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    Default What type of lens should I buy?

    Hi guys

    I am interested in macro photography (landscape, etc.), but I am not really satisfied with the kit lens that came with my EOS350D. As I am new to the DSLR scene, I was wondering if you brothers have got any good lens to suggest me to purchase? My budget is only about 100-200 dollars (current still a student unfortunately).

    A photography Khaki of mine suggested the following lens: Tokina 90mm macro, Cannon 100mm macro and 50mm f1.8. Are these lens within my budget and how are their performance?

    Sorry for asking so many question and thanks for taking a time to read thru them!

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    Default Re: What type of lens should I buy?

    To me the performances and prices in ascending order Canon 100mm macro, Tokina 90mm and 50mm f1.8. Have used them except for f1.8 (I jumped to f1.4)

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    a dedicated macro lens will not be available at between 100-200 dollars...
    if you are not shooting macro insects, then can consider a close up lens. that is the cheapest option...

    else, you might need to purchase a dedicated macro lens
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    With the budget that you have, just get a Raynox Macro adaptor and fit it on your kit lens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Galdor View Post
    With the budget that you have, just get a Raynox Macro adaptor and fit it on your kit lens.
    kit lens?

    check out reverse lens for macro.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leoheart90 View Post
    Hi guys

    I am interested in macro photography (landscape, etc.), but I am not really satisfied with the kit lens that came with my EOS350D. As I am new to the DSLR scene, I was wondering if you brothers have got any good lens to suggest me to purchase? My budget is only about 100-200 dollars (current still a student unfortunately).

    A photography Khaki of mine suggested the following lens: Tokina 90mm macro, Cannon 100mm macro and 50mm f1.8. Are these lens within my budget and how are their performance?

    Sorry for asking so many question and thanks for taking a time to read thru them!
    Your budget can only fetch u a 50 f/1.8 with close up filters or can purchase the reverse macro ring adapter.

    A macro lens needs at least around $500+ for a start.
    Canon EOS 5D, 24-70 f/4 L IS, 50 f/1.2 L, 70-300 f/4-5.6 L IS, 600EX-RT. Sigma 12-24 f/4.5-5.6 EX.

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    You can save perhaps up to 400 to get a 2nd hand tamron 90mm
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    Thanks to all of you for answering my questions, really appreciate it

    However, may I know what is a macro filter? Is the filter compatible for the kit lens? Also, what is a macro ring adapter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by leoheart90 View Post
    Thanks to all of you for answering my questions, really appreciate it

    However, may I know what is a macro filter? Is the filter compatible for the kit lens? Also, what is a macro ring adapter?
    U mean close up filter? It's a filter that when mounted to your lens allows u to take close ups of objects. Comes in +2, +4, +5 and +10 (macro close up). Do remember that u cannot use your lens to focus infinity as this type of filter is just like magnifying glass for us so focusing range is very limited.
    Canon EOS 5D, 24-70 f/4 L IS, 50 f/1.2 L, 70-300 f/4-5.6 L IS, 600EX-RT. Sigma 12-24 f/4.5-5.6 EX.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoweagle View Post
    U mean close up filter? It's a filter that when mounted to your lens allows u to take close ups of objects. Comes in +2, +4, +5 and +10 (macro close up). Do remember that u cannot use your lens to focus infinity as this type of filter is just like magnifying glass for us so focusing range is very limited.
    Is there any brands that you would recommend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by leoheart90 View Post
    Is there any brands that you would recommend?
    To me only Hoya. Tried to search to B+W but not avail and price is a lot higher.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoweagle View Post
    To me only Hoya. Tried to search to B+W but not avail and price is a lot higher.
    What would be the price (2nd hand, approximately) for me to get a lens that is capable of taking nature photographs (Trees, landscape,etc.) Going to Yosemite this Sat and I dont want to miss the chance of taking gd pic >.<

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    why not check if there are any shops in your area that offers lenses for rent?

    if happy then buy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reportage View Post
    why not check if there are any shops in your area that offers lenses for rent?

    if happy then buy.
    Haha, I nvr knew that there were such shops in singapore! Do they collect any deposit and can you recommend some of these shops?

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    Quote Originally Posted by leoheart90 View Post
    Haha, I nvr knew that there were such shops in singapore! Do they collect any deposit and can you recommend some of these shops?
    i doubt they take deposit..

    they are quite a couple of shops u can go to:

    MS, OP, CP, lord, AP, TCW

    but the bottomline is....u need to do ur homework first b4 u go..otherwise confirm kena
    carrot..

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlkk76 View Post
    i doubt they take deposit..

    they are quite a couple of shops u can go to:

    MS, OP, CP, lord, AP, TCW

    but the bottomline is....u need to do ur homework first b4 u go..otherwise confirm kena
    carrot..
    Haha! I think I kana carroted already when I bought my EOS350 at 450bucks =X

    But wat are MS, OP, CP, lord, AP, TCW? Sorry, I am really new to the photo scene (abt 2 wks or so). Any lens that you would recommend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by leoheart90 View Post
    Haha! I think I kana carroted already when I bought my EOS350 at 450bucks =X

    But wat are MS, OP, CP, lord, AP, TCW? Sorry, I am really new to the photo scene (abt 2 wks or so). Any lens that you would recommend?
    beri diff to recommend u with the budget u got there.

    u nn to up ur budget by alot..

