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Tokina 100mm f/2.8 AT-X 100 AF PRO D

AT-XM100PRO_D
Review Date: Jan 11, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $270.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Takes great macro shots. Quality build.
Cons:
Slow AF limits its use in other areas. Lens is heavy.

Picked up on ebay. As others have said bokeh is very nice and macro shots are quite good. Other macros are also good but all are more expensive. Build quality and materials are excellent from what I can see. Appears one could crush a skull with it if such a crazy scenario presented itself!

Weight does shift the center of balance a bit more forward than I am used to but again that is due to the weight of the materials used. If you need a dedicated macro lens, this is best "Bang for the Buck".


 
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM

ef75_300usm_1_
Review Date: Jan 11, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: It works well enough for its price point and has some use with reversed lenses for macro work.
Cons:
Lens creep especially with a reversed lens attached to the filter mount.

Got this from my dad. He had a EOS II film camera, the kit lens, and the 75 - 300 zoom. It has to be at least 10 years old and has no USM. Pics from it have looked good to the untrained eye though IS would be great to compensate at the long end and lower light. However, this older version has looked good so far. One area it is very good on initial tests is to have it attached to the camera body and use a reversing ring with a 50mm prime attached to the end. Picked up a cheap eBay 50 mm prime for $10 and reversing ring for $8. Now I can get nice macros on my 20D anywhere from 3:2 to 6:1 if I can get good light. Really a great way to use such an inexpensive lens. Did not notice any vignetting on my 1.6x crop sensor.

Besides, how can you appreciate the best if you haven't used the rest first?