Advice on macro lenses!


posted on 15th of september, 2013

Hello dreamstimers!!

I am looking to buy myself a good macro lens for my Canon 700D body!

I have read some info about the Tamron AF 60/2 Di-II LD lens which has a very good price and seems like a good lens, but I somehow, wouldn't like to go with my first pic, at least without getting a couple of opinions from you guys!

So is that lens worth it's money, are there better ones with abt the same price? Any recommendations?
What is your favorite macro lens??


Thanks

Comments (9)

Posted by Sindorei on September 18, 2013
Hi all.
Thanks for the valuable input.
I own the Canon EFS 85mm 1.8 for portraits so that is covered and animal photography is not really my thing.
What I'm looking for is smth to perform well when shooting smll household items, model cars, toys and food. So smth that focuses well when I am very close to the subject and often under not the best lighting condition, such as the one in a library when shooting book macros.
Thanks
Posted by Sindorei on September 18, 2013
Hi all.
Thanks for the valuable input.
I own the Canon EFS 85mm 1.8 for portraits so that is covered and animal photography is not really my thing.
What I'm looking for is smth to perform well when shooting smll household items, model cars, toys and food. So smth that focuses well when I am very close to the subject and often under not the best lighting condition, such as the one in a library when shooting book macros.
Thanks
Posted by Sindorei on September 18, 2013
Hi all.
Thanks for the valuable input.
I own the Canon EFS 85mm 1.8 for portraits so that is covered and animal photography is not really my thing.
What I'm looking for is smth to perform well when shooting smll household items, model cars, toys and food. So smth that focuses well when I am very close to the subject and often under not the best lighting condition, such as the one in a library when shooting book macros.
Thanks
Posted by Unteroffizier on September 18, 2013
Usually we get a longer focal length if we want to shoot subjects from a distance. But if you are doing clean indoors maybe you can try reversing a 50mm (if you already own one)?
Posted by Risto40 on September 18, 2013
I have Canon 100L IS and this is wonderful lens. Great build quality, and what's most important, amazing picture quality. Pictures are VERY sharp and colors and contrast is excellent. Even at high iso's it gives very good results. And IS does good job too. I'm using this lens in front of cropped body, so it would be great on your's too.
Posted by FabioConcetta on September 16, 2013
I own the Micro Nikkor which I am very satisfied! Other objectives that would purchase are the 150 Sigma provides high quality and has a focal length that allows you to shoot in the studio or in nature!
Posted by Helgidinson on September 15, 2013
What are you trying to capture?. In my opinion 60mm micro works well for table top macro photography. But for bugs and critter, i would suggest to go with the larger working distance for 1:1 reproduction, say 150mm and up.....
Posted by Luvemak on September 15, 2013
I have a Tamron 60 mm 2.0. I purchased it after researching and found that it got really great reviews. I wasn't in the position to shell out the money for a Canon!

Keep in mind your DSLR body as well. The camera you are describing would be a cropped sensor body, therefore a 60mm would essentially function as a 100mm lens (actually 96mm with the 1.6 crop factor).

I use this lens for shooting macros and I've also gotten great portraits in low light due to the 2.0 f-stop. The focus can be a bit slow at times, and you may find it easier to focus manually depending on the situation. One bad thing I've discovered, however, about this lens is when putting it on a full frame camera. Once I upgraded from a 60D to a 5D Mark II, I tend to get vignetting. (Functioned better on the crop!)

Keep researching online and you'll find the right fit!

Good luck!
Posted by Fbmadeira on September 15, 2013
Hi Sindorei,

I've done some research on that in the past.
In my opinion, you have 3 magnificient lenses for Macro Photography:

- Canon EF-100mm Macro (or if you have the money the L version, I don't thing it pays of the extra buck)
- Tamron AF 90mm f/2.8 Di SP
- Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM APO HSM IF Macro Lens

All of those capable of doing 1:1 Macro and all of them extremelly Sharp.

I tested all of them and my conclusion were (just a small resume)
- Canon: Extremely Sharp, Very Fast focus, Internal focus (no moveable parts)
- Tamron: Extremely Sharp, Fast focus, When focusing, it spins and moves an outter barrel (if this was not the case, it would be a very nice choice)
- Sigma: Extremely sharp (altough not so much as the other two), 150mm really pays off for me, Very slow focus, Internal Focus (no moveable parts)

In my case I opted out for the Canon EF 100mm Macro, very good lens for Macro and you can used it also for portrait.
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