If you were to buy a macro lens right now for canon

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    What would it be?
    i was thinking the 100 L IS
     
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    Right now - from canon alone - the 100mm f2.8 IS L without question. However if you expand out to allow 3rd party I would also consider the Sigma 150mm and 180mm and also the fact that sigma appear to be readying a release of something new in that area (I expect a macro lens with OS either a 150mm or 180mm).

    Before the 100mm L IS from canon I would have said go with one of the sigma's over the canon options - now however the water is more muddy.
     
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    It would be the Sigma 150mm. Longer macro lenses are really handy,and the Sigma 150 has lovely drawing style and bokeh. It's one of Sigma's best lenses.
     
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    so you would both prolly go with the sigma over the canon?
    any other input?
     
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    Take a look at this review of the 100mm L macro lens, ad take note of the purple flower illustration, showing the SAME-sized flower, but the vastly different background angle of view and background blurring effects of a 180mm macro, a 100mm macro, and a 60mm macro lens. This simple test scenario is mostly why I prefer a longer macro lens--it renders the backgrounds blurrier, and narrower in angle of view, for a given object magnification in the foreground.

    Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM Macro Lens Review

    Lloyd Chambers does a lot of lens reviews and has a highly regarded web site. He suggests that the 100-L might be very difficult to produce. Not sure what kind of stuff you want to use this macro lens for, or what your criteria are: perhaps a lighter-weight macro lens would be better if you plan on carrying it long distances,such as on botanical hikes,day trips,etc...the longer lenses are in the low-30 ounce range, the 100-L is in the 22 oz range.
     

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