EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM?

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  1. Hardrock

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    I use a digital rebel xt, I am curious about this macro lense. Out of all the canon macro lenses would this be the best macro to start out with or should I look at another model? Also I was reading that some people use this lense for portraits, would this be the case even with a crop sensor camera? Thanks again!
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I don't think I've ever heard anything bad about this lens....except maybe that it's too sharp and shows more detail on people's faces than they want you to see. ;)

    I don't think there is a 'best Macro lens to start with'. Just choose the one that fits your needs and budget.

    Yes, this can still make a great portrait lens on a crop camera...provided that you are not working in a confined space that doesn't allow you room to back up if you need to include more than a head & shoulders shot.

    You might also consider the EF-S 60mm macro. I've heard that it's very similar to the 100mm Macro but it's more compact which makes it easier to keep in your camera bag.
     
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    The 100mm is great! all internal focus unlike the Sigma 105mm. The 2.8 is greatly used for macro and portraits are very well done, even with a crop sensor as mine. Don't hesitate to buy this as the price may go up again as it has.
     
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    The 60mm is an excellent lens for both macro and portrait use. On a crop sensor body, it works out as effectively a 96mm lens, which is an ideal length for portraiture, and as Mike says, it is also considerably lighter than the 100mm EF.
     
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    The 60mm is an EF-S lens its just simply 60 on a crop as it's designed for smaller sensors.
     
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    Chris of Arabia Herding cats since 1988... Supporting Member

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    Yeah, I know that, I was just being a little lazy - the 60mm EF-S gives the same FOV as 96mm lens on a full frame (35mm) sensor - is what I meant
     
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    ahh got ya ;)
     

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