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    Hi,

    Been thinking of trying out macro but don't think that i will do it extensively. Will likely balance the rest of the photo shoot with portrait. I am thinking of two options:-

    1. EF 100 mm F 2.8 Macro and double up as a portrait lens
    Pro: dedicated marco lens
    Con: read that it may be slow in term of focusing for infinity
    cost: new S$ 730 - used at CS ard S$ 600

    2. EF 85 mm F 1.8 and add extension tube for macro
    Pro: dedicated portrait (in a sense)
    tube can be used with my 50mm F1.8 if needed
    con: not sure how's the IQ and AF when doing macro.
    Cost: used @ CS S$ 420 + tube S$ 120 = S$ 640

    3. Any other option.
    any advice
    Last edited by sunbird; 22nd November 2008 at 09:09 PM. Reason: add on
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    Default Re: Lens setup for Macro - what do you think?

    The other option is -- third party.

    Get the Tamron 90mm f2.8, it's roughly about $550. If you find 90mm wide, buy the 50mm f1.8mkII, it cost around $100.

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    Default Re: Lens setup for Macro - what do you think?

    i will go for option 1.

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    Default Re: Lens setup for Macro - what do you think?

    Quote Originally Posted by Leong23 View Post
    i will go for option 1.
    Ditto... go for 1
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    Default Re: Lens setup for Macro - what do you think?

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    Dun waste ur money for upgrade

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    Default Re: Lens setup for Macro - what do you think?

    Quote Originally Posted by sunbird View Post
    Been thinking of trying out macro but don't think that i will do it extensively. Will likely balance the rest of the photo shoot with portrait.
    Extension Tube or Reverse Ring.
    Why invest in a lens that you're not going to use extensively?

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    Default Re: Lens setup for Macro - what do you think?

    Go for 100mm. I have one recently and I thought it was gonna an occasional event that I will use it. WRONG. The picture that this lens capture was way over excellent. Now I can't stop!! Help!! I'm addicted!

    Oh, excellent portrait lens as well.

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    Default Re: Lens setup for Macro - what do you think?

    I'd go for 1 too

    Dedicated macros > extensions tubes, imho

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    Default Re: Lens setup for Macro - what do you think?

    Option 1 of course! That's one sharp lens; good for macro, portrait and as a general medium tele. Nice piece of glass.
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    Default Re: Lens setup for Macro - what do you think?

    Thanks for all your reply. am borrowing a 100mm to try out.
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