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Old Sep 25, 2009, 2:28 AM   #1
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Default Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2

I've just purchased a Canon Rebel XT with the standard 18-55 mm lens and i'm interested both in close-up (really 'close' closeups) 3-4 feet distant subjects.
I'm a complete newbie but i know that for macro work you need long-focal-length lenses.

would this be a good deal to you ?

Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2 for 70 bucks
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Old Sep 25, 2009, 6:30 AM   #2
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It's ok but not great. It has a 1:2 macro ratio so that is half life size. Have you seen some macro shots that you would like to be able to replicate we can then advise what might be a good choice?

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The Tamron 70-300 Di LD is a always a good deal; for 70 bucks, it's a great deal!

For the most part, long focal length lenses area good idea for macro work so you don't frighten animate subjects and so you don't block your own light. The Tamron 70-300 Di LD is a 1:2 macro lens, which means it will project a half-size image of a subject onto the image sensor. For better than that, you'll need to spend a lot more.

What makes the Tamron an attractive and popular product is that, not only is it a good, inexpensive telephoto zoom lens, it can also do reasonably good macro work. Your needs, in either direction, might someday exceed what the Tamron is capable of, but for 70 bucks, it's a great place to start.
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Hello Sir,
I am a student interested in wildlife/bird photography...
So i am thinking of buying a Canon 500D and this lens.
How do you think the results will turn out?
will they be worth the money?
or should i stick to my Canon S5 IS camera.
Pls Help!!
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This lens is very good considering its price. But depending ont he birds, it may not be long enough. I shoot soaring raptors, and 300mm is barely long enough. If you want to shoot something smaller, you should get something longer.
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what lenses do you have currently?
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It will not be a great lens for bird, as it is really soft on the long end. So if you are within range of a 300mm. You will really need to stop down to get your subject sharp. About f10, so you will put allot of the background in focus. And it can be distracting depending on what the background is.

If you want to shoot birds a 300mm in the min zoom you will need 400 or 500mm will be much better, but you are talking about 1200+ dollar lenses.

This was taking with a canon 500D with the ef 70-300mm IS USM lens. I was about 40-50ft away. I was shooting wide open to keep the background out of focus.

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/wi...fe-refuge.html

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I am a student interested in wildlife/bird photography...
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How do you think the results will turn out?
will they be worth the money?
or should i stick to my Canon S5 IS camera.
Pls Help!!
Thanx.
Sourabh.
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