Macro Lens for Canon Rebel

Discussion in 'Canon' started by BD, Nov 14, 2005.

  1. BD

    BD Guest

    Hey, all.

    I'm thinking of getting the Sigma 150mm f/2.8 Macro lens for my 6MP
    Rebel.

    Are there any other macro lenses I should consider instead? I figure if
    I'm going to get one I may as well get a 1:1 lens...

    Thanks!

    BD
     
    BD, Nov 14, 2005
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    Charles Guest


    Have you used Macro lenses before? I find that the Canon 100 on the
    Rebel is a bit long, gives me more working room than I am used to and
    takes a bit to get used to. I find I have to back up a lot when I
    want to capture something. I started in film with a 90mm lens, got
    used to working at that distance.
     
    Charles, Nov 14, 2005
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  3. BD

    BD Guest

    Have you used Macro lenses before?

    Not a dedicated macro - I have put extensions and diopters on other
    lenses to get more magnification, but that's historically put me at
    about 1" away from the target. And even at that it wasn't 1:1.

    I'm sure that with 150mm I'll need a steady hand - and yes, I'm sure
    it'll take some adjustment to get used to working that far back.
    Apparently it does 1:1 at 15" away.
     
    BD, Nov 14, 2005
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  4. I have a Sigma 105 Macro and use it with a DRebel and a 20D. Works fine,
    but there are more Err99 occasions than I would like.
     
    Charles Schuler, Nov 14, 2005
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  5. Remember the multiplier effect. That 150 will be about equal to a
    240mm. At the usual 1:1 you will be 1:0.625
     
    Joseph Meehan, Nov 14, 2005
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  6. BD

    UC Guest

    Don't tell me, you're going to do flowers and bugs!

    How original.....
     
    UC, Nov 14, 2005
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  7. BD

    BD Guest

    but there are more Err99 occasions than I would like.

    What's Err99? Is that the occasional compatibility problem with
    non-Canon lenses I hear about?
     
    BD, Nov 14, 2005
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  8. BD

    BD Guest

    Don't tell me, you're going to do flowers and bugs!

    Actually, closeups of fecal matter for a biology study.

    Would you like some? ...of the pictures, I mean?

    Crikey...
     
    BD, Nov 14, 2005
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  9. BD

    UC Guest

    Thatt's much better.

    I was afraid you were going to do 'nature photography' and landsacpes.

    Biologt? Yeah!
     
    UC, Nov 14, 2005
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  10. BD

    BD Guest

    Remember the multiplier effect.

    Ah yes. All the more reason to lay off the coffee, I guess.
     
    BD, Nov 14, 2005
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  11. Yes and it can be a real PITA. One can wonder if Canon builds third-party
    rejection software into their imbedded processors.
     
    Charles Schuler, Nov 14, 2005
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  12. BD

    John Bean Guest

    No, it will still be 1:1. Reproduction ratio is unaffected
    by the size of the sensor/film, 1:1 simply means the image
    on the film/sensor is life-size.
     
    John Bean, Nov 14, 2005
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  13. BD

    BD Guest

    Yes and it can be a real PITA.

    Would you figure that if I'm going to have this problem that I'll see
    it right away? Or is it something that could pop up out of the blue at
    any time?
     
    BD, Nov 14, 2005
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    Skip M Guest

    Tamron 90mm f2.8 Macro. I have the older, non digital optimized, version,
    and it's great. Reputedly one of the best macro lenses built, and I've not
    seen anything to contradict that...
     
    Skip M, Nov 14, 2005
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  15. BD

    Skip M Guest

    No, they just pick on Sigma... ;-)
    Actually, I've never had a problem with any of my aftermarket lenses, Sigma,
    Tamron and Tokina, on any of my cameras, film or digital.
     
    Skip M, Nov 14, 2005
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  16. BD

    BD Guest

    Tamron 90mm f2.8 Macro.

    I'll check that one out - looks to be about 30% cheaper than the Sigma,
    and 90mm would make for a much more likely portrait lens than 150.

    Thanks!
     
    BD, Nov 14, 2005
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  17. BD

    BD Guest

    Yes and it can be a real PITA. One can wonder if Canon builds third-party
    Just talking with a guy who's more in the know about this stuff than I
    am - his thoughts were that this whole Err99 problem has been pretty
    much a non-issue for stuff bought within the past year. Have you heard
    of non-Canon lenses bought new _recently_ that kakked in this way?
     
    BD, Nov 15, 2005
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    tomm101 Guest

    The original Canon 100 needed an extender to reach 1:1, they used to
    supply the with the lenses. No longer BUT the current 100 macro does
    focus to 1:1 without accessories. The 1oo macro always was a flat field
    macro, they thought the helical focus would be a problem at the length
    they needed without the extension tube, same with the 50. The original
    90 Tamron had an extender too, have one at work. The Nikon and Canon
    macros were always the best, Tamron comes in a distant 3rd, a good lens
    just not in the same league as the Nikon and Canon. I have used all 3.

    Tom
     
    tomm101, Nov 15, 2005
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    Jim Guest

    This depends on what you are photographing. A 150, for example, is about
    right for a head shot of a rattlesnake...
    I would buy a 50 or 60 mm macro lens.
    Jim
     
    Jim, Nov 15, 2005
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  20. BD

    Cynicor Guest

    I've been using that macro lens on my Nikon D70, and it's given me
    pretty good results. Recent photo:
    http://trupin.smugmug.com/gallery/954495/1/43871607/Large
     
    Cynicor, Nov 15, 2005
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