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Re: Which Lens for Ring Photos?
« Reply #15 on: January 01, 2014, 03:30:24 PM »
If you want to work quickly on location of a wedding, the 100L seems perfect for this.
Besides its macro capabilities it is a lovely portrait lens as well, so no changing of lenses between rings and portraits. Its IS works great and it is very handholdable in low light.

I also found the 70-200 with an extension ring (the 12mm one is more appropriate for this lens) quite suitable for macro work. Better by far than cropping. A dead cheap solution compared to the 100 macro, but it involves changing lenses, because you loose the ability to focus to infinity.

On the other hand, if you have enough time to shoot the rings, control the light and so on - like in a product photography setup - nothing beats the 90mm tilt shift. The TS-E 90 is great for controlling DOF, and paired with an extension ring is good at macro sizes as well. But a tripod and a lot of time is required. Nothing for a quick shot.
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Re: Which Lens for Ring Photos?
« Reply #15 on: January 01, 2014, 03:30:24 PM »

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Re: Which Lens for Ring Photos?
« Reply #16 on: January 01, 2014, 05:35:01 PM »
Hey Beckstoy,

I literally had the same question. I pulled the trigger on the 100L during the previous sale posted on CR. Unfortunately, they sold out at 50, but it was $870 pre-rebate for a New model from an authorized dealer thus essentially $720 post rebate. Holy cow, what a wonderful deal, especially since I've seen them no less than $850 used in my local craigslist ad, (and I try to avoid CL like the plague).

From the research I've done, they both make sense, however, the L is still the dominant lens (price aside), therefore, and an investment, I waited until the L fell into my budget and whammo!, it's here next week.

In addition to the beautiful price checker found on this site, canonpricewatch has also been a friend of mine in the past and I support both of their efforts.

I hope this helps! Good luck to you!
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Re: Which Lens for Ring Photos?
« Reply #17 on: January 01, 2014, 09:05:00 PM »
For beckstoy

You mention you use the 12-24...I assume you mean the nikon lens on your canon bodies?

How's that working out for you?

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Re: Which Lens for Ring Photos?
« Reply #18 on: January 02, 2014, 03:44:45 PM »
While I wouldn't mind having the IS version - it really boils down to $$$$.  Optically the non L is pretty damn good - the L has IS and is better weather sealed... but how often are you going to be doing macro ringshots out in the rain? 

Note --- I like the nonL option if you can find it used - brand new and the price difference just isn't big enough.  But, if you can find a good copy under $500 then yeah, think of all the other things you could do with that extra $500...

for me at least there were bigger fish to fry!  I shoot wide way more than macro, so the 24mm 1.4 ...now that's where i will spend the extra dough (and eventually on upgrading my 70-200mm).  with all that said, someday i probably will upgrade to the 100L, but, as of now I do not at all regret purchasing the non L
Yeah, weather sealing isn't normally high on the features list of someone after a lens to take wedding ring photos. IS is handy, and for me I find it indispensable for most of my shots with that lens. But you've clearly shown that in the right hands, the optically similar non L 100 macro is capable of taking stunning photos, even hand held.

TY!  For some of these shots I did have to set the camera on something to stabilize it.  and yeah, if I wasn't looking at other lens upgrades, I probably would have gotten the L version.  It's just the breakdown of use that made me rethink the L - if I'm really only using the lens maybe 2-4% of the day, then do I pay the premium cost?

Again, with that said --- rebates and sales did effect the decision - I was late o nthe call when i was looking and missed one of those $200 instant rebates.  At $850, yeah, no brainer - but at $1050.....much harder to make that call.  Even with all that said too - I probably would have bought the L had I not seen a used non L for $450 --- $600 new still seemed pretty steep for a lens that while being awesome just wouldn't get the use - yeah it can make a good portrait lens in a pinch, but would I really CHOOSE that lens over the 70-200 or the 85?  Especially when optically, the non L is pretty darn close to the L (the non L can do good with portraits in a pinch too.

mind you --- in terms of IS --- I am used to not having it.  I am on the older 70-200mm 2.8 - the non IS one.  So holding things steady at 100mm isn't a big thing for me.  I am looking to upgrade that 70-200 this year too.  And with how much use that range gets, yeah, saving the extra $$$ on the macro just made sense

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Re: Which Lens for Ring Photos?
« Reply #19 on: January 02, 2014, 06:10:58 PM »
The 100L is a wonderful lens, but as others have said not cheap (although I guess you can recoup that after a while). The IS is less useful at macro distances, it's worth noting.

I have to say, since I got extension tubes, I haven't really used the 100L for macro work. For a lot of uses (except perhaps the most technically exacting), I find the 85L II + 12mm extension tube works well (for food and drink, for instance) stopped down to ~f/2 or narrower (not that I'm suggesting you get this lens). I'd almost always use a flash anyway, so IS isn't that important.

The 100L is good for portraiture, as some have said (especially on a full frame body), but you have that covered already. On balance, I'd still vote for extension tubes and one of the medium-long focal length options you already have. A lot cheaper, anyhow.
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Re: Which Lens for Ring Photos?
« Reply #20 on: January 03, 2014, 04:37:42 AM »
I highly recommend the 100 L Macro IS lens for you to shoot wedding rings. You will fall in love with this lens and use it more and more. The IS does come in handy for some shots. You might find that after using it to shoot the wedding rings that you leave it on your camera for shots of the bouquet and portraits of the bride and grooms hands with their rings on.
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Re: Which Lens for Ring Photos?
« Reply #21 on: January 03, 2014, 11:48:56 AM »
I'd go with a 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro for closeups and a 50mm f/1.2L for shots further away.

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Re: Which Lens for Ring Photos?
« Reply #21 on: January 03, 2014, 11:48:56 AM »