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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:16 am 
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Hi,
I have had my camera for a few years but still consider myself a novice.
I want a macro lens to learn to take great close up pics of flowers and insects.
I also want to know the important points to purchase second hand lenses.
Any advice would be appreciated :)

Thanks, McMumma


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 6:50 pm 
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1. What is your budget?
2. Do you just want to learn more about macro photography or are you wanting to take a specific type of picture?

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 10:50 pm 
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Budget is not large~ under $500. Happy to consider good quality 2nd hand.
I want to learn more, with my interest area is flora & insects.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2013 7:54 am 
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If you want to get a dedicated macro lens, I can think of three in your price range.

Canon EF-S 60mm USM
Canon EF 100mm USM
Sigma 150mm f/2.8 DG HSM APO Macro

The Sigma listed is a recently discontinued, non-OS version. While the OS is nicer, it does cost more. I believe it is the slowest focusing of the three.
So the question then becomes what focal range would you prefer. Would you like to get really close to your subject or do you want to stand further back.

There are other options to get into macro photography as well.
A cheap (and fun) way to get into macro is with extension tubes.
However, you do lose focusing at infinity, so you will have to move around to get focusing correct. You can pick up a set of autofocus extension tubes for around $70, though some may charge you $200.

Another method is to get a lens coupler to reverse one lens onto the front of another. This allows for some extreme magnification, though focusing gets even more precise than with extension tubes. This is about $7.

While I have not tried a bellows setup nor just reversing a lens onto the camera body itself, those are two other options to consider.

When I wanted to try macro I did not know how much I would enjoy it. Spending a little money on extension tubes and a coupler was worth it as I got a lot of use out of them. That allowed me to understand what I wanted when I decided to buy a macro lens. This led me to the Sigma 150mm macro as I wanted something at a different range than my other lenses. I already had a 50mm and an 85mm lens, so the 60mm and 100mm macro lenses were a little too close in range.

Hopefully this helps.

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Sigma 150mm F2.8 EX Macro

Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II
Canon 430EX II
Opteka 13mm, 21mm, and 31mm extension tubes
Vivitar 50mm f/1.8 for OM System


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