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Beth Spencer
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Macro Photography


I have a Canon EOS 40D and am seriously considering getting a macro lens but have no idea which one to consider. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Thanks.


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6/1/2009 11:09:25 AM

 
Stanley Joel Schretter
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  Actually, there are several possibilities. The Canon 500D diopter lens will convert any good lens into a great macro lens. It is a lot cheaper than a dedicated macro. I have a Tokina 100mm f/2.8 macro, and it takes wonderful images.


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6/2/2009 4:17:00 AM

 
Beth Spencer
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  Thanks, I will look into it. I've not seen one of those, so I am not sure how it works.


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6/2/2009 8:36:33 PM

 
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Hello B9th,
I have the Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens and a macro ringlight. This combo will get you great butterfly, flower, and other macro shots. I get a lot of use out of mine and the most important thing about macro photography is to use a tripod. With a macro lens, even a 1/4-inch movement will change the area of focus and you may not like your results. The tripod will make everything much easier to manage. I also recommend using manual focus and manual camera setting so you can set the DOF you want and focus on the specific area of the subject. There are a couple of macro classes here at BetterPhoto, and once you learn a few basic techniques for shooting macro photography, you will be getting great captures. Another big plus for macro photography is that there is a whole world to explore as close as your backyard :)
Carlton


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6/2/2009 10:48:16 PM

 
Beth Spencer
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  Thanks, Nice butterfly and detail.
I am still looking at all possibilities and then will try to decide. I am thinking it may be beneficial to take a class or two before I decide.


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6/3/2009 4:23:19 PM

 
Carlton Ward
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  Brenda Tharp teaches a couple of Macro classes, including Mastering Macro Nature Photography. I haven't taken her Macro class but I have taken her "Creating Visual Impact" class. It was a wonderful class, and she is a great instructor.
Good luck,
Carlton


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6/3/2009 9:34:21 PM

 
Richard M. Waas
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  I have the Canon 40D, 50D and 5D MK II, and have both the Canon 100mm and the 180mm macro lenses. Both are excellent. I use the 180 when shooting butterflies and dragonflies, things that get spooked when you get too close. You can't go wrong with either. Good Luck.


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6/7/2009 11:04:09 AM

 
Beth Spencer
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  Thanks, I am still looking but that will help.
B9th


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6/7/2009 6:39:44 PM

 
Bob Sticco
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  Hi. . .I love macro, I have taken Brenda's macro course and it is excellent! I have a Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro lens, but in retrospect I should have waited a bit and bought the Canon 100mm. I really like the Tamron, it takes great photos and is light and durable. But somehow I feel that I should have kept my kit pure Canon... maybe that's just a presumptuous, assumption!!! Good Luck and Good Shooting.....Bob


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6/9/2009 7:01:22 AM

 
Michael McCullough   I picked an older Tamron 90mm.2.5 adaptal mount for $50 at a buy and sell,a truly great lens!!


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6/9/2009 12:08:56 PM

 
Jerry Deutsch
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  I also have the Canon and I am very interested in Macro photography. I was spoiled with my Panosonic Lumix Point and Shoot which would get to about 1 inch from the subject with great sharpness and DOF at wide angles.

Are the lenses that you are discussing truly Macro or just close up. As far as I remember it (and I have more than my share of senior moments), a macro lense produces an image larger than the original subject. Am I remembering this correctly?


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6/10/2009 7:34:13 AM

 
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I frequently shoot through a microscope. While it isn't as portable as a macro lens you can get much closer! There is an article here about using the scope, check out: www.betterphoto.com/article.asp?id=185
Thanks, John Siskin


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6/17/2009 3:49:06 PM

 
Paul R. Nelson
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I have both a 40D and a Canon 100mm macro lens and have found them to be an excellent combination. I use Live View to focus and check DOF, which I find much easier than the viewfinder for macro work. I added the optional tripod ring to allow vertical shots without flipping the tripod head.

I also have a Canon 500D closeup lens, which will allow any lens to focus closer, including a Macro lens. Combining the 100mm Macro lens and the 500D closeup lens increases a 1x maximum image size of the macro lens to approximately 1.3x, if I remember right. I took the picture of the dime to see how close I could get.

Good luck with your decision and enjoy your future macro images.

Paul Nelson


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6/22/2009 11:36:49 AM

 
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  Dime on moss
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Canon 100 Macro,0.6 sec,f/25,ISO 100,0 EV,flash did not fire,on tripod,used mirror lockup,remote switch,focusing rail,Canon 500D closeup lens
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Sorry, I was not able to upload the picture I intended with my response. Will try again.

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6/22/2009 11:40:20 AM

 
Thomas R. Laux
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  I'll add one more vote for the Canon 100mm macro. Last year I took one of Brenda's macro classes and asked for her recommendation and she suggested that lens. Since then it's become the favorite lens in my kit and once that's well used.

Tom


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7/2/2009 7:01:53 PM

 
Jeffrey L. Harwell
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  My girlfriend bought me the Tokina 100mm f/2.8 Macro for Christmas and I LOVE it. It's very clear, and cheaper than the Canon.


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7/7/2009 4:19:53 PM

 
A P
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  If you live in a large enough city you can rent a lens and check them out before making the decision on which one to buy. JMHO


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7/7/2009 5:49:10 PM

 
Crystal Young
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  Although now I have the Canon 100mm macro lens, I was using the Sigma 70-300mm f4-5.6 APO DG Macro cuz it was more affordable at the time. It doesn't give you the true 1:1 ratio, but 1:2 and that was fine for me... until I got the 100mm and now I can't go back! I have pics in my gallery using both lenses.


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7/20/2009 8:24:10 AM

 
Beth Spencer
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  I am leaning towards the Canon 100mm but everyone seems to be on back order at this time. I am just waiting at the present still thinking. Your macro shots are great.
Thanks


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7/20/2009 6:57:50 PM

 
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