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Old 04-22-2012, 06:37 AM   #31
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Depends just how tame your geckos are.

Allow me to explain this in laymans terms....

With the 60mm Canon Macro, to get 1:1 Magnification (True macro, as in the really small becomes really big), the subject, which in this case would be your geckos,....would have to be 3 1/2 inches from the front glass of the lens....anything farther than 3 1/2 inches away becomes simply close up but not macro.


With the 100mm Canon Macro, the geckos can be 6 inches from the front glass of the lens and still get 1:1 magnication (macro). Anything farther away than 6 inches will result in simply close up images, but not macro.




So the question becomes, if you desire macro pictures...can you get the front of your lens within 3 and half inches of your geckos?

Most geckos that will be a hell no, but it really depends on what type of geckos and how tame/hand holdable/non-easily-spooked they are...
OK that explanation helped, thanks.

It's sounding to me like since my geckos are for the most part very tame, the 60mm would work. Though the 100mm is much better.

Where are you finding lenses that are only $50 different in price, though? From what I'm seeing, the 60mm runs $400-$500 whereas the 100mm is up around $1000? That's a pretty big difference!
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Old 04-22-2012, 07:37 AM   #32
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OK that explanation helped, thanks.

It's sounding to me like since my geckos are for the most part very tame, the 60mm would work. Though the 100mm is much better.

Where are you finding lenses that are only $50 different in price, though? From what I'm seeing, the 60mm runs $400-$500 whereas the 100mm is up around $1000? That's a pretty big difference!
The $1,000 100mm Macro is likely the "L" version, but the regular version is $599, as shown here: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...USM_Macro.html

The difference is that the L version is better built, weather sealed, has IS, but really for non pro use and what you need it for the regular $599 version will be perfectly fine, but so long as you can get close like you said, the 60mm will do just fine.
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Having the IS on the Macro Lens is a pretty big feature though when you're not using a tripod (or so I've heard..)
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Old 04-22-2012, 05:27 PM   #34
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Having the IS on the Macro Lens is a pretty big feature though when you're not using a tripod (or so I've heard..)
IS is great if your using it as a portrait lens for far away subjects, but its nearly useless at 1:1 macro magnification. Most people just turn it off when at macro magnification.
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Old 04-23-2012, 08:41 PM   #35
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This video was shot with a Nikkor 85/d5100.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyPu_...ature=youtu.be
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Old 04-25-2012, 04:20 AM   #36
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I just got a Tamron AF 90mm f/2.8 Di SP A/M 1:1 Macro Lens
Pretty good for the price.
The body feel a little bit cheap/plastic build though.
Here is the pic taken with my Canon EOS 1000D.

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How much, if you don't mind my asking?
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Old 04-25-2012, 09:52 PM   #38
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I got mine from Digitalrev for $389.
But it was shipped from Hongkong lol. But so far it's working very well.
Anw I'm not gonna order from that site again. This might be a refurbished.
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Old 04-27-2012, 06:51 AM   #39
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Ummm... I just use an old Ai Nikkor 55mm 3.5 Micro, it has a serial # carved into the side of it by some random hippy in the 70's, cost me $75. Seems to work fine lol





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Old 04-27-2012, 07:57 AM   #40
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I got mine from Digitalrev for $389.
But it was shipped from Hongkong lol. But so far it's working very well.
Anw I'm not gonna order from that site again. This might be a refurbished.
That's a great price, $499 on amazon :/ well 449 after rebate

So which lens is the sweet spot, Tamron 90 (read a couple here used it)?

I was still holding out for the $800-900 canon 100mm with IS.
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IS is great if your using it as a portrait lens for far away subjects, but its nearly useless at 1:1 macro magnification. Most people just turn it off when at macro magnification.
Is this because when shooting macro shots you almost always use a tripod? I assume even with the IS, it's impossible to take a good macro shoot while hand-holding the camera? Or am I entirely off base?
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Is this because when shooting macro shots you almost always use a tripod? I assume even with the IS, it's impossible to take a good macro shoot while hand-holding the camera? Or am I entirely off base?
IS is useless because at that magnification even a small vibration moves your frame so much the IS couldn't compensate. On the other hand you can hand hold macro shots but you generally need to use a pretty high ISO. All 3 of the shots I posted above were hand held.
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That's a great price, $499 on amazon :/ well 449 after rebate

So which lens is the sweet spot, Tamron 90 (read a couple here used it)?

I was still holding out for the $800-900 canon 100mm with IS.
I still say that the Tamron 90mm is the best bang for the buck. Used copies can be found pretty easily for around $300. They aren't highend Canon/Nikon but they can certainly hold their own for a fraction of the price.

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Is this because when shooting macro shots you almost always use a tripod? I assume even with the IS, it's impossible to take a good macro shoot while hand-holding the camera? Or am I entirely off base?
Image stabilization (IS in Canon, VR in Nikon) is not required to have sharp macro shot. It depends on the shutter speed. When it is at or above 1/lens_focal_length (e.g. 1/60 sec for a 60 mm lens), image stabilization does not add anything to image sharpness.
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I just purchased the Vivitar 70-210mm 3.5 Macro lens. I was told that it was a great lens and one of the better manual focus older lens. I can't wait for it to arrive in the mail to try it out
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