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Macro Lenses

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by olv, 13 May 2006.

  1. olv

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    I would really like a macro lens after seeing some of the stunning examples posted recently. I can't quite stomach the £380 cost of the 100mm Canon (no matter how much i'd like to! it does look fantastic). What are my options for ~£200?

    Is the Canon 50mm f/1.8 and a set of extension tubes a good option?

    Both the canon and sigma 50mm macro lenses come in under £200, don't know if these are any good though.

    What are your thoughts? Should i just hold out for the 100mm canon?

    Camera is a 10D by the way.
     
  2. Johnny|lucidcomposure

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    I now own a Sigma 105 Macro F2.8 after using a combination of a 50mm F1.8 and a set of 3 extention tubes. A macro lens is so much better but a patient photographer could handle some tubes on a Fixed 50mm.
     
  3. olv

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    What are your thoughts on the sigma? at £280 it's certainly more doable than the canon.

    What are the main benefits of a dedicated macro lens? I know you lose infinity with extension tubes. Other downsides?
     
  4. Johnny|lucidcomposure

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    a Macro lens is better purly because it is.

    The Sigma comes with a lens hood and a carry case. IQ wise is probably on a par with the canon. Colour repro might differ.

    The problems if you can call them that with the Sigma are:
    Loud and slow AF
    External focusing system where as the Canon I believe is internal.

    I found that when shooting with the extention tubes I was rocking backwards and fowards waiting to achieve a focus, and even then it was touch and go.

    The extention tubes are a cheap quick fix but anyone would tell you its money better put towards a macro lens (even if it means waiting a while longer)
     
  5. yak.h'cir

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    Well i got my canon for £310 new. It was from an ebayer that i use regularly so i was able to buy from outside ebay. He has very high feedback and well known throughout ebay as a great camera gear seller.

    I can put you in touch if you like.
     
  6. Joe T

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    I have the Sigma 105 macro, and its great. I think I paid around £225 from HK. I dont use the lens as much as I would like though.
     
  7. Raider

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    Could you email me the details of this ebayer?
    james.green @T ic.ac.uk

    Cheers :D
     
  8. olv

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    i think i just better get saving!

    photography is the bane of my finances!
     
  9. yak.h'cir

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    Email sent.
     
  10. yak.h'cir

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    Tell me about it, i had to add up the cost of all my equipment the other day for the insurance. I couldnt believe the total price. Its just scary. Totally worth it though its just so much fun!

    I wonder if it will ever stop! I've got a pretty complete collection of lenses now. The only I really really would like is the canon 24-70mm f2.8, that is one fine lens! But then I suppose there is always something else... 400mm f2.8 anyone?

    A couple of weeks ago I was even thinking upgrading my body (camera body that is :p ) but decided the money would be far better spent on glass.
     
  11. olv

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    I'll probably give you a shout about that ebayer when i'm ready to splurge. still recovering from getting my 10-20 :p