dmwphoto said:The 70-200 takes very nice close up images with the 500D. The bokeh is very nice and rich. I do not feel, however, that is is a good choice for real macro work. It is very difficult to position and capture the finest details. I use mine alot and love it, but it is not in the same league as the 200mm micro in my opinion. I find them both usefull for different things. I am no expert, mind you.