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    Question Macro and Macro adaptor

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    Hi i'm really2 intrested in macro lately, and i need ur view between this two lense i mention.
    Which is the best macro lense dedicated or adaptor? Where n how much price range between this two.
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    Default Re: Macro and Macro adaptor

    Depends on your budget, how often you're going to shoot macro & how small is the subject.

    If you have a limited budget and are only going to try out macro a few times a year and the subject is about butterfly sized, then stick to the adaptor. Otherwise, invest in an entry level macro lens like the 3rd party 90mm lenses.

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    Default Re: Macro and Macro adaptor

    Quote Originally Posted by ykia View Post
    Depends on your budget, how often you're going to shoot macro & how small is the subject.

    If you have a limited budget and are only going to try out macro a few times a year and the subject is about butterfly sized, then stick to the adaptor. Otherwise, invest in an entry level macro lens like the 3rd party 90mm lenses.

    budjet is not a issue , just wanna ask around for those pro macro.. I've seen tchuanye website it was excellent and was dreaming to take a shot like that..He was using just macro adaptor n simple DIY flash diffuser.
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    Default Re: Macro and Macro adaptor

    Don't know how much are Nikon lenses or adaptors.

    For Canon, the screw-on lens adaptor (500D, 77mm thread) is about $300, the 100mm F/2.8 Macro lens is about $700 and the 180mm F/3.5 lens is above $2000.

    For flash, if you have a shoe mounted flash, a simple white bounce card taped above will do quite nicely, or you could get the Macro Ring flash which will set you back about $800.

    Since budget is no issue to you, get the lens & a ring flash.

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    Default Re: Macro and Macro adaptor

    Quote Originally Posted by hawkeyes View Post
    budjet is not a issue , just wanna ask around for those pro macro.. I've seen tchuanye website it was excellent and was dreaming to take a shot like that..He was using just macro adaptor n simple DIY flash diffuser.
    budget not an issue? get the true 1:1 macro lens... not the macro adaptor or close up filters...

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    Default Re: Macro and Macro adaptor

    OK thanks..
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    Default Re: Macro and Macro adaptor

    A true macro lens will definitely be able to produce better image than a macro adapter. Try for a Tamron 90mm if you are not willing to spend too much. A second hand will cost you about $450?

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    my advice is to start out with some extension tubes. these are quite cheap. a kenko set is going for about 100usd on ebay.

    and then of course you'll need a flash. you dont need a fancy ring flash, just get a speedlite... i've seen some amazing macro shots where a person taped a tube to his speedlite so it gave a spotlight effect on the subject, was very new and interesting way of doing it. and then there's the option of just using a bounce card too

    once you decide to buy a dedicated macro lens... stack it with the extension tubes for greater magnification.

    i'd stay away from adaptors... i dont think the quality is quite as good.

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    Default Re: Macro and Macro adaptor

    Go for the Tamron 90mm f2.8 if you have about 500 - 600+ to spare. And if you have more than 1.2k to spare, go for the Nikon 105VR
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