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BrianI

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Recommended Macro Lens?
« on: December 01, 2017, 09:22:15 pm »
I'm looking to treat myself this Festive Season with a proper Macro lens for my Canon 750D.  I'll be using it for nature macros of flowers / fungi / lichens / bugs and other wee beasties.

Focal length I recon around 100mm to give me a bit of distance between myself and the subject.  Price, under £500, preferably under £400. Would consider used.

Now what do people recommend?

Tokina 100mm f2.8 AT-X Macro Lens - Canon Fit - £349

Sigma 105mm f2.8 Macro EX DG OS HSM - Canon Fit - £359

Canon EF 100mm f2.8 USM Macro Lens - £419

Or do I push the boat out for the Canon EF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM Lens? 

At the moment I'm leaning towards either the Sigma since it has built in optical stabilisation...

Thoughts?

David Martin

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Re: Recommended Macro Lense?
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2017, 09:25:33 pm »
The sigma is excellent. I have the Nikon fit version. I really like it.
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BrianI

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Re: Recommended Macro Lense?
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2017, 10:00:54 pm »
Thanks David!

My Ebay £15 extension tubes are in my local sorting office, hopefully I'll get a chance to pick them up tomorrow. I would imagine that they would still be useful even when using a 100mm macro lens.

Re: Recommended Macro Lens?
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2017, 10:53:34 pm »
I've got one of the older canon 100mm (not the L) and it's very good, but I expect the sigma is on par or better based on my other sigma lenses.

I find macro bloody hard!

David Martin

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Re: Recommended Macro Lens?
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2017, 08:35:09 am »
Thanks David!

My Ebay £15 extension tubes are in my local sorting office, hopefully I'll get a chance to pick them up tomorrow. I would imagine that they would still be useful even when using a 100mm macro lens.
I have extension tubes but have never used them with the macro lens.
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T42

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Re: Recommended Macro Lense?
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2017, 09:57:37 am »
The sigma is excellent. I have the Nikon fit version. I really like it.

+1. Along with a macro slide it's wonderful.  You can do stuff like this:



That's 92 stacked shots of the top of a loaf of muesli bread.
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BrianI

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Re: Recommended Macro Lense?
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2017, 05:30:36 pm »
The sigma is excellent. I have the Nikon fit version. I really like it.

+1. Along with a macro slide it's wonderful.  You can do stuff like this:



That's 92 stacked shots of the top of a loaf of muesli bread.

 :thumbsup:

£20 for a macro rail? That's a lot cheaper than I expected!

Anyway, my £15 extension tubes turned up today, so I may as well add a £20 macro slider as well!  :thumbsup: Good to hear that the Sigma is getting good reviews, I think I will end up going for that.

BrianI

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Re: Recommended Macro Lens?
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2017, 04:29:19 pm »
That's the £20 macro slider ordered!  :D