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    Default Qing Duo Duo Zi Jiao! Newbie here...

    Hello All!

    Just bought Canon 500D 18 - 55mm IS Kit. Wants to learn more about photography and making new friends!

    Cheers!

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    hi hohoemi,

    welcome to CS.
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    Hi hohoemi,

    Welcome welcome
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    I'm very interested in getting into macro but im not sure if my 18-55mm kit lens would be able to shoot decent macros.

    What is an affordable macro lens I could get for a beginner like me? Or do i even need a macro lens to start as the kit lens would do?

    Pls advice! Cheers!

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    Welcome to CS..

    There are a couple of ways I know that can get you into macro shooting.

    Reverse-lens mount - do a search on this forum. It basically uses 2 lens mounted together in reverse order and is able to obtain macro shots. Price wise think u need another lens.

    Raynox 250 - a clip-on lens that magnifies your images (cheap, ard $120)

    3rd party macro lens - Tamron 90mm is cheap and good. Can get at around 400-500+ depending on 1st hand or 2nd hand

    Canon macro lens - can try the compact macro which i think is at 500+ but only 50mm. Can double up as a prime lens as well i guess. Or if you have the budget, definitely go for the Canon 100mm F2.8 Macro or even the new Canon 100mm L lens macro..
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    Default Re: Qing Duo Duo Zi Jiao! Newbie here...

    Quote Originally Posted by hohoemi View Post
    I'm very interested in getting into macro but im not sure if my 18-55mm kit lens would be able to shoot decent macros.

    What is an affordable macro lens I could get for a beginner like me? Or do i even need a macro lens to start as the kit lens would do?

    Pls advice! Cheers!
    by 'macro', what are you referring to exactly?
    insects? or flowers?

    If it is a fairly large flower, you might not need a macro lens. Maybe a 50mm f/1.8 prime lens might do the trick.
    If it's insects, then you'll likely need a macro lens with a long focal length.
    Exploring! :)

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    Thx prec85, I will definitely do my homework on the lenses you have mentioned.

    ZerocoolAstra, my macro is mostly flowers. However, I would also like to use the same lens for portrait shots as well.

    Thx!

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    best and cheapest result for potrait get 50mm F/1.8 II
    (everyone has that)

    if only want to macro flowers, your 18-55mm can do the trick
    at f/3.5 if you got good lighting
    the flowers do turn out pretty nicely =)
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    welcome to the club!

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    Hello...welcome.
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    Default Re: Qing Duo Duo Zi Jiao! Newbie here...

    Quote Originally Posted by hohoemi View Post
    Hello All!

    Just bought Canon 500D 18 - 55mm IS Kit. Wants to learn more about photography and making new friends!

    Cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jekyll69 View Post
    best and cheapest result for potrait get 50mm F/1.8 II
    (everyone has that)

    if only want to macro flowers, your 18-55mm can do the trick
    at f/3.5 if you got good lighting
    the flowers do turn out pretty nicely =)
    you can only get f/3.5 at the wide end, which is pretty pointless if you're trying to isolate the subject from the background.
    to TS: Try at 55mm f/5.6 and see if the background blur is sufficient. If not, gotta get the 50mm f/1.8
    Exploring! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZerocoolAstra View Post
    you can only get f/3.5 at the wide end, which is pretty pointless if you're trying to isolate the subject from the background.
    to TS: Try at 55mm f/5.6 and see if the background blur is sufficient. If not, gotta get the 50mm f/1.8
    In addition, the kit lens needs one step down from maximum aperture for good sharpness. That's f/8 then for 55mm. The 50mm f/1.8 can be used already with f/2.8, some really good copies even wider.
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    other option for macro photography is to use extension tube. http://www.shutterfreaks.com/Tips/ExtensionTube.htm

    quite decent results for flowers and other non moving objects. drawback is will need a tripod cos will be very slow. and better get a prime lens for better quality pictures with this method. 50mm/f1.8 is very affordable. but of course if have the moolah just go for dedicated macro lens lah. 100mm/f2.8 go for $800+ iirc and doubles up as a nice portrait lens. for cropped sensor can conside EFS 60mm also.

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    Hi hohoemi,

    Welcome to CS!!!
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    Thx everyone for welcoming me into CS!

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    Welcome to CS!

    As a macro shooter myself, I go directly with a 100mm f/2.8 macro + Raynox 250DCR, since I can also use the 100mm as a good potrait lens. If you want to have a cheaper alternative, get a Canon Prime 50mm MkII f/1.8 + Raynox 250DCR, which will also give you good macro shots.

    Hope to see you to post your shots in macro section soon.

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    Default Re: Qing Duo Duo Zi Jiao! Newbie here...

    Quote Originally Posted by hohoemi View Post
    Hello All!

    Just bought Canon 500D 18 - 55mm IS Kit. Wants to learn more about photography and making new friends!

    Cheers!
    Hello hohoemi, welcome to CS! I am a newbie too.

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    Hello, a warm welcome to you.

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