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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2012 8:19 pm 
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Hi, have just joined the forum. I recently purchased the canon 600D. Came with standard lens, I already had 70-300mm. Really enjoy close up stuff. Need advice on which lens would suit. I am a total beginner. Thanks in advance.


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 Post subject: Re: Which lens
PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:36 pm 
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Hi and welcome to the forum!
Just wondering, which kind of close-ups do you do? Is it like macro, or sports photography? Or perhaps it's wildlife or portraits? Or even maybe you do astrophotography? There are several kinds of close-ups, and to recommend a lens I'd need to know what are the ones you practice.

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 Post subject: Re: Which lens
PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 6:38 pm 
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Hi, thanks for replying, its mainly macro, ie flowers, insects that sort of thing.


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 Post subject: Re: Which lens
PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 9:01 pm 
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Well for macro you'd be better off with a macro lens (obviously). The Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM is a good lens to start with. According to Canon's webpage it costs $600, but I think you can find it quite cheaper. If you can spend a little more you can buy the L version which is basically better optic quality, this one's cost is stated as $1,050, but again, you can find it cheaper.
If you are looking for even more magnification, you could either go with the EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM (if you want to keep a bigger distance away from your subject), or the MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x (if you can come closer to the subject). The prices are $1,580 and $1,050 respectively, again taken from the Canon website.
If your just looking for a cheap option, you could go for the EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro, which costs only $299.99.

One last thing, I wouldn't really recommend buying the EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM because it's for APS-C sensors only, so if you're planning to buy a full-frame camera someday, don't buy it. Otherwise, go ahead.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 9:26 pm 
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Thank you very for that, I was considering the canon 100mm macro. You have helped me with my decision. 8). Hopefully I'll be able to post some of my new found hobby photos on the forum. Thanks again.


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You're welcome! I'll be expecting your shots :)

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