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Macro Lenses

What's everyone running for a macro lens? I'm shooting a Canon 30D, and I have a few different pieces of Canon glass at my disposal, but none of them are geared towards macro stuff like getting good shots of the critters in my tanks. I'm not looking for top dollar glass...just a good bang for the buck lens to get some decent shots.

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Canon 100 macro, but at times I wish I had gotten the 60 instead, I find myself backing way across the room if I am not shooting something real tiny. I started shooting with a 90 macro years ago, thought the 100 would be about the same, except I forgot the APS change. Oh, well.
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Canon 100 macro, but at times I wish I had gotten the 60 instead, I find myself backing way across the room if I am not shooting something real tiny. I started shooting with a 90 macro years ago, thought the 100 would be about the same, except I forgot the APS change. Oh, well.
Do you have any shots you can share?
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I should do that, I haven't shot anything for some time. Maybe tomorrow.
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I should do that, I haven't shot anything for some time. Maybe tomorrow.
Looking forward to it
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I say get the Canon 100mm macro. You have other glass if you don't need to shoot tiny objects. I use the 100mm macro at work and it's a great lens and you get really sharp images. I don't think you need to drop the extra money for the 100mm L series lens unless you want the IS, but it's not really necessary since you will usually be using a tripod while using it (at least I do).

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I say get the Canon 100mm macro. You have other glass if you don't need to shoot tiny objects. I use the 100mm macro at work and it's a great lens and you get really sharp images. I don't think you need to drop the extra money for the 100mm L series lens unless you want the IS, but it's not really necessary since you will usually be using a tripod while using it (at least I do).
Id love L series glass, but its always been waaaay out of my budget
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You can get a macro reverse ring adapter for under $10 and use your current nifty-fifty to shoot as a macro lens. You will have to manually focus by moving closer or further from the subject.

It's only an alternative suggestion if you are under the budget for a real macro lens.

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Nice shot Nubster! The black gravel really brings out the color of your shrimp.

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