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Old Jan 18, 2011, 3:58 PM   #11
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There is no substitute for a good macro lens. However, you can sometimes
get surprisingly good results with lesser equipment. This was taken with
the Canon 50mm f/1.8 and a dirt cheap close-up lens.

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Old Jan 20, 2011, 9:21 PM   #12
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That is a grey nice photo.
If i were to save up for a macro lens, what would be your top choices?
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Old Jan 20, 2011, 9:32 PM   #13
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how much are you looking to save?
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Old Jan 20, 2011, 9:36 PM   #14
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It depends, I am kind of living the 100L because of the IS, and the longer FL since i have the 50 F1.8, but since I really don't know what to look for and how much a difference IS makes. Of course if I could spend less it would be great.
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If you are shooting true macro at 1:1, IS will not help at all. You will need to turn it off and shoot it on a tripod. If you wanted to use it for hand held close up and portrait, then the IS will help

The 100L is one of the best on the market. But it is 900 dollars. Very good alternatives in the 105-90mm would me the old ef 100 2.8 non L for about 500, the sigma 105 2.8 and the tamron 90 2.8. These will give you more working room. The short lens like the ef-s 60 2.8 and the tamron 60 2.5 are so close to the length of the nifty fifty. It makes it hard to work on subjects that can get spooked.

The macro lens is the best route to go, if you want to spend the extra money. But if you already have the 55-250 the 500D option is 1/4 the price and it will mount to the older ef 100 2.8 to give you super macro ability.

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/cl...00d-macro.html

here is the super macro
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/cl...e-up-lens.html
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Old Jan 20, 2011, 10:03 PM   #16
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I had the a canon ef 50 2.5 macro, and it was way to short to shoot anything but flowers really. And as you are so close, you really had to watch that you did not cast a shadow on your subject with the camera, not to mention your body.

I traded in my 50 2.5 macro for the 100 2.8 macro non L last year. Made thing allot easier to shoot up close. But when running around and wanting macro without having to bring a ton of gear, you can not beat a 500D close lens.
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Hi, do you know if canon still makes the 500D lens? I can't find it anywhere except at shop canon.
I can only find 250D, is it as good as the 500D, what is the difference?

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Old Feb 9, 2011, 8:09 PM   #18
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Yes they still make the 500D, it is very popular.

The 250D has more magnification. It is a good lens, it works well with shorter zoom lens, and it is super macro with long zooms lenses.

500D gives you 500mm of working distance, 250D gives you 250mm of working distance. It is a 4 diopter lens vs 2 diopter with the 500D. It is easier to use the 500D for hand held close up then the 250D with a long zoom.
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The 500D is not meant to work on lenses shorter the 70mm. The 250D was design for 70mm and below lenses.
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they are easy to find on the google.de, and allot of online shops carry it.
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