Posted 31 March 2010 - 07:55 AM
I dive with a canon 400D in an ikelite housing with the 6" dome port. I mainly shoot wide angle and use a tokina 10-17mm most of the time. I've also used the standard kit lens (EF-S 18-55 3.5-5.6) behind the dome port but i've never been that impressed with the image quality or the close focusing ability. I know the latter could be improved with a diopter but it will only make the quality worse.
Anyway, I'm heading off to Indonesia in a few months (Raja Ampat and Lembeh) and think I should invest in a proper macro lens. I'd like to get some recommendations on lenses to take. I was thinking along the lines of a 50mm as this give me the option to shoot small(ish) stuff as well as larger fish. But i've seen some threads on here recommending a zoom (such as a 17-85) but I would have thought the optics would be comprimised across a lot of the range due to the change in lenght of the lens? Or should i just go for full macro and get a 100mm?
Any advice would be appreciated,
PS I'd like to not get any EF-S lenes if possible so that i can continue to use these lenes if i upgrade to a full frame camera in the future.
Posted 31 March 2010 - 09:13 AM
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Posted 31 March 2010 - 09:57 AM
I am primarily a macro shooter, and have both 60mm and 105mm lenses, I almost never remove my 60mm in places like Lembeh. Even for things like pygmy seahorses....
Are you planning to use the dome port for your macro lens? You may want to consider a macro style port too. It would make your macro much easier.
Have a wonderful trip whatever macro lens you choose.
Edited by secretsea18, 31 March 2010 - 09:59 AM.
Posted 31 March 2010 - 10:18 AM
Canon 7D, Subal, dual Inon Z240's, Tokina 10-17, Canon 60mm and 100mm
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Posted 31 March 2010 - 07:47 PM
I can understand your point about not wanting any EF-S lenses, but how long before you actually move up to a full frame? The 60mm is my go-to macro lens and perfect for Lembeh. You will get years of great shooting out of it - you can always sell it when (if) you go full frame.
You may also want to consider the Tamron 60mm f2.0 ( yes 2.0 is correct) macro lens. It is easily as good as the Canon 60mm EFS lens optically but it has the added advantage that you could use it with a 1.4 Teleconverter to give you a ~100mm f2.8 macro lens on a full frame camera. ( You can't mount the Canon 60mm EFS to a teleconverter). I actually prefer the Tamron 60mm / 1.4 Teleconverter combination to my Canon 100mm macro lens as you can get greater than 1:1 magnification if you need as well.
Posted 01 April 2010 - 12:26 AM