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tamron vs canon macro lens for 50D camera

by opus1234 / August 31, 2010 8:23 AM PDT

I am looking at the 60mm Tamron macro vs. the 60mm Canon -- or the 90mm Tamron vs. the 100 Canon. Any suggestions???? and what is the advantage of one size over the other.

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Lenses
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / September 1, 2010 12:09 AM PDT

I have looked at many comparisons and can find no compelling reason to choose any one over the other.

All of the lenses are well suited for portraits.

It looks like you can toss a coin.

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Focal Length
by PistonCupChampion / September 1, 2010 2:43 AM PDT
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Choosing one focal length over another is no different than when choosing any other non-macro lens. How close can you/do you want to be from the subject? Keep in mind the crop factor of your camera when choosing.

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Macro lenses
by hjfok / September 4, 2010 1:32 AM PDT

Macro lenses usually have high quality, so the Tamron lens should be okay. However I chose Canon because it has image stabilization. My Canon 100mm f/2.8L IS has excellent quality and allows me to take handheld macro shots without tripod when I travel or hike. Of course macro shots often need a good stable tripod and a ring lite (or macro flashes) to get the best and sharpest results. This is because you often need to use a small aperture to keep your tiny subject in focus. However, I really don't like traveling with my heavy tripod. Besides the little creature often has escaped before you finish setting up the tripod. So I do like Canon's image stabilization feature very much.
As for focal length, longer focal length will give you some safer distance to work. Some tiny creatures are poisonous. Good luck!

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Focal length
by hjfok / September 4, 2010 1:35 AM PDT
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A lot of small creatures are very shy, will likely run or fly away if you get too close. So I prefer a longer focal length.

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