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| p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 Macro or EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro? |
Thanks all. Let me learn more about micro shooting to decide which lens will best suit my need.
Methinks this (your above idea) is the wisest approach. Best to know what other folks have been doing (read: what gear they've been using) when starting out on a new endeavor. Doing that homework will give you a better idea of which lenses (in this case) will yield the results you're currently imagining/desiring.
When it comes time to narrowing down your choices be sure to keep your "lens brand" options open. Canon's "macro" lenses are not the final word when it comes to close-up imaging, the Sigma 105mm and 150mm are "stoopid sharp" (to quote a friend of mine, ) and should get your considerations (that those focal lengths best suit your needs). I shoot with their 150mm non-OS and can attest! Also, IS/OS is not a deal-breaker to great imaging either, IMHO, and searching out some of the non-image stabilized lenses will save you some coin if being budget conscious is important. Like JB Goessman, above, I rescued some unloved "macro/closeup" gear for my needs off the B&S...which helped lower my entry-costs.
Anyhoo, best of luck with your research, please do keep us updated on how things went!