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