Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Digital SLR and Interchangeable Lens Cameras > Canon Lenses

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Jul 10, 2004, 1:58 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
aladyforty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 6,964
Default

I got hubby to check out some prices on a canon macro lens for my digital rebel. wow, expensive!!!!!! $750.00 Australian so I guess that is $300.00 plus USA. I could almost buy a whole digital camera for that!!! Is there any other brand that is compatable and cheaper than the Canon. I may have to keep using my G3 for macro shots otherwise.
aladyforty is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Jul 10, 2004, 6:04 AM   #2
NHL
Senior Member
 
NHL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: 39.18776, -77.311353333333
Posts: 11,547
Default

It depends on which lens, but the Sigma's 50mm macro actually costs more than the Canon, since it's just simply the best in this class: http://www.photozone.de/2Equipment/easytxt.htm#F50

The 108mm f/2.8 is slighly cheaper and is no slouch either: http://www.photozone.de/2Equipment/easytxt.htm#F100

You only start to see big saving (50%) when you reach the 180mm range!

BTW both of the above lenses just got re-released: http://www.sigmaphoto.com/Html/news/News.htm
NHL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 10, 2004, 7:14 AM   #3
NHL
Senior Member
 
NHL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: 39.18776, -77.311353333333
Posts: 11,547
Default

This Tamron macro lens is the only one out of the entire Photozone chart that has a perfect outstanding score of "5": http://www.adorama.com/TM180EOS.html
NHL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 10, 2004, 7:15 AM   #4
NHL
Senior Member
 
NHL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: 39.18776, -77.311353333333
Posts: 11,547
Default

double post!
NHL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 10, 2004, 7:22 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 5,803
Default

I've heard good optical things about the Sigma 180 macro. And its much cheaper than the Canon.

(Then again, I've used the canon and its great. These three shots were made with it:

http://www.marx7.org/~esmith/web_pos...fly_place1.jpg
http://www.marx7.org/~esmith/web_pos...fly_place2.jpg
http://www.marx7.org/~esmith/web_pos...fly_place3.jpg

Note that all are reduced severly, so they don't show as much detail as the original. (in fact, all are full frame.)

Of course, at over $1000US I haven't gotten one yet and I don't plan on it (I'd love to get one, but I don't *plan* on getting one.)

Eric
eric s is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 11, 2004, 7:14 AM   #6
NHL
Senior Member
 
NHL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: 39.18776, -77.311353333333
Posts: 11,547
Default

This poster from the UK has a point: http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...45&forum_id=37

... and why you still like your G3: for the price of one of those long macro may be you should get one of the new prosumer 8700/F828/A2 as a 2nd backup camera. :idea:
NHL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 11, 2004, 7:42 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
aladyforty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 6,964
Default

Im very happy with the digital rebel, I also love the G3 but it does have its limitations for photographing things like birds at distance. I have no problems witha DSLR, people need to realize that they are different to a prosumer.
aladyforty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 11, 2004, 4:47 PM   #8
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 54
Default

Do the two Sigma lenses or the Tamron lens have the capability to work with the two Canon Macro flashes? If not, what macro flash can you use with them?

Thanks,
Graeme
Graeme Shiomi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 12, 2004, 12:13 AM   #9
NHL
Senior Member
 
NHL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: 39.18776, -77.311353333333
Posts: 11,547
Default

Graeme Shiomi wrote:
Quote:
Do the two Sigma lenses or the Tamron lens have the capability to work with the two Canon Macro flashes? If not, what macro flash can you use with them?
Both the Tamron and Sigma 180mm have 72mm front thread (same as the EF 180mm f3.5L Macro USM) and fit through the Macro Lite Adaptor 72C. The Sigma 108 f/2.8 has the same 58mm front thread as the EF 100mm f2.8 Macro USM or the MP-E 65mm f2.8.

The MR-14EX and MT-24EX electronics mount on the camera's hot shoes just like normal while the metering is done Trough The Lens and is agnostic to the camera.

NHL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 24, 2004, 10:52 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 227
Default


Some options you could consider are adding extension tubes to an existing prime lens, or even using an add-on supplementary lens like the Canon 500D to a zoom lens.

You don't have to get a macro lens to shoot close ups, there advantages are ease of use, very good optics and a flat focus field. The last of which isn't as important for nature shots and you can get good optics in the 50f1.8. Add on some relatively enexpensive extension tubes and you have a nice 'occasional' use setup.

ps I have the 100f2.8macro and I love it.
ursa is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 3:51 AM.