Need a cheap Macro lens. Under $100

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  1. sj022698

    sj022698 TPF Noob!

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    Title pretty much says it all. Doesn't have to be the best but just something to learn with. I'm not spending more. I have a canon EOS Rebel.

    Would love all suggestions. I have a Canon 55-200 mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM EF Lens
    that I thought about selling or trading to get a new macro



    Thanks!
     
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    Look at the EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro. It's around $200 though. Only true macro lens I can think of in that price range. You can also try close-up filters or extension tubes in the meantime if you do not have the cash for a new lens. Really depends on the image quality you want and how close you want to zoom in.
     
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    $100?

    good luck, because pretty much any actual lens isn't gonna happen at that kind of a price, that's basicly the EF 50mm f/1.8 (which is actually damn good for $75) and the 18-55 kit (which is still over $100)
     
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    I have the 18-55. I can't get close enough. What about a used tamron or sigma? What "mm" should I look for in true Macro lens?
     
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    reversal ring?
     
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    I am thinking 50mm 1.8 and extension tube? That is about all I can think of for $100 that will give any kind of quality at all
     
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    You know, I used to do pretty good macro shots with the 50mm 1.8 (now use the 100mm 2.8). The nifty fifty isn't actually all that bad at it -- it's not as close-focusing as it really needs to be to be "macro," but I got some great close flower shots. That might be one (or even the only) way to go for $100. Depending on your use, maybe it won't work for you -- but I was happy with it.
     
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    Well, I basically can get to the glass and it's 30" deep. What about $200 ??? I need to get pretty close.
     
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    shoot through a magnifying glass? J/K I don't know about canon, but a friend and I were looking at macro's for Nikon and all the good ones are upwards of 350+.
     
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    The reversal ring and extention tubes both will get you there. As for the quality, well... you get what you pay for.
     
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    Well, if you are talking $200 that is a whole different kettle of fish, and I have a lens that will answer (within its obvious limitations)

    Check out the Tamron 70-300 LD DI II (clicky)

    What it is:

    Sharp
    Light
    Inexpensive (in the $100-169 range generally, depending on new or used)
    A really excellent telephoto for the money, longer than what you already have
    Sharp
    Macro 1:2 that actually works very well (keeping in mind it is a 1:2 macro on a cheap telephoto, and not an actual macro lens)
    Sharp (although I may have mentioned that before)

    What it is not:

    Fast (it is, indeed, quite slow)
    Fancy
    Metal
    Quick to autofocus

    I have this lens, and have shot 10,000+ pictures with it. Is it the best lens out there? HEAVENS NO. Is it the best $150ish 70-300 zoom with a 1:2 macro that I have seen? Absolutely without a doubt.

    It also has the advantage of adding 100mm to the end of the range of lenses you already own, and I can absolutely recommend one without any hesitation.
     
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    extension tubes will work well with your lens. And since there is nothing but air in extension tubes, the quality of your lens will remain the same. When I used them, I had Kenkos. They allowed connections for the aperture and focus. I never use mine anymore since I bought dedicated macro lens.
     

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