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05-08-2010, 04:01 PM   #1
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Options for macro(or near macro) photography

HI,
What are my different option for macro/close up (doesn't have to be 1:1) photogrpahy?
1. macro lens
2. prime (e.g. FA 35mm that also does macro)
3. I've heard of 10X adaptors or something like that
4. anything else?
5. are they all good/effective?
6. which is easiest (besides dedicated macro lens)
7. which is cheapest?

What kind of price are each (new & 2nd hand)

Cheers,
Pa.


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05-08-2010, 04:22 PM   #2
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You can also use your lens mounted backwards for macro's with a reversing ring.


EDIT-
These reversing rings come in all different sizes and can be had for a few bucks on ebay, others just use some duct tape.


Have a read of this-
http://stephenelliot.com/2007/05/15/reverse-lens-macro-photography-tutorial/
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Extension tubes and/or bellows.
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First, a macro lens *is* a prime - your options 1 & 2 are the same thing. In fact, it's *zooms* labeled "macro" that should be removed from consideration, because they are virtually never particularly close to macro.

Second, I'd recommend getting a good basic beginning book on photography - or even just a website - to explain the various options. The basic options are macro lens, closeup filters (like the Raynox 150 and 250 discussed in the Raynox Club thread - stay away from the extremely poor quality filters often sold in sets), extension tubes, and reversing rings - listed in approximately reverse order of how easy to use they are.

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QuoteOriginally posted by dinneenp Quote
HI,
What are my different option for macro/close up (doesn't have to be 1:1) photogrpahy?
1. macro lens
2. prime (e.g. FA 35mm that also does macro)
3. I've heard of 10X adaptors or something like that
4. anything else?
5. are they all good/effective?
6. which is easiest (besides dedicated macro lens)
7. which is cheapest?

What kind of price are each (new & 2nd hand)

Cheers,
Pa.
#1 and #2 on your list describe the DA 35mm ltd macro lens to a Tee! It is an excellent lens. I can't say much about Irish and UK prices on new and used versions of this lens but they do show up in the PF market place from time to time.
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