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Serious_Paul

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Which Macro Lens Would You Recommend?
« on: May 18, 2012, 09:38:54 PM »
Hello fellow Canon photographers,

I was looking to eventually purchase a Macro lens to add to the arsenal. Just wanted others' opinions on which one stands out among the rest, or is the most versatile. I'm looking for L glass only. Thanks for your help!

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Which Macro Lens Would You Recommend?
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Re: Which Macro Lens Would You Recommend?
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2012, 09:53:12 PM »
Well there aren't really many options, really just the 100mm and the 180mm f/3.5.  I would strongly recommend the 100mm f/2.8L IS, and I'm sure everyone else would agree.  Very versatile lens (works great for portraits), beautiful bokeh, and the hybrid IS works incredibly well.  It's just a very fun lens overall. 

Now if want really, really amazing optics, the Zeiss 100mm Makro f/2 is absolutely stunning.  Incredible resolving power and the separation of subject from the background almost has a 3D-like effect.  But at the same time it has no IS, no AF, and it costs 2x the Canon 100mm.  Now that I write all that out it is kinda hard to justify the Zeiss, but if you're flushed with cash or shoot video primarily it's a good choice.
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Re: Which Macro Lens Would You Recommend?
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2012, 09:59:16 PM »
For general purpose and versatility, the 100 L IS wins hands-down.  The longer working distance of the 180L is an advantage for insects and other skittish subjects. 

The least versatile, most challenging, but also most fun (IMO) is the MP-E 65mm 1-5x. 
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Re: Which Macro Lens Would You Recommend?
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2012, 10:04:51 PM »
My vote is for the 100 2.8L also.  I just picked it up the other day and I'm very happy with it.
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Re: Which Macro Lens Would You Recommend?
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2012, 10:28:11 PM »
Sigma 70mm macro, 105mm macro OS or even better 150mm macro OS, 70mm and 150 can be used with TX while 105 cannot

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Re: Which Macro Lens Would You Recommend?
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2012, 11:00:41 PM »
Thanks for all your responses, everyone! Seems like the general consensus leans towards the 100mm 2.8L. I think that's the one I'll end up going with! Definitely looking forward to expanding my creativity with my photography once I add that baby to the arsenal.  ;)

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Re: Which Macro Lens Would You Recommend?
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2012, 11:18:08 PM »
I have a Sigma 105mm DG EX Macro and love it to death.  Was able to capture this with my first shoot with the lens
http://i.imgur.com/aBj5D.jpg
Its a great lens, not the fastest auto focus but the lens only cost me $300 and for the quality of it, it is definitely more then worth it, it's like a nifty 50 and now almost always have it on my Canon T1i.  It goes to 1:1 ratio and has a nice big 2.8 apature.
here is another pic I took with it.
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Re: Which Macro Lens Would You Recommend?
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Re: Which Macro Lens Would You Recommend?
« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2012, 12:33:36 AM »
say yourself some $, and get the Canon 100mm non-L.

its image quality is effing incredible.  if the L image is any better it doesn't even matter at that point, there are plenty of other things much more important to worry about.  also, IS is great in many situations, but it's useless in many macro situations.  i take tons of macros handheld, and by far the most often cause of blur is the damn wind blowing the subject around, or the subject is moving (bugs).  if you are going to be doing serious macros you're probably going to be using a tripod is which case there is no point for IS.

i know it has weather sealing and all that jazz, but if you don't NEED IS or weather sealing then seriously get the 100mm non-L.  it is an incredible lens.
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Re: Which Macro Lens Would You Recommend?
« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2012, 01:01:00 AM »
100mm f2.8L IS.
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Re: Which Macro Lens Would You Recommend?
« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2012, 01:13:22 AM »
I have a Canon 180L. Being longer it means that you dont have to get so close to the little critters as to scare them away. Also useful as a short telephoto

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Re: Which Macro Lens Would You Recommend?
« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2012, 02:06:37 AM »
My vote goes towards the Sigma 150mm, especially since it can be combined with a 2x converter. It's incredible how much detail a 2:1 macro combination captures:



With the naked eye you can barely really tell that there is a wire connections, much less that it is two differentially colored wires intertwined. I really love that lens. Only bad thing working with the converter is that you loose AF even though it is a 5.6 aperture then. No idea why that is, but Sigma does state so in the manual...
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Re: Which Macro Lens Would You Recommend?
« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2012, 03:45:37 AM »
Another vote here for the Canon 100mm Macro L Lens! I've owned one since christmas, and i must say it's incredible. The fast AF and maximum f/2.8 aperture really comes in useful. The optics are superb, and it's a pleasure to use. No hesitation in recommending whatsoever!

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Re: Which Macro Lens Would You Recommend?
« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2012, 03:52:11 AM »
i know it has weather sealing and all that jazz, but if you don't NEED IS or weather sealing then seriously get the 100mm non-L.  it is an incredible lens.

Indeed - the pictures of the 100 non-L are practically as good as the L at the apertures you'll use for macro (i.e. not f2.8) and you can pick it up very cheap used. So if you only need it for indoor macro work - IS dosn't help that much at 1:1 and you might use a tripod often - you can get this one, too.

But the missing sealing is really an issue I personally overlooked, and the aperture on my non-L now broke down twice due to dust/sand from shooting outdoors. I have switched to the L, but really the iq isn't that different.

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Re: Which Macro Lens Would You Recommend?
« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2012, 04:05:41 AM »
I have used both canon 100mm macro lenses. For strictly macro work the non L is more than enough, as others have stated the quality of the images is outstanding. The only reason I picked up the L version is because I want to use it as an additional portrait lens to go along with the 85L and the IS helps out a bit for the non macro shots...and I got a great deal on it too.. You can get the non L for less than $400 used, less than half the price of the L...Either way you go you win.
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Re: Which Macro Lens Would You Recommend?
« Reply #14 on: May 19, 2012, 09:14:12 AM »
The only reason I picked up the L version is because I want to use it as an additional portrait lens to go along with the 85L and the IS helps out a bit for the non macro shots...

Since I've got the L now, can you tell me how often you use the 100L or 85L for portraits and why? I wonder if adding 85mm and a wider aperture is really that necessary or if the 100L alone does the job, too.

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Re: Which Macro Lens Would You Recommend?
« Reply #14 on: May 19, 2012, 09:14:12 AM »