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Best Macro lense for Canon?

Honkamaa
Which is the best 1:1 macro lense for Canon regardless of the price? Its gonna be used for insects also so guess it need to be 100mm or longer..

Gonna use it on a 7D.



Any advices?
A camera, a lense and a tripod.
Posted: 07/22/2011, 07:42:42 AM
Risto40
I have Canon's 100mm L HIS. It's fantastic lens. It makes really sharp pictures, Picture quality is very good. And the image stabiliser works well and is very usable. Few times i've used it for portraits and a deer shot (as this 100mm is my longest lens) as well. I'm satisfied.



I've uploaded some macro shots made with that lens here as well. Here's a few examples:



   Butterfly Plebejus Idas       Image not available or id is incorrect.   



   Details of sewing-machine       Macro shoot   
Canon.
Posted: 07/23/2011, 02:53:58 AM
AGLphotoproductions
Hi



I think the 180 L is a very good one ;-) may the BEST
Posted: 07/23/2011, 07:26:19 AM
Johnnydao
I'm not a macro expert, but I thought of buying one too. I probably won't shoot a lot of macro to be worth buying a dedicated lens for macro. I've been looking at the Canon or Kenko extension tubes. A lot cheaper and does the job. Just giving you few alternatives if you don't want to spend for a dedicated macro lens.
II, Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro...
Posted: 07/23/2011, 08:11:34 AM
Wysiwygfoto
The standard 100mm macro is the most popular and I've found it to be really good. The difference between the standard lens and the L lens is weather sealing and image stabilization. I've never shot a macro image off of a tripod which is why I didn't buy the L lens.
Posted: 07/23/2011, 21:09:11 PM
Pixxart

Originally posted by Wysiwygfoto:
Quoted Message: The standard 100mm macro is the most popular and I`ve found it to be really good. The difference between the standard lens and the L lens is weather sealing and image stabilization. I`ve never shot a macro image off of a tripod which is why I didn`t buy the L lens.




I have the same one and i'm happy with it!

The L lens is probably better, but also much more expensive.

So it also depends what you want to spend....
Canon eos 450d
Posted: 07/24/2011, 10:46:54 AM
Honkamaa
Actually I am looking to get rid of my Ef400/5.6L USM and replace it with a macro lense so I guess the L lense is within my budget. I think I could use IS alot to since I really try to avoid my tripod. :)



Extension tubes are not an option since they will not be able to produce same image quality as an top of the line dedicated macro lense.



I have already 85/1.8 and 70-200/2.8 so this macro lense will only be used for macro.



Thanks for all replies and advices!



Ps. If your interested in a mint condition EF400/5.6L USM dont hesitate to contact me. :)
A camera, a lense and a tripod.
Posted: 07/25/2011, 01:23:41 AM
Johnnydao
Give me an offer I can't refuse. I might be interested.
II, Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro...
Posted: 07/25/2011, 04:47:26 AM
Honkamaa
Was thinking 850E + shipping (from Finland).

Mail me at mats.honkamaa@gmail.com for more info.
A camera, a lense and a tripod.
Posted: 07/25/2011, 04:54:36 AM
Felixcasio
I have the 100mm macro, not the L but the older version. you could get it new for abuot 500-600 and you could sell it for 400 after using it for a few years. I had the L version but found it no better than the regular non-L version so it went back. the 180mm is much more money and produces the same quality image. only benifit is you will be able to get more distance while still maintaining the 1:1. insects will be less scared of you.
L 4.0 70-200 L 4.0 300 4.0 L 580EX II Speedlite...
Posted: 09/23/2011, 09:48:40 AM
Nicku
Yap.... the 100 mm macro (non L) is the best choice money vs quality... extremely sharp lens very good contrast and colors.... is no difference between 100mm macro and L lenses in IQ. The difference is in build quality and focus speed.
100mm f/2.8 USM, Quad core Workstation PC with 8Gb of RAM and Nvidia ...
Edited: 09/23/2011, 10:21:42 AM
Diavata
90% of my images are done with the Tamron 90mm f2.8



Here are a few examples of insects, done with it

The lens is tack sharp, so the preview images - that have sharpening applied to it by default on DT - look oversharpened, but the real image is not. In fact, it's not sharpened at all.



   Caterpillar   



   Damselfly   



   Daddy long legs   



   Caterpillar   
f2.8...
Edited: 09/27/2011, 16:56:11 PM
Svenler
For a crop sensor, I know many guys who use the 60mm and swear by it. For full frame, go with the 100mm.



Sven
Whatever I need to get the job done.
Posted: 09/29/2011, 15:18:41 PM
Nicku

Originally posted by Svenler:
Quoted Message: For a crop sensor, I know many guys who use the 60mm and swear by it. For full frame, go with the 100mm.Sven




Not really... with 60mm you must be at 9 cm from the subject to get a 1:1 macro image, and with 100mm 1:1 is at 31 cm. in many cases you are just too close from the subject with the 60mm. the ideal macro lens is the 180mm L you will get 1:1 from half a meter.
100mm f/2.8 USM, Quad core Workstation PC with 8Gb of RAM and Nvidia ...
Edited: 09/29/2011, 15:32:26 PM
Afagundes
I have the standard 100mm (not the L) and use it for studio stills, very sharp great lens.

The L could only be even better.
f/4L Canon EF 70-300mm IS/USM f/4-5.6 Canon 100mm f/2.8 USM/Macro ...
Posted: 09/29/2011, 16:03:48 PM
Svenler

Originally posted by Nicku:
Quoted Message: Not really... with 60mm you must be at 9 cm from the subject to get a 1:1 macro image, and with 100mm 1:1 is at 31 cm. in many cases you are just too close from the subject with the 60mm. the ideal macro lens is the 180mm L you will get 1:1 from half a meter.




Do you know what they say about people and opinions?



Cheers.
Whatever I need to get the job done.
Posted: 09/30/2011, 12:36:51 PM
Brianarbuthnot
I agree with Nicku,,getting 1;1 from half a meter,one is more likely to get the shot before the subject is scared away, which is why i chose it.
Canon eos 1d MK4+7d.... L glass
Posted: 11/10/2011, 12:30:37 PM
Dmitrio
Zeiss Makro Planar 100 mm is very good. But I don't think that for 1:1 universal lenses that go up to infinity is the best choice in terms of IQ. They are designed for optimal performance in the middle - around 1:2 if not less.

The best IQ at 1:1 would be special macro bellows lenses around 100mm that do not go to infinity and are designed for from 1:2 to 2:1. There are Zeiss, Leitz, Canon FD, Zuiko and others.
Edited: 11/13/2011, 08:45:29 AM