closeup filter vs dedicated macro lens


eshwar

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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.
 

wandollar

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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!!! :eek:
 

zac08

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

Most of your answers are already there.
 

marsulein

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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.
 

TroyP

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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.
 

giantcanopy

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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
 

zac08

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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. :)
 

manveer

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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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