I'm about to purchase: Canon T2i with included EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Canon Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens
This is for photography 2D artwork of different media and I've made this decision based on feedback from here Is Canon T2i and kit lens good for shooting (2D) artwork? and here macro lens for artwork with the T2i
My only concern is that Canon doesn't call the EF 50MM a "macro", but it is isn't it? It's also $300 cheaper than their EF-S 60mm f/2.8 macro which has been recommended.
I just got to confirm the lens and I'm set. What do you think? Or any other comments before I purchase?
UPDATE. I went ahead and made the purchase but without the Macro Lens. It looks like the Compact Macro may be the one for me, though I want to fully understand all the answers and feedback before I decide. But so far I understand that this lens does give true 1/1 but is not necessarily great for 'macro', which should be fine for me.
There is so much information and so much to learn about photography that I notice more than one entire 3rd party book devoted to the T2i alone. In this situation I do not have the adequate time to fully master everything I'd like too before I start photographing the work. I'll need to set up lighting and the entire studio, and I'll only have a couple days to experiment before I get to work. I appreciate the head start I've been given here. No doubt I'll be learning as I go. Thanks for everyone's help.