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Old Jan 7, 2010, 5:23 PM   #1
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Just looking at upgrading to a new Marco lens, on my short list is the ef 100mm f2.8, tamron 60mm f2, ef-s 60mm f2.8. Any pros or cons on them and any other suggestions would be welcomed.
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Old Jan 7, 2010, 5:29 PM   #2
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I settled on the Sigma 105mm f2.8 and have been very happy. If you check out the close up section you will see a few threads I've started there using it and the 7D.
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Old Jan 7, 2010, 5:38 PM   #3
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How does the sigma compare the the canon USM lenses in AF mode? My wife will most likely us MF for the marco shots. But to see how it compares when using as a prime lens.
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Old Jan 7, 2010, 5:44 PM   #4
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There are no bad macro lenses. The key difference is the focal length. A short focal length may put you close enoght to block your own light and to frighten animate subjects, but for inanimate subjects in controlled environments, shorter focal lengths are better. Pick one based on the focal length.
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I've only used it as a macro so not really worried about AF. Did a few quick tests and seems OK, not blindingly fast but looks accurate.
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i have the 60mm EF-S, and it amazingly tack sharp.

however, as TCAV mentioned, its really only good for inanimate objects as a macro lens.

i use it alot as a normal prime though, because of the sharpness and AF speed.
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Old Jan 7, 2010, 5:52 PM   #7
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The EF 100mm f2.8 is my front runner right now, I figure having the 50mm mk II, ef 85mm 1.8, and the ef 100mm marco would round out my prime lineup, and give the wife a very good marco lens to augment her ef 50mm marco lens.

I will have to visit the store to look at the sigma 105mm, thanks
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Personally unless you need to have f1.8 then I wouldn't get the 85 and 100 as you are pretty close to doubling up.
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I already have the 85mm f1.8, but I figure a 100mm or the 105 that you suggest would give me a very well rounded prime line up. But the key feature is a good marco for the wife, as it will be her bday present next month.
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since you already have a shorter macro. have you looked into an even longer macro like the Sigma 150, it's a great macro lens and gives you a lot of working distance.
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