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MACRO EF LENS VS CLOSE UP LENS
« on: September 05, 2011, 11:54:46 PM »
HI SO LOOKING TO GET A MACRO LENS, I HAVE A 60D WITH THE 18-135 KIT LENS AND A EF 70-300 LENS AS WELL I WAS LOOKING AT THE EF 60MM MACRO LENS. BUT I SAW THEY HAVE A THE SCREW IN CLOSE UP LENS ARE THESE LENS THAT GREAT OR IS WORTH IT SPEND MORE MONEY GO FOR THE 60MM MACRO LENS.

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« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2011, 11:58:47 PM »
The quality and convenience of a true macro lens are worth it, IMO.  With a close-up filter, you are limited to a specific working distance (250mm = 10" or 500mm = 20" for the 250D or 500D, respectively).  The EF-S 60mm f/2.8 is a very nice macro lens, and also works very well for portraits (with the relatively fast f/2.8 aperture).
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« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2011, 12:50:10 AM »
with your existing collection of lenses i'd go the EF-S 60mm Macro route as well.

however if you were just looking to dabble in macro AND already had a fast, wide-to-normal prime then a set of Kenko extension tubes wouldn't have been a bad idea, especially with how cheap you can rent them so you could try before you buy. even though with certain focal length/extension tube combinations can get you greater than 1:1 they still don't beat a good dedicated macro for speed and convenience. however give me extension tubes any day before close up lenses.

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« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2011, 05:15:28 AM »
You should also consider getting a Raynox DCR-250.   ;)
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« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2011, 05:48:36 AM »
however give me extension tubes any day before close up lenses.

Out of curiousity, why?  I've used a Canon 77mm 500D on my 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, taken similarly-framed shots with that and my 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS, and it was tough to see any difference.
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« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2011, 12:20:38 AM »
thanks for the info i decided to shell out the money go for the ef-s 60mm f/2.8 usm macro lens not the close up screw in lens. this should complete my set of lens with my wide/standard zoom and telephoto zoom and now macro/portrait.

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« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2011, 09:45:44 AM »
this should complete my set of lens...

A lens collection is never complete.  There is always just one more that you need.

Good choice on the 60mm. 

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« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2011, 10:02:05 AM »
I also recomend the 60mm prime. It's faster than what you already have, the image quality is worth the money and [in my opinion] any prime is fun to use.

this should complete my set of lens...

A lens collection is never complete.


Agree so far but...

There is always just one more that you need.


There's always just one more that you want.
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« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2011, 10:36:05 AM »
HI SO LOOKING TO GET A MACRO LENS, I HAVE A 60D WITH THE 18-135 KIT LENS AND A EF 70-300 LENS AS WELL I WAS LOOKING AT THE EF 60MM MACRO LENS. BUT I SAW THEY HAVE A THE SCREW IN CLOSE UP LENS ARE THESE LENS THAT GREAT OR IS WORTH IT SPEND MORE MONEY GO FOR THE 60MM MACRO LENS.
You'd better cut off your finger to stop holding Caps Lock key...

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« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2011, 10:43:59 AM »
You'd better cut off your finger to stop holding Caps Lock key...

Or maybe take a typing class to understand that the whole point of Caps LOCK is that you don't have to hold the key down?
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« Reply #10 on: September 07, 2011, 11:54:36 AM »
You'd better cut off your finger to stop holding Caps Lock key...

Or maybe take a typing class to understand that the whole point of Caps LOCK is that you don't have to hold the key down?

no need for typing class i tend to hit the caps key a lot when i reach for the a buttton....
and yes a collection is never done but for lens for differant uses i need to get things done yes.

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« Reply #11 on: September 07, 2011, 12:36:54 PM »
A closeup lens can be a good solution, but the lenses you mention are not the best for use with one.  Use one on a prime lens.  They do a good job, but are very tedious to use, your focus will be difficult, and is best done by moving the camera toward or away from the object, and that means a expensive macro rack system.

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« Reply #12 on: September 07, 2011, 08:55:58 PM »
thanks again for the advise i went ahead went with the ef-s 60mm macro lens in stead of the screw ins.

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« Reply #12 on: September 07, 2011, 08:55:58 PM »