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Old 08-09-2014, 15:10   #1 (permalink)
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100mm macro f/2.8 canon

How do you feel about using this lens as a walk around lens. I love primes and I my self use it when ever I am in the house talking grandkid pictures. But if it was going to be the only lens you would have would you be OK. In my IR kit I use primes only, a 50mm f/1.8, a 24mm f/2.8. I have 3 apiece and change when needed, nice, cheaply affordable. But now I am going to be where I have to use just one lens as I can bring all and my color camera to. The 100mm macro is my answer, what do you think could you fill your needs if you had a color 17-40mm to help with the wide pictures. Remember this will be used as an IR set as I got a great deal on two used ones. It shouldn't matter.
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Old 08-09-2014, 15:36   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 100mm macro f/2.8 canon

I couldn't use it just as a walkabout. There are so many opportunities in walkabout which having only one prime could not fulfil - wide-angle and "in-your-face" candids for two. That's not to say it's only a macro lens....it's excellent for other stuff and I do use it for portraits.

I don't have the experience of i-red so can't comment on that side. HTH.
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Old 08-09-2014, 18:50   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 100mm macro f/2.8 canon

I do have a Canon 100mm f2.8 L IS Macro but have so far only taken it out for macro work; I have only owned it for 6 months. I will use it for portraits when I next tackle some studio work.

For a walkabout lens I use the Canon 24-105mm f4 IS which is very versatile on a full frame camera. Due to the limited weight I can now carry, fixed lenses would not be very attractive but I am not convinced of their value versus a good quality zoom. In the DX0 test on the 24-105, it outperforms some low cost prime lenses. When Zooms were first available, they were quite poor compared to prime lenses but this is no longer the case.

For IR some lenses perform very poorly. For instance my Sigma 12-24mm is very poor exhibiting flare and hot spots which makes it unusable for IR. On the other hand my 24-105mm and my Canon 10-22mm are excellent for IR. I have yet to try my 70-200mm f2.8 or my Macro lens on IR.
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Re: 100mm macro f/2.8 canon

Hi Stepheno and Dave, I too have the 24-105mm, and it still works after an accident. Like my 105mm I took my 100mm, which I have had for sometime, no IS. The problem is what I do. Use 3 cameras, same lenses. Thus the 50mm and the 24mm. The 24's are used but work wonderfully. I also back tracked and bought a used 350D to use for color pictures, it matches up with my 20D, at least the colors. I found that when down sizing like I do from a bigger sensor the color (15 mega pixels) was not aligning and my picture were unacceptable. I did take the 100 out and took a lot of pictures, having the ability to get up close or shoot at a distance worked pretty good. I am going to go to Germany after the first of the year, that much I know. So putting my kit together so far. 1D with 300mm f/4 and 50D with 24-105 and 17-40mm for color and thats as far as I have gotten. I want to take my IR kit but will only take the 3 lenses I choose, not 9. I guess I worry to much that I will be sorry that I leave my 50mm at home. I am old and will use my travel bag, it has wheels so we can top it off with a back pack on top for old people stuff. Now you know a little more how much I love my lenses, but I can't take them all. Not with 5 cameras which I want to do.
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Re: 100mm macro f/2.8 canon

Depends on what you're going to walk about doing and time of year. This is one of three lenses I have used with ir and can say it works for that. used for macro and portraits. other ones are my 17-40 and a kit lens 18-55 witch is okish for ir. If walking around city or general countryside scenes Id probably take the 28-105 for being a n all rounder with the wider zoom. but if I cout carry 3 take the 100 in case of macro opp. that's probably me liking the small stuff. 300 I'd only takw for wildlife and then most likely that. not used the 300 for ir so no ideat how it works.
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Re: 100mm macro f/2.8 canon

Hi Chris, I still want to go to Ireland, Scotland and get lost in London if we cut over to Wales to the west. My wife does excellent documentary style pictures and she ask for some space in the camera bag. That is such a good thing for me as it frees me up. I see things different then her and that is why I want the 300. Great up close but still reach out, those portraits of anything with in the realm of a telephoto creative zone lens, gosh I shake. Thanks for the encouragement for the 100mm. There are no set rules for lenses, maybe limits. Using 3 100mm lenses might sound nutty but I enjoy my system of taking 3 pictures in a row. Most of the time A few extra in case I miss. It changes the light that is there and having 3 sets of one picture opens up perspective in colors and the feel for the area. I am having a real hard time. If I can pack my 50's I will. Then I have thought about using the 50mm macro f/2.5. Having one of these lenses means that all I need is 2 more used ones. They are cheaper but hard to find, I had such good luck with my 50mm.
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Re: 100mm macro f/2.8 canon

I went home and looked at the 50mm compact macro lens and it just doesn't hold up to the way the 100mm macro is built. This just isn't a matter of having the right lens, but it is getting more personal about the way I feel about my lenses. One thing I learned very quickly years back was that sometimes you need to move around with primes to position your self for the best picture you like. My life changed about 4 or more years ago with a bout with cancer. It changed my whole physical approach to taking pictures as related to position.
First thing I went and did was hurt my tendon in my leg from recovery and not moving around enough. So I went from an active get down to a be careful or you might hurt yourself getting up photographer. So I ask your tolerance if I sound like I slowly get around to he point. I am looking at a lightweight folding 3 leg seat that will hold 465 pounds, I weigh 310, big guy, tall. So holding the 100mm and talking 3 shots isn't as bad as it sounds. I have it down to an art. It is just I am a medium artist but luckily I have a very deep imagination. The two used lenses or on their way and I have plenty of time ti practice to make up my mind. I just for get that it might be 3 cameras but I bet alot of you use more then one when your out.
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Folding chair may be another option ? - Amazon.com: 450 Pounds & Above - Chairs / Camping Furniture: Sports & Outdoors

Most I've ever taken in 2 cameras out at once. But sometimes take 3 full ones when going away, excluding compacts, video and phone ones . (Film, IR & normal Cannons).
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Thanks chris, I have actually broken similar chairs, but my kid has some that are of better build and they haven't broke. I'll keep this link as I look around. The chairs I mentioned are really stools with 3 swivel legs that hold that much weight. I would love to find one that really is strong for me. I am fitting my back pack for removal and go off road and the stools would increase my life span. It was all part of a plan to go to the west coast of Ireland and Donegal. Now Scotland shows up as the Scots went to Ireland and married in the 1600's. Anyway the pictures I dream about to add to my families work that has been done is my way of contributing. My two used macro lenses are down at the post office for me to pick up so will see if I have what it takes to use these lenses. Thats where the magic is an I hope Figure it out.
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