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Old Sep 29, 2011, 11:49 AM   #1
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Default Best zoom with macro for D7

I just bought a D7 and would like an all purpose, more or less, lens that has a macro. Ay suggestions?
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Old Sep 29, 2011, 12:50 PM   #2
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There's the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 that's a 1:2.3 macro, but it's not stabilized and it's been discontinued. The replacement is the 17-70mm f/2.8-4.0 which is stabilized, but it's only 1:2.7 macro, and it's not as good optically.

You might try the Canon 18-135. I think that's as close to what you're looking for as you're likely to get.
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Old Oct 5, 2011, 4:36 PM   #3
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It's tough to find an "all purpose" lens that's going to give you what you want. It might be better to start with a quality zoom and use extension tubes to achieve the macro capabilities. Another alternative is to get the Canon 100MM f2.8 Macro, non-L version and a zoom lens. It's an extremely good lens for the money. I picked a pristine copy up on Craigslist for $300 back in the spring. Most macro work is done on a tripod, so IS wouldn't be a factor unless you're hand holding the camera.
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Caryl, I expect you meant the Canon 7D (not a 'D7'?)

You've been given good advice above - the older non stabilised Sigma 17-70mm was a lens I once considered, for it's zoom range and the 'somewhat' macro possibility (but ended up not buying).

I have the Canon 100mm f2.8 USM (non L) lens, which has true macro (1:1) capability. It's very sharp, has a good working range and the focus & handling of it is great (and very important in my opinion... eg non extending when focussing).

Most true macro work requires a tripod and steady subject too - because the area in focus is so small. The Canon 100mm f2.8 works for many people very well.

Let us know the outcome... Best regards.

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Thank you so much Paul and Jerry. I just ordered it new from Adorama and it comes with a bunch of freebees too so I am a happy camper.
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