    See price guide.

    the rest u can do a search for more info.

    especially in newbies corner..alot of stuff for u to read through..

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    Try these shops bah...

    Reputable Singapore Dealers
    CP-1: Cathay Photo, #01-11, 14 Peninsula Plaza (Main) | 6337-4274 | email@cathayphoto.com.sg
    CP-2: Cathay Photo, Peninsula (Printer Section) | 6338-7783 | email@cathayphoto.com.sg
    CP-3: Cathay Photo, Peninsula (Tripod Section) | 6338-0451 | email@cathayphoto.com.sg
    CP-M: Cathay Photo, #02-215, Marina Square | 6339-6188 | email@cathayphoto.com.sg
    MS: MS Color (Main), 711 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8, #01-3501C | 6457-6380 | sales@mscolor.com.sg
    MS: MS Color (AMK Hub), 53 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3 #02-24 | 6452-2828 | sales@mscolor.com.sg
    TK: T.K. Foto Technic, 100 Beach Rd, #02-45 Shaw Towers | 6292-8167 | sales@tkfoto.com.sg
    LC: Lord Camera, 304 Orchard Road #01-79 Lucky Plaza | 6235-4605 | lordscom@singnet.com.sg
    JO: John 3:16, #05-37 Funan Digitalife Mall | 6337-2877 | 6337-1897 | j316ps@gmail.com
    TCW: The Camera Workshop, 3 Coleman Street #01-31 | 6336-1956 6336-7808 | tcwkshop@singnet.com.sg
    AP-F: Alan Photo, #05-20 Funan Digitalife Mall | 6883-0922 | alanfoto@singnet.com.sg
    AP-S: Alan Photo, #01-38 Sim Lim Square | 6336-0922 | alanfoto@singnet.com.sg
    PA-N: Parisilk (North), 7 Transit Road | 6452-1593
    PA-C: Parisilk (Central), 15A Lorong Liput | 6466-6002
    PA-E: Parisilk (East), Blk 214 #01-179 Bedok Central | 6441-6066
    OP: Orient Photo, #06-31 | 53 Sim Lim Square | 6339-1035 | sales@orientfoto.com.sg

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    Quote Originally Posted by leoheart90 View Post
    What would be the price (2nd hand, approximately) for me to get a lens that is capable of taking nature photographs (Trees, landscape,etc.) Going to Yosemite this Sat and I dont want to miss the chance of taking gd pic >.<
    Depending on how u want to take. Can range from anything from ultra-wide angle to telephoto.
    Canon EOS 5D, 24-70 f/4 L IS, 50 f/1.2 L, 70-300 f/4-5.6 L IS, 600EX-RT. Sigma 12-24 f/4.5-5.6 EX.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leoheart90 View Post
    Haha, I nvr knew that there were such shops in singapore! Do they collect any deposit and can you recommend some of these shops?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jlkk76 View Post
    Try these shops bah...

    Reputable Singapore Dealers
    CP-1: Cathay Photo, #01-11, 14 Peninsula Plaza (Main) | 6337-4274 | email@cathayphoto.com.sg
    CP-2: Cathay Photo, Peninsula (Printer Section) | 6338-7783 | email@cathayphoto.com.sg
    CP-3: Cathay Photo, Peninsula (Tripod Section) | 6338-0451 | email@cathayphoto.com.sg
    CP-M: Cathay Photo, #02-215, Marina Square | 6339-6188 | email@cathayphoto.com.sg
    MS: MS Color (Main), 711 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8, #01-3501C | 6457-6380 | sales@mscolor.com.sg
    MS: MS Color (AMK Hub), 53 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3 #02-24 | 6452-2828 | sales@mscolor.com.sg
    TK: T.K. Foto Technic, 100 Beach Rd, #02-45 Shaw Towers | 6292-8167 | sales@tkfoto.com.sg
    LC: Lord Camera, 304 Orchard Road #01-79 Lucky Plaza | 6235-4605 | lordscom@singnet.com.sg
    JO: John 3:16, #05-37 Funan Digitalife Mall | 6337-2877 | 6337-1897 | j316ps@gmail.com
    TCW: The Camera Workshop, 3 Coleman Street #01-31 | 6336-1956 6336-7808 | tcwkshop@singnet.com.sg
    AP-F: Alan Photo, #05-20 Funan Digitalife Mall | 6883-0922 | alanfoto@singnet.com.sg
    AP-S: Alan Photo, #01-38 Sim Lim Square | 6336-0922 | alanfoto@singnet.com.sg
    PA-N: Parisilk (North), 7 Transit Road | 6452-1593
    PA-C: Parisilk (Central), 15A Lorong Liput | 6466-6002
    PA-E: Parisilk (East), Blk 214 #01-179 Bedok Central | 6441-6066
    OP: Orient Photo, #06-31 | 53 Sim Lim Square | 6339-1035 | sales@orientfoto.com.sg
    These are reputable shops for purchase equipment

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