Macro Lens Focal Length

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    Macro Lens Focal Length

    Hey Fellas and WIS,

    I'd like to bounce some ideas off you and humbly ask for advice on my next purchase. I'm a very occasional photographer. I like to photograph my watches, pistols, and pool cues showing the detail that was put into them that makes them worth noticing. That being said, I have two cameras, both Canon SLRs, one film and one digital. My digital is an older 6.1MP EOS 10D if I remember correctly. I have a 50mm f1.4 and a 1.4 telextender, a 28-105mm f3.5, and a 75-300 IS Zoom. When I have to photograph an item and show detail I normally use a tripod, natural light, and my normal lens or wide angle zoom. Of course the results are better with the normal lens, but it's a pain to move the tripod or the subject until I get the frame where I had envisioned the results. The wide angle zoom is much easier but not as crisp. I can't get the detail I sometimes want to show with either lens.

    Which brings me to the point. I'm ready to pull the trigger today on a Macro lens. I've done some research and both the Canon 100mm f2.8 and the Tamron 90mm f2.8 are highly rated and recommended, and in my price range. I'm hesitating only because I wonder if I should buy a zoom. From what I read, the zoom would not be as sharp but maybe it would suffice for my needs. Would it be soooooo much easier to use? Would I like the results? I hear that Sigma makes a great macro zoom. I would like you guys with a macro lens, better yet several of them, or experience with several photographing watchs to weigh in and advise me. I really will only be using this lens for the purposes stated and not shooting insects or anything like that . I need helppppppppp !!!!!!!!!!! What focal length is appropriate for watches?

    Thanks in advance...Tom

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    Re: Macro Lens Focal Length

    I think for the time being I've decided on a Canon 250D close up lens. Pro photographers report they work great on zooms from 50-135mm with the aperature stopped down to f16-22 which is what I want anyway. Only $92 from Amazon so I ordered one already. Full report to follow but it may be a while...Tom

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    Re: Macro Lens Focal Length

    Hi Tom,

    FWIW this topic came up recently... Here's a link to that thread:

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/showthread.php?t=344621

    Good luck with it. Looking forward to seeing some shots!

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    Re: Macro Lens Focal Length

    I can tell you from experience that the Canon 100mm Macro is an incredible lens. Very versitile, I've used it on everything from plants & bugs to watches & electronics. I have the ring flash to go with it, and the results - even hand-held - are fantastic. If you want to try it out, you can usually rent one. Try it out for a week and compare it to the close-up lens. You'll be sold!

    Good luck!

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    Re: Macro Lens Focal Length

    I can tell you from experience that the Canon 100mm Macro is an incredible lens. Very versitile, I've used it on everything from plants & bugs to watches & electronics. I have the ring flash to go with it, and the results - even hand-held - are fantastic. If you want to try it out, you can usually rent one. Try it out for a week and compare it to the close-up lens. You'll be sold!

    Good luck!

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    Re: Macro Lens Focal Length

    The 250D should do the trick nicely, but between those two macro lenses mentioned, do the Canon for sure. The Tamron will frustrate you with its focusing lag.

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    Re: Macro Lens Focal Length

    i have a Canon 100mm macro and it is incredible so say the least...
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