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Old Jul 7, 2011, 3:06 PM   #11
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You should be find with a macro lens in the 90-105mm range for that kind of subject. The 100L is a excellent macro lens, with IS. But if you are going after true macro at 1:1 IS is not helpful. You will need to shoot on a tripod. So the 100 non L is a very good macro lens also. Just slightly behind the 100L. So if you are looking to save a bit on the lens, the non L is a very good option.
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Old Jul 7, 2011, 5:07 PM   #12
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Actually, for inanimate objects in good light, you might be happier with something shorter. Something like a 50-70mm lens will let you stay behind the camera yet still be able to reach and manipulate the subject. Since the subject isn't moving, you can mount the camera on a tripod so you can position the subject and the lights. And, with the tripod, you don't need (nor do you want) stabilization.
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I use a EF-S 60mm for static objects like toys. It is not as expensive as the longer focal lengths. As TCav said, I can still reach over from behind the camera to adjust the pose of the toy.

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Since we're talking about medium telephoto macro lenses, I'll say that the $500 Sigma 70/2.8 EX DG Macro is probably one of the sharpest lenses ever made.
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Old Jul 8, 2011, 10:58 PM   #15
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Since we're talking about medium telephoto macro lenses, I'll say that the $500 Sigma 70/2.8 EX DG Macro is probably one of the sharpest lenses ever made.
It is!
http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showp...hp/product/964
-> Not only that but it's a full-frame as opposed to the EF-S (which has worse CA and vignetting) only:
http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showp...uct/138/cat/10


IMO Sigma has the upper hand with most macros (Just check all their optical parameters below):
http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showp...ct/1291/cat/10
http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showp...uct/180/cat/30
http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showp...duct/51/cat/22
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Old Aug 31, 2011, 11:48 AM   #16
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Hi Abhi

As has been written above, there are a number of things to take into account when looking at a macro lens. (main one being focal length, but also AF speed, lens extension when focussing, etc). Also some now have IS (Canon) or OS (Sigma).

Canon has a number of good macros - and from these I would recommend: EF-S 60mm (only suitable for crop sensor Canon bodies), EF 100mm USM and EF 100mm L USM. I've used all these, and for my purposes I have the EF 100mm USM, which works great on my 7D. Live view can particularly useful for some macro shots (the 10x zoom in before taking the photo is very handy to nail focus!).

The 100mm L macro (with IS) is certainly a very very good lens. Very sharp and IS can help in MOST situations. However for most macro photography you will want to be using a good solid tripod also. I went with the 100mm USM because the saving over the L allowed me a very good Manfrotto tripod (and still spare cash). Both the 100mm USM and 60mm USM are very sharp, and I would rate them at 'very good' (just behind the 100mm L).

The 60mm also doubles up as a good semi-fast portrait lens, which can be handy. I didn't want the 60mm mainly as its working distance is too close for insects (which I like to shoot time to time). That is the insects can get scared because you need to be closer to take photos of them than with the 100mm.

I have the 50mm f1.8 so the 100mm USM macro for me was a more complementary lens for other things too (I find it's great for casual subject isolation @ f2.8 too, eg food, objects, etc).

The Canon 180mm macro is a huge lens, very good - but big and more 'specialist'. It is the ideal lens for insect photography. Sigma make a 150mm macro which is somewhat similar.

Sigma actually have a number of very good macros - though I have not tried any personally, I have seen many a good photo with them. For me it's important to have a lens that does not expand with focussing, I find it much easier to work macros that way. That's one of the reasons I didn't go with the Sigmas. But other people don't find this a hindrance. Check out www.photozone.de which lists & tests a lot of lenses, and I think all the Canon macros and most of the Sigma macros too.

All the best. Let us know how you go.

Paul
Thanx Paul I made my choice got Canon 100 mm L 2.8 series lens and its amazing. Thanx for the info it helped me in making a clear choice

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