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Old Sep 5, 2006, 11:27 AM   #1
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Hi, everybody.

I am a newbie and I have a Canon EOS 30D. I like taking macro photos very much but I do not know which lens Ishould buy. Your advice on this matter is highly appreciated.

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Old Sep 5, 2006, 12:49 PM   #2
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It depends on what subject(s) you shoot...
Insects ?
Flowers ?
or small objects like postage stamps... The need(focal lenght) is slightly different :idea:
(... and also how allergic are you to 3rd party lenses?)
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Hi NHL,

Thanks for your reply. Actually, I like taken photos both insects and flowers. Is it too greedy! :? I prefer Canon lens (if any). Thanks.

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In that case you need something like the EF 100mm f/2.8 USM macro:
http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/len...0_28/index.htm

The longer the lens the better the stand-off distance you'll have so that you don't scare the insects from jumping or flying away, the general idea is to get the longest lens that you can afford; However, if you do go with the Canon 180mm f/3.5 L macro it tends to be quite expensive and if you check it's MTF, the Sigma EX alternate (with HSM) is actually sharper and vignette less:
http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/len...0_35/index.htm
http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/len...0_35/index.htm

-> On a 30D cropped camera - I would go with the Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX HSM. This lens is a compromise with the 180mm because of the added 1.6x crop, which will give you the required stand-off, but is a full-stop faster (an added nice feature if you ever want to use this lens for portrait)

Here's an example from that lens:




... and more over here:
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/view_topic.php?id=66410&forum_id=7
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/view_topic.php?id=94699&forum_id=11
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/view_topic.php?id=94794&forum_id=7
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/view_topic.php?id=94798&forum_id=11
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NHL,

It's clear now. Your advices help me a lot.

Once again, thank you very much indeed.
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Old Sep 6, 2006, 6:34 PM   #6
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What would be ideal macro lenses for a Canon 30D, each for flowers and insects?

What is an ideal indoor portrait lens for 30D?
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harana wrote:
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What would be ideal macro lenses for a Canon 30D, each for flowers and insects?
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...amp;forum_id=7
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...amp;forum_id=7



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What is an ideal indoor portrait lens for 30D?
Almost any lens, but a macro will do it too
-> Indoor you don't really need shallow DOF, you actually want to close the lens down to have extremely sharp portrait (with strobes) while the background is controlled by your backdrops...



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NHL wrote:
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What would be ideal macro lenses for a Canon 30D, each for flowers and insects?
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...amp;forum_id=7
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...amp;forum_id=7
NHL,

Thanks for the insightful answers. First link tells me that for flowers macro lens is Sigma EX 105mm. Would this lens work with full frame camera too?

The second link took me to the same lens for the insects macro pictures too. Is that right? Am i missing something?
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