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100mm macro L on a 7d
« on: December 11, 2012, 09:27:13 AM »
Hi everyone,I have been using a 7d for about a year now and I know its limitations quite well.I am sure ff is the way to go for the future though I am pretty sure a 6d isn't the answer for a 7d user (atleast me).

 I'm 17, still a student and 10 years away from a ff upgrade the 100 macro might as well be my last lens so I was wondering if its the right choice for a portrait/lowish light lens with a macro bonus.or should I consider something else within that budget (not the non l version I'm pretty sure about that too)

P.S- I  love taking shots in low light and light painting (i know, 7d is a perfect camera for that) so I am pretty frustrated on being limited to bright daylight shots so any tips are welcome,after all in 10 years point and shoots will have better ISO performance so i'll make the switch then

Thanks in advance

P.P.S- this is my first post ,really interested on what neuro has to say
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100mm macro L on a 7d
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Re: 100mm macro L on a 7d
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2012, 10:24:46 AM »
The 100L Macro performs very well on a 7D.  If you want to shoot macro and an occasional portrait, the it's a great purchase.  But IMO, I'd not really describe it as a lens that's ideal for low light/portrait use.  Staying within that budget, I'd recommend considering getting the 50mm f/1.4 or 85mm f/1.8 for low light and portraits (depending on focal length preference - I like tighter portraits, love the 85mm FoV on APS-C) and the 100mm non-L (or the EF-S 60mm, since FF is a ways off) for macro shooting.
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Re: 100mm macro L on a 7d
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2012, 10:28:36 AM »
If you write a 100 macro might as well be your last lens for a while, what are your other lenses? Do you happen to already have any fast 50mm or 85mm primes?

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Re: 100mm macro L on a 7d
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2012, 10:34:05 AM »
I'd suggest the 85 F1.8 or 50F1.4 here as well. I have the 100 LIS and it's a nice lens, but it's more of a niche lens (unless you need it for macro) I nearly always have the 50 for low-light shooting. The 100 L IS is quite large too compared to the other two, so take that into account if you take your camera outside often.

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Re: 100mm macro L on a 7d
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2012, 10:47:54 AM »
I have a 50mm 1.8 and a 18-135kit lens would sell both to get the 100macro
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Re: 100mm macro L on a 7d
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2012, 10:49:47 AM »
 special thanks to Neuro 
Btw I believe in owning l lenses only
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Re: 100mm macro L on a 7d
« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2012, 10:54:20 AM »
Well, the 100mm L is quite a fine lens, but if you reduce your kit to just this lens you will end up pretty much focal-length limited, that is limited to 100mm.

I suggest to go for the 100mm L lens first, occupy yourself shooting macros and tight portraits for a while and then to add a 50mm f1.4, which is reasonably fast and rather affordable as an extra lens. This is of course once you overcome that believe to own one lens only  ;).

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Re: 100mm macro L on a 7d
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Re: 100mm macro L on a 7d
« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2012, 11:19:24 AM »
I don't think you get it
selling gear is the only way for me to own L glass
Or I could sell 7d and downgrade to a rebel with 2 lenses

Personally I wouldn't hesitate lasting a decade with a 5d3 and a 50 1.2 but $$$$$ don't grow on trees specially for someone like me
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Re: 100mm macro L on a 7d
« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2012, 11:35:38 AM »
i like the way you think.

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Re: 100mm macro L on a 7d
« Reply #9 on: December 11, 2012, 12:14:25 PM »
Keep the 50 1.8!!!!!  >:(
Why would you sell that for probably 50 lame bucks and limit your capabilities by 50%??
When you consider a lens for ~800$ 50 more or less must still be in your budget. Maybe you can negotiate the price a little or at least compare prices efficiently. With 100L and a nifty fifty you should be able to make some pretty impressive pictures!
With APS-C even 50mm is already a bit long.

