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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Clarksville, TN USA

    a good macro lense for 150-200 bucks?

    Hi i was wondering what is the best lense for macro photos. I have a cannon EOS rebel xt (GREAT CAMERA) i want to get the lense from B&H because they have very good shipping and customer service. In fact that is the only place i will buy from. i don't need anything fancy. I also wanted to know what is a good lense if i need to zoom in. also didn't want to spend more than 250 bucks.

    Cannon Rebel XT
    Minolta Dimage 7HI

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Yorktown, VA
    This lens, the Sigma 70-300mm APO DG had some good comments earlyer on this forum. I remember one of the senior members having sample up here, several were a butterfly, some aligator looking thing, but i can't find the post for you so, hopefully the guy will reply to this.


    I found the post, for the examples. http://dcresource.com/forums/showthr...t=sigma+70-300
    Last edited by LoveOfSelene; 01-23-2006 at 08:56 PM.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    That 70-300 APO DG Sigma will give you a 1:2 macro mode. It is not of the quality of a dedicated macro, but it allows you to stay quite a bit from your subject. If you want a 1:1 macro lens, the Sigma 50mm f2.8 EX DG is your best choice, it is a very good macro lens for around 220$. For full magnification you need to get quite close to the subject, due to the fact that it is a 50mm macro.

    It depends on what you want to use it for which one would be best for you.
    Canon EOS 350D, Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 macro, Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 DC EX, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM, Tokina AT-X124 Pro 12-24mm F4, Soligor 1.7x C/D4 DG Teleconvertor, Manfrotto 724B tripod, Canon Powershot S30

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Los Angeles, CA
    Personally I found true macro photography to be a lot tougher than I thought. It brings on its own issues of managing focus/DOF and of adequate lighting. Great macro shots can be a true wonder but they're often a lot of work to acheive esp. with subjects like insects or even outdoor flowers. The slightest breeze can often take a flower out of focus with the narrow DOF you encounter on a true macro lens.

    That being said, either of the lenses mentioned by LoveOfSelene or coldrain might be good choices - but for different reasons. The Sigma 70-300 APO DG is a good telephoto lens for your XT that can do double duty on macro shots. I owned one for a while and it's very reasonably priced and can be a very sharp lens. I haven't used the Sigma 50 coldrain mentioned but I did use the Sigma 100mm f2.8 EX DG for a while and it is an exceptional lens. The nice thing about the 50 is it could double as a nice portrait lens.
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    First, let me say I know it is more than $250 but if you are serious about getting started in macro photography, I have to recommend that you save a few more dollars and get the Canon EF 100 F/2.8 macro!!! This is one of the sharpest lenses that I own and worth every penny I spent on it! In the few weeks that I have owned it, I have gotten so many comments from my friends what they see the photos I have taken. It is razor sharp, excellent color and contrast, and solid built. The only thing missing is the "L" stamped on the barrel! Trust me what I say it is every bit as sharp as either of my L lenses! You won't be sorry!
    EOS 20D, Canon EF 70-200 F/2.8L IS, Canon EF 100-400 F/4.5-5.6L IS, Canon EF 100 F/2.8 Macro, Canon EF 28-105 F/3.5-4.5 II USM, Canon EF-S 18-55 F/3.5-5.6, Sigma 24-70 F/2.8 EX DG, Tamron SP AF200-500 F/5-6.3 Di LD IF, Canon 1.4X II, Canon 430EX,plus lots more!

  6. #6
    cclay6482 Guest

    Tamron Zoom

    From personal experience, I'd suggest the Tamron 75-300mm 1:2 LD. I recently purchased one for my 20D. It retails for around $160, and is a great performer. Check out example photos on Photosig or Pbase to see for yourself.

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