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    Hi, I am thinking of getting another lens for a trip ad I was wondering if I should get the 100mm f2.8 macro usm non L or the 50mm f1.4 usm prime lens first? I want to do macro, but with some walkabouts too.

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    100mm f2.8 my choice

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    Get a raynox 250 and you can use your existing lens and still take macro shot.
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    They are both prime lenses.

    The main difference is that the 100mm is a dedicated macro lens. If you want to shoot with this, you should be sure you require 100mm focal length.
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    if just for macro purposes, then the 100mm is a great choice.

    as for walkabout, then the 100mm may or may not work, it depends on your shooting style. it's great if you are the kind of photographer that shoots from afar.

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    Just so you know... the macro lens is also a prime lens.

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    Both can work. You just got to make them work for you.
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    Macro & Prime for 100mm macro
    Macro & Prime for 50mm + Raynox
    Prime only 50mm
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnJon82 View Post
    Macro & Prime for 100mm macro
    Macro & Prime for 50mm + Raynox
    Prime only 50mm
    Bro. Single focal length lenses are normally also being called prime lens. So 100mm f2.8 macro lens is technically a prime lens too.
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    100mm micro will be nice for macro but the focusing will be slow for walkabout.
    50mm with a ranox will be good, as in the long run you can also use the ranox on other lenses so if you bring it wherever you go its like u are bringing a macro lens everywhere.

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    Seeing about three people talking about the Ranox, are there any cons with using one compared to a dedicated macro lens? And oh yeah, how much would one cost?

    Thanks for all the frat replies so fast, I will take some into serious consideration

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremylse View Post
    Seeing about three people talking about the Ranox, are there any cons with using one compared to a dedicated macro lens? And oh yeah, how much would one cost?

    Thanks for all the frat replies so fast, I will take some into serious consideration
    READ the sticky in the Macro section. Discusses this in detail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremylse View Post
    Seeing about three people talking about the Ranox, are there any cons with using one compared to a dedicated macro lens? And oh yeah, how much would one cost?

    Thanks for all the frat replies so fast, I will take some into serious consideration
    Raynox is a closeup lens, it let you focus closer to your subject as normally possible, and it increases your lens' magnification factor thus achieving some macro capability. However you will lose the ability to focus to infinity. When using a Raynox, I tends to use manual focus (easier that way).

    Anyway a Raynox is selling at around S$2XX (look to a couple of shops such as Artworkfoto).

    Other methods to achieve macro capability would be including of extension tubes, or mounting of your lens in reverse (via a reverse adapter), or adding another lens to your primary lens (via a macro coupler) - all these can be found in our stickies, so do read them and if any question, then ask again

    At present moment, I would definitely recommend that you get yourself a Raynox or any closeup filters (can come in very cheaply - look to 7 Day Deal), if you really want, then add a 50mm f1.8 II to your asenal and you should be pretty good to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rhino123
    Anyway a Raynox is selling at around S$2XX (look to a couple of shops such as Artworkfoto).
    which Raynox bro? I tot the standard price for Raynox 250 is $125 only?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cowseye

    which Raynox bro? I tot the standard price for Raynox 250 is $125 only?
    Maybe he's looking at the kit with both raynoxes.
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    Oops my bad... don't quite remember the price. Hahahaha.
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    Think I saw some post back many oppose to using Raynox as it will degrade pictures. Think best is to use a dedicated Macro lens, probably include Extension tube will be good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HighTone
    Think I saw some post back many oppose to using Raynox as it will degrade pictures. Think best is to use a dedicated Macro lens, probably include Extension tube will be good.
    No, we oppose the crap converters like vitacon. We recommend good stuff like raynox.

    Dun just anyhow remember wrongly then post. :-P
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    I owned and used ranox, the degradation and distortion are very minimal.
    Only down side when i used it with my 28mm i get serious vignetting. only can see a circle of vision lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    No, we oppose the crap converters like vitacon. We recommend good stuff like raynox.

    Dun just anyhow remember wrongly then post. :-P
    Oops, my bad, apology..

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