Compact for macros

Northern California, CA(Zone 9b)

I am debating getting a macro lens for my Canon T2i or just getting a small compact if I can find one that takes great macros. I really do not want to have to change the lens every few minutes as I walk thru an arboretum. It would make me nuts so I was thinking better to get a small compact for my pocket for macros and have both cameras. Any ideas?

I have been processing pics I took in 2008 with a Canon PowerShot SD950 IS and am surprised at how good they are. I have had several later model Canons since and none took such good macros. I also recall how good that camera was at taking in focus pic out the window of a fast moving car. No other compact Canon since has been able to do that. Maybe I should try to find it and take it with me. LOL

From a camera that came out in 2007 Canon PowerShot SD950 IS

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Northern California, CA(Zone 9b)

Here is another from my 2007 compact. This is smaller than a quarter.

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Powder Springs, GA(Zone 7b)

Excellent macros Kelly! If you need to zoom and take macros then stick with the compact. The problem with a dedicated macro on a DSLR is the fixed length. I have a Quantaray 50mm macro and a Canon 100mm macro. The Quantaray was good until I dropped it and now the auto focus doesn't work past a certain point (I must manually focus past this point to regain auto focus) so I rarely use it anymore. The 100mm is excellent but for normal shots I must walk backwards to get the entire scene which may be impossible in a small space. Zoom lenses are the way to go on a tour especially crowded arboretums.

Saw this big bug (looked like a mosquito on steroids) on our front door a week ago. I got the 100mm macro mounted and tried some handshots which were okay but not great. I then got the tripod, cable release, and big flash with a remote cord out and went to town. I'm surprised the bug did not fly away so I fired away at about six inches with the flash in several different positions and thought this one was one of the best. Tweaked in PSE.

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Northern California, CA(Zone 9b)

You are so much more dedicated than I am, Butch. I do not even have all that equipment nor could I carry it all with my back. What an odd bug.

I finally got a EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens. Again. LOL

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