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Thread: Advice on lens/filters for Macro shooting

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    Question Advice on lens/filters for Macro shooting

    Hi all,

    I'm a newbie to macro photography. Would like to seek some advice on what is recommended for low budget equipment. Short of buying a macro lens, can I use close-up filters on my EF 200mm f2.8L lens? What is recommended and what's the difference between using a macro lens and close-up filter?

    Thanks for your input.

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    Hi Photoant,
    Yes. You can use your 200mm for macro. You can either attach an ext tube or a closeup filter. The drawback will be the "inflexibility" of this setup. Using macro accessories on prime lenses will give you an almost fixed magnification. It is adviseable to use macro accessories like closeup filters and ext tubes on your sharpest zoom lens.

    You may want to check This Site for some useful info.


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    Hi Sgt. Pepper,

    Thanks for your inputs. Yes the recommended is helpful.


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    This is another good article:

    Nothing beats a purpose-built macro lens (such as the micro-Nikkor series). But it is also costly. If you just want to try out to see if you like macro, the better way is to start with low cost equipment first, such as a close-up attachment.

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    Thanks for all the input. This is a great forum, very helpful folks here!

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    Thread moved to "General, Reviews, Tech Talk" due to nature of the content
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