Originally Posted by Marin
I'm loving this macro lens.
Yeah, awesome isn't it?
Originally Posted by Dragoon
That photo was taken with the EF-S 60mm Macro? Awesome shot.
I have two questions though... Last night I tried to take some night shots through the window of my bedroom (Taken at f/3.5 and f/7.1) with high exposure times (5~10 sec). I noticed that the photo blurred quite a bit, is it normal with such high exposure times?
I removed the lens to check it properly for some defects (none), when I placed it back on the body I got a tiny particle of dust on the lower left corner of the sensor (what rotten luck), the self cleaning process isn't strong enough to shake it out, so I have to clean manually. My doubt is, I have a small micro fiber cloth, is it safe to use it to remove the dust particle off the sensor by passing on it very lightly, just enough for the weight of the tip of the cloth to grab it?
EDIT: Gone, just read your edit on the previous page on the recommendations on the macro and telephoto lens. The macro lens is affordable, and if it's worth it, I'll save up. The 55-250 IS seems like an excellent deal.
Well then, (finally...I think) it's settled:
EF 50mm f/1.8 II - 108€
Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM - 496€ I think Sigmas HSM is like Canons USM AF motors
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS 289€
EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM 419€
Dragoon, when doing long exposures with the camera stationary, you need to turn the IS on the lens off. It plays havoc with the camera when doing long exposures for some reasons. Try again and see for yourself: watch the AF points during the exposure, you'll notice the picture "drifts" slowly. It's strange and took me forever to figure out that IS was the culprit. IS is only for shorter shutter speeds that are hand held.
And definitely DON'T touch your sensor with even a microfiber cloth. There are some options if you have a tenacious piece of dust on your sensor:
1. Use a bulb blower (I use a Giotto Rocket blower, in expensive, usually takes care of things)
2. Use a Copperhill cleaning kit (http://www.copperhillimages.com/index.php
3. Send it off to Canon to be cleaned, or take to a local authorized service center (if there is one)
And I wouldn't use canned air either. Some do, but canned air puts out a lot of pressure and can actually dislodge components or force dust even further into the camera body. Plus, there's always the risk that an unexpected jet of liquid will come out.
And your lens lineup looks decent - although, you could do one of two things two things: either don't get the 50mm f/1.8 and put the cost of that towards the EF 70-300mm USM IS, OR dump the EF 55-250mm f/4-5.6 and put the money from that towards the EF 50mm f/1.4 USM. Just a thought, that way you can have better glass and then eventually get the other. The EF-S 60m, and Sigma 10-20mm are definitely very good choices. The Sigma is nearly the equal of the Canon 10-22mm, so I'm interested to see how it works for you.Edited by GoneTomorrow - 1/16/09 at 6:51am