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Thanks a lot, I'll definitely look into it smile.gif
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Tokina AF 100mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro D

Great lens and reasonably priced.
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are you being limited on how big you can get an object (magnification)? or you need to get so close you spook your subject (length)?

if you need more magnification, any true macro will work (all the 100/2.8 being recommended are perfect). but typically these lenses have about 6" of working space to get maximum magnification (1:1), so you can end up spooking your subjects

if you need more length, then you need longer focal length lenses, which could include zooms (70-300IS, 55-250, etc). this means you are standing further away, not necessarily getting more magnification.

my recommendation is, IF you need both magnification and length then pick up a 100mm+ macro (i think canon has a 185/3.5, could be wrong). i believe 180mm macros have a 15" working distance so you are roughly 1ft away from your subject which is a decent distance. keep in mind these lenses are heavy so you probably would need a tripod. you can make do hand held but i wouldnt recommend it.
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are you being limited on how big you can get an object (magnification)? or you need to get so close you spook your subject (length)?
if you need more magnification, any true macro will work (all the 100/2.8 being recommended are perfect). but typically these lenses have about 6" of working space to get maximum magnification (1:1), so you can end up spooking your subjects
if you need more length, then you need longer focal length lenses, which could include zooms (70-300IS, 55-250, etc). this means you are standing further away, not necessarily getting more magnification.
my recommendation is, IF you need both magnification and length then pick up a 100mm+ macro (i think canon has a 185/3.5, could be wrong). i believe 180mm macros have a 15" working distance so you are roughly 1ft away from your subject which is a decent distance. keep in mind these lenses are heavy so you probably would need a tripod. you can make do hand held but i wouldnt recommend it.

I am looking for either a zoom lens, or macro, and having both would be nice! Although, I'm assuming the one that features both is not better in macro as opposed to the one that is specifically a macro lens. Or am I entirely wrong?
post #15 of 25
It's hard/impossible to have both in one. The 70-300IS probably fits the bill nicely, though you might consider a used or refurbished 70-200 f/4L since it's not much more money (if at all).
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I am looking for either a zoom lens, or macro, and having both would be nice! Although, I'm assuming the one that features both is not better in macro as opposed to the one that is specifically a macro lens. Or am I entirely wrong?
Seems like you should get two lens then.
One is the 100 macro and the other a 70-200 f/4L or the 24-105 f/4L IS.
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Seems like you should get two lens then.
One is the 100 macro and the other a 70-200 f/4L

This is the least expensive solution to your problem.
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I am looking for either a zoom lens, or macro, and having both would be nice! Although, I'm assuming the one that features both is not better in macro as opposed to the one that is specifically a macro lens. Or am I entirely wrong?

well if you mean zoom lens as a lens with multiple focal lengths (not a prime) then yes you are correct, i have yet to see a zoom 1:1 macro.

if you mean zoom as getting closer to the subject without actually moving closer (this is a common mis-nomenclature for the term zoom) then no, there are 180mm or even 200mm macro which will get you fairly close to your subject.
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This is the least expensive solution to your problem.

he can probably cheap out some more with a 60/2 or 90/2.8 tamron and a telephoto....
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post #19 of 25
Probably. The 60/2.8 has a pretty poor working distance IMO, though the Tamron is probably about the only lens from that company worth buying.
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This is the least expensive solution to your problem.

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well if you mean zoom lens as a lens with multiple focal lengths (not a prime) then yes you are correct, i have yet to see a zoom 1:1 macro.
if you mean zoom as getting closer to the subject without actually moving closer (this is a common mis-nomenclature for the term zoom) then no, there are 180mm or even 200mm macro which will get you fairly close to your subject.
he can probably cheap out some more with a 60/2 or 90/2.8 tamron and a telephoto....

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Seems like you should get two lens then.
One is the 100 macro and the other a 70-200 f/4L or the 24-105 f/4L IS.

I think I'm gunna go for a zooms lens, I think I want to get closer to my subjects without physically moving instead of having a better magnification. What zoom lens is a good one?
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