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Groundhog66
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Looking for a lens for close-ups, any decent inexpensive options out there?


Jan 26, 2012 at 04:00 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Inexpensive macro glass for my 50D


What counts as cheap? I own the Tokina 35/2.8 and Canon ef-s 60/2.8. I got the 35 used for $200. I'd base your choice on what you shoot and how much working distance you want. I use them underwater, so I want to be close to the subject to minimize the amount of water between me and it. If I shot something like lizards or dragonflies, I might want something like a 100mm or 150mm.

If you don't want to spend $200-500 on a macro lens, you can always use extension tubes. My setup for a while was a 50/1.8 and extension tube--worked pretty well and didn't cost much.



Jan 26, 2012 at 04:06 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Inexpensive macro glass for my 50D


I guess I was looking at something like the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens for $106.95, but I don't know enough about glass to know if it's any good...OR if it's actually what I need. From the description, it sounds like it is. It has also gotten many good reviews.


Jan 26, 2012 at 04:08 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Inexpensive macro glass for my 50D


Tamron 90mm/2.8


Jan 26, 2012 at 04:16 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Inexpensive macro glass for my 50D


The 50/1.8 is plastic throughout, but really sharp. If you don't drop it, it holds up fine. Great lens for the money. If you really want to go cheap, you can try reversing a lens. Google this and lots will pop up.


Jan 26, 2012 at 04:18 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Inexpensive macro glass for my 50D


50D and Tamron 90 f/2.8




















Jan 26, 2012 at 04:37 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Inexpensive macro glass for my 50D


Absolutely beautiful shots, Jim.....Wow. Are you in the Bay Area, I need some lessons...lol

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Jan 26, 2012 at 04:45 AM
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For a crop camera, the Tamron 60mm F2 Macro is probably the best 1:1 macro going when you consider the price.. working distance, and F2 speed, and image quality. I had it for my D7000 and sold it as I plan to move to full frame.. but boy do I miss that lens more than any other. Very versatile.


Jan 26, 2012 at 04:46 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Inexpensive macro glass for my 50D


Sigma 50, 70, 105 are all nice macro lenses for decent prices


Jan 26, 2012 at 06:45 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Inexpensive macro glass for my 50D


Groundhog66 wrote:
Looking for a lens for close-ups, any decent inexpensive options out there?


Groundhog66 wrote:
I guess I was looking at something like the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens for $106.95, but I don't know enough about glass to know if it's any good...OR if it's actually what I need.


The last question needs to be answered first. To know if it's what you need, we need to know what you want to shoot. "Macro" and "close up" may not mean the same thing to different people.

For example, to me macro means an object will be at least the same size in a 4 X 5 print as it is in real life, and much bigger than life in a larger print. Pictures of insects, or of stamps and coins, are typical of what I think of as macro shots.

With a minimum focus distance of 1.5 feet, the Canon 50mm f/1.8 doesn't really fit into the above definition the way I look at it.

A "close-up" can be smaller than real life in the print (a portrait, for example), but should frame the subject in a way that's closer than how I normally look at it. If a person's face completely fills the frame, for example, I'd call it a closeup.

The 50 1.8 could fit that definition.

So...what is it that you want out of your "inexpensive macro glass"?



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Chris Ventura wrote:
For a crop camera, the Tamron 60mm F2 Macro is probably the best 1:1 macro going when you consider the price.. working distance, and F2 speed, and image quality. I had it for my D7000 and sold it as I plan to move to full frame.. but boy do I miss that lens more than any other. Very versatile.

Great lens. I have only tried it but want to buy it. Good for portraits as well. An undocumented feature is that it works all right on 1D series without vignetting (but probably not 5D/1Ds).



Jan 26, 2012 at 01:52 PM
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As an inexpensive option, consider looking for an old Vivitar 100mm f/3.5. I recently picked one up here on the b & s for $160. It's less sharp than my Sigma 105mm and feels a bit 'cheap' in the hand but produces nice images. Just make sure you find one that's complete with the 1:1 adaptor.
-Cam








Jan 26, 2012 at 02:34 PM
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BrianO wrote:
So...what is it that you want out of your "inexpensive macro glass"?


Exactly. You need to specify a bit better.



Jan 26, 2012 at 02:59 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Inexpensive macro glass for my 50D


The old EF 50/2.5 macro is a very sharp lens.


Jan 26, 2012 at 03:00 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Inexpensive macro glass for my 50D


If you want to go cheep, get "Kenko extension tubes", "Fotodiox macro bellows", or buy a "macro reverse ring" for a 50mm lens... and get ready for figuring out the workarounds (search the"quotes" on Google).

Otherwise accept that you are going to have to spend the extra money for the extra value.
I used a Sigma 17-70mm (1:2.7) for a while and liked it for a $350ish lensFM review here



Jan 26, 2012 at 03:03 PM
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Extension tubes will give you some macro capability with your current lenses and are very affordable. You can use a diopter (which will work better on a telephoto lens) but I'd suggest avoiding that approach.

Just about every modern 1:1 macro is very, very good if you want a dedicated macro lens. Many are available used here and other places.



Jan 26, 2012 at 03:58 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Inexpensive macro glass for my 50D


I get a lot of mileage out of my Kenko tubes. Well worth the checking out.


Jan 26, 2012 at 05:56 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Inexpensive macro glass for my 50D


One perk of the Canon 60/2.8 is that it focuses really fast, while some macro lenses are quite the opposite (my Tokina 35 is kind of slow). If you shoot static subjects, you might like the slow careful focus. However I often shoot moving subjects, and for this the 60/2.8 really shines on my 7D.

The macro will come in handy even if you usually shoot much less than 1:1. It's just really nice to have the flexibility to get closer when you need to. I have a Sigma 30/1.4 and it drives me nuts because it's MFD is so bad, plus it's AF is less consistent at near MFD. Something like the Tokina 35/2.8 actually makes a really nice walk around prime lens, since you can wonder around shooting random scenes, but then also focus on small details.



Jan 26, 2012 at 09:24 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Inexpensive macro glass for my 50D


Sigma 50/2.8 works well if you can deal with close subject distances. Otherwise a original Canon 100/2.8 macro is fantastic. If you're squeezing pennies even more, a Sigma 105/2.8 macro is decent, and can be had for less than $300.


Jan 26, 2012 at 09:43 PM
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100mm f/2.8 USM Macro ....Rich






Jan 26, 2012 at 10:38 PM
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