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| p.1 #4 · Macro glass, Remote shutter & Tripod suggestions |
It's hard to go wrong with pretty much any macro lens.
If you want to shoot a lot of insects, I'd go for a little longer lens, like the Sigma 150mm (either with OS or without)...truly brilliant lens.
In the 100mm range, the Canon 100/2.8 is great and the 100/2.8L IS is one of the best lenses I've ever owned. However, if you're looking to save some money, the Sigma 105mm OS is supposed to be truly stellar, and I used to own the non OS version, which also was stellar optically (though with much slower focus). The Tamron 90 and Tokina 100 are also both excellent.
As for a tripod, what is your budget? I owned an aluminum Manfrotto for a while which was quite nice, though a little heavy. I currently use an Induro carbon fiber tripod that's wonderful to use and half the weight. Ballhead wise, there's a wide variety of quality and price. I'd go for a Manfrotto 486 as the bare minimum, and if you can swing it, something that uses the Arca-swiss system will be even better (such as the ReallyRightStuff BH-40, Markins M-10, or some of the Photoclam heads (I use the PC-36, which is small, but still very sturdy and extremely well made).