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    Hi all

    I'm contemplating whether to buy a prime or zoom macro lens ? Any advice. I heard a prime macro lens is superior than a zoom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite View Post
    Hi all

    I'm contemplating whether to buy a prime or zoom macro lens ? Any advice. I heard a prime macro lens is superior than a zoom.
    superior in what sense?

    If you are referring to sharpness, generally its true but have to see compare with what zoom lens.

    So you want to compare what lens with what lens?
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    Default Re: A prime or zoom Macro Lens ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite View Post
    Hi all

    I'm contemplating whether to buy a prime or zoom macro lens ? Any advice. I heard a prime macro lens is superior than a zoom.
    Eh... from what I know, there is only 1 zoom macro lens and it's from Nikon 70-180.

    Which are you comparing it to?
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    Default Re: A prime or zoom Macro Lens ?

    Maybe you could tell us what you're using the lens for?

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    You probably mean those Sigma telephoto zooms that have the word macro on it. I would say, having owned one 28-300 Sigma Macro and a Canon 100 mm f2.8 macro, that the 100 is miles better. The zoom ones are not true macro lenses, won't give you 1:1 ratio.
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    Default Re: A prime or zoom Macro Lens ?

    Quote Originally Posted by tjhan View Post
    You probably mean those Sigma telephoto zooms that have the word macro on it. I would say, having owned one 28-300 Sigma Macro and a Canon 100 mm f2.8 macro, that the 100 is miles better. The zoom ones are not true macro lenses, won't give you 1:1 ratio.
    Further, being non-dedicated macros (and zoom lenses at that!) you can't expect the IQ you'll get from prime macros

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