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Better lens than the 50 and 60 though. In fact...

That lens + Kenko Macro Tubes = win. Heck, that combo + 55-250 = everything you'd need. Everyone I know that has owned/used the Sigma 30 always seems to have one unless they've switched over to FF..

Doesn't matter though. The markets are totally different from US vs AUS. Any recommendation we make will be at our rates, and from what I've seen, it's not easy go back and forth.
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Also the only lens I use
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Originally Posted by MistaBernie View Post
Better lens than the 50 and 60 though. In fact...

That lens + Kenko Macro Tubes = win. Heck, that combo + 55-250 = everything you'd need. Everyone I know that has owned/used the Sigma 30 always seems to have one unless they've switched over to FF..

Doesn't matter though. The markets are totally different from US vs AUS. Any recommendation we make will be at our rates, and from what I've seen, it's not easy go back and forth.
Ok. I was a little worried about macro tubes and distortion. Are there any/many disadvantages with macro tubes? If I can't get a sharp photo with one, then I'll have to get a macro.
   
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Also the only lens I use
You're the moderator! If that's the only lens you use I must purchase one.
   
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Everyone I know that has owned/used the Sigma 30 always seems to have one unless they've switched over to FF...
What does FF stand for? Friendly Fire?
Quote:
Originally Posted by sub50hz View Post
http://www.dwidigitalcameras.com.au/...idProduct=1956

Much better choice than the 50, when all is said and done. Won't work on a film or full-frame body, though.
So I get that and a Kenko lens tube?

Also, I literally found a Kiron 70-210mm f/4 Macro 1:4 in the cupboard! Does anyone know where I can purchase some sort of converter so it'll fit on a 550D?

Quote:
Originally Posted by r34p3rex View Post
Definitely get the 50 1.8. It doesn't seem like you need a zoom lens so that macro lens you selected should be sufficient. If you can afford it though, go for the 100mm macro ($569 on Amazon) vs $469 for the 60mm macro. You'll be able to take pictures from farther away while maintaining the same magnification (very important for taking pictures of bugs that which might fly away if you get too close). Image quality on the 100mm is better also!
100mm now part of the second option

EDIT:I have two main options.



Please tell me whether Option 1 or Option 2 is better for me. Also please tell me what lens I should use to take photo's of various computer components.

EDIT 2: Please help. Even if only a few words. I'm really stuck between option 1 and 2 here.
Edited by asuperpower - 10/30/11 at 12:15am
   
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What does FF stand for? Friendly Fire?
So I get that and a Kenko lens tube?

Also, I literally found a Kiron 70-210mm f/4 Macro 1:4 in the cupboard! Does anyone know where I can purchase some sort of converter so it'll fit on a 550D?


100mm now part of the second option

EDIT:I have two main options.



Please tell me whether Option 1 or Option 2 is better for me. Also please tell me what lens I should use to take photo's of various computer components.

EDIT 2: Please help. Even if only a few words. I'm really stuck between option 1 and 2 here.
FF = Full-frame. The 5D/1Ds Canon series cameras. EF-S and some of the Sigma lenses, like the 30mm Sigma, don't work on the 5D/1D series. I wouldn't worry about it right now since I really doubt you're going to move up to one of those anytime soon.

Buy the Sigma 30mm f/1.4. Terrific lens. The image quality is superb, and the low-light capabilities of being able to shoot at f/1.4 will be a great asset in those dark situations where you can't use flash. Plus, the thin depth of field (you know, when the background gets really blurry and your subject is still in focus) is really fun to play with. It's built reletively well as well.

The length of this lens is not a bad length to use when walking around either- you can do a lot of things with it.

If you can, stretch your budget a bit and buy the 60mm f/2.8 Macro along with it as well. The Macro is great for taking pictures of your computer parts since it can focus very close.

The thing you must bear in mind about extension tubes is that you have to focus manually and they can be cumbersome to use overtime, and it's rather difficult at very close distances where any little hand movement is heavily magnified (i.e. gets shaky). The Macro lens can still focus automactically at a close distance, so you can still get relatively close and retain autofocus.

If you're worried about price, try buying used. But in all honesty, I can't see you not being happy with the lenses once the pictures come out. I myself felt guilty for being 18 and having ~$3000 in camera gear, but it's a wonderful hobby to have.
Edited by Winwin - 10/31/11 at 11:38am
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Option 2, skip the ETs and save some cash. The kit lens focuses close enough for computer part photos.
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Option 2, skip the ETs and save some cash. The kit lens focuses close enough for computer part photos.
If I skip on the Extension Tubes, what about the nature macro's? That 100mm Macro lens is looking pretty good right now...

