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Rob Warwick
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Capabilities of Macro lenses


I'm thinking of purchasing a 100mm macro lens. In addition to close-up photos, can a macro be used for any other types of shots?

Rob Warwick


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8/16/2010 9:58:13 AM

 
Gregory LaGrange
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  Of course, although a regular lens of the same focal length may have better optics at longer focal distances. But then again, those differences may be measurable in a lab test situation but not readily apparent when you're looking at the actual photos.
I have a 50mm macro that I got because I like using that focal length for regular pictures and the added plus of macro.


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8/16/2010 12:05:24 PM

 
kerby lee pfrangle
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  Hi Rob,
I love my macro lens. I shoot lots of flowers and also use it for portraits especially of children.
"Center" is the monthly theme category for the August contest. Check out my post on the Aug. entries to view what a macro lens can do. I have several flower centers posted on the first page.
The macro lens is a really a fun lens to own and use....


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8/16/2010 12:07:55 PM

 
Lynn R. Powers
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  Most macro lenses are the best lens and sharpest that the companies makes. A 100mm lens will do fine for any detail work. Remember unless you have the Canon ME 65 that the rest focus from 1:1 to infinity. I would not recommend a 100mm for portraits on a cropped camera though. It is a little too long. An isolated part of a building or 10 feet from a flower it would be wonderful.(providing you wanted the entire flower unless it is very big.LOL)


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8/16/2010 10:37:35 PM

 
Fax Sinclair
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  As anyone can see I fell into the macro lens with my first digital camera.
Now using a Micro Nikkor 60mm 1:2.8 because it was what the guy in the camera store thought I should buy.
It works great on raindrops and bugs, also people.
But what is the next macro lens I "should" buy?
And how can a 100mm lens and a 50mm lens do the same thing?


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8/17/2010 11:03:00 AM

 
Lynn R. Powers
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  Fax,

The 100 has a narrower angle of view and lets you be six inches from that ugly spider and get a 1:1 photo instead of getting three inches away where you are more apt to scare it or worse get bit. How they do it is pure magic. :-)
(see my previous response)

IMO most responsible sales people recommend macro lenses in the 90mm to 105mm range for people new to macro. It helps them get the upclose shots without scarring the critters and is easier to learn macro photography. I found that I am not into macro per se but I want the 100mm macro for close work of small details but not for 1:1 macro photography.


Lynn



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8/17/2010 11:48:26 AM

 
Fax Sinclair
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  Thank you Lynn,
That is very clear and explains why I've been scaring all the geckos and spiders (bees don't care) but it would be nice to be a bit further away!


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8/17/2010 1:34:10 PM

 
kerby lee pfrangle
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  One thing I might mention with a macro lens if your shooting flowers is to shoot on a very still quiet day. Even a tiny wind tends to blow the flower petals around.

I almost always shoot with my mono pod
with no wind this tends to make the flowers more clear.


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8/17/2010 1:51:46 PM

 
Fax Sinclair
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  ha ha Kerby,
Yes, I know to shoot in the stillness. But I live in Waikoloa -- translation -- place of wind devils! Not really, but people do call it Windyblowa.
I have always given myself the "job" of taking the flowers where they are blooming. But I bring them indoors now! Or rush outside during the calmer times.
I was just in your gallery! Lovely, stunning work.


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8/17/2010 1:57:56 PM

 
kerby lee pfrangle
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  Thank you Fax I am glad you enjoyed the flowers and flower centers.

Taking the flowers in the house is a smart move if it windy. Even a tiny breeze can make a big difference in the images.

I like to go to the Botanical gardens when I travel and if it a little windy you find me in the inside gardens.


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8/17/2010 7:11:04 PM

 
Rob Warwick
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  Thanks for the great discussions and info.

Rob


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8/19/2010 8:07:43 AM

 
Donald R. Curry
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  I have used a Nikon 105mm micro lens for several years. It is known for it's sharpness. It is a great professional lens.


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8/26/2010 7:06:01 PM

 
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