even better and completely different to previous 100mm Macro ( i assume due to it being an L series lens and fully sealed), the price is rather on the high side...

    Anyone had an opportunity to compare any of these???
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    Re: Favourite Macro/Close up lens

    by magnum » Fri Jan 24, 2014 10:06 pm

    More on this. I hired a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro lens for the long weekend as we have a camera club outdoor nature workshop that requires a bit of macro. Played around with it on my 7D this afternoon in the back garden to get used to it for tomorrow. So far pretty impressed. We'll see how it goes tomorrow. If I get any good pics I'll post them.
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    Re: Favourite Macro/Close up lens

    by W G » Sat Jan 25, 2014 12:27 pm

    magnum wrote:I hired a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro lens for the long weekend



    I have had that lens since it came out. Previously I had the former Canon EF 100mm 1:2.8 (non L) lens.

    It has long been my opinion that the earlier model is much better.

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    Re: Favourite Macro/Close up lens

    by magnum » Sat Jan 25, 2014 9:08 pm

    WG,

    Thanks, I might hire one of them too. Though I was pretty happy with the "L" lens today.
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    Re: Favourite Macro/Close up lens

    by heartyfisher » Sat Jan 25, 2014 9:58 pm

    Consider the Tamron 60 F2.0
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