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Old 14-11-2009, 09:58   #1 (permalink)
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Hello,
I'm currently looking to set my daughter up in botanical macro photography with a Fuji Finepix S9600 and a Raynox DCR-250 Macro lens attachment. I can obtain these for around £250 UK pounds.
Can I better this option on a £300 budget ? Is there a body and dedicated macro lens which will get better results in that price range ?

Thanks to Dabhand for directing me here.
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Old 14-11-2009, 11:42   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to the world of penury and poverty On that sort of money you probably can't do better. But....a DSLR with a dedicated macro lens will really get your daughter into the bugs face, so to speak. They don't come cheap - but you could look into the second hand market.
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Thanks stepheno, I'll go with the Fuji and the Raynox. It only took your reply to tip me. I've a natural-born caution with anything mechanical or electronic when it comes to second-hand.

I've got a Fuji S9600 myself already so I think I'll experiment with the Raynox before passing it on.
Is there any way I can improve this option ? Extension tubes ? External flash ? Remote release ? Where could I get such stuff, if it would be useful ?

Your gallery is pretty good, incidentally. I'm getting inspired.
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Re: The right kit ?

A member on this very site got spectacular macro shots with Fuji Finepix camera and Raynox attachment.I notice he has a website now and invites contact on the site Marcin Klysewicz Web Site.
If anyone can offer good advice I reckon it could be him.
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Thanks water, that's a nice site. Good music too. This place is very inspirational.
I'm resigned to the Fuji S9600 with the Raynox now. Just waiting for delivery and I'll play with it and send it on to my kid. I was happy with a plastic saxophone and an Eagle annual for christmas. Time's change, what ?
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I reckon that's a pretty good setup. Downside to a bridge can be the deep depth of field (so difficult to isolate from background) but as you're after plants I reckon you can pretty much get around that by arranging/controlling the background - and for real closeups you probably want a good DOF. I wish her luck!
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