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    Hi all

    Anyone can recommend me the above, I intend to shoot insects etc, also preferably not too high end, 3rd party will be good enough as I just started and do not intend to blow a small fortune over it.

    Thanks in advance and have a great weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snemeis
    Hi all

    Anyone can recommend me the above, I intend to shoot insects etc, also preferably not too high end, 3rd party will be good enough as I just started and do not intend to blow a small fortune over it.

    Thanks in advance and have a great weekend.
    Welcome to Clubsnap

    What is your budget? What camera system are you using?
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    Quote Originally Posted by snemeis
    Hi all

    Anyone can recommend me the above, I intend to shoot insects etc, also preferably not too high end, 3rd party will be good enough as I just started and do not intend to blow a small fortune over it.

    Thanks in advance and have a great weekend.
    sigma or tamron macro lenses are probably more suitable for your requirements.

    sigma macro lenses
    50mm F2.8 EX DG
    50mm F2.8 EX
    105mm F2.8 EX DG
    105mm F2.8 EX
    150mm F2.8 EX
    180mm F3.5

    tamron macro lenses
    SP AF90mm F/2.8 Di 1:1 Macro
    SP AF180mm F/3.5 Di LD (IF) 1:1 Macro

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    Quote Originally Posted by megaweb
    Welcome to Clubsnap

    What is your budget? What camera system are you using?
    Hiee

    I am currently using film SLR; NIKON F80 and F601. Less than SGD 500 (am i underestimating the $ involved in Macro Photography? If so think I will give it a miss then)

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by rncw
    sigma or tamron macro lenses are probably more suitable for your requirements.

    sigma macro lenses
    50mm F2.8 EX DG
    50mm F2.8 EX
    105mm F2.8 EX DG
    105mm F2.8 EX
    150mm F2.8 EX
    180mm F3.5

    tamron macro lenses
    SP AF90mm F/2.8 Di 1:1 Macro
    SP AF180mm F/3.5 Di LD (IF) 1:1 Macro

    Thanks for the information! Appreciate it very much.

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    Hi dude

    A budget with 500 will probably get you the Sigma 105 or the Tamron 90, 2nd hand.

    But i hope you have factored in the cost of a flash, yeah? Because through my brief encounter with macro photography with F80 (or in any case, any camera), a reasonably gd flash will prove to be very useful in macro photography. In terms of freezing motion and optimum colour (backgrnd,foregrd) reproduction. The built in flash is too harsh on the subject, even with the tissue paper-trick, its a little...tricky.

    Gd Luck! Macro photography is not easy. But im sure Megaweb would love to help you. I was inspired by his works 2 yrs ago!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wryer
    Hi dude

    A budget with 500 will probably get you the Sigma 105 or the Tamron 90, 2nd hand.

    But i hope you have factored in the cost of a flash, yeah? Because through my brief encounter with macro photography with F80 (or in any case, any camera), a reasonably gd flash will prove to be very useful in macro photography. In terms of freezing motion and optimum colour (backgrnd,foregrd) reproduction. The built in flash is too harsh on the subject, even with the tissue paper-trick, its a little...tricky.

    Gd Luck! Macro photography is not easy. But im sure Megaweb would love to help you. I was inspired by his works 2 yrs ago!

    Thanks, I have a sb80dx, is the flash ok?

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    for macro i tink the best is the ring flash attached round the lens.....for nikon should be sb-29.....

    i tink a tamron 90mm di is very affordable and good macro lens...

    cheers..

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    Thanks to all that shared their valuable insights.

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    tamron 90mm di should be within your budget.

    flash setup : use a diffuser comes with SB80dx and compensate -1/3 to -1 for fill in flash
    camera setup : use aperture f8 or smaller for insect shots. if possible, use shutter release cable for slow sync
    film : ISO 50 (velvia) to 100
    tripod : good to have
    optional : Positioning Plate
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    Thanks Megaweb, however just a slight clarification, this Tamron 90mm di is
    1) for digital only or
    2) film only or
    3) usable for both.

    Thank you.



    Quote Originally Posted by megaweb
    tamron 90mm di should be within your budget.

    flash setup : use a diffuser comes with SB80dx and compensate -1/3 to -1 for fill in flash
    camera setup : use aperture f8 or smaller for insect shots. if possible, use shutter release cable for slow sync
    film : ISO 50 (velvia) to 100
    tripod : good to have
    optional : Positioning Plate

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    Quote Originally Posted by snemeis
    Thanks Megaweb, however just a slight clarification, this Tamron 90mm di is
    1) for digital only or
    2) film only or
    3) usable for both.

    Thank you.
    according to Tamron website at

    http://www.tamron.com/lenses/prod/90mm.asp

    it says both ...
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    Why don't try with a reversed lens first? Guys like megaweb and melvynyeo got some nice macro shots with a 50mm lens reverse mount on a compact digital camera.

    BTW, I got a 50mm lens for sale at b&s forum. Very cheap and good enough for you to start shooting macros (especially good for small insects).

    Cheers and happy shooting.

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    Thanks but I am using a nikon.


    Quote Originally Posted by fengwei
    Why don't try with a reversed lens first? Guys like megaweb and melvynyeo got some nice macro shots with a 50mm lens reverse mount on a compact digital camera.

    BTW, I got a 50mm lens for sale at b&s forum. Very cheap and good enough for you to start shooting macros (especially good for small insects).

    Cheers and happy shooting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by megaweb
    according to Tamron website at

    http://www.tamron.com/lenses/prod/90mm.asp

    it says both ...

    Thank you sir!

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    Quote Originally Posted by snemeis
    Thanks but I am using a nikon.
    Macro shooting with a reverse lens, the brand of lens doesn't matter lah. The only things that matter are the lens thread, glass and speed of the lens, and of course the focal length and etc. 50mm is the most used lens when shooting macro with a reverse lens

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by snemeis
    Thank you sir!
    hi snemeis, the Tamron 90mm non-Di (nikon mount) is going for $400-450 in the b/s thread. Do check it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kthan
    hi snemeis, the Tamron 90mm non-Di (nikon mount) is going for $400-450 in the b/s thread. Do check it out.

    Thanks will do a search now!

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