Canon Macro Lens

Rookies

Distinguished Member
I am thinking of getting either a

50mm or 100mm canon macro lens. I am more torn to the 50mm as i plan to do the photos hand held rather than tripod. I think the 100mm will shake more wont it?
 

Radiohead

Well-known Member
50mm Macro - what's that, the f2.5? Old lens now and not a genuine 1:1 either. Look at the EF-S 60mm, or the EF 100mm, or the great Tamron 90mm or Sigma 105.

Working distance can be important with macro and 60mm isn't that long for critters even on a 1.6x crop - the tiny depth of field at large apertures will give you headaches handheld. Serious macro demands a tripod and very, very good technique, plus exemplary understanding of light and exposure.

The lens doesn't shake btw, the person holding it does. It's a specialist field and takes time to be good.
 

Kalef

Active Member
Depends what your shooting & with what camera. The 60mm EFS is a very good lens & on a crop camera is a very good portrait lens. If you are going to shoot insects etc then the 100mm would be better as you would have a much better working distance.

Either way I have seen some very good photo's from both 60mm & 100mm lenses.
 

Rookies

Distinguished Member
50mm Macro - what's that, the f2.5? Old lens now and not a genuine 1:1 either. Look at the EF-S 60mm, or the EF 100mm, or the great Tamron 90mm or Sigma 105.

Working distance can be important with macro and 60mm isn't that long for critters even on a 1.6x crop - the tiny depth of field at large apertures will give you headaches handheld. Serious macro demands a tripod and very, very good technique, plus exemplary understanding of light and exposure.

The lens doesn't shake btw, the person holding it does. It's a specialist field and takes time to be good.


Hi,

Well I want a EF Lens you see as EF-S wont be any good when I upgrade to a better canon body once i learnt everything....

The EF 50mm can be get for £130 i though it was a good buy... So look like i have to look into the 100mm Macro. I though the 50mm is 1 to 1? looking at some websites?

If you know where i can get the 100mm at a good price let us know... So you saying macro shoots are normally done on tripods? I though we be able to do some handhelds while walking if we see some lovely insects

Cheers
 

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