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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoweagle
    Don't forget to use a cable release too.
    Or the remote trigger

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    Can I go along and carry your D2X for you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SEXiao
    Hi, thanks, I learn a lot from the bro here too.... anyway, jsut check with MS, the Tamron 180mm Macro is seliing at S$1230 (Incl. GST).... anyone can get cheaper??
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    think i better get the 90mm first. it will be around $800? (I hope)

    actually, is it ok to use normal lens like 18-200 on tripod to shoot macro? It is the 1:3 ratio that matters right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by espn
    Can I go along and carry your D2X for you?
    You can help me find dragonfly

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    Default Re: I want to learn to take insect macro

    must use the High Speed crop mode
    with a Nikon 105mm Macro

    D2X you know, only the best will do justice

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_Yeo
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    think i better get the 90mm first. it will be around $800? (I hope)

    actually, is it ok to use normal lens like 18-200 on tripod to shoot macro? It is the 1:3 ratio that matters right?
    The Tamron AF 90mm f/2.8 Di 1:1 Macro is only selling fr around $600+.

    I personally have the Tamron 28-300 XR macro 1:2.9 and you can get rather gd close ups already.
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    i got my Tamron 90mm at $590 from John 3.16. thinking about getting which
    teleconverter to extend to 180mm at a light weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dRebelXT
    i got my Tamron 90mm at $590 from John 3.16. thinking about getting which
    teleconverter to extend to 180mm at a light weight.
    But don't forget adding the converter will degrade your image quality.
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    I would still go for the 180: The advantages are plenty.

    1) The tripod collar will prevent creeping when used in vertical mode as it avoids having to tilt the whole setup on it's side.

    2) The collar also allows the easy mounting of accessories such as tubes and TCs. Mounting these on the shorter macros will strain the lens mount and not to mention that ballhead creep will be even more evident.

    3) Longer working distance, narrower angle of views.

    Cons:

    1) Price and weight. And the rare case of too much working distance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ywh
    I would still go for the 180: The advantages are plenty.

    1) The tripod collar will prevent creeping when used in vertical mode as it avoids having to tilt the whole setup on it's side.

    2) The collar also allows the easy mounting of accessories such as tubes and TCs. Mounting these on the shorter macros will strain the lens mount and not to mention that ballhead creep will be even more evident.

    3) Longer working distance, narrower angle of views.

    Cons:

    1) Price and weight. And the rare case of too much working distance.
    Tripod collars are indeed very useful not only for macro shots but for general purpose shoots too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_Yeo
    You can help me find dragonfly

    Can I pose as you dragonfly? (den you will not need to use macro lens, WA also can liao)

    Ok joke aside, I got my Tamron 90mm at $565 from MS but mine is Canon mount.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeSwitch
    Can I pose as you dragonfly? (den you will not need to use macro lens, WA also can liao)

    Ok joke aside, I got my Tamron 90mm at $565 from MS but mine is Canon mount.
    Wow the price of the Tamron 90mm Di has certainly dropped quite a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoweagle
    Wow the price of the Tamron 90mm Di has certainly dropped quite a bit.
    Buy buy buy! Good lens lar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garion
    Buy buy buy! Good lens lar.
    I've tried my friend's non Di version and has given stunning results such as i can get as close as to take only half a dragonfly's body. But i don't think i'll get this lens as i'm aiming for Canon's EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoweagle
    I've tried my friend's non Di version and has given stunning results such as i can get as close as to take only half a dragonfly's body. But i don't think i'll get this lens as i'm aiming for Canon's EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM.
    Wah. That is an expensive lens leh. Almost $3k? I think its a bit overpriced, as there are other almost equally as good equivalent 3rd party alternatives out there. E.g is Sigma's 180mm f3.5/150mm f2.8 Macro lens and Tamron's 180mm f3.5 Di Macro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garion
    Wah. That is an expensive lens leh. Almost $3k? I think its a bit overpriced, as there are other almost equally as good equivalent 3rd party alternatives out there. E.g is Sigma's 180mm f3.5/150mm f2.8 Macro lens and Tamron's 180mm f3.5 Di Macro.
    Yes but if u're using AF for macro, it's slow on the 3rd party ones. The Canon 180mm is slightly over $3k with GST and have tried it out at AP funan. It's a bit heavy to be handheld for macro that's why they give you the tripod collar. Overall construction is solid as it's body is made of metal.
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    Got $$$$$$$$$$$$ buy Canon, Got only$ buy 3rd party. (notice the number of $). Wonder how many of CSer here use AF for their Macro photography. I dont. Somehow, the point to focus is not always on one of the 7 focus point on my 350D. MF is easier for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoweagle
    Yes but if u're using AF for macro, it's slow on the 3rd party ones. The Canon 180mm is slightly over $3k with GST and have tried it out at AP funan. It's a bit heavy to be handheld for macro that's why they give you the tripod collar. Overall construction is solid as it's body is made of metal.
    My point is, I do not think it is worth it to shell out the extra $$$ just to get the Canon macro lens, for faster AF alone. The build is better of course, more solid, and the AF maybe a bit faster but as DeSwitch mentioned above, AF is seldom used in macro, MF is better for focusing on smaller subjects. Moreover, some of the 3rd party equivalents are lighter than the Canon as well. The cost savings is quite significant, you can get the Sigma 150mm f2.8 at just about 1/3 the price of a new Canon 180mm Macro lens, and it gives almost as good results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeSwitch
    Got $$$$$$$$$$$$ buy Canon, Got only$ buy 3rd party. (notice the number of $). Wonder how many of CSer here use AF for their Macro photography. I dont. Somehow, the point to focus is not always on one of the 7 focus point on my 350D. MF is easier for me.
    U're right...macro should use MF as it's more accurate and silent too. I also can't afford Canon's 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM now so can only go Tamron.

    I always use the centre focusing point on my EOS 30 as i think that the other 6 points are not very practical.
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    Some macro shooters here mentioned about using tripods for insect photography. Wouldn't an insect will fly away liao after you set up the tripod with the disturbance of movement and noise?

    I think I read something in CS about a special way of using the tripods to shoot insects.

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