Need macro lens suggestions

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by John Tucker, May 21, 2005.

  1. John Tucker

    John Tucker Guest

    Just got my Canon 300D. Does anyone have suggestions for a good,
    moderately-priced macro lens for this camera?
     
    John Tucker, May 21, 2005
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    arjen keyser Guest

    John,

    Try the sigma macro lenses, I will use the 180 and sometime the 105 mm and
    the new 150 mm should also be a wonderfull lens,

    best regards,


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    arjen keyser, May 21, 2005
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  3. John Tucker

    John Tucker Guest

    Thanks, Arjen. Will do.

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    John Tucker, May 21, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    There is generally no such animal as "good, macro, moderately priced".

    Good macro lenses are usually expensive, though not out of sight.

    The Sigma 180 as Arjen says, but at 1.6x crop might be a little too much.

    The Canon 100mm macro is well regarded.

    Cheers,
    Alan
     
    Alan Browne, May 21, 2005
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  5. John Tucker

    John Tucker Guest

    Thanks, Alan. Checking it out now.

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    John Tucker, May 21, 2005
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    grenner Guest

    I own both the Tamron 90mm and the Sigma 150mm macros and both are very
    nice. The 150 is a bit heavy but gets you a nice macro picture away from
    the subject. The Tamron 90mm is a very nice macro lens and does a good job
    for portraits too. Both reproduce 1:1

    Greg
     
    grenner, May 21, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest


    I neglected to mention the Tamron 90 f/2.8 in my post. I agree, it's a
    great alternate to the Canon 100.
     
    Alan Browne, May 22, 2005
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    Pete D Guest

    Don't forget if you want to do it on the cheap, a 50mm with extension tubes
    will do quite well.

     
    Pete D, May 22, 2005
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    Dean Franks Guest

    Agreed, I use a Sigma 150 and a Canon 50/1.8 mk1 with an ef25 on a 300D and
    20D.

    The Sigma offers much better working distance and does produce sharper
    images, but for the money the 50/18 is a better deal. If you are planning
    on doing field macro work, you probably need to save some money for a good
    tripod, flash(s), off camera cords, butterfly bracket and
    reflectors/diffusers.

    I would recommend getting an EF25 extension tube instead of some of the 3rd
    party ones, I have purchased 2 sets of 3rd party extension tubes and they
    were both garbage. Be aware that there are 2 EF25 tubes around now, only
    the newer one allows use with EFS lenses (I converted my old one in about 20
    minutes with a file).

    You can use the EF25 with the kit zoom and get reasonably acceptable images,
    but the Canon 50 or any dedicated macro lens will produce obviously superior
    images to the kit lens.

    If you get the 50/1.8, you can also get a 90/100 macro later, reverse mount
    the 50 on the macro lens and get down to 2:1 (and a little more with
    extension) with high quality images (and almost no working distance).

    Dean

     
    Dean Franks, May 22, 2005
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    Skip M Guest

    Skip M, May 23, 2005
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    tandaina Guest

    John I have the Tamron 90mm 2.8 and love it. Sharp, fast and 1:1
    reproduction.

    I got mine used (like new) from KEH for around $250, they sell new for
    aroun $400. I'm not sure how much the Cannon mount runs, I use the 7D
    so those prices are for Minolta mount.

    Just make sure you're getting the 2.8 and not the older 2.5. While the
    older lens is also good it only gets 1:2 reproduction.

    Tandaina
     
    tandaina, May 23, 2005
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    Frank ess Guest


    Here's a Tamron 90mm shot, about 80% of the frame, from about two
    feet.
    http://www.fototime.com/84B932521833034/orig.jpg
     
    Frank ess, May 24, 2005
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    JPS Guest

    In message <9b%je.11824$>,
    Yes, but the MTF really gets stretched out like that. You're not going
    to get images like you will with a dedicated Macro.
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    JPS, May 25, 2005
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    Frank ess Guest

    Shall I confess? Yes.

    I picked the wrong image. Different camera, different lens. I'm sorry.

    Ah, the agony. Two misteaks in one day - so far.
     
    Frank ess, May 25, 2005
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    John Tucker Guest

    LOL No problem. No one's perfect. :)
     
    John Tucker, May 25, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Alan Browne, May 25, 2005
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