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Hey guys,

I am thinking about picking up a macro lens as my first "accessory" lens. Right now I have a 50mm f/1.8, 18-55 kit lens, and 25-90 kit lens. I am looking to do alot of macro fun, I've taken a few macro shots with an ebay adapter. Enjoyed doing that alot, I'll post some pictures below. What do you guys think of this lens, does anyone here have it? Can speak of it firsthand? Is it to nice to use on my XSi body?


IMG_0921.jpg by colbyjax, on Flickr


IMG_0904.jpg by colbyjax, on Flickr

Link to the lens...


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post #2 of 16
I have that exact lense on my XTi

The good: Image quality/clarity is fantastic. 100mm gives you good distance. It is actually a decent portrait lense and I end up using it for more things than just standard small macro shots.

The Bad: No image stabilization. You can get by if you have a steady hand and you are outside on a bright sunny day but other wise you need a tripod. I use it most inside with my lightbox and tripod setup

couple samples:
From Pebble Beach car show last year:

Something smaller:
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How far down can it get? Any demos of something "really" small?
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post #4 of 16
I have this lens with the XSi as well, heres some sample pictures:











I bought this when the L version came out, but the L version has image stabilization and 1:1, I might consider upgrading and sell this one.
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Hmm sell that one.
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Would you be interested if I sold it to you for $480? UV filter and OEM lens hood included.
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Not really at that price, as I can get a "refurb" from canon for less. But 400 sounds amazing. =-)
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Cole19 View Post
How far down can it get? Any demos of something "really" small?



This is probably the smallest/closest one I have handy, it's a watch dial. I collect Russian watches and frequent a watch forums I have a lot of these kind of pictures.
Edited by cavallino - 2/11/11 at 4:49pm
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post #9 of 16
for 400 bucks the tamron 90mm is probably your best bet.
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The Canon 100/2.8 and the Tamron 90 are both excellent macro lenses, but you should also consider the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8. I used to shoot with it on an XTi, 40D and 7D. It's deadly sharp and a much more versatile focal length (for use as a normal prime). It's much easier to hand hold shots, though the working distance gets fairly small for 1:1.
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