Calling all Lens Gurus...

Discussion in 'Photography / Video' started by Baseball_Junkie, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. Baseball_Junkie Fish Witcher

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    Ok, here is the deal. My wife is an avid photographer and would love a macro lens. I got her a Canon Rebel T2i fir Christmas last year. I don't know DICK about cameras except that I figured the better unit I bought her, the better pics of my fish she would take!!! So my question is can you guys give me some info and/or advice as to what I should get her? Can't spend a TON of $$$ or I won't have gas money to fish...:) so some help would be most appreciated. Her main macro subs are Mushrooms, Wild Flowers, insects and of course trout lips!!

    Thanks all,
  2. KerryS Ignored Member

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    I am not a "lens guru" by any stretch. I purchased a Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro lens for my Nikon awhile back for macro work. Inexpensive, relatively speaking, and does a decent job for me. Switching from auto to manual focus is a little different on the Tamron lens and took me some time to get use to. The af is slow and a little noisy but other than that I have had nice results with it.

    I'll try and post up some shots taken with the lens.
  3. Wes Telyea Member

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  4. Baseball_Junkie Fish Witcher

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    Thanks. I'll check it out.
  5. Wes Telyea Member

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    Another thing you can do to check for image quality is search a particular lens on flickr. The results will show you all the photo's with any lens you search.
  6. reastiebeagle New Member

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  7. ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    the cheapest solution is extension tubes, especially if you already have an 85 f1.8 or 50 f1.4
  8. jackchinook Member

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    Yes, it's true that this lens will take great'll take some of the most kick-ass, sharp close-ups your eyeballs will handle.

    But, speaking from experience with this lens on a APS-C camera (my 40d has the same sensor size and field of view as your wife's Rebel)....I'd recommend you take a hard look at the newer, smaller, lighter, less expensive Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 macro. It has received stellar reviews and will be slightly wider angle than the 100mm....for bigger fish, I've found I need to back WAY up with my 100mm macro....unless I'm purposely trying to get a close-up of the eyes or something.

    You can't go wrong with either lens. They're tack sharp, both of them. But I think the 60mm is a more versatile lens for all-around use on a 1.6x crop body. In fact, it was designed to function like the 100mm lens did on old film cameras.

    Good luck! I wish my wife would be looking for lenses for me!