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Evan C. Benson
 

Canon EF-S 60mm Macro or 100mm Macro?


Hello,

Im shooting with a Canon 30D and Rebel XTi. Im getting into macro photography and would like some advice from some members who have shot with these two lenses. Mostly it would be Insects, and Flowers. I would like life size results. Thanks in advance!


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1/25/2008 12:48:13 PM

 
Christopher Budny
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/3/2005
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  I use the 100mm on my XTi, and love it as my all-time favorite lens, and not just for macro images. Image quality is superb, sharpness & color, and the fast f/2.8 really comes in handy as a prime lens, off the tripod. I tried a few 1:1 magnification shots early on, but don't do much of it anymore... a lot of hassle, particularly on moving subjects!
Lately, I've been pondering the 60mm too; with the crop factor of our cameras' chip, the 100 has that field of view of a 160... tight, often constraining a composition, and you may have to pull back from your subject a good ways... The 60 would give you a little more "breathing room" and I'm really interested in trying that out for myself... But, I absolutely LOVE my 100---no doubt about it!


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1/25/2008 1:05:21 PM

 
Carlton Ward
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/13/2005
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  Hi Evan, I also use the 100mm and it is a very nice lens. Look in the butterfly section of my gallery as all but 2 of the images were taken with it. My friend has the 60mm and he loves his as well. A tripod is also a must for macro photography because even a millimeter will make a difference in focusing the lens. There are also specialized heads that slide back and forth for macro photography. I dont have one of these but I always use my tripod for macro shooting.
I made the mistake of buying a Promaster ring flash - the camera store clerk told me it was the same and cheaper than the Canon ring flash. I wish I would have bought the Canon version because the Promaster on/off switch easily turns itself on when I put the flash in my bag. I now have to remove the batteries every time I use it because of this. I'll get the Canon MT-24EX flash when I can afford it. Macro is fun and the backyard has enough subject matter to keep you busy for a long time.


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1/25/2008 1:26:14 PM

 
Carlton Ward
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  One more thing Evan, you may also check out getting an extension tube for the lenses you already have.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=WishList.jsp&A=details&Q=&sku=300601&is=REG


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1/25/2008 1:45:15 PM

 
Evan C. Benson   Thank you all for your overwhelming ansers. I was just photographing sports and landscape. Im wanting to expand my knowledge more into macro. Thanks for your help. And carlton, lol I left out the ringflash in this conversation cause I was going to leave it for another, but you answered it for me.

However, I don't have enough for the mt-24, im going to go with the mr-14... especially seeing that im just starting in this field. Im waiting untill G.W. Bush finishes up in the bathroom and sends us out our rebates! but untill then im learning up on some stuff.

Again thanks for your help!


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1/25/2008 1:51:37 PM

 
Craig m. Zacarelli
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/3/2005
  i have the 11mm also and its a really sweet lens, but I also got a sigma 50mm macro, for less than $300.00 brand new, a three year warrantee and its super sharp!!!


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1/25/2008 5:12:47 PM

 
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