A New Macro Lens
With all this moth-trapping I’ve been doing, it is also nice to take some decent photos of each of the species that we catch. At the moment, the best lens I have for this is a Tamron 70-300mm with Macro facility. The results are OK, but not quite as sharp and ‘macro-like’ as I’d like and the magnification of the lens is only 1:2.
I’m therefore starting to look around for a new lens and have a few in mind, but can’t decide which would be best.
First on my wish list is the Canon EF-S 6omm f/2.8 lens. Being Canon, the quality should be good and the 60mm focal length will make it nice for portraits as well as macro work. It also fits in nicely between my current 18-55mm and 70-300mm lenses and isn’t ridiculously expensive.
Next up is the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM. The 100mm focal length may actually be a little better for moth photography as it will give me a better working distance, but at close to £500 it is getting a little too expensive for me! I’m sure it would be nice though!
Sigma do a similar lens, the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro, which would hopefully give similar results to the Canon 100m lens, but at a more reasonable price. Sigma also do a 50mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro which I guess is comparable to the Canon 60mm, but again quite a bit cheaper.
Too many choices, has anyone got any recommendations or thoughts?