BetterPhoto Q&A
Category: New Questions

Photography Question 
Kelly S. Andrews
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/31/2002

Advice on Buying Macro Lens Needed

I have a Canon EOS Rebel 2000, a 35-80mm lens and a 75-300mm lens. The longer lens is very "tight" and the AF doesn't work so I always have to use manual focus. I love close up floral and bug/butterfly photography along with birds and other wildlife. I usually use my longer lens for close up photography unless I can get really close to a subject (aka one that won't fly away.) I was looking at macro lenses yesterday and found one that is 50mm macro and one that is a 75-300mm with a macro switch. I was considering getting the 75-300 so that I could have the long focal length and the macro capability. Can anybody offer advice on the best kind of macro lens to get?


To love this question, log in above
8/27/2003 7:10:02 PM

Wayne Attridge   Look to see what the minimum focusing distance is for the lens you buy. The 75-300 likely has a much longer distance than the 50. This will affect what you are able to shoot with that particular lens. If you like to get up close, the 50 will probably best suit you. Another alternative is a macro extension. I have a 2x doubler with macro and it will work with any of my lenses from 28mm to 300mm. Try them before you buy them.

To love this comment, log in above
8/28/2003 3:19:30 AM

Log in to respond or ask your own question.