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Opinions Wanted on Canon 100mm Macro (non USM version)

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I have found a non USM 100mm macro lens that I am considering buying but wanted to hear opinions on this lens before making my final decision. How much slower is the focusing vs. the USM? Does this lens have full time manual focusing as many other Canon lenses? Any other thoughts?

 

Thx for your help.

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It must be a lot cheaper if you are asking the question !!! I'd be interested in the answers too .. such as has anyone upgraded to USM because it is that much better ?

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Only USM lenses allow FTMF...

 

~Matt Segal

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Because I am unable to switch the 100mm lens from MF to AF while housed the USM is a great feature allowing FTMF. I can't comment on the difference between it and the non-USM version but the USM version is a very fast lens.

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Bill: The non-USM version is considerably slower than the USM version. It does not allow for FTMF. That being said, my non-USM version is (I think) slightly sharper than my USM version and also has "nicer" tonal gradation when shooting B&W above water. Underwater, I don't notice any perceptible optical differences but the focusing speed is indeed noticeable as is the noise, which can scare some of the more sheepish critters.

 

Bill

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Thanks for the responses.

 

I noticed that Canon has two new extension tubes, 12mm and a 25mm. Anybody know anything about using these? What effect would they have on my 50mm macro in terms of working distance? Are they better than the dedicated life size converter? They are certainly less expensive and since there is no glass I'm assuming no degradation of picture quality?

 

Or would I be better off just buying the 100mm macro?

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The problem with extension tubes is that you can no longer focus at infinity so fish shots are out. A diopter might be a better choice, but if you know that you will only shoot tiny stuff get the extension tubes. I have a Kenko set that I use topside all the time for super macro stuff.

 

Bill

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