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    Quote Originally Posted by luckyorange View Post
    filter you can try Raynox 250, quite alot of ppl using here
    well, i just read that filter cant deliver veri clear image compare to macro lens. lolx. but aniwei, how much would it be for the filter of +4 for canon 550d? does it come with a set of more filter in it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by saDdyJ86 View Post
    well, i just read that filter cant deliver veri clear image compare to macro lens. lolx. but aniwei, how much would it be for the filter of +4 for canon 550d? does it come with a set of more filter in it?
    1. Look at the filters priceguide, or call up a shop.
    2. No, you buy each filter separately. Very rare (and expensive) to find a set.

    FYI, these are just magnification filters. Raynox will be better, macro lens best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    1. Look at the filters priceguide, or call up a shop.
    2. No, you buy each filter separately. Very rare (and expensive) to find a set.

    FYI, these are just magnification filters. Raynox will be better, macro lens best.
    ic. thanks. kind of headache. macro lens so ex. hahax.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saDdyJ86 View Post
    well. actually i'm looking into canon 100mm IS/non IS and sigma 150mm f/2.8 ex gd hsm macro lens, but nv use sigma lens before, so don't know how is it. or perhap consider getting macro filter?
    Both the Sigma and Canon's macro lens are good enough for your macro needs. Filter and closeup lenses are a viable option to test out macro shots... (sometime I add my raynox to my macro lens for bigger magnification), but you would have to go much nearer to your subject, which for some nervous bug, is not a very good move.

    Sigma's 150mm is a pretty heavy lens... something which I really don't like. I have been using the Canon 100mm f2.8 (non IS) lens for some time now, quality is good and I like it alot.

    And like what many had mentioned, get yourself a good external flash and learn some flash techniques when taking macro photos. They are really more important than a tripod. One reason why I seldom use a tripod when shooting macro was that by the time you set up your tripod, the bug would have gotten away, or you might disturb it with your tripod... but it is not to say that a tripod cannot be use... you would just have to be very careful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rhino123 View Post
    Both the Sigma and Canon's macro lens are good enough for your macro needs. Filter and closeup lenses are a viable option to test out macro shots... (sometime I add my raynox to my macro lens for bigger magnification), but you would have to go much nearer to your subject, which for some nervous bug, is not a very good move.

    Sigma's 150mm is a pretty heavy lens... something which I really don't like. I have been using the Canon 100mm f2.8 (non IS) lens for some time now, quality is good and I like it alot.

    And like what many had mentioned, get yourself a good external flash and learn some flash techniques when taking macro photos. They are really more important than a tripod. One reason why I seldom use a tripod when shooting macro was that by the time you set up your tripod, the bug would have gotten away, or you might disturb it with your tripod... but it is not to say that a tripod cannot be use... you would just have to be very careful.
    hmm. thanks for your advice. but just for curiousity, i saw in the buy/sell thread, it seem like alot of people selling canon 100mm usm macro lens. as you have said, it quite a good lens, but how come so many people selling it ah? why ah? lolx.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saDdyJ86 View Post
    hmm. thanks for your advice. but just for curiousity, i saw in the buy/sell thread, it seem like alot of people selling canon 100mm usm macro lens. as you have said, it quite a good lens, but how come so many people selling it ah? why ah? lolx.
    Because they bought it thinking they will be the next macro king, then found out they do not have the passion/skill/patience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    Because they bought it thinking they will be the next macro king, then found out they do not have the passion/skill/patience.
    hahax. oic. well. guess i have to start saving to aim for one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhino123

    Both the Sigma and Canon's macro lens are good enough for your macro needs. Filter and closeup lenses are a viable option to test out macro shots... (sometime I add my raynox to my macro lens for bigger magnification), but you would have to go much nearer to your subject, which for some nervous bug, is not a very good move.

    Sigma's 150mm is a pretty heavy lens... something which I really don't like. I have been using the Canon 100mm f2.8 (non IS) lens for some time now, quality is good and I like it alot.

    And like what many had mentioned, get yourself a good external flash and learn some flash techniques when taking macro photos. They are really more important than a tripod. One reason why I seldom use a tripod when shooting macro was that by the time you set up your tripod, the bug would have gotten away, or you might disturb it with your tripod... but it is not to say that a tripod cannot be use... you would just have to be very careful.
    Can let us know what type of external flash we need, some brand/ model please. Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: recommendation for macro lens for canon 550d

    Quote Originally Posted by saDdyJ86 View Post
    well. actually i'm looking into canon 100mm IS/non IS and sigma 150mm f/2.8 ex gd hsm macro lens, but nv use sigma lens before, so don't know how is it. or perhap consider getting macro filter?
    from what i heard, converter filters are a nono.
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    Quote Originally Posted by saDdyJ86 View Post
    hmm. thanks for your advice. but just for curiousity, i saw in the buy/sell thread, it seem like alot of people selling canon 100mm usm macro lens. as you have said, it quite a good lens, but how come so many people selling it ah? why ah? lolx.
    they no heart for macro lo lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Electrocam View Post
    Can let us know what type of external flash we need, some brand/ model please. Thanks in advance.
    Can learn how to do your own research? Got so many threads in the macro section. Got so many results on google.

    Please, learn to do some research on your own. Do not expect to be spoonfed like a baby.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Valkarian View Post
    from what i heard, converter filters are a nono.
    Please do not confuse close-up lenses like Raynox with those crappy adapters like "Macro/Wide Angle Converters". While Raynox delivers decent results (the forum is full of good examples) those screw-on converters are only able to deliver distortions and soft focus. There is an entire thread dedicated to those Macro/Wide Angle converters, see for yourself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Electrocam

    Can let us know what type of external flash we need, some brand/ model please. Thanks in advance.
    A regular external flash would be good enough. I prefer to use shorter flashes for macro to prevent blockage by the leaves. Some people prefer macro ring flash/ twin flash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spree86 View Post
    A regular external flash would be good enough. I prefer to use shorter flashes for macro to prevent blockage by the leaves. Some people prefer macro ring flash/ twin flash.
    Hmm how many flashes normally people use? 1 or 2? Because if you use one , there will be shadows casted right? And normally people do not want these shadows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spree86

    A regular external flash would be good enough. I prefer to use shorter flashes for macro to prevent blockage by the leaves. Some people prefer macro ring flash/ twin flash.
    Thanks, I would thought a special flash is needed. Thank you for your advise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae

    Can learn how to do your own research? Got so many threads in the macro section. Got so many results on google.

    Please, learn to do some research on your own. Do not expect to be spoonfed like a baby.
    THANK you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Csboi

    Hmm how many flashes normally people use? 1 or 2? Because if you use one , there will be shadows casted right? And normally people do not want these shadows.
    Nope, it depends on how you diffuse your flash, if you do it correctly there would be no harsh shadows. So far, I have not tried a twin flash, I prefer a lighter setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spree86 View Post
    Nope, it depends on how you diffuse your flash, if you do it correctly there would be no harsh shadows. So far, I have not tried a twin flash, I prefer a lighter setup.
    I see, thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by spree86 View Post
    A regular external flash would be good enough. I prefer to use shorter flashes for macro to prevent blockage by the leaves. Some people prefer macro ring flash/ twin flash.
    macro ring flash is it those macro lens that have built in flash? heard it's pretty good but very ex.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saDdyJ86

    macro ring flash is it those macro lens that have built in flash? heard it's pretty good but very ex.
    No macro lenses have built in flash. You attach the flash to the lens. Ring flashes can be cheap or expensive depending on the brand, however, I don't really like ring flashes

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