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Postby Andy » Mon Jun 15, 2009 11:02 am

Hi Amy! Welcome to the forum here! Sorry to be so late in my welcome, but haven't been around lately.

Base on the equipment in your bag I assume you use (gasp) FILM??? Wow. My kids don't even know what that is :D

Hope you'll stop in here regularly
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Postby Andy » Mon Jun 15, 2009 11:05 am

Phil: While this may be blasphemy to the folks at Green Mtn. (and, of course to Canon), I have had good success with the third party brands, particularly Tokina and Sigma. When you are buying a macro lens give consideration to what you want to do with it.

I have a 60mm Nikkor macro and on my film camera it was a bit too short for certain really small subjects. The 90 and 100 seem to be favored. With the "crop" factor on my DSLR, it isn't as much of a problem.

Quantaray actually makes a pretty inexpensive 50mm macro -- but I had two of them and took them both back because they had severe "ghosting" (you could see the shape of the shutter blades in the images). Maybe that problem has been fixed. Quantaray is a cheap (Ritz) brand, but for light duty, I found the optics to be just fine.
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Postby pwt54 » Mon Jun 15, 2009 3:06 pm

The salesman at Green Mountain Camera recommended the Canon 100mm macro. We also talked over the Tamron and Sigma lenses but I'm on a fixed income now. I bought a used quantaray 18-200mm is lense this spring and it does well. I have a new canon sx10 camera with the 20x zoom now. I've been using the super macro setting and have had good luck with it. The 20x zoom has been real handy. I use the rebel for everything between macro and 20x.

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Postby Andy » Tue Jun 16, 2009 12:27 pm

I have never used them, but I have spoken with folks who have used the screw on macro lenses (they screw on the front of the lens like a filter) and I understand they work reasonably well. They are relatively inexpensive.

The Canon SX does an admirable job. But in my view, you are giving up a lot in creative control. With flower closeups, I always recommend a tripod and playing around a lot with different apertures. I also fiddle around with off-camera flash, trying different lighting angles. If you have a diffuser (or an old piece of cheesecloth or a sheet or something, you can often get interesting (or if the light is too bright -- better) results. Also, using some foil (gold, if you can get it) as a reflector, directing the sunlight around on the subject will often yield pleasing results.

When I find a good subject, it is not unusual for me to crawl around on my hands, knees, and even belly, for hours in the same area.
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Postby pwt54 » Wed Jun 17, 2009 9:09 am

I wasn't sure what kind of hike it would have been at the Bog so I didn't bring the big tripod. My niece borrowed my light weight tripod for a trip. I got to get that back. I'm not in a big hurry to buy a macro right now. Them problem is no one has the sigma or tamron lenses on hand so I can't look them over before I buy any of them. The one thing I can do is too examine all of my photos and see what works.



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