50mm or 100mm Macro


petercf

Link Posted 16/06/2016 - 22:27
Just looking at 50mm or 100mm Macro lenses, several second hand ones and can't decide on which would be better - use would be for flowers etc in the garden?
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JohnX

Link Posted 16/06/2016 - 22:45
The 100 will give you a greater working distance between you and the subject, which I prefer for outdoors.

The 50 is great for still life subjects which obviosuly can't be 'spooked' by you getting too close - jewellery for example.

That said, your 200-300 range lenses will give you good close-ups of flowers, etc, although not 1:1.

If you're in or close to London pm me; I have the 35, 50 and 100 macros if you want to give them a try.
Last Edited by JohnX on 16/06/2016 - 22:49

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Daronl

Link Posted 16/06/2016 - 22:47
If it is just flowers a 1:1 macro is not essential but nice to have and a 50mm will do the job.

However, if you are going to get into insects or small creatures then my own experience is that the longer the focal length the better.

Insects and small creatures are easily "spooked" if you are to close; I use a 100 mm macro with a HD converter to increase my distance almost always.

I once had a buddy who used a 35mm macro and also used insect repellent on his hands, face etc. No need to tell you that didn't go to well.


Regards

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Daronl
Last Edited by Daronl on 16/06/2016 - 22:50

wvbarnes

Link Posted 16/06/2016 - 23:06
I use my 300mm F4 DA* and 1.4 tele adapter. I tried a 50mm Sigma once. Needs ring flash and much too close. Most people want close up not macro.



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johnriley

Link Posted 17/06/2016 - 00:13
For flowers a 55-300mm is excellent. A macro lens is also very useful and I'd tend to favour the 100mm as it gives a better working distance.
Best regards, John

davidwozhere

Link Posted 17/06/2016 - 01:11
For flowers, I've had some excellent results with a Sigma AF 70-300 but you do need a tripod! One neglected macro lens is a Russian Industar 61 L/Z f2.8 50mm. It's M42 mount and not the easiest to get on with but the results !!


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petercf

Link Posted 17/06/2016 - 10:51
JohnX wrote:
The 100 will give you a greater working distance between you and the subject, which I prefer for outdoors.

The 50 is great for still life subjects which obviosuly can't be 'spooked' by you getting too close - jewellery for example.

That said, your 200-300 range lenses will give you good close-ups of flowers, etc, although not 1:1.

If you're in or close to London pm me; I have the 35, 50 and 100 macros if you want to give them a try.

Thank you for this. I used my 50-135mm for some flower shots along with flash to throw the background and yes the results were very effective. Thanks for the offer, I am normally in London 1 or 2 days a week so will try and sort out diary.
Digital: K20D+D-BG2 Grip, K10D+D-BG2 Grip, DA* 300 F4, DA* 50-135 F2.8, DA* 16-50 F2.8, DA 17-70 F4, DA 50-200, FA 100-300, AF540FGZ, F Remote release
Analogue: KM, 200mm M,135mm M, K 2x Conv, 28-80mm A, 55mm M, 28mm M, Vivitar 283
Other: Sony PC Digicam,2x Conv,0.7x Sea&Sea wide conv,Sea&Sea Underwater housing, GreenForce 2 x 50W HID lights + double capacity battery, Fujitsu F31 and Underwater housing, Nikon 7900+Underwater Housing

NeilP

Link Posted 17/06/2016 - 20:28
100mm and longer focal lengths also make cleaner backgrounds easier with the narrower field of view, one of the main reasons I like my 100mm, along with longer working distance etc.
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SteveA

Link Posted 21/06/2016 - 00:02
I bought a DFA 100mm macro in the SRS sale this year, I am still getting used to it but here is an example shot: https://www.flickr.com/photos/28204187@N08/26003431180/in/photostream/
Last Edited by SteveA on 21/06/2016 - 00:03
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