does Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD Macro Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras suite my Canon 600D? and is it good for macro photography?

I'm looking for a cheap option (under 200$) to shoot macro photos using Canon Rebel T3i, and I came through this lens.

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    You meant "Macro photography"
    – Gapton
    Dec 23 '11 at 2:00
  • "Micro photography" means three possible things a) photographs through a microscope, b) photographs which require a microscope (or at least magnification) to view, or c) a synonym for macro photography. Presumably macro photography is meant here given the lens.
    – mattdm
    Dec 23 '11 at 2:34
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    Akram, you're getting downvotes because: 1) you're asking multiple questions in one question, making it difficult to answer canonically in a way that's helpful to others; 2) you didn't bother to capitalize the first letter of your post or make your final sentence even really make sense, and you've been around here for a while and should be able to do that; and, probably, 3) the ambiguity with micro/macro is possibly indicative of lack of research, and although that alone doesn't bother me, I do notice that a very high percentage of your questions are duplicates or near-duplicates.
    – mattdm
    Dec 23 '11 at 2:42
  • (Likewise, "Is this lens, currently made and sold by a major 3rd-party lens company as compatible with Canon cameras, compatible with my current Canon camera?" shows a lack of research. It's okay to have confusion about that and ask for help, but it's better if you can explain why you're concerned that it might not work.)
    – mattdm
    Dec 23 '11 at 3:14
  • possible duplicate of How do I choose a macro lens for a Canon APS-C camera?
    – mattdm
    Dec 23 '11 at 3:19

The Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD Macro lens is compatible with the Canon 600D or T3i. The Di designation actually means that it is compatible with both full frame and crop sensor cameras such as the 600D.

It is termed "macro lens", so yes it will do macro photography, but it is not a true 1:1 macro lens. It has a maximum magnification in the macro mode of 1:2, and only 1:4 without the mode. What this means is that the classical term "macro lens" does not apply to this lens. Instead, it has the capability to achieve a large subject size, but not quite what a dedicated macro lens can achieve. I would consider this lens to be very useful in macro photography though.

If you are looking for a lens under $200 in this range, that also does macro to a degree, this is a viable option and will get it done for you.

  • I think for this answer to be correct it needs to discuss 1:2 magnification.
    – mattdm
    Dec 23 '11 at 12:07
  • @mattdm - Thanks for the tip, I did leave out some important details before.
    – dpollitt
    Dec 23 '11 at 16:19

I had this lens and for the real Macro photography it's nearly useless.

It's good for shooting "details", but not real macro. It's far too hard to frame and focus on small objects.

Very long focal length, and very long lens barrel, with a very high "minimum focus distance" of almost one metre from the camera's sensor.

You'd be much better off getting a proper Macro lens, like the 90 or 100mm f2.8


Macro lens is a lens that gives you 1:1 magnification or more (i.e size of the object on the sensor is its real size). This lens is not a true macro lens. For under $200, your best bet is extension tubes.


Actually if you have a kit lens, the FREE option is reverse lens macro technique.

Here is a link for a nice tutorial with some good photo illustration of why this works: http://stephenelliot.com/2007/05/15/reverse-lens-macro-photography-tutorial/

Edit: All lenses can be used this way, I mentioned the kit lens only because it is the cheapest and people using this technique usually try it out on their kit lens. However feel free to try this on other lenses too.

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