Macro lens on 60D

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batfinkgtr
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Macro lens on 60D
Mar 6, 2013

I am looking at trying to take close ups of some of the corals and fish in my reef tank, but am struggling with the lenses I have currently.

Best images are from my 70-300L, but I have to be miles from the tank for it to focus.  My 50f1.8 and 85f1.8 aren't a great deal better, so was thinking about investing in a dedicated marco lens for this sort of work.

But what would be a good fit and reasonable lens for the 60D.  Was thinking the 100mm macro, but that is 160mm on my camera, was hoping for something shorter.

Any advice??

Cheers,

Gary

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Messiah Complex
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Re: Macro lens on 60D
In reply to batfinkgtr, Mar 6, 2013

Canon also makes an EF-S 60mm Macro that is well reviewed, but something else you could consider is picking up a set of extension tubes that would allow you to turn your 50mm f/1.8 into an excellent macro lens.  You lose infinity focus, but it's an inexpensive way to experiment with macro before taking the plunge on a lens.

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In reply to batfinkgtr, Mar 7, 2013

You could also try a 25mm extension tube to use with your 50 and 85mm lenses. This will let you to focus closer with the lenses and achieve higher magnification.

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In reply to biza43, Mar 7, 2013

Try the 70-300 at 100 - I find it a very comfortable working distance as it's easier to avoid shadows.

Otherwise there's a Canon 60 2.8 or a Tamron 60 2.0.

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In reply to batfinkgtr, Mar 7, 2013

I'd second the suggestions concerning extension tubes. That would be the most economical, and not necessarily a bad solution.
In case you decide to go for a dedicated macro lens, I can recommend the Sigma 105/2.8 OS. I use that on my 60D and it is excellent. Even though the AF is slightly slower than in Canon's 100 L, the Sigma is sharper across the frame. Not to mention that the Sigma is significantly cheaper...

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100L

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batfinkgtr wrote:

I am looking at trying to take close ups of some of the corals and fish in my reef tank, but am struggling with the lenses I have currently.

Best images are from my 70-300L, but I have to be miles from the tank for it to focus. My 50f1.8 and 85f1.8 aren't a great deal better, so was thinking about investing in a dedicated marco lens for this sort of work.

But what would be a good fit and reasonable lens for the 60D. Was thinking the 100mm macro, but that is 160mm on my camera, was hoping for something shorter.

Any advice??

Cheers,

Gary

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In reply to MAC, Mar 8, 2013

Thanks for the input chaps, appreciated.

Might look at the extension tube option first, see how that works, and if I get into it, then maybe a dedicated lens.

Any advantage to getting the Canon extension tubes, after all its only a spacer with fresh air in it, unless there are communication issues between camera and lens with a non-Canon tube.

Thanks

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In reply to batfinkgtr, Mar 8, 2013

I got into macro about a year ago and since then have acquired the Canon EF-100mmL macro, the EF-S60mm macro, a set of extension tubes and a focussing rail.   The 60mm lets you get 1-1 magnification but you are much closer to the target than using the 100mm, so if it is insects and suchlike you are after the 60mm will probably scare them away.    For something static, the focussing rail - not expensive - gives you rock-steady focussing and you can use the 60mm.  I got my extension tubes (metal) from Adorama in NYC (not expensive) and they work fine.   You could always try a reversing ring on your 50mm, but as you know DOF in macro is almost non-existent and I suspect you would find focussing very difficult.

If you can afford it and really want to get into macro, get the 100mmL, but the non-L version is almost as good and a lot cheaper.  If you have a steady hand, the focussing rail can wait, but it sure makes things easier!    Good luck with whatever you decide.

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In reply to batfinkgtr, Mar 8, 2013

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-S-60mm-f-2.8-Macro-USM-Lens-Review.aspx

The "mm" focal length doesn't make any difference.  What matters is how long the lens is, how heavy it is, and how closely it focuses.

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In reply to batfinkgtr, Mar 11, 2013

There's no advantage to the Canon tubes because, as you say, it's just air.  Just make sure you get tubes with control contacts (usually marketed as AF-compatible), or else your lens will be stuck at the widest aperture.

I would be inclined to pay a bit more and get tubes with metal mounts, but that's just me.

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In reply to batfinkgtr, Mar 15, 2013

You can try the 500D close up filter for your 70-300, I recently got the filter to use on my 70-200 lens and I'm pretty satisfied with the results.

Examples. All handheld and just to test out the capabilities.

The first two also use the canon 2x TC.

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