I appreciate all of the shared knowledge and insights exchanged here. I’ve learned a lot from reading many of your posts.
First, I Recently bought a 7D to replace my Rebel T1i. I thought it might be the best “all around” camera for me at this time. (Looking forward to FF in the future.)
Now, I’m looking to add two more lenses to my gear before budget restraints prevail. I’ve decided on the Tokina 11-16 2.8 for my widest angle shots, but does anyone have any recommendations for an “all around” Macro lens which could be used in conjunction with a Kenko 1.4x Teleplus pro 300, if needed? Any thoughts would be appreciated.
You know, with the increasing cost of lenses, and as I gradually pursue better ones, eventually I can see myself going to “L” in a hand basket.
I'm no expert, but the EF-s 60mm macro seems to work pretty nicely and you can use it for other stuff.
60mm x 1.6 = 96mm full frame equivalent.
100mm x 1.6 = 160mm full frame equivalent.
You do not indicate *what* you want to take macro shots of, but if your budget only allows for 2 lenses right now *and* you need "all around", then I suggest the EF-s 60mm.
The EF-s 60 is also optimized for the APS-C sensor and the 100mm macro is not.
I will add that I think 96mm is a little long for lots of indoor stuff.
You will need a Speedlite (or two) for that Tokina 11-16. The on camera flash will cause lens shadow. The 7D can control a 430EXII (or two) and you do need lots of light at the wide end of that lens unless you are outdoors and it is sunny.
I would strongly suggest the EF-s 17-55 f2.8 as the go to "all around" lens on a 7D.