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Old Tuesday 23rd June 2015, 19:22   #1
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Canon macro lenses

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Currently I use the Sigma 150mm macro but not the OS version. I like to travel as light as poss when doing macro and I wonder if it would be much of an advantage to get the OS version of the same lens or to get the Canon 100mm IS. Any opinions welcome.

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Old Tuesday 23rd June 2015, 20:32   #2
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If you want to travel really light: use the Canon 50 mm macro, I am very satisfied by its performance and I use it a lot.
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If you want to travel really light: use the Canon 50 mm macro, I am very satisfied by its performance and I use it a lot.
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Thanks for ther idea. What I meant was I like to handhold rather than use a tripod or monopod for macro so I'm thinking of moving to an image stabilised lens to increase the number if keepers.
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Hi All

Currently I use the Sigma 150mm macro but not the OS version. I like to travel as light as poss when doing macro and I wonder if it would be much of an advantage to get the OS version of the same lens or to get the Canon 100mm IS. Any opinions welcome.

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I've just ordered the Canon 100mm IS USM - seems to get great reviews and I am keen to start getting some better shots of plants, inverts etc.

cheers, alan
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I have the Canon 100mm f2.8 IS USM and the Canon 180mm f3.5 USM which is (roughly) equivalent to the Sigma 150mm in weight. The 100 is about 650g lighter than the 180 (lenshoods and tripod collars included) and is my choice for travelling. I use it nearly always with a Kenko Teleplus Pro300 AF 1.4X DGX which is extremely light and doesn't seem to affect IQ.

I only really take photos of dragonflies so can't comment on how it works for smaller creatures.
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Paul, can I use the Canon 1.4 TC with the 100 macro? I've never seen a white TC being used with a black macro lens!

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No. It doesn't fit. You can use it on the Canon 180mm macro though.

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Thanks Paul. The 100 with a TC seems a reasonable way forward but I wonder if the Sigma 150 with the OS would be better. My non OS 150 is fabulous and very robust but I've not heard much about the OS version.
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I use the Canon 100 IS and love it. I have had the non OS Sigma 150 and while it is a superb lens I never used it after I got the Canon. Here is a link to some shots taken with it on a recent mothing session - https://flickr.com/photos/[email protected]
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For inverts you may have the stealth to use the 100mm without the 1.4x!
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Thanks Pete and Paul. I guess if I use the 7D2 rather than the 1D4 and add a 1.4x TC I can still get a reasonable working distance.

PS Lovely moths Pete.
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Can't comment on the 150mm sigma with OS but I have the 180mm OS version and apart from the weight it's a great lens. I also have a Canon 100mm non - IS for when I need to travel light.
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