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Old 09-12-2008, 20:45   #1 (permalink)
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starting with my macro

i have just got my new sigma 105 and i am really chuffed with it but boy i didnt know how hard this macro stuff is... i was having a play with aperture priority and i can seem to get the shutter speed to work with it its way to slow with it, can anyone advise me on what to do?? i did have a quick go at shooting in complete manual mode increasing the exposure a little bit and choosing a faster shutter that would match the aperture i wanted, but im sure there is an easier way, im only shooting still life atm but would like to go onto insects when ive sussed it out a bit.

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Re: starting with my macro

I,ve got the same lens and I have to say I have no trouble using it. I mainly use aperture priority without any problems . Macro is not easy, the main problem is with focusing and you need to be able to move the camera to achieve accurate focus when going 1:1. I use a Velbon 4 way slider with my tripod which makes the job a lot easier. I,m no expert, far from it, but as I said, I have no probs with my lens (other than it rattles a fair bit) so maybe yours is faulty!
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Re: starting with my macro

no the lens is fine im still learning with my aperture priority and stuff but do like the manual but again learning long thing im enjoying myself and the lens is just another challenge i am using freehand as my tripod is broke so got to decide on which new one to get, year the auto focus is a bit noisy but i find manual a lot easier with this lens using my 40d's large screen, i will take an other look at the macro tutorial and also i have a couple of magazines but i will eventual try and master it hopefully i can get some like marcin and others on this forum
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Re: starting with my macro

Hi.... Firstly,I cannot offer any technical advice as I am not competent enough, but I can give you a couple of pointers for working without a tripod and focussing rail.
When I first tried macro photography, i would set my still life subject up on the dining room table. I then found a large hardback book on which to place the camera. Once I had the subject reasonably focussed I would then just slide the book forward or bckward to fine tune the shot. Finally,I would used the 2 second timed delay to avoid blurring when using the shutter button.
It aint rocket science..... but it did get me started until I could afford a tripod focussing rail and a remote release.
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thanks brian will give it a go i have to look my xmas pressie is going to be a tripod so hopefully i can choose a good one with head etc for about 100quid
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