So I am of the opinion that macro lenses are not reaaaaaally essential. A friend was asking which macro lens to buy for her Canon DSLR but I told her: 'fahgedabahditt'! For the same amount of money or less, you could: - get yourself a serious compact that can do a seriously mean macro at a high standard, - plus it will probably be smaller than or the same size as any DSLR macro lens, - having a serious compact for macro means you won't have to go changing lenses just for that one macro shot while you're on the move, - AND when you're not using the macro function on the serious compact you can also use it as a (maybe) pocketable carry-everywhere serious compact which you probably can't do with your tank of a DSLR, for all the other non-macro photography. Thoughts? Which serious compact would you buy primarily for its macro to complement your non-compact non-macro gear? I've seen some great macro photography posted by forum members here taken with the X10 and the LX7 amongst others. Is the Canon S100 still in contention? What about the new Sigma compacts? They're probably a lot more expensive to buy just for the macro function though I think.