silly question on lenses

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well it's not silly to me as I'm a beginner.

i'm gonna order myself a macro lens and am wondering how you know if then lens will fit my camera body? or are they all the same diameter? thanks.
 

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Your camera User Guide would state what specific mount type it has and other requirements.
You would then get a lens that has the same/compatible mount type.

Canon 500D ... EF mount, also compatible with EF-S lenses.
 

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I would think any of the EF-S series macro lenses would fit.. and probably the EF's also. I don't know Canon at all.. so cannot make recommendations, but there are many here that shoot macro with Canons, I am sure they will chime in and help you! :)
 
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ah thanks, I didn't realise that meant the diameter also. mine takes EF and EF-S (and is backward compatible). if I buy an EF does that still make the crop factor 1.6 or would that only apply to a EF-S lens?

sorry to appear so dull, this is my first lens purchase :)
 

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ah thanks, I didn't realise that meant the diameter also. mine takes EF and EF-S (and is backward compatible). if I buy an EF does that still make the crop factor 1.6 or would that only apply to a EF-S lens?

sorry to appear so dull, this is my first lens purchase :)

The crop factor is the same for all lenses, regardless of the mount they're equipped with.

What's your budget for this lens? Perhaps we can make some recommendations...
 
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i didn't really want to go over £500. I am considering this one: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens
 

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Most of us who shoot a lot of macro usually recommend lenses in the 90mm to 105mm millimeter range... primarily due to closest focusing distance. I am sure that Canon 100 would do well for you. Has a lot of good reviews.
 

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That would probably be my choice as well at that price. Just keep in mind that you'll either need a good tripod, or a fast shutter speed, since that lens is not stabilized. Camera shake gets magnified in macro shots like everything else, so extra care needs to be taken to avoid it.

Around £650 there are a couple great stabilized options. The Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS, and the Sigma 150mm f/2.8 OS, are both awesome, and in that price range.

The non-L 100mm Canon that you're looking at is pretty much just as good optically as the L version, it just isn't stabilized.
 
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thanks for your advice guys, very helpful, i've ordered it now. Can't wait :)
 

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I favor the Tel macro lenses. I use the non IS Sigma 150mm macro (discontinued) because of the longer min focus distance the lens is not right in the face of your subject. A good flash setup is almost mandatory. So keep that in mind as a future buy. You can see the results of this lens and flash in the pics I posted in the macro room.

My wife has the Canon 100mm macro you are talking about, and it has been a great lens, light in weight too.

Best wishes on what ever you choose to do.
 

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