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Old Apr 29, 2005, 5:31 AM   #1
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I own the Canon 20D along with the following lenses:

Canon EF-S 10-22mm USM
Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM
Canon EF 100-400mm IS USM
Canon EF 50mm F1.8 II

I'm now looking for a Canon Macro lens. I have read some good comments concerning the Canon EF 100mm F2.8 Macro USM lens but I'm also interested in the Canon EF-S 60mm F2.8 Macro USM lens.

I noticed that the EF-S 60mm has a closest focusing distance of 8 inches while the EF 100mm has a closest focusing distance of 12 inches. What advantage does one lens have over the other? Which would you suggest?
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Old Apr 29, 2005, 10:05 AM   #2
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Careful with the short macro's like a 50mm or 60mm, you have very little working distance at high magnification when using them.

I'd prefer something in the 150mm-180mm range, my top choices for a macro currently would be:
  • Sigma 105 f2.8 macro. [/*]
  • Sigma 150 f2.8 macro. [/*]
  • Tamron 180 f3.5 macro. [/*]
  • Sigma 180 f3.5 macro.[/*]
Note: I am a Canon user big time and none of my topchoices are Canon brand :-), The canon macro lenses are good but IMHO way over priced.

About the ef-s lenses; the only one of those I would consider is that 10-22mm just to get that range, I would not spend the cash on any of the others. They are too restricted on the cameras you can use them with, if you ever upgrade to a camera with a larger sensoryou have to sell them off.


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Old Apr 30, 2005, 6:44 AM   #3
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PeterP has a point, but I would caution also about going with the EF-S 10-22 (and apply to other EF-S as well)
-> For landscape you always want the highest resolution possible which means a full-frame is the best for this kind of work in the future; However, EF-S and full-frame don't mix unless you plan on another round of lens swap!

With regards to macro PeterP is also right - Even in sharpness (not just price) the Tamron and Sigma dominate this field for decades: http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...76&forum_id=65
It's what theses 3rd party are best @ :idea:
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