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Old Mar 30, 2009, 8:01 PM   #1
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[align=left]I am looking into buying my first macro lens, but don't know much about them. I know the subjects I would be shooting are mushrooms, insects, flowers, etc.. But I would also like to use it for portraits. I am not concerned with the cost of the lens as much as I am with the quality. I own a Sony A200, which isby the way my first dslr. Any advice would be welcomed. I was looking at the Sony 100mm macro lens and kind of like that one, but I am open to any sound suggestions. [/align]
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Old Mar 30, 2009, 8:27 PM   #2
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There are no bad macro lenses. The key feature is the focal length, and there are different reasons to use different focal lengths. For insects, you should probably have a longer focal length so you're further away and won't frighten the subject. But a longer lens won't necessarily be good for portraits.
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Old Mar 30, 2009, 8:31 PM   #3
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Thanks TCav.

So would you say the sony 100mm is a good start?
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Old Mar 30, 2009, 9:49 PM   #4
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So would you say the sony 100mm is a good start?
I'd say $640 is a lot for a "New-b".

There are lots of good ones that can be had for less.The Tamron 90/2.8 and Sigma 105/2.5 are very good, and can be found used for good prices.

While the Sony (Minolta) 100/2.8 is the best, the difference between the best and the worstis minor. And somethinga little shorter, like a 90mm or even Sigma's 70mm might be better for portaits.
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Since you mentioned portraits as well, I'd suggest the 50mm. It's much more usable than the 90mm or 100mm, IMO.
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Old Apr 2, 2009, 1:44 AM   #6
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Macro lenses can be used for portrait, however, in my experience, macro lens is slow to (auto) focus.
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Old Apr 2, 2009, 12:55 PM   #7
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That's certainly not the case with the Zuiko 35mm macro. I had one when I had the E510 and the AF was pretty darn fast. The problem was with the fact that I had to get so close to the subject that it would cut the light. I did not care for that lens at all despite its sharpness.
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I'd probably grab a used Minolta 100mm f/2.8 if I needed a 1:1 Macro lens. keh.com has one now:

Minolta 100mm f/2.8 AF Macro in EX condition for $465 at keh.com

You can see photos taken with the Minolta 100mm f/2.8 macro in pbase.com member albums here:

http://www.pbase.com/cameras/minolta/100_28_d_af_macro

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Well, Iordered the Tamron 90/2.8 from B&H photo. Can not waite to get it.

Thanks TCav for your suggestions. I would of never looked at the Tamron had you not mentioned it.
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Congrats The Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro is very sharp.

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