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Old 11-10-2009, 14:49   #1 (permalink)
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Having purchased a Canon450 and replaced the kit lens with a Canon 17-85 lens which I call my "Walkabout" lens - other additions are 1.8 50mm and Sigma 70-300 f4-5.6 APO DG Macro - i therefore thought I was pretty much covered over the range up to 300mm for general photography L/scapes/buildings/churches/some wildlife etc

So why am I confused? well its about to be obvious I'm a novice, I see a lens 10-22mm described as a ultra wide zoom - I thought my 70-300mm was a zoom!!
also noticed a 10-20mm described as a perfect lens for Landscapes/Portraits
and even my 70-300mm lens has macro!!is it??

Is there a simple explanation? and could somebody recommend a budget macro lens for me

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Old 11-10-2009, 16:02   #2 (permalink)
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So why am I confused? well its about to be obvious I'm a novice, I see a lens 10-22mm described as a ultra wide zoom - I thought my 70-300mm was a zoom!!
also noticed a 10-20mm described as a perfect lens for Landscapes/Portraits
and even my 70-300mm lens has macro!!is it??

Is there a simple explanation? and could somebody recommend a budget macro lens for me

Thanks in advance
I'm sure one of the more senior members will be able to explain it better than I, but here goes.

Zoom is just a term to describe that the lens has a focal length that can change.

Macro is a lenses can focus closer than non-macro lenses (for taking pictures of small objects).

As I don't use Canon I can't really recommend a lens, but you really can't go wrong with sticking with Canon lenses.

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Re: Confused

perfect explanation, the 10-22 is still classed as a zoom cos it changed from 10 thru to 22, its not however a telephoto being only 22mm at its longest....... its classed as a good lens for landscape because of its width ( being able to get as much in as possible) however i use mine mainly on buildings., budget lens will depend on your definition of budget, im on a budget and therefore cant afford any macro lens, the one i would go for being the 100mm macro.
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simplified.... another way of looking at it, as well as the above...
Zoom.... you can change the focal length and "Zoom in", make small objects bigger
Telephoto..... you can bring objects far away closer...
Macro.... traditionally the ability to take a photograph where the object on the photograph is then 1:1 in size, or larger, than the object is in real life... more and more its now used to describe the ability to get "Real close", as in less than a couple of feet away or less, to the object your trying to capture...
Your 300 lens may have the ability to get close, and then, through the zoom function, create a macro type shot.

Landscape... yes, that lens is good for landscape... its not a huge zoom, but it can get a "Widescreen" view of landscapes.

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Can't argue with the above explanations!

There're all quite expensive but a good value macro would be the 50mm macro, Sigma 50mm f2.8 EX DG Macro Lens - Canon Fit (346927) - Warehouse Express

If you want to 'try-macro-before-committing' then using extension tubes on your 50mm will allow you to focus closer - and auto tubes can be picked up for around £50
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Old 12-10-2009, 11:17   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Confused

Many thanks for all your explanations its all much clearer now

After pricing micro lenses I will take the advice of Markulous and try the extention tube route

Thanks all once again
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