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FF = Full-frame. The 5D/1Ds Canon series cameras. EF-S and some of the Sigma lenses, like the 30mm Sigma, don't work on the 5D/1D series. I wouldn't worry about it right now since I really doubt you're going to move up to one of those anytime soon.
Ok. Thank you. Someday when my budget (and skill) is more, I hope to upgrade to a xD (7D, 5D, 1DS etc. not to be confused with XD.)
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Buy the Sigma 30mm f/1.4. Terrific lens. The image quality is superb, and the low-light capabilities of being able to shoot at f/1.4 will be a great asset in those dark situations where you can't use flash. Plus, the thin depth of field (you know, when the background gets really blurry and your subject is still in focus) is really fun to play with. It's built reletively well as well.

The length of this lens is not a bad length to use when walking around either- you can do a lot of things with it.

If you can, stretch your budget a bit and buy the 60mm f/2.8 Macro along with it as well. The Macro is great for taking pictures of your computer parts since it can focus very close.
I'll buy the 30mm and buy the 60mm/100mm later. I don't know whether I should buy the 60mm/100mm first though as my main focus is macro photo's.
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The thing you must bear in mind about extension tubes is that you have to focus manually and they can be cumbersome to use overtime, and it's rather difficult at very close distances where any little hand movement is heavily magnified (i.e. gets shaky). The Macro lens can still focus automactically at a close distance, so you can still get relatively close and retain autofocus.
That's exactly what I was worried about. I'm not going to use extension tubes (although I might carry some around in case they become handy.)


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If you're worried about price, try buying used. But in all honesty, I can't see you not being happy with the lenses once the pictures come out. I myself felt guilty for being 18 and having ~$3000 in camera gear, but it's a wonderful hobby to have.
I'll try and find some used lenses on eBay. Where else can I find used lenses?

EDIT: I have come up with a plan. Buy the 550D with the Canon 100mm Macro lens first. Then buy a Sigma 30mm later.

EDIT 2: Is the Canon 50mm still worthwhile if I buy that Sigma 30mm?
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If I skip on the Extension Tubes, what about the nature macro's? That 100mm Macro lens is looking pretty good right now...


Ok. Thank you. Someday when my budget (and skill) is more, I hope to upgrade to a xD (7D, 5D, 1DS etc. not to be confused with XD.)

I'll buy the 30mm and buy the 60mm/100mm later. I don't know whether I should buy the 60mm/100mm first though as my main focus is macro photo's.
That's exactly what I was worried about. I'm not going to use extension tubes (although I might carry some around in case they become handy.)


I'll try and find some used lenses on eBay. Where else can I find used lenses?

EDIT: I have come up with a plan. Buy the 550D with the Canon 100mm Macro lens first. Then buy a Sigma 30mm later.

EDIT 2: Is the Canon 50mm still worthwhile if I buy that Sigma 30mm?
Buy the 100mm over the 60mm if you can afford it. You have more working distance (i.e. don't have to be as close to your subject), and the longer focal length allows you to take pictures of objects further away, and it's a beautiful portrait lens as well. Plus, the 100mm will work on the 5D/1D series, in case in the future you do end up with one of these. I owned both variants of the 100mm f/2.8 Macro (L and non-L- I currently have the L) and they are superb lenses.

Actually, the price difference isn't even that big. Just buy the 100mm and have no regrets. It should be $400-450 used... the price of a new 60mm f/2.8 Macro

If you buy the Sigma 30mm f/1.4, I doubt you'll be using the Canon 50mm f/1.8 very much, so don't bother. The Sigma is built and feels better (the 50 1.8 feels too light and fragile, IMO), has better image quality, can let in more light, allows a thinner depth of field, and has a much longer warranty period.

However, if you only buy the 100mm first, you will be extremely limited with what you can do since you will be stuck with a relatively long lens (i.e. everything will be "too zoomed in". Ide get a wider lens first so in those times you need something wider, you have it on you, and you'll have more options open to you when taking pictures. If you can't afford both the 100mm and 30mm, then maybe as others have suggested, buy the 50 1.8 for now along with the 100mm and resell the 50 1.8 once you have the cash to step up to the Sigma.

I buy my lenses used from 2 main sources: POTN (it's a very popular photography forum with photographers from all over the world- google it), and Craigslist. eBay rips you off most of the time unless you're looking for cheap knockoff goods or one of those items you can't find elsewhere.
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