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D. Diggler
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I know a guy who got a macro lens and then ended up selling it. Said it wasn't worth the trouble (and dollar investment) carrying it around all day for just a couple shots.


Dec 19, 2012 at 12:44 AM
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p.2 #2 · p.2 #2 · Value of macro lens?


I'd say if all you're going to use it for is ring shots, it's probably not worth it. If you're going to also shoot details as well as use it for personal and other work, they are pretty cool lenses.


Dec 19, 2012 at 01:00 AM
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p.2 #3 · p.2 #3 · Value of macro lens?


Superb sharp images, useful for detail shots and ring shots, fun with flowers and insects in your spare time, also handy at 'normal' distances - what's not to like?

Main reason not to get one is if you're budget-constrained. Otherwise, it's very handy to have one in the bag



Dec 19, 2012 at 01:21 AM
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I got the 105mm VR mainly for ring shots, the extension tubes works great too but the 105mm seems to give a little extra.
The other reason for having the 105mm is to use along side the 70-200 or in case the 70-200 packs up. You can do some cool close up shots of eyes etc as well as using it for portraits.

But if I had the money again I would use it towards a combo of the 85mm f/1.8 & 28mm f/1.8 or the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 and 85mm f/1.4, I would get more use from them and just go back to using an externion tube.



Dec 19, 2012 at 09:57 AM
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D. Diggler wrote:
I know a guy who got a macro lens and then ended up selling it. Said it wasn't worth the trouble (and dollar investment) carrying it around all day for just a couple shots.


Agreed. My 135L + some slight cropping is more than enough for me. No client is going to buy a big canvas for a ring shot, so for me it's not worth the $800+ investment.



Dec 19, 2012 at 01:10 PM
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BKphotography wrote:
Google it.


Best advice ever. I never thought of that!

</sarcasm>



Dec 19, 2012 at 03:21 PM
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I actually use a little cheapo canon lens that I removed the front element from. It's insanely tight macro, and you have to be literally 1/2 inch from the rings to even get the shot, but it's so dramatic that I like to use it. It has a focal plane of about 1-2mm, so it's really hard to pull focus with manually, but the results are rather gnarly, I feel.








Dec 19, 2012 at 04:10 PM
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p.2 #8 · p.2 #8 · Value of macro lens?


extension tubes for us as well. works great.


Dec 19, 2012 at 06:08 PM
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imaginephotoaz wrote:
I actually use a little cheapo canon lens that I removed the front element from. It's insanely tight macro, and you have to be literally 1/2 inch from the rings to even get the shot, but it's so dramatic that I like to use it. It has a focal plane of about 1-2mm, so it's really hard to pull focus with manually, but the results are rather gnarly, I feel.

http://imaginephotoaz.com/imagine/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/531029_10151321248741639_1796725630_n-1.jpg


How does removing the front element magically create a macro lens? Never heard of that. Very cool.



Dec 19, 2012 at 06:11 PM
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p.2 #10 · p.2 #10 · Value of macro lens?


I wouldn't get the 105vr Macro. I had it and I can't really recommend it.. I use the Sigma 105 2.8 Macro which is about $300 used. The 105Vr is bulky and for some reason not as sharp as the Sigma!


Dec 19, 2012 at 06:12 PM
 

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Jamesbjenkins wrote:
How does removing the front element magically create a macro lens? Never heard of that. Very cool.


I started a thread about this like 6 years ago...can't believe it's been that long. but anyways, here's a run down.

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=190428



Dec 19, 2012 at 06:15 PM
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ZachOly wrote:
My 135L + some slight cropping is more than enough for me.


I use a 12mm extension tube on my 135 for ring shots. Allows you to get a lot closer.



Dec 20, 2012 at 12:51 AM
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p.2 #13 · p.2 #13 · Value of macro lens?


I love the original Canon 100 2.8. I picked up one last year for under $400.








Dec 20, 2012 at 02:56 AM
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p.2 #14 · p.2 #14 · Value of macro lens?


I've got the 105VR and love it. Fantastic for ring shots and details, but, also makes a great portrait lens.























Dec 20, 2012 at 01:48 PM
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Jamesbjenkins wrote:
Best advice ever. I never thought of that!

</sarcasm>


Yeah. It was a terrible bit of advice.

That's what I thought when you recommended it to me in a previous post.

Now you know too.



Dec 20, 2012 at 01:59 PM
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BKphotography wrote:
Yeah. It was a terrible bit of advice.

That's what I thought when you recommended it to me in a previous post.

Now you know too.


Wow. You really showed me man. Bazinga!



Dec 20, 2012 at 02:15 PM
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awad wrote:
I started a thread about this like 6 years ago...can't believe it's been that long. but anyways, here's a run down.

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=190428


Yep, that's probably where I read it once, then I found the lens in an old camerabag my wife had laying around, it came back to me, and voila, cheapo ultra macro. cheers



Dec 20, 2012 at 06:26 PM
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p.2 #18 · p.2 #18 · Value of macro lens?


When I was using Nikon I at one point had the 105VR and I found it terrible for portraits because of how slow to focus it was. I also usually used it in a manual focus mode for ring shots because it hunted so bad. I ended up selling it and going with an old 55mm f/3.5 AI Macro lens which is small and very sharp. Not sure ultimate if I am going to keep it and use it on my 5d3 with an adaptor or look into a different lens, but since I only use it for ring shots it needs to be small and not take up much room in the bag.


Dec 21, 2012 at 07:15 PM
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p.2 #19 · p.2 #19 · Value of macro lens?


Macro lens i used wedding day and i think it looking so fresh.


Dec 26, 2012 at 04:55 AM
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p.2 #20 · p.2 #20 · Value of macro lens?


After quite a bit of thought and pricing, I decided to get a full set of extension tubes and try to get comfortable with using my 85mm 1.8G with them for the small number of macro shots I need to do during the wedding day.

Thanks for the good feedback all!



Dec 27, 2012 at 03:52 PM
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