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Old Apr 15, 2010, 7:10 AM   #1
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Default Macro / Micro / zoom

this is my first post, so i'd like to say hi to everybody.

Now to the point
I like macro, micro and close-range.
I'd like to get an idea about what camera i'd need if i want to take really cool images like this one :

So that's the ammount of magnification that i'm looking for, and i'd like to know what type/camera models are available to me. i have to say i'm new in this but i find it very very interesting
secondly, i'm not all about the microverse, i'd like to take shots of the sun (yeah, the sun's corona, the moon, and if possible some nebulae and/or commets when possible ofc)
i know the last part is more into the domain of telescopes, but still, on a very clear black sky with no artificial lighting i should be able to at least capture the stars in detail.

thank you very much for taking the time to read this i hope for a reply too ^^
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Old Apr 15, 2010, 7:31 AM   #2
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Macro- and micro-photography requires specialized equipment. The photo you've attached is an example of a photo that is greater than 1:1 magnification, which means that the image projected onto the image sensor is actually larger than the subject. Doing that with an animate subject requires a lot of patience and persistance, and fair amount of luck. The only lens that can do that 'out-of-the-box' is the Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo which sells for about $950. Plus you'll also need a ring light or ring flash, and a good tripod.

You could use a more conventional 1:1 macro lens plus extension tubes to get that kind of magnification, but that's a little more tedious and harder to work with, and you'd still need the ring flash or ring light and a tripod.

Oh yeah, and you'll need a camera too. The Canon lens I mentioned only works with Canon dSLRs, but each manufacturer makes their own macro lenses. And third parties make excellent macro lenses for use with any manufacturers' camera body, and you would be saving some money without giving up much in quality.

Astrophotography is more easily accomplished, presuming you already have a good telescope. Almost any P&S digicam can be connected to the eyepiece of a telescope.

Perhaps you can post some of your own early attempts at either of these very speciallized types of photography.
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