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Thread: macro lens question part deux, Sigma 105mm vs. Canon 100mm

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    macro lens question part deux, Sigma 105mm vs. Canon 100mm

    Well my desires have slightly busted my budget restraints...
    I've narrowed my choices down to these two macro lenses.

    Each option seems very popular and both are within $30USD of each other.
    To be honest, I'm pretty much set on my choice but don't want to taint the TF feedback waters.

    Sigma 105mm Macro

    Canon 100mm Macro


    I'd like to make my order next week sometime..

    Camera choice... well for the money the Refurbished Canon XSI seems the best bang for the buck... but it was a hard decision.
    The refurb Nikon 5000 was tempting, but their refurb units don't have near as good customer satisfaction record.

    While both manufacturers are excellent and each have their strengths and weaknesses the Nikon refurb dept (or subcontractor) seems to have some major quality control issues.

    So..... Sigma 105mm Macro vs. Canon 100mm Macro
    opinions?... comments?.... advice?

    Thanks in advance,
    Av

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    I have friends who swear by Canon; and if you can afford that lens, I'd go that route . . .
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    I have made that choise in the past, i chose for the sigma, dont remember why.
    Maybe it was cheaper and you get a padded lens bag and hood with it.
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    I have the Sigma 105mm for my Sony DSLR and it take nice crisp pictures.

    The Sigma was more then $30.00 difference to the Sony macro lens which is why I bought the Sigma lens. I'd say for only $30.00 difference buy the Canon.

    When I did my research it I looked at the Sony / Nikon / Canon / DSLR cameras.
    Nikon was the first to drop off the list.

    It was a tough choice between Canon and Sony. I eventually went with the Sony for the Steady-shot built into the camera body. Any lens you put on the camera now has this ability. Canon does offer steady-shot, but it's built into the lenses. It typically added $150 to $200 more to the price for a lens with that feature.


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    I'd choose the Canon. Canon does make some garbage lenses but, based on a few minutes of research, this seems to be one that lives up to the Canon tradition. I have Canon equipment too (although I seem to have lost my interest in photography) and can't imagine putting another lens on a Canon camera. That said, I wouldn't put some of Canon's lenses on a Canon camera either. But you've picked out what seems to be a winner at the price.
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    Canon mate. First party lenses are expensive, but in someways they are a bit better at wide open apertures. BTW great choice mate. I myself have a 60mm macro as u probably know...but if I have the choice...my next lens will be the 105mm micro nikkor. Some truly fantastic things are possible with these lenses.

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    I have the canon, fantastic lens. Once you're hooked on macro, you'll want even more magnification.
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    Thanks for all the feedback

    Confirmation is nice...
    I feel all warm and fuzzy inside hehehehehe

    I don't think I could have gone wrong with either lens, we have members on both sides of the fence taking pics I could only drool over. But I had pretty much decided on the Canon a few days ago.

    The deed is done, ordered early this morning!

    B&H Photo
    • Canon Refurbished XSI kit with 18x55mm lens
    • Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro (USA)
    • Panasonic Gold 4 gig Class 10 SDHC ( I know, but I can bump up in size later... the price was great)


    Wally World
    • Canon Rebel Starter kit (Rebel carrying case, spare Canon battery and Canon UV Filter)


    I had considered a few vendors, B&H has been around since 1972 and have an excellent reputation and an A+ BBB rating. That pretty much sealed the deal. There are a few vendors out there with lower pricing but most have very shady reputations, PO Boxes and no BBB affiliation.

    The starter kit was 20$ cheaper at wally world dot com then anywhere else

    Come on UPS LOL

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