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Old Feb 24, 2006, 8:20 AM   #1
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Good day everyone. Here is my story...

I've been inspired by some of the macro work I've seen lately (unusual photos of flowers, insects, drops of water, etc.) and I'm wanting to try some macro work myself. I have a 20D(with ambitions for the 5D) with the following lenses:

Sigma 70-200

Canon 17-85

Canon 50

Sigma 170-500(hopefully going to be replaced with the Bigma soon)

To do macro work(never going to be that seroius about it), what is my best option, extention tubes, macro filters(how do those work) or a dedicated macro lens and if so, what lens?

Sorry fo such a complicated question, I'm hoping the more detailed the question, the more helpful the answer will be.

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Old Feb 24, 2006, 8:39 AM   #2
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It depends on what you want to do with macro...

Nothing will beat a real macro lens (i.e. extension tube, diopter... etc) cheaper may be!
http://www.vividlight.com/articles/2703.htm

You must then decide if it's for statics or for insects/wildlife:
1. For statics like flowers or stamps collection a 50mm will probably be adequate because the set-up is more compact
2. For insects you'll need a larger stand-off distance so the bugs doesn't fly/run away plus it's much easier to illuminate -> 100mm or more. I like the Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX since it's lighter than a 180mm and more reasonable $ wise too:


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Old Feb 24, 2006, 9:01 AM   #3
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Thanks NHL, I was hoping you would give some insight. That photo is awesome, I showed a few colleages at work and they were blown away too.

If I'm gonna go for a macro lens, it would definately have to have reach for insects.

Thanks again
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Old Feb 24, 2006, 9:15 AM   #4
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A good thing about macro is: there isn't really any 'bad' macro lenses out there -> Buy the longest you can afford (if you're into insects) and don't worry about how fast they focus, since you'll be focusing manually anyway...

The ultrasonics lenses (HSM/USM) does offer some advantage in that you can quickly overide the AF by just grabbing the full-time manual focus - instead of flipping a switch first - More of a convenience than anything...
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Old Feb 24, 2006, 1:57 PM   #5
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Your pictures are brilliant , but ( and wife says there is always a but ) they are very hard to look at because I have to scroll back and forth all the time to read other peoples comments, is there a setting on this forum where I can alter the size before looking in order to stop having to scroll, or is it down to the poster to lower the size. I hope one day to take photos like this :-)

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