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Old Jun 1, 2006, 12:24 AM   #21
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Like people always said before - It's really hard to find any 'bad' macro lenses...
-> They are all very good as compared to 'normal' lens, as they are always super sharp, but the reason I pick the 150mm f/2.8 EX over others is the weight (i.e. lighter than the 180's) and it comes with HSM which quite handy for that full-time manual overide since you'll be using a lot of 'manual' for macro! :lol: :-) :G

Also don't forget your 120-300 f/2.8 EX should do well up close as well for this 'semi'macro look (with flash so you can close down the aperture):


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:GToo true.
I've been using the 120-300 f2.8 EX with a few extension tubes for some macro stuff.

There is only a 2.4oz difference between the 150 and 180, both seem to have HSM.
(Both seem to be about 1/3 the weight of the 120-300 :-) )

Learned a lesson that a 90mm macro may not be a good idea trying to get closeups of some young massagua rattlers we came across in the bush.
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Old Jun 1, 2006, 10:39 AM   #23
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(Both seem to be about 1/3 the weight of the 120-300 :-) )
Too true - The problem is I'm always caught without the right lens (i.e. didn't bring the macro) and have to use whatever I had on hand, which is most of the time the 120-300... when I don't know what to expect :-)

Seems like one always want to reach very far - and at the same time get very close when the situation demands it :evil:
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Old Jun 10, 2006, 4:57 PM   #24
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I went with the Sigma 50mm f/2.8 macro. Here's a shot I just did of a US Quarter.

Canon 350XT, Sigma 50mm f/2.8, Sunpak PZ40 Flash, Dual-tube Flourescents above.

I'm a still a newbie when it comes to playing with the f/stop settings. But I feel this is rather good for a first attempt.



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