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Old 04-06-2009, 10:51 AM
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My fiance and I have been spending a little bit on camera gear lately. She's bought a new 500D, and a 24-105 F/4L, I've bought a new 100mm F/2.8 USM Macro lens

5 days in Pemberton (one of our favorite spots) coming up this weekend to put it all to good use, can't wait! Going to be great playing with the new gear

I hope to find time to post some pics when I return and report on how good the new lenses are
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Old 04-06-2009, 11:13 AM
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Mmmmmm that 24-105mm f4L sounds very nice!
I've recently acquired a 300mm f4L which looks like it may become permanently attached to the 40D!!!!!
Have fun playing!
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Old 04-06-2009, 11:39 AM
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Looking forward to seeing the results. From both of you of course.
I envy you having a partner who shares your interests.
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Old 04-06-2009, 12:49 PM
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Pemberton, nice!
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Old 04-06-2009, 01:19 PM
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... I've bought a new 100mm F/2.8 USM Macro lens
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...I've recently acquired a 300mm f4L...
Doug
I want one of these lenses, each! Now!

Have a great trip Roger.

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Old 04-06-2009, 01:22 PM
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Nice Roger, I'd really love the 100mm macro. I've seen some top stuff done with it.

The 24-105 is also very nice!
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Old 04-06-2009, 01:37 PM
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Roger,

You will enjoy the 24-105mm f/4L IS USM. It is a very sharp lens which provides great saturation and contrast.

Just be sure to stop it down to f/5.6 (and smaller) for best results.

Have a good trip.

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Old 04-06-2009, 01:49 PM
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Thanks everyone

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I've recently acquired a 300mm f4L...
Nice lens! I think the macro will be stuck on my camera for a while

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Looking forward to seeing the results. From both of you of course.
I envy you having a partner who shares your interests.
It is nice that we have many similar interests, I can't imagine it any other way ... but, she doesn't share my strong interest in astronomy .. win some and loose some
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Old 04-06-2009, 05:58 PM
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Excellent Roger

I have my eye on a 100mm too. Post a report when you have a moment.

Cheers Petra d.
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Old 05-06-2009, 11:41 AM
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hehehe hows that ducted AC roger , when your miss's is into something that you love it makes it soo much easier to get finance approval! Have a great weekend mate!
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Old 05-06-2009, 12:15 PM
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Nice purchase Roger, the 500D Full HD video will be nifty as well. Like Petra I have the 100 macro on the wish list, the 24-105 has macro capability, but it's very ordinary in that role.
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Old 05-06-2009, 05:50 PM
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A very nice purchase Roger.

The 24-105L is one of my most used lens, very very handy lens and great quality for the zoom range.

I've heard a lot of great reports about the 100mm Macro, another great lens.
I've got the 180mm L macro and love it.

A good macro lens in the kit is essential and you've made a great choice.

Let us know how you go with the 500D !

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noice!! and a few days in Pemberton to try it all out too!! so jealous!
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Old 15-06-2009, 08:24 PM
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Nice Roger, I'd really love the 100mm macro. I've seen some top stuff done with it.
macro is an art Mike - it's one of the more difficult forms of photography to master. A mate of mine was interested in macro, so I lent him my setup and he couldn't do much with it (as expected). It takes a *lot* of practice to get it all right.

To the OP, congrats on the lenses.

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Old 15-06-2009, 08:45 PM
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G'day all,

The trip to Pemberton went very well and this lens performed quite nicely. I haven't got around to posting a reply about it because I haven't prepared any of my macro shots for display yet.

A little summary of the lens wouldn't go astray though....

The F/2.8 was very nice in some situations, and even when using it at slower f-stops like F/4 ad F/8 the shutter speeds were much better than what I am used to. I usually use my 70-200 F/4L with 10, 15 & 25mm extension tubes. This lns made me realise that the extension tubes really do have an effect on light loss.

The nicest thing about the F/2.8 was being able to hand-hold it in more situations than I would have with my other configuration.

It's focusing and build quality really feels L quality to me. It doesn't have the weather seals, and the switch isn't L quality, but the focusing is equally fast and silent.

As a 100mm telephoto focusing is the issue. Focus adjustments must be extremely fine for objects at a distance, as compared to close objects where it is much easier to achieve accurate manual focus.

Images from the lens were always sharp and had good colour, as far as I could tell. It's a bit tricky to tell with macro when the depth of field is often so shallow.

I wasn't as impressed with the boost in magnification it gives me vs my other setup. In theory it goes to 1:1 where as my other setup is 1:0.32 at best, but it wasn't too often that higher than 0.32 magnifications were realised.

I probably used a tripod for 70% of my macro shots rather than 90% I would have with my 70-200 & extension tubes.

Image quality I think is comparable between my options, the 70-200 with extension tubes delivers just as sharp and contrasty images I think.

What the 100mm F/2.8 doesn't give me which the 70-200 with extension tubes does is flexibility. The zoom of the 70-200 gives more opportunity for cropping differently and felt like it was better for being futher away from the subject (more than about 50cm). But that's very subective.

I haven't done any exact side-by-side tests of the lens with my other setup, all this is just what I think from use of the two over the few days. I'm no lens expert, so please don't take it all too seriously!

Btw, my fiance's 24-105 worked very nicely with her existing extension tubes to produce excellent macro shots also. Without the extension tubes it's macro capabilities are of course more limited.

Pics to come eventually.

Roger.
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