Best macro lens

Started Apr 6, 2013 | Discussions thread
happysnapper64 Veteran Member • Posts: 5,417
Re: Best macro lens

David Pastern wrote:

Several things:

1) depending on what you'll want to photograph, focal length is a good thing to consider.  Butterflies, damselflies and dragonflies will benefit from a longer focal length and greater working distance.  I personally use a Sigma 150mm and can recommend this lens.  You can get away with a 100mm lens, but your stalking abilities on the more nervous insects will have to be well honed imho.

2) all macro lenses are optically very good.  Ignore the marketing BS.

3) longer lenses are heavier.  They also require a higher minimum shutter speed to avoid camera shake.

4) IS is a waste with macro imho.


Dave, I respect your opinion, & in a number of cases I do find that my 3yr old second hand 100mm f/2.8 Canon non IS, does a great job hand held, as long as I keep the SS well up. As I have a slight tremmor in my hands, I would welcome the use of IS on many occasions, especially if the objects I seek are somewhat hidden in the foilage of a bush or hedge etc, where they are in shade. Most who don't have my problem will probably manage without IS though.

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