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Re: 100mm macro L on a 7d
« Reply #10 on: December 11, 2012, 02:04:03 PM »
Its great for a macro lens on a 7D, but get the 100 f/2 or 85mm f/1.8 for portraits and low light.

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Re: 100mm macro L on a 7d
« Reply #11 on: December 11, 2012, 03:17:18 PM »
It's a great macro lens, but it is very long for portraits, (except maybe headshots) and seems like a really bad choice to be your only lens.

Having L Glass is a nice, but the wrong L lens will not make for the right photo.  I'd keep the gear you have over trading those lenses for a 100mm L Macro.  If you read to much here, you will begin to think photography is all about the gear.  it's not. It's about the photos.

Do you sell Microstock at iStockPhoto or similar?  If not, why not?  Takes a bit to start earning, but the money in your pocket will buy more gear, and get you closer to a bag full of L glass.

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Re: 100mm macro L on a 7d
« Reply #12 on: December 11, 2012, 03:25:54 PM »
I don't think you get it
selling gear is the only way for me to own L glass
Or I could sell 7d and downgrade to a rebel with 2 lenses

Personally I wouldn't hesitate lasting a decade with a 5d3 and a 50 1.2 but $$$$$ don't grow on trees specially for someone like me

The 100mm L would be a good fit with your other gear but to trade your other lenses for it would severely limit your creative range. You might be overestimating the importance of ultimate image sharpness - how often is it the key feature of a great photograph?

I'd advise you to keep the existing lenses and add something fast, cheap and good, like an 85mm f/1.8.

Ps. I have a cold virus right now and this neuro-worshipping has only compounded my feelings of nausea.  :P

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Re: 100mm macro L on a 7d
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Re: 100mm macro L on a 7d
« Reply #13 on: December 11, 2012, 03:31:26 PM »
Btw I believe in owning l lenses only

I knew a guy who believed in driving only Mercedes cars.  He had to give up his apartment to afford the payments, and found living inside a C-class to be very cramped.   ::)

Personally, I own mostly L lenses.  But then, I'm not a student anymore...

I don't think you get it
selling gear is the only way for me to own L glass

I suppose it comes down to philosophy...but in all honesty, with an L-lens you are paying a significant premium for what amounts to a small boost in IQ and/or build, and in some cases, not even an IQ boost - the 17-55mm and 15-85mm EF-S lenses outperform all of the UWA and 'general purpose' L zooms (24-70, 24-105, 17-40, 16-35 II, with the possible exception of the 24-70 II) when compared on the same APS-C body.

The most important consideration in choosing a lens, IMO, is focal length.  You pick that first, then make the other decisions.  Having only a 100mm lens for an APS-C camera is going to be extremely limiting. 

If I were going to have just one lens for an APS-C camera, it would be the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS.  I could certainly see selling your 18-135mm to help fund that lens.  Later, add a used extension tube and you've got near-macro capabilities. 
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Re: 100mm macro L on a 7d
« Reply #14 on: December 11, 2012, 03:40:42 PM »
Honestly if you think the 100L macro is going to be your last lens you really need to open your mind up... As for being on a budget I say drop the L glass invest in Ef-S lenses (Since you don't plan on going to FF for 10 Years) and purchase a wide angle and non L 100mm and keep your 50mm 1.8

Personally I do portraits, sports, and wildlife. I keep a 50mm 1.8 for portrait/low light shooting and a 70-300 for sports and use both for wildlife depending on subject. My next lens is easily going to be a 10-22 because in my opinion it is the best lens for all purpose shooting and brings me hours of joy.
My point don't let money be a deciding factor, you get what you pay for. The 100mm will limit you more than it will help you if it's your sole lens. Just to drive the point, get more than one lens and like I said since you don't plan on going FF anytime soon EF-S is the way to go. I recommend you opt out on buying lenses tho until you can afford it if you're "low" on funds.

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Re: 100mm macro L on a 7d
« Reply #14 on: December 11, 2012, 03:40:42 PM »