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    Hi All,
    Im using Nikon D80 with sigma 18-200 so far.
    I would like to give a try on Macros and closeup shots.
    Pls suggest should i buy a dedicated macro lens , or
    can i go for closeup filters on my existing 18-200 lens. I found some articles on using extension tubes ,some one pls help to understand them.
    Ishwar

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    Default Re: closeup filter vs dedicated macro lens

    Oh oh..bro you should have done a search here first. I have a feeling the seniors are coming here soon to scream at you. No offence.

    Btw the answers u might get is....
    For best results, buy dedicated macro lens, but they are more expensive.
    Close-up filters and extension tubes are cheaper alternatives but wont give u quality pics like dedicated macro lenses do.
    You fix extension tubes in between body and your lens to improve magnification.

    Im gonna run now. Before the seniors come!!!

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    Default Re: closeup filter vs dedicated macro lens

    Please read up on the various topics which have been discussed here recently.

    Most of your answers are already there.
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    Default Re: closeup filter vs dedicated macro lens

    1. Go to www.google.com.sg
    2. enter the following into the search box:
      "close up filter" site:clubsnap.com


    A sample of the results you'll get:
    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=128846
    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=233256
    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=198590

    Cheers

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    Default Re: closeup filter vs dedicated macro lens

    Recently I posted a similar thread in the newbie section as well. Here's the link if you are interested http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=735007

    Basically I was using the same setup as yours, the only difference is I'm using Nikon 18-200mm lens. I was using HOYA close up +4. The DOF is shallow and magnification only works (if memory serves me right) from 70mm onwards to around 160mm. Without tripod it's a challenge to take moving objects (flowers swayed by winds, insects moving around) but dead still object is fine as you have all the time in the world to focus.

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    Default Re: closeup filter vs dedicated macro lens

    Quote Originally Posted by wandollar View Post
    Im gonna run now. Before the seniors come!!!
    wow you got foresight

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    For objects/insects that don't scare easily, then cheap 50mm + Raynox DCR250 will do the trick Working distance is around 8-12cm from subject to the end of your lens.
    For insects like butterflies, you would benefit more from a macro lens.
    I have extension tubes but only used them once. You lose a lot of light due to the longer barrel, so it makes shooting a little tougher.
    ex-Nikon owner - now only iPhone :/

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    for a start, it doesn break a bank to try with close up filters. if u decide to do abit more macro photography, then a macro lens is great option, with better IQ and longer working distance.

    ryan

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    Default Re: closeup filter vs dedicated macro lens

    If you are thinking of getting a macro lens, you may want to consider the third party ones which are cheaper. Examples include, Sigma 105/2.8.

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    Default Re: closeup filter vs dedicated macro lens

    Quote Originally Posted by ArcticFox View Post
    If you are thinking of getting a macro lens, you may want to consider the third party ones which are cheaper. Examples include, Sigma 105/2.8.
    Consider the Tamron 90mm f2.8 too. Nice and cheap.
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    Default Re: closeup filter vs dedicated macro lens

    Quote Originally Posted by zac08 View Post
    Consider the Tamron 90mm f2.8 too. Nice and cheap.
    Second to zac08. Tamron SP90 f/2.8 is a very sharp 3rd party lens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NovJoe View Post
    Second to zac08. Tamron SP90 f/2.8 is a very sharp 3rd party lens.
    3rd tt... value for money.. TS, get the 180mm if u are really serious
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    Default Re: closeup filter vs dedicated macro lens

    try out the filters and extension tubes first. if you find yourself needing more, then perhaps you could invest in one for the long run!

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