Will any of these lenses do macro?

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  1. Bales1983

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    Hi all,

    Looking at the canon 400D from jessops with the kit 18-55 a tamron 70-300 and im looking to buy a 50mm canon too.

    Will any of these do macro??

    Also weighed this up from pixmania for a tad over £700



    1 Canon EOS 400D + EF-S 18-55 mm lens
    £ 479.90 Inc. VAT

    1 Canon EF 50 F1.8 II standard lens
    £ 73 Inc. VAT

    1 Sigma Lens AF 70-300mm F4-5.6 Macro Super II
    £ 102 Inc. VAT

    2 Pixmania Memory card CompactFlash 80x 2 GB
    £78 Inc. VAT


    I assume with that I could do macro with the Sigma, but at 70mm wouldnt i need to be a far way from the subject?

    And can anyone recommend a good wide angle lense?


    Lee
     
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    The Sigma isn't a true Macro it's a 1:2 macro, which means it'll focus at double the distance of a true macro lense. Therefore the subject will be half the size than true macro.

    It's a reasonable place to start though if you're interested in close up. After all decent macros start at around £220 on import.

    If I were you i'd upgrade that sigma to the APO version. It goes from being a very very average lens to one that fires well beyond it's price bracket. You can get a 70-300 Sigma on import for about £125. Well worth it. If you don't want to go import, or don't wanna spend the extra cash the Tamron 70-300 LD is superior to the Sigma 70-300 non APO, and can be grabbed for £100 on special offer in a few places.

    Everything else looks good!

    Edit: For wide angle you'll probably find the Sigma 10-20 very popular on here. An alternative is the Tokina 12-24 which is a nice, solid lens but hard it's hard to find and is often a bit pricier than the Sigma due to it's rarity.
     
  3. senu

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    Why not use the kit lens for wide angle a bit before shelling out?
    For the APS-C sensors such as 400D 28mm is about 17-18 mm . The "real" wide angle lenses seem rather costly ( £300 upwards) :I'm sure suggestions will come

    I replaced the kit lens with the 17-85 mm EF-S USM IS : It cost £400 ( in March) I'm (very) happy with it as an everyday lens as the IS makes up for the f4 max aperture a lot of the time. It doesn't do Macro:nono:

    The 50mm f1.8 Mk2 is very fast and sharp ( though feels cheap and flimsy) but is very good for the £50-60 it costs: no macro there:(

    Ive just got the Sigma 70-300 DG APO Macro . Im still RTFM:rolleyes: but others who have used it ( and the Tamron) have posted great macro images with it . This lens is better than the non APO or Tamron though ( and costs a bit more) but YMMV. It has max of f4- 5.6 and for its cost no IS so tripod/ shelf / steady hands are a must
    Just do a search on these forums and see user opinions/ Images. There are a few. It only does macro at the 200-300mm range. It does a 1:2 macro but you might not find that a problem

    I got the last 2 lenses from Here the prices seem keen and although I picked them up in person I would recommend them

    PS Just read Valleymans post ( we were posting simultaneously) The Sigma 10- 20 is justifiably well liked and for £260- 300) may remain with you for long especially if you do more of photography that benefits from wide angle
     
  4. jomike

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    A couple of macros done with my Nikon D50 and Sigma 70-300 DG APO Macro. The flies were hand held, mosquito and spider on a tripod.

    Regards, Mike
     

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    got the sigma 70-300mm apo last week, a couple of test macro shot's with it, just cropped and sharpened a tad, great lens for the price but still yet to have a proper play with it.

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    that's how much money i had left after paying for it :D
     
  6. senu

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    Mike, do you have a little insect collection in your garden??:rotfl:
    Nice shots BTW :smashin:
     
  7. senu

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    No.. did you have to walk home then??:D

    ... that just about buys half a litre of petrol and is less than minimum bus fare in here London:rotfl:

    The current atrocious weather is thwarting all attempts to put mine to any use just yet!
     
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    Not just my garden! The (dead) mosquito was on the windowsill and the spider on the lounge ceiling.

    Regards, Mike
     

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