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Old 24-04-2009, 04:57   #1 (permalink)
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moving to macro lens

okay. Have my 50mm f1.8 with my Canon 450. Best thing I did. Love the lens, really good quality being fixed. Rightly for the majority of shots I wish to take it does faces and family/acitivity shots brilliantly. Definately best buy.
I do start to get a little frustrated outsdie of this scope. When I want to take shots of places we go together - scenery/landscapes.
And more urgently I long for macro capabilities. Not eveyone's need but apart from other wants, I'd really like to get closer close ups on dandelions, my son's favourite flower (I hope to frame some for him). Our recent trip to the butterfly house could have done with this too, including for shots of his beloved caterpillars there. I'd like to use it to pick out details in things and bring their concentration to, to aid communcation. And because i remember being little(r)!
I know I asked this question when I was first starting out, but it was in amongst so many other thoughts at the time. Hope its okay to reapproach the subject via a fresh thread now that thoughts are a little clearer and have had experience of shots which are wanted but outside range.
First off is the macro question. the 50mm does 'close' well but I'm wanting more.
Any thoughts appreciated.
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Old 24-04-2009, 07:30   #2 (permalink)
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Re: moving to macro lens

Worth looking through Marcin's excellent guides http://www.pixalo.com/community/tuto...ial-24240.html and http://www.pixalo.com/community/tuto...-ii-31623.html

You'll need some form of macro lens, usually one that does 1:1 (some claim macro at 1:2). Personally, I use a Sigma 105mm and 150mm both true 1:1 macro lenses and both capable of producing good images (and I use both as portrait lenses too, not having a 50mm)

Reckon that around 100mm is a good all rounder - you don't have to get too close (and maybe scare the bug) with all the major lens manufacturers producing good examples: Canon (100mm), Sigma (105mm), Nikon (105mm) and Tamron (90mm)
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Re: moving to macro lens

Yes a macro lens of those mentioned would help.

Additionally with the 50mm you have you can also use extension tubes to get the focusing closer to your subject and effectively increase the magnification.

I'm not sure if you want a wider field of view on your landscapes or a longer shot. In which case you may want to look at either a wide angle lens (eg 17-40) or one that gives more range. Eg 200mm. Maybe a zoom that covers a wide range at first ?
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Old 25-04-2009, 16:00   #4 (permalink)
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Re: moving to macro lens

Hm. Re: landscapes it would in a way be both, but most annoyingly is the range capacity. I can take shots but they're really not worthy of the scene but unsuprising on the lens as it's not meant to do that. Things like climbing down a beautiful woodland path and looking across to a waterfall a lway along. And the beach of an evening, with my children playing. Re; the woodland bit wanting to capture a beetle pootling by or the close detail of a particular flower.

Re; the macro lenses, what is there to chose between them and am I better to go down the line of extensions or not?!? I've heard particularly of the Canon 100mm from Silkstone I think but in passing. Does anyone know if there's much to chose from between them? And what sort of money is a going rate for them.

I love my 50mm, it's eactly what I needed most. It was great advice. And does the job beautifully. And I have so many lovely photos of my children. I can't understate how lovely it is! And precious. But what is the equivalent in the macro world? I suspect there isn't one. Amazing value, top quality, does just what you need.
And in the woodland valley and beach/cove shots?
I must take a look at the tutorial sites, when I have more than 2 seconds. Thank you. Any summaries welcome, of course
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Re: moving to macro lens

I mentioned the macro extension tubes as they are a cheaper option to the macro lens. You should be able to pick them up for under £100.

I started with extension tubes, then got so bitten by the macro bug, I later bought some proper macro lens. For macro, if you go the lens route then the best starting ones are the Tamron/Sigma/Canon around the 100mm mark. Canon is excellent optically, but more expensive than the other two.

As for the the landscapes etc, sounds like you need two lens....but first maybe the longer range. Not sure how much you wish to spend. Might want to look at a 70-300mm zoom ?
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Re: moving to macro lens

The EFS 17-85mm IS has macro close focus on it. My wife has this lens, it is pin sharp and good at all ranges. I tried it out with different attachments and it takes OK macro shots by it self. With tubes it does a little better. The trick with alot of macro lenses is how close do you have the patients to get or try to get for a picture. This lens would cover your range and would not be a replacement for the 50mm as it is in a world all it's own. 17-85 is a good all around walk around at a good price.
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Re: moving to macro lens

We recently purchased a Sigma F2.8 24-70 EX DG Macro (only 40cm closest focussing so cropping is a must) it is an excellent, if currently quite expensive lens.... does superb landscapes and portraiture.
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