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So i have a canon eos XTi/400d
Pretty nice camera like it but need some different lenses
i already have these...

Tokina Fisheye 10-17 F3.5-4.5 DX
CanonEFS 55-250mm
CanonEFS 18-55mm

Im looking for better glass really..
i like the tokina lense because its super nice glass also cost me a grip load of money when i got in vegas..

So really im looking for better glass, FOR macro the 18-55 is not close enough for what im trying to do..along with the telefoto lense...it only focuses so much when im trying to get close up of needles on vinyl along with tattoo...
So Macro lenses along with telefoto lenses
Nothing to crazy though like ones for the 5dmkII

My budget is 200-500
I have tons of filters and what not
use macbook air for editing if need be..

i dont know any companies that make lenses other then nikon tokina and canon ...

Thanks photo guys
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The canon 100mm macro is a fantastic choice if you want a medium telephoto with macro capability. I used mine for quite a bit of other stuff than macro when I had mine. Fantastic sharpness and pretty good AF if you set the limiter correctly. You can find one used at the upper end of your budget.

There are other macro options that may be a bit cheaper also, Tamron 90macro and the Tokina 100macro come to mind. I don't know the price point of the Canon 60mm macro but it is rather nice also.

Kenko extension tubes run around $175 new and make a great option with your existing lenses. To shorten the working distance and increase the magnifiction of your 18-55 or 55-250 these things work wonders. I often use the smallest (16mm) tube with my 70-200 when shooting things like butterflies to move me a little closer and fill the frame a bit better without losing the long end to much. Be sure to read about how the tubes work before you buy, you lose some long focusing distance when you gain the short. I can explain more if you want when I have more time.
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I'll echo the recommendations for the Canon 60/2.8, Canon 100/2.8 and Tamron 90/2.8 macro lenses. All are very good quality. Pick one based on much working distance you need (distance from the lens to subject at 1:1 magnification). For jittery wildlife, a 100mm lens will give you more WD than a 60mm.

And if you use your kit lens a lot, I would definitely get the 18-55 IS or 18-55 IS II to replace it. The first generation 18-55, which you have, is awful, one of the worst Canon has made in recent years. The IS version is a huge improvement though, and can be had for less than $100.
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