What is the best macro lens ever for 1:1 size?
I am planning to do some slide/negative duplication. So I will buy a macro lens and/or bellows and a holder for slides and negatives.
My main concern is the absolute best quality, I want to achieve uncomprimisingly good results.
What is the best macro lens ever made for this purpose? Which is the best, most precise bellows and slide/negative holders that I can get for my EOS?
What, exactly, do you mean by "best"? Does it have to be mountable to an EOS?
Me thinks the OP is looking to start a flame war or a bar room brawl! :o:o:o
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Nikon 105 Micro. Not really sure if it will work on your EOS though. ;-)
Second best? Try Tamron's 90 Macros.
I think Shawn's got it. I don't shoot Nikon except on my classic Bronica, but I've had a Tamron SP 90/2.5 since I bought it new in the 1980s, and it's been an excellent performer. I've bought and sold many 35mm lenses since then, and that one's always been a keeper.
The Tamron Adaptall II EOS mount is hard to find, but it's a solid chunk of metal with no optics or mechanics, so there are perfectly good Chinese knockoffs.
Now at higher magnifications, I like my Canon FD 35/2.8 Macrophoto, which is an RMS mount lens that requires a bellows.
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Kiron 105 f/2.8 macro lens. It's phenomenal, goes 1:1 without any adapters, filters, etc.
I'm with the Kiron Kid. I've been using a Kiron 105/2.8 1:1 Macro lens for my mf Nikons for about 10 years now. It is a fantastic lens in the 35mm format (and I've used a few others). However, you'll have a difficult time finding one for your EOS,...I think. If you do find one, jump on it!
Well, somehow. I have adapters for Nikon and Contax lenses as well as for Novoflex equipment as I often use those long follow-focus lenses.
Originally Posted by dougjgreen
Simple definition of "Best": making the sharpest, most detailed pictures with good contrast, let's say "the APO Summicron of macro lenses", the "Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch", and somewhat sharper than the real McCoy :-)
Some candidates that were named by friends:
- Tamron SP 90mm
- Canon 100mm Macro
- Canon MP-E 65mm
- Leica APO-Macro-Elmarit-R 100mm
- Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 100mm f/2 ZF
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Nope. I just ask about your experience. I didn't ask anyone to start a religious war...
Originally Posted by Sirius Glass
For 1:1 and above the best combination so far that I've found is an Olympus 80mm macro on bellows. I use this with a Nikon camera having converted the rear mount of the bellows from olympus to nikon by gluing two thin extension tubes together - olympus to nikon. You get no connections from camera to lens though, but you can use a double cable release to close the aperture prior to taking the shot. I think the bellows also has an optional slide copy attachment. This isn't the easiest route I'm sure, but if you can find this stuff secondhand, and want to apply a little effort, it's a cheap way of getting outstanding results. I don't know about EOS cameras, are there issues with having no camera to lens connections?