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Old Feb 27, 2006, 7:27 AM   #11
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I'm still curious what you mean by 1:1 macro. How do you know what "life size" is?
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Old Mar 1, 2006, 2:58 AM   #12
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I had the Sigma APO super macrolens when i got a 350D last year....it is big but i thought it gave great value for money. It gets close enough macro wise and then you can always crop the pic after.....go for it as for the money lil came close when i looked.
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Old Mar 1, 2006, 7:19 AM   #13
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How much was your Sigma APO Super Macro?

Edit: The 70-300mm Sigma super macro seems to be dirt cheap. It gets down to a 1:2 macro size.
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Old Mar 1, 2006, 12:01 PM   #14
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£159.
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Old Mar 6, 2006, 2:14 PM   #15
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Would the APO be able to double as my telephoto lense as well?
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Old Mar 6, 2006, 2:38 PM   #16
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The APO is actually more of a tele zoom than a macro lens. The "macro" just allows closer focusing between 200 and 300mm. This is also the area where the lens needs to be stepped down to become sharp.
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Old Mar 15, 2006, 10:17 AM   #17
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Old Mar 15, 2006, 8:27 PM   #18
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if you're in the US, you should look at cameta camera on ebay. i got what i consider a good deal: Nikon d50, 18-55 kit lens, 70-300 and a nikon bag for $680 plus $20 shipping. this was before nikon lowered the price last week in the US. they have a lot of packages, but i'd stay away from the ones with tamron and sigma lenses, the ones they packaged in starts at 28mm, which is not wide.

i then bought the 50mm f1.8 from adorama. costco right now have a $10 off on 1GB SD cards, so i'd get one there if you have costco. otherwise order it from adorama and save on shipping if you're getting the 50mm there.

goodluck...
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Old Mar 16, 2006, 7:56 AM   #19
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If you realy want to shoot insects you should have the MicroNikkor 60mm. I have one and found out that itproduced very sharp pictures. Sharpest lens I ever put my hand on. Macro lenses are designed for short distance. General purpose lenses will not give sharpness you get from the real thing.

This picture was taken with D50 + Micro-Nikkor 60mm.
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Old Mar 16, 2006, 2:34 PM   #20
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Wow - I dodn't know i 'needed' a macro lens until just now:-)
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