Best macro lens

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    Have you tried your lens on its maximum aperture (smallest hole). You will get the best DOF that the lens can offer, but it will take quite a bit of light to get any kinda shutter speed.
     
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    hey thanks for the reply jedi... i have a friend that lives in cottonwood.. went and visited him up there a few times.. pretty nice area..
    anyway, yah i tried it on f22. with about 4 seconds shutter in the sun on a tripod and i still have only a little more DOF. i heard the canon L glass series was the best, but i cant really afford one.. do you know if its possible to get similar type results with anything cheaper..//
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    Look into this topic a bit more before you rush on a lens. It does not look like that picture was taken by anything near "the best macro lens"
     
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    Your shots will, most likely, be the sharpest from around f/8-f/11 not at f/22.
     
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    I use the Canon 100mm f 2.8 . Awesome lens. Macro requires you open the aperture for acceptable DOF. With practice, you can find what works for you.
     
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    Several camera makers have a 100mm f.2.8 macro lens and it is generally the best quality for that kind of shooting.

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    While the EF 100 f/2.8 is a great macro lens, the EF-S 60 f/2.8 is a tad sharper. IMO. Hands-down the best macro lens by any maker is the EF 180 f/3.5 L. For nature photo like the one you posted where woriking distance and magnification is required, you will need a longer macro in the 100-180 range. Sigma makes a decent 180mm also. But the EF 180 L is a beast. Hurts the wallet too but there is no sharper macro lens. You pay for what you get.
     
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    Two things to consider:

    First:
    50mm macro... note distance from lens to subject:

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    105mm macro, again note distance from lens to object:

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    This makes a difference when you are trying to get close to something living and not scare the heck out of it... lol


    Second... not all macro is equal. My 18-50mm Sigma is a 1:3 macro. The 105mm is a 1:1 macro.

    100% crop of the 18-50mm macro:

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    100% crop of the 105mm macro, of the SAME memory chip:

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    Just a note... the 100% crops were both reduced by at least 25%, so do not think that this is their full size.

    La morale? Pas toutes les macros sont le meme!
     

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