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Old Sep 7, 2011, 5:50 PM   #1
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Default Tamron 90 macro or tamron 60 marcro???

Hi, I mas still searching for my first macro lens. I have been reading some more.. And still can't choose..
Is there any advantage for the tamron 90 over the tamron 60?

Due to lens design the working distance is pretty much the same or perhaps slightly more on the T60.
T60 is IF whereas the T90 extends at close focusing distances.
T60 does not have AF limiter T90 does.
Both seem to have pretty good optics and the price is basicaly the same...

Some people say the extending lens scares the bugs some say it does not...
On the other hand I have the 50 1.8 so it may be good to have a different FL. I am hoping to be able to hand held either... But unfortunatedly the canon 100l IS is too expensive...

Thanks a lot for your help
Sorry for the rant but can't make up my mind....
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Old Sep 7, 2011, 6:01 PM   #2
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I'd love a macro lens but I think I would have sticker shock at the price. I always try to take closeups with the wrong lens. Maybe it's time to bite the bullet and just buy one.

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Old Sep 8, 2011, 5:44 AM   #3
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The main difference between the two is the angle of view and the maximum aperture. The 60 has an angle of view of roughly 25, while the 90 has an angle of view of about 17. While there isn't much difference in the working distance between the two, the f/2.0 maximum aperture of the 60 should make focusing in dim light a little more accurate, whatever aperture you end up using for your exposure.

It seems to me that the deciding factor would be how they would do the other things you might have in mind for a fast, medium telephoto prime. For instance, either would be an excellent portrait lens, but for head & shoulders portraits,the 90 would be a better choice.
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Old Sep 8, 2011, 3:08 PM   #4
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If you shoot small thing, the longer lens will give you a bit more working space. Also less chance of shadowing your light as you are further aways.

If you are worried about extend scaring bugs, the ef 100 2.8 is internal focus. Now worries about extending when focusing.
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