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12-21-2017, 01:17 AM   #31
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Probably macro zoom here..

QuoteOriginally posted by jeryst Quote
I would like to play around with some macro shots, however there seems to be many different options:

Macro zoom lens
Macro prime lens
Macro glass filters
Bellows
Extension tubes
Good thread. My situation being what it is, I'm macro over telephoto.

I've done the filters. Bottom of the bottomest barrel at the back, darkest, most spider web filled corner of the bottom basement value pack. Even then, I still managed a few images I liked but was ready to move on quick within a few minutes.

Extension tubes, I've goofed around with the DIY way. Actually saw some potential for fun there. That's an eventual to-do to try that even more seriously.

Bellows, have played around with that. *Patience (and coordination) pays* when going that route. For me, it was mostly about just winding that thing back and forth up and down that rail. Since I tend to like having older, very low budget level equipment in my hands, that means that equipment is occasionally very cranky, too.

Macro prime.. Don't know if I've put my hands on that yet. I still get twisted around on the terminology.

Macro zoom, I *have* had my hands on. I LIKE... The first time experiencing that was one of my most memorable *wow* moments about photography so far. My lifestyle needs simple yet reasonably variable at the same time. I seem to tend to like to be slightly distanced from a targeted victim and then draw it in closer. At this precise moment in time, macro zoom seems to cover those couple things nicely in *my* use case.

As much as macro zooms fit my need, the drawback I've found with the ones I've played with is that there *is* often that greater distance between the lens and the subject matter. Sometimes you do want to just be right there in that matter's face, and that doesn't work with some lenses. That's definitely a conscious check off point for me when thinking about how badly do I want some given, beat up old macro leaning lens.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jeryst Quote
I would like to play around with some macro shots, however there seems to be many different options:

Macro zoom lens
Macro prime lens
Macro glass filters
Bellows
Extension tubes

To me, it seems that bellows or extension tubes would be the most logical choices
because they are relatively inexpensive, and they would work with all of your lenses.

What are the advantages of bellows over extension tubes and vice versa?

How do bellows and extension tubes compare to actual macro lenses?

Which focal lengths are best in a macro lens: wide angle, standard, or telephoto?
You might want to read a bit of a classic on close-up photography before you go too far. Try "The Manual of Close-up Photography" by Lester Lefkowitz. I searched for it and immediately found a copy for $3.64 plus shipping. I am sure there are other copies available.
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