Canon macro lens recommendations

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    Canon macro lens recommendations

    I have a canon XSI digital camera, with 3 decent lenses for most shooting needs, but now I would like to get a macro lens for close up photos of watches, nature, and other small things.

    I have looked at the Canon 100mm F2.8 macro lens, which I like, but at near $600 it's out of my range. Is there a decent lens at more reasonable price that you would recommend?

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    Re: Canon macro lens recommendations

    Eh, pretty much any macro lens will do, even the off-brands. Extension tubes work as well. You could also look for something used, or try reversing one of your existing lenses. Heaps of options.

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    Thanks Hydrocarbon, this is very interesting. I'd love to find one of those reverse adapters for my camera, that looks like it would be fun to play with on a lazy afternoon.

    I'm not much of a photographer, I mean I like photography, but have never really studied the art or spent a lot of time practicing it, so I don't follow all the lingo. I guess I'm just an average amateur, but I'm finding it more interesting lately and would like to dabble in it some more.

    Please tell me a little bit more about extension tubes and what they do, relative cost, and whether they're easier to use than the reverse lens deal.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Canon macro lens recommendations

    The Tamron SP AF Di 90mm f/2.8 Macro is a very good Lens.

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    The Tamron looks like a great lens, but still close to $500.

    Does anyone have an opinion on the Canon EF-S 60mm Macro lens? It seems I can get one of these for under $400. Most of the comments I've seen on it are positive, and it seems to be a pretty versatile lens.

    Since this will go on my Rebel XSi, which is not a full-frame camera, I'm not really sure what the effective range of this lens would be. Any ideas?

    Also, are there any options for attaching additional optics to my existing lenses? I thought I read somewhere that close-up lenses can be attached to like a filter to change the magnification of a lens. Does that work?

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    Re: Canon macro lens recommendations

    The 60mm is a great lens, but the working distance is pretty limiting compared to a lens in the 100mm area, you will have a very hard time lighting your subjects.

    Since you are using an APS-C camera the 60mm will give you the equivalent field of view coverage of a 96mm lens mounted on a full frame camera.

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    Re: Canon macro lens recommendations

    If you're on a budget extension tubes work great!
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    Re: Canon macro lens recommendations

    I've been doing some reading on extension tubes, and it seems a combination of tubes and diopters may be a pretty cheap way to get macro capability.

    I checked on Amazon and the Opteka tube set with 13 mm, 21 mm, and 31 mm tubes is about $80.

    Amazon also has a 58mm 10x Opteka lens for $20.

    I currently have 3 existing lenses for my XSi, the 18-55 IS, 28-105 EF, and the 100-300. If I add these Opteka attachments, what sort of results should I expect? Will I have trouble with lighting? I have a tri-pod which I would likely use with most macro shots, but I've already had situations where I had difficulty with lighting.

    Thanks for all the input.

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    I'd get a lens over tubes and extensions just about every time.

    I'd get the Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 compact macro if I were in your shoes. Here's a shopping guide link for it: Canon Macro lens - 50 mm - F/2.5 - Canon EF

    Let us know through samples what you got when you get it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AirWatch View Post
    I'd get a lens over tubes and extensions just about every time.

    I'd get the Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 compact macro if I were in your shoes. Here's a shopping guide link for it: Canon Macro lens - 50 mm - F/2.5 - Canon EF

    Let us know through samples what you got when you get it.
    Well, I'm sure a dedicate macro lens is better and easier in most cases, but for about $100 the Opteka rig seems to be a reasonable alternative for occasional use, assuming that it works. I'm just wondering if that setup would produce decent results.

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