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    Default Need help starting macro photography

    Hi there guys ,i'm quite new to DSLRs .Im currently using a Canon 450D and I've the dual kit lens (18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS AND 70-300f/4-5.6 USM) and a 0.45 macro wide angle converter .I wanna start macro photography but i'm not really sure of the terms like magnification and all those kinda stuff ..

    Do recommend me some lenses /accessories and places .
    Also ,i've got a tight budget below $500 .

    I also don't mind using 3rd pty lenses .

    Anyway if u guys got some to get rid off ,do let me know ..

    Thanks for all your help !

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    Quote Originally Posted by FIRDIE View Post
    Hi there guys ,i'm quite new to DSLRs .Im currently using a Canon 450D and I've the dual kit lens (18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS AND 70-300f/4-5.6 USM) and a 0.45 macro wide angle converter .I wanna start macro photography but i'm not really sure of the terms like magnification and all those kinda stuff ..

    Do recommend me some lenses /accessories and places .
    Also ,i've got a tight budget below $500 .

    I also don't mind using 3rd pty lenses .

    Anyway if u guys got some to get rid off ,do let me know ..

    Thanks for all your help !
    I am not familiar with using the macro wide angle converter so I won't talk about that.

    It would be helpful to know what kind of macro shots are you going into. Like a close up of flowers or extreme macros of the eye of a dragonfly. Your 70-300 should be able to take pretty decent close up pix when you go to the telephoto end.

    Since you mentioned a budget of $500 .. I would suggest getting a macro lens. At that budget you might be able to get a Tamron 90mm (maybe Sigma 105 second hand). I have the 90mm and I really enjoy it. Sharp and great quality.

    There are cheaper ways to try macros though. You mentioned you have the kit lens. Many people have used that lens effectively using the reverse lens macro method. Search online or even in this forum and I think you can find an explanation of it.

    You can also use extension tubes. They work by moving your lens further out and effectively increasing the magnification. Once again search online for more information about it 'cos i dont wanna write a whole article in a forum post.

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    Default Re: Need help starting macro photography

    Go for the Tamron 90mm...
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    Default Re: Need help starting macro photography

    This link might be helpful

    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=261356

    A 2nd hand Tamron 90mm is around $450 in B&S.

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    grab a 50mm f/1.8 and reverse lens adapter. Not as good as a true 1:1 but close enough for not much money.
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    second the tammron 90mm.... its good....
    Hope to learn from everyone here....

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    Default Re: Need help starting macro photography

    Brand new Tamron 90mm is going for about $560 to $590.

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    Default Re: Need help starting macro photography

    Raynox 250 will save ur day... it costs u ard $120 only ..
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    Raynox DCR250 used on your 70-300 lens will give very good magnification from 90mm onwards.

    Otherwise get a +4 close up filter which can be used at all zoom ranges on the 70-300mm lens. Cheapest option as Hoya +4 closeup filter is only ard $27 (58mm). Different prices for different thread sizes though.

    But take note though. Using the Raynox or +4 close up filters, your focusing distance will be fixed meaning you will only be able to focus at that particular distance only.
    Last edited by teebs; 6th March 2009 at 10:18 AM.

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