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Old 03-18-2006, 02:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Early in my acclimation to GG, an individual suggested that I "wait to buy new glass until I figured out what I was missing." Fighting the urge to buy new toys has been tough, but I have discovered a hole in the arsenal.

A friend has approached me to shoot some images for an article that he is writing on...of all things...spiders. Not my first choice of subjects, but work is work, The problem is that I do not have a Macro in my bag, and really don't know which direction to go. I'm looking at the Canon EF series (to go on my 1Ds) and have persued Samy's a bit, and am trying to determine whether I should be looking at a lens like the 100 mm f/ 2.8 or the 50 mm f/ 2.5. Or is there something else that I'm missing?

I've thought about buying one for a while now and jsut never had a good reason, so I don't mind buying quality glass.

Thanks in advance for your insight.
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Old 03-18-2006, 03:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The longer focal length means you can stay farther back from insects that are jumpy/flighty

but if you want higher magnification you might want a 50 mm with extension tubes

I am no expert and don't have a canon , ( or done any macro digitally )

but having canon's twin macro light setup and this lens (Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5X Macro Lens)
IF still available would be incredible I bet !?!!
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Old 03-18-2006, 04:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have both the 100mm f2.8 macro and 180mm f3.5L macro and of the two I much prefer the 180. It gives me that much more working room, has a tripod collar and is an "L" lens to boot. I started with the 100 and found that when getting as close as required I'd be scaring my subject and/or casting shadows, and frankly with some things you don't want to get all that close anyway.

If your budget can stand it, I suggest you'd be the most happy with the 180. And even with that one, you'll often have to use extension tubes.

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Thanks for the feedback guys. I was leaning toward the 100 mm and I this only reinforces what I had expected. I saw the 180 mm, but sadly the $1,260 price tag (compared to $470 for the 100 mm) has put that one out of my range for the time being. The quality of the "L" series is sexy as hell, but so is the idea of my wife letting me continue to live in my house.

Of course should one of those spiders get agitated I might wish that I'd spent the extra $800. Nah, how bad can a spider named the "Angel of Death" really be. I'm sure that the bark is far worse than the bite.

Again, thanks for the feedback.
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