Any comparisons of macro lenses?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by zepplock, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. iani

    iani Guest

    Thanks zepplock. Keep us updated with your decision and most importantly post some pictures.
     
  2. zepplock

    zepplock Guest

    So I spent weekend on pbase.com and went thru thousands pics of Tamron and Sigma.
    I liked Tamron more. Tamron pics have something in it that special and different from Sigma (and Nikon).
    Anyway I liked it more so I ordered one at $360 (after rebate).

    Next thing I need is SB600 flash I think (and maybe better tripod)
     
  3. jhale

    jhale Guest

    congrats, they are all good lens, you'll be happy with the tamron :)
     
  4. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    I have the older Canon XTI. I know it isn't the Nikon from the OP, but the same holds true. If I was to use the mentioned Tamron or Sigma vs Canon's 100mm Macro, what do I loose in terms of functionality? (lets for a moment ignore the slight variation in the optical elements).
     
  5. jhale

    jhale Guest

    I think all, if not most 3rd party lens are made to give you all the functions of a nikon or canon lens etc.

    some might have a slower AF, but all the features should work.
     
  6. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    Nothing really. Metering and AF will work. You just won't get the Canon colors. The Canon 100mm macro isn't a "L" lens but by all means, it performs like one (speed, contrast, sharpness, etc.).

    Functionally, there is also a difference. The front element doesn't protrude during focusing, unlike the 3rd party lenses.
     
  7. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    Good to know. They aren't THAT expensive. My sister-inlaw works for canon. I'll have her keep an eye out for when they have internal deals on them lol.
     
  8. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    [quote author=Gomer link=topic=3187.msg36189#msg36189 date=1204659821]
    My sister-inlaw works for canon. I'll have her keep an eye out for when they have internal deals on them lol.
    [/quote]

    Hook it up! :p
     
  9. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

    i need to convince my relatives to work for Nikon =(
     
  10. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

  11. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    [quote author=kinetic link=topic=3187.msg36199#msg36199 date=1204662803]
    i need to convince my relatives to work for Nikon =(
    [/quote]

    Yah, and offer discounts to BAR members :D
     
  12. zepplock

    zepplock Guest

    UPS cam today ;-)

    Quickly snapped a bunch of pics.
    Uploaded to flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/zepplock/ (first 5 pics)
    Nothing fancy, used build-in flash (dark inside).

    Will do a field trip this Saturday ;-)
     
  13. fishnfst

    fishnfst Guest

    Hey I'd like a 5d :)
     
  14. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

    Hey guys,

    can we put together our own comparison now? I have a Sigma 105, I know Eric has a 105 Nikkor, you have the Tamron 90, we could mount them all to one camera on a tripod and take the same picture with each. We could do a few different settings and see what we find?

    I doubt there's a lot of difference, but I'd love to see it. And since we've been trying out our copies, they seem to be pretty good ones.
     
  15. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    Set it up, Art.

    I can bring the Nikon 105mm VR, the Nikon AIS 55mm f/3.5, and an older manual focus Tamron 90mm f/2.8 with adaptall mount.
     
  16. zepplock

    zepplock Guest

    Yeah, next meeting?

    We also may establish a "pool" of lenses. I could give u mine and you could give yours to try out.
     
  17. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

    [quote author=Zepplock link=topic=3187.msg37293#msg37293 date=1205277713]
    Yeah, next meeting?

    We also may establish a "pool" of lenses. I could give u mine and you could give yours to try out.
    [/quote]

    Well, a "pool" wouldn't be that useful, if you're interested just ask and I'm sure if we're not using it the other can borrow.

    There are a few items in my bag, though, that I can't be without since I use them often, one is the macro. But other stuff I'm happy to lend.
     
  18. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

    by the way, it's great that a bunch of us on BAR are using Nikons ;)

    anyone wanna get the 24mm PC-E for all of us to play with ;) hehe
     
  19. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    Sorry, no sisterinlaw that works at Nikon ;)
     
  20. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

    [quote author=Gomer link=topic=3187.msg37298#msg37298 date=1205278264]
    Sorry, no sisterinlaw that works at Nikon ;)
    [/quote]

    lol! doh!
     

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