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    hi guys,

    i'm thinking of building a macro system around my X-700. Any suggestions? Looking for something with at least 1:1 and higher magnification.

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    X-700? Though you using a Nikon?

    If it's nikon then I'll recommend the AF 105mm f/2.8.


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    yeah, the nikon is the cam i use mainly. The 105 micro is really nice, but too mucho dinero for me (the 200 is even more ex ). So was thinking of building a system around an older cam, might be cheaper.

    i also have a collection of other makes. Thought i'd be a good project to build a specific macro outfit for the X-700. got it from cash converters for $90 together with an original MD 35-70 zoom (with a macro at 70mm). now is that a bargain or what?
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    Not sure if it is a bargain. Try the camera and lens out and see the quality of the pics. If good then would be a reasonable buy. If not then it had been a waste of your buy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingpin
    Not sure if it is a bargain. Try the camera and lens out and see the quality of the pics. If good then would be a reasonable buy. If not then it had been a waste of your buy.
    i did, and here are some results:

    http://www.pbase.com/image/19486165

    http://www.pbase.com/image/19486030

    http://www.pbase.com/image/18698444

    http://www.pbase.com/image/18698233

    guess i'm just partial to old junk.
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    Three cheap ways:

    Filters: +1, +2, +3 closeup filters like 250D or 500D Canon's or Hoya's work fine. Easiest to apply. Cheapest. Full TTL. Quality questionable.

    Extension tubes: Closer magnification. Full TTL but less light. Quality better. Easy to attach.

    Reversal ring: This ring screws on to your filter/lens and mounts onto the body. No auto aperture, only manual. Open up to meter and focus, stop down to shoot. No TTL. Quality best of the three method. Note: last len element now points towards the subject and no hood to control flare.

    Expensive way:

    Macro bellows: Manual/Auto bellows for aperture control. Most AF don't work except Novoflex's (correct spelling??).

    True Macro lens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caspere
    Three cheap ways:

    Filters: +1, +2, +3 closeup filters like 250D or 500D Canon's or Hoya's work fine. Easiest to apply. Cheapest. Full TTL. Quality questionable.

    Extension tubes: Closer magnification. Full TTL but less light. Quality better. Easy to attach.

    Reversal ring: This ring screws on to your filter/lens and mounts onto the body. No auto aperture, only manual. Open up to meter and focus, stop down to shoot. No TTL. Quality best of the three method. Note: last len element now points towards the subject and no hood to control flare.

    Expensive way:

    Macro bellows: Manual/Auto bellows for aperture control. Most AF don't work except Novoflex's (correct spelling??).

    True Macro lens.
    Would recommend the extension tube.... Though there's a lost of light, but you still get to keep your f stops. '

    Wouldn't advice the reversal ring. hard to get one without causing vigneing.

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    thanks for the advice guys.
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