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Old 12-07-2008, 23:56   #1 (permalink)
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I currently use extension tubes with my 50mm canon lens. What do I need to buy to improve my macro shots?
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Re: Macro equipment

Depends how serious you want to go, a good second hand macro lens will be from £80
while new are from £180 or so .
50mm are good for grab shots in the field,but a good 105mm or higher are mainly for tripods,again ,all depending on the subject.
Come back to us with what you want to use it for.
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if you are serious about macro the best thing you could do is to buy some macro lens.
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I've been ON and OFF wanting to get a Macro Lens why is it that mostly everyone recommends the 105mm.
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Well, to go with a 400D, I would highly recommend a 100mm f2.8 macro. Job's a good'n
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I've been ON and OFF wanting to get a Macro Lens why is it that mostly everyone recommends the 105mm.
Value for money! I've used Canon 100mm, Sigma 105mm and Sigma 150mm (the Sigmas regularly - and prefer the 105mm) and the end result's pretty even between them. Canon's slightly better built and has internal focussing (as does the Sigma 150mm but have to say no real advantage). Canon's a fair bit more expensive than the Sigma 105mm - you can get the Sigma 150mm for about the same price.
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Value for money! I've used Canon 100mm, Sigma 105mm and Sigma 150mm (the Sigmas regularly - and prefer the 105mm) and the end result's pretty even between them. Canon's slightly better built and has internal focussing (as does the Sigma 150mm but have to say no real advantage). Canon's a fair bit more expensive than the Sigma 105mm - you can get the Sigma 150mm for about the same price.
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Re: Macro equipment

Nelliestew, you have various options open to you. The best is definitely to go for a lens that is designed for the purpose, like those mentioned by others here. I use the Canon 100mm f2.8 macro and it's a beautiful lens to use.

But you do have other options so here's a brief run down:

1. Close-up filters

These come in various strengths, usually +1, +2, +3 and +4 which can be used in any combination thus a set will allow you to go right up to +10 (I don't recommend that though as you'll have DoF about the thickness of a piece of paper LOL). Using a +4 will give you very good macro capability at very little money.

2. A reversing ring.

This screws into the filter thread of your 50mm lens and you can then reverse the lens and attach it backwards. This gives you very close focusing but you have no AF. Given that macro work is best done with manual focusing anyway, this would be fine. However, you do also lose metering and things so this is not an option for the faint-hearted.

3. A coupling ring.

This does much the same except you reverse one lens and attach it to another lens. You now have the metering back and you'll have very sharp pictures. DoF will again be very small.

4. Bellows.

These basically work like extension tubes but are more adjustable. Fine if you like them, very much an acquired taste, and popular with those who do like them but hated by others! It will give you extremely close macro. To give you some idea, with my bellows and nifty fifty, I could virtually fill a frame with a letter 'a' printed at 12pts on paper. That is roughly 5 times life size taking you into the realm of super-macro.

5. Extension tubes.

But you've got those already, just mentioning them for anyone else reading this and looking for their options Usually sold in sets of 3, a shorter, medium and longer one which can be used in any combination.

There are some very good books available for macro, one of which I have reviewed here:

Pixalo Photographic Equipment Reviews - Small Things Big: Close-up and Macro Photography -

I hope that helps a little.

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I've been ON and OFF wanting to get a Macro Lens why is it that mostly everyone recommends the 105mm.
It depends somewhat on what you want to photograph. However a focal length of about 100 mm on a 1.6 crop camera is a good compromise. It allows you to get a reasonable distance between the camera and the subject (great for insects etc) while not having so much of a telephoto effect that a tripod is essential due to camera shake. Also you can get a f 2.8 lens that is not too big and heavy. For macro a wide lens is quite useful sometimes.

A has been said the canon 100 mm f2.8 is a cracking lens.
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It depends somewhat on what you want to photograph. However a focal length of about 100 mm on a 1.6 crop camera is a good compromise. It allows you to get a reasonable distance between the camera and the subject (great for insects etc) while not having so much of a telephoto effect that a tripod is essential due to camera shake. Also you can get a f 2.8 lens that is not too big and heavy. For macro a wide lens is quite useful sometimes.

A has been said the canon 100 mm f2.8 is a cracking lens.
I want to photograph insects, so thanks for the info.
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In that case just remember Marcin bought this lens
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Nellie, Rob mentions Close-up filters in his reply, if you decide to go this route or just want to try them out, I have a set that you are very welcome to. They are as new, I used them only once or twice. I'd much rather they were being used than sitting gathering dust in one of the camera bags.

It's a set of 4 Fox filters to fit 58mm lens: +1, +2, +4 and +10.

But if you can stretch to it, the Canon 100mm 2.8 is such a great lens and you will have a huge amount of fun using it.
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While some might dis-agree, I've found my Olympus 2x teleconverter to be a valuable macro tool. It doesn't affect focus distance as much as my macro extension or close up adaptors. The dof is a little wider and with a fast lens like a 50mm f/1.4 or f/2 in my case the 2 stop light loss is workable. I have a Raynox DCR 250, a close up set, and an EX-25 extension tube, but find myself using my Zuiko 50mm macro and EC-20 teleconvertor more than anything for the results and ease of use. All that being said, I am thinking seriously about the Sigma 150mm. Of course if I buy it, maybe today even, one of my first experiments will be with the teleconvertor. The idea of 300mm, 15 inch working distance, and double life-size image on the sensor to shoot a bug or a bird with the same rig is appealing.
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I use the Raynox 250 and Sony H5 with "home made" diffuser.
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