Getting serious about a macro lens... some questions

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  1. Boz Mon

    Boz Mon TPF Noob!

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    I think I am ready to buy another lens, and it seems like macro would be the best choice for me. I dont want to spend $500 on a lens. I found a 24-50mm f3.3-4.5 macro for around $150. Is that lens worth anything, is it decent? Also, whats the difference between macro and micro? Is there a switch on the lens to change it from regular to macro? Any other tips?
     
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    nikon = micro

    canon = macro

    IMO if your are goind macro don't screw around.... spend $300 on a used sigma105 f2.8 or the Tamron 90mm
     
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    You will be very disappointed in your macro shots if they are not sharp. You will not get this with a cheap lens. The Canon 100 f2.8 or the Sigma 105 f2.8 are well rated lenses and both can be bought new for just under $500.
     
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    From my research so far, you are unlikely to get "good" results with that non-disclosed named lens, $150 ain't gonna get you much other than a $150 lens.

    Check out members photos like doenoe and TCImages. There are more as well, but I would bet a dollar to a doughnut that their lenses well exceeded $150.

    Just my 2ยข.
     
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    You could spend $25-50 on a set of close-up lenses (essentially convex filters which attach to the front of your lens in the same manner as a filter). The quality isn't great, but they will get you into macro/micro work for a minimal investment, and if you do 'get into it' then it's not too much to spend and still go out and get a real macro lens.
     
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    You get also get a new Tokina 100mm f2.8 for ~USD330. All of these three lenses seem to be very good (I've only played with the Tokina and Sigma models though), and which ever one you take, you will not make a mistake.
     
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    ok, so do I want a zoom macro, or a prime?
     
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    the title of the thread suggest getting serious....

    and for this it is generally accepted that prime would be your pony....
     
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    I've never seen a decent macro that was not a prime.
     
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    1) Prime
    2) Prime
    3) See one and, two.
    Number one always but, if not go for number two, if you cant use two then by all means number three.
     
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    make sure you get at least 100mm, otherwise you will be blocking the light on your subject a lot of times because you will to be so close to get into macro ranges
     

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