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    Hello people in CS !!
    I'm using a canon 500 D and i wanted to take up macro photographing .
    Do you guys have any suggestion what should i get to enable me to meet up the requirement of macro photographing?





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    Canon Kiss X4 | 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS II Kit lens | 50mm f1.8

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    what lens should i get for it ? any suggustion??
    btw. don't mind for my stupidness , what is marcro converter >.<

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    Raynox 250 ?

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    It depends on your budget. Best of course is to get a fast macro lens with focal length of your choice.

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    It's better to get a dedicated macro lens, I would suggest getting the 100 2.8 from canon - and also don't forget tripod, it's very important. Eventually you will need flash.
    Always remember that macro lens have a steep learning curve (hard to master, requires a lot of patience and pratice)

    good luck! And don't forget to post :-)

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    Get yourself a decent tripod, that is essential.
    I agree that you should get a dedicated macrolens and the 100mm 2.8 is a great choice. I use it myself and it is really sharp and fast.

    I think the most difficult thing about a macroshot is the actual composition and handling the depth of field(DOF).

    First you need to get control of your DOF.
    Put up some objects at home and set up your tripod with the camera and lens.
    Set your camera to Av mode to let the camera select shutterspeed while you're in control of the aperture.
    Then play along with the aperture to changethe depth of field.
    Take several pictures of the same object without moving the camera, but change the aperture from 2.8 to 5.6 to 10 to 16. Take one shot with each aperture settings.
    Transfer images to your computer and check out the difference!

    Tip: shoot an abject which is leaning away from the camera so the effect is clearer. In example you can use a wristwatch lying on the side and shooting from above.
    Get as close as you can. With the 100mm 2.8 you can be as close as 0.31m away from the object to achieve focus. This is measured from actual CCD (Experts: correct me if I'm wrong!). It is also a small mark on the top of your camera to the left of the flash shoe indicating this.

    I don't know your skill level so forgive me my detailed instructions....

    Macroshooting is plain fun but it takes practice to master it.
    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MelodyMusic View Post
    Hello people in CS !!
    I'm using a canon 500 D and i wanted to take up macro photographing .
    Do you guys have any suggestion what should i get to enable me to meet up the requirement of macro photographing?





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    Get a dedicated macro lens first if u r really serious..

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    is the 18-135mm KIT II lens can be considered as macro lens? in 100m?
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    Buget, Buget, Buget..... whats your BUGET.....

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    Should start with the basic first. Then slowly learn to master it.
    1. Get a gd macro lens
    2. Practice manual focussing in Manual mode
    3. Get a gd tripod with gd ball head
    4. Practice more as practice makes perfect. Post ur pictures and learn fr ur mistakes. Keep ur old pictures so u can compare on how much u have improved.

    Hope it helps. Macro is fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by voxies09 View Post
    is the 18-135mm KIT II lens can be considered as macro lens? in 100m?
    Nope it's nt, it doesn't render 1:1
    get a closeip filter (eg raynox) to achieve tt ..
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    Can anyone recommand me a cheap and good tripod ?

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    For tripod, cheap and good hardly goes together hand in hand ...

    Cheap ... and within 3 months you'll be looking for a better one.

    Good ... not certainly cheap. Consider a budget of $150 and above.

    And FYI, its "Macro Photography" or "Photographing Macro" not "Macro Photographing".

    Cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MelodyMusic View Post
    Hello people in CS !!
    I'm using a canon 500 D and i wanted to take up macro photographing .
    Do you guys have any suggestion what should i get to enable me to meet up the requirement of macro photographing?





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    google results for "macro photography", which would have taken 2 seconds to type and press search in google.

    it turns up:

    http://photo.net/learn/macro/?PHPSES...718de78b0eb1d3

    which is a very well written, extensive coverage of what you are asking about.

    now close your eyes, and imagine me trying to type all of that in clubsnap.

    doesn't seem very efficient, does it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ice021479 View Post
    It's better to get a dedicated macro lens, I would suggest getting the 100 2.8 from canon - and also don't forget tripod, it's very important. Eventually you will need flash.
    Always remember that macro lens have a steep learning curve (hard to master, requires a lot of patience and pratice)

    good luck! And don't forget to post :-)
    why the 100 f/2.8?

    what macro lens you should get depends on what working distance/perspective you intend to have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dingaroo View Post
    For tripod, cheap and good hardly goes together hand in hand ...

    Cheap ... and within 3 months you'll be looking for a better one.

    Good ... not certainly cheap. Consider a budget of $150 and above.
    orly, my manfrotto 725b was less than $100 brand new (from hong kong, though)

    it's been close to 3 years, it's taken more abuse than i'd wager, 80% of the tripods here in clubsnap, since most people seem to treat their tripod like a baby after spending loads of money on a tough one...........

    and it's still working fine.

    get the right brand, the cheap manfrottos/giottos also come with great quality. much better than slik, from personal experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by night86mare View Post
    why the 100 f/2.8?

    what macro lens you should get depends on what working distance/perspective you intend to have.
    Some like to suggest based on their personal preference only.

    BTW, sensor size will also make a difference on the focal length.

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    Quote Originally Posted by diver-hloc View Post
    Buget, Buget, Buget..... whats your BUGET.....
    Using you existing DSLR, just need the following.

    Canon 180L Macro - S$2500
    2x 580EXII - S$1400
    Wire remote - $80
    Off shoe cord - $100
    2x Wimberley macro bracket - S$700
    Wimberley P40 plate - S$120
    Markin M20 Ballhead - S$550
    Gitzo 1541EX trpipod - S$850

    Total S$6300, and you have a decent setup.

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