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Old Jan 12, 2007, 1:20 PM   #1
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All right, I'm in the market for a new macro lens. I've read great reviews on the Canon 60mm f/2.8 in Popular Photography magazine

And I've seen some of NHL Sigma 150mm photos. Really crisp and sharp.

So I'm looking at 3 lenses

Canon 60mm f/2.8

Sigma 150mm f/2.8

And possibly the Canon 100mm f/2.8

Other than the range, does any one stand out as superior? Any other lenses I should look at?

All feedback appreciated.


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Old Jan 12, 2007, 5:52 PM   #2
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I don't think anyone make a bad macro - basically pick one which fit your budget and need (i.e. long or short) A long one is easier to illuminate, but might not works in small quarter for example...
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Old Jan 12, 2007, 7:31 PM   #3
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Well then i guess I'll have to buy two. . . :-)
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Old Jan 13, 2007, 6:12 AM   #4
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If you're not sure then something in the middle is OK - and why the 100mm are so popular... :idea:

Their equivalent with the crop factor are Canon's 60s and the Sigma 70s digital lenses

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Old Jan 26, 2007, 3:21 PM   #5
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You don't say what body you have, if it's a full frame such as a 5D I would go for the Sigma 150mm, if it's a X 1.6 sensor then the 100mm or even the 60mm might do you.

Apparantly all three are very good lenses.
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Old Jan 26, 2007, 10:15 PM   #6
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I really really want the Canon 105mm f/2.8
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Old Jan 28, 2007, 10:04 AM   #7
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Sigma 150mm macro on a 1.3x camera (@ f/4.5 for the bokeh): :idea:



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Old Jan 28, 2007, 10:36 AM   #8
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thats sharp!!
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All right, I'm in the market for a new macro lens.* I've read great reviews on the Canon 60mm f/2.8 in Popular Photography magazine

And I've seen some of NHL Sigma 150mm photos.* Really crisp and sharp.

So I'm looking at 3 lenses

Canon 60mm f/2.8

Sigma 150mm f/2.8

And possibly the Canon 100mm f/2.8

Other than the range, does any one stand out as superior? Any other lenses I should look at?

*All feedback appreciated.

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The Canon EF-S 60 f/2.8 is light, small, and it's optical quality is at least as good as any of the other lenses listed. It is also pretty cheap. Since you mentioned it, I assume that you are using a crop sensor camera body. If that is the case, the 60 is the best macro lens that you can buy. Any other choice will saddle you with less performance (not much of an issue, as all are fantastic), much greater weight (the 100 f/2.8 weighs just shy of twice as much, and is much longer), or a combination of the above.

The 60 is the latest generation of macro lens from Canon, and is optimized for the crop sensor cameras. You just can't beat it. Also, it is FAR more hand holdable at macro ranges than the others, while still offering good subject to lens distance, great bokeh due to it's 8 bladed diaphragm, and makes for a spectacular 96 mm (FF equivalent)portrait lens, or short telephoto. It also uses 52 mm filters. They are far cheaper than larger filters, and can be shared with the 50 f/1.8 lens that most people use as a standard lens.

I own several Canon macro lenses for FD and EOS mounts, and the EF-S 60 f/2.8 is my lens of choice for any copy stand work, and for field macro work. In direct comparison, it is the best of the group. Considering it's price, it is simply amazing.

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Old Feb 15, 2007, 1:11 AM   #10
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my 2 cents, and I'm not sure it was mentuioned, as good as the 60mm is, it can't be used on a 1 series or full frame camera. /you might want to consider that. I have the sigma 150mm macro and love it!!!

dennis

edit: you might want to look at the tamron 90mm macro, also.

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