Mount & Macro

Discussion in 'Beginner Questions' started by Davej, Nov 7, 2018.

  1. Davej

    Davej New Member

    Nov 7, 2018
    Canon EOS700D. 18-55 IS STM
    I'm new to the world of digital photography and have a couple of queries that I would appreciate some assistance with.
    I have a Canon EOS 700D with an 18-55 IS STM lens.

    1) Do I have use EF-S lenses or can I also use those with an EF mount and if so are there any disadvantages ?

    2) I would like to take some close-up photos but am unable to stretch to a macro lens. Can I use extension tubes or bellows with my kit and if so will the
    results be acceptable ?

    Many thanks, Dave

  2. johnsey

    johnsey Site Moderator Staff Member Site Supporter

    Apr 21, 2017
    Fargo, ND
    5dMk2, 20D, 70-200 2.8 L IS, 100mm 2.8 Macro USM, 50m 1.4, 85mm 1.8, 17-40mm 4.0 L, Rokinon 14mm 2.8; Pixma Pro-100
    1. Yes you can use EF lenses in fact they have an advantage of being usable on film and full frame cameras should you upgrade, unlike the -S lenses made specially for the crop sensors.
    2. You can surely use other means like extension tubes and get acceptable results. If your looking for a modest priced option, back in mid 2000's i borrowed a 50mm sigma macro from a buddy which performed well. You could shop around for a used copy and get that at a reasonable cost, its a 2.8 and i think would be worth the jump up from tubes where you loose a few stops of light.

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