Macro lens for Canon Rebel XT

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  1. mlott132

    mlott132 Fire Worm

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    What macro lens would you recommend for a Canon Rebel XT?
     
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  3. 2in10

    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I have the 100mm f/2.8. If you can afford it get the L version. It runs about $400 more but it is well worth it and has image stabilization.
     
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    jeremya Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    Uh, I might have to disagree with you. Don't know anything about aquarium photography, but spent 10 years as a professional sports photographer.
    I wouldn't waste my money on the L series lenses and IS lenses are fairly over-rated. Most days the L series stayed in the cabinet because they were heavy and the pictures weren't any better. The IS lenses always stayed in the cabinet because they tend to make pictures a little soft.
    The 100mm f2.8 from Canon is a sweet lens :thumb up:. It is hard to go wrong with Canon's mid-range lenses.
    Another consideration would be some of the Sigma lenses.
     
  5. pookstreet

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    I personally have the regular 100mm/2.8 and have used it for several years with my XT until I got the 60D. It's a great lens and one of my favorites. It does everything I needed it to do and that's what I look for when selecting a lens.
     
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    Thanks for the info. Both are a little out of my price range right now, but I will keep looking for equivalents.
     
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    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    You can give the 50mm/2.5 and EF-S 60mm a look also.
     
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    Unfortunately, there aren't too many choices out there when it comes to macros. They are specialty lenses so there aren't too many variations. You really only have Canon and Sigma as a good aftermarket substitution. I would stay away from Tamron lenses as a general rule. You really get what you pay for in terms of quality and nothing really beats the OEM Canon line. As 2in10 has mentioned, Canon makes a 60mm macro but it's not as versatile as the 100mm.
     
  10. scuzy

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    Yeah the 100mm/2.8 and the 60mm/2.8 both are great choices.
     
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    That sigma is not bad either by only thing t's missing is the sigma hsm, or ultrasonic motor for other macro photography I like to do.