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  1. #1
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    Smile Looking for good macro lens

    I have an XTi and 2 stock lenses that I got with it, but I so love to shoot macro.
    What lens is good for this without spending mega bucks on it?
    (Rather ask here then my camera store)

    I was looking at the macro thread and s few lenses were mentioned but I need something that fits Canon.
    I think it's an 18-55mm lens and I know the other is a 75-300mm, but that's telephoto.

    I love shooting bugs and flowers with my point and shoot, but this this XTi, I should be able to get really close, then crop that 10 mp down to something good.

    Thanks from a newbie for any and all help.

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    Raynox DCR-250.
    its got a good balance of magnification, DOF and great image quality.
    Ibelieve your XTi lens has a front thread? the Raynox has a clip that fits 52mm - 67mm front threaded lens
    Last edited by truflip; 12-08-2006 at 09:57 AM.
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    Gary, listen to Karl (Truflip), he is our resident Macro MAster and Raynox DCR 250 Expert, His shots convinced a lot of us here ( myself included) to go for this lens
    To God be all the Glory!

    Daniel
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    Then Karl and I are get to be buddies because I am hooked on macro photography.
    Most of the reason I got an SLR was to do macro photography.

    And, WOW! Are you kidding me???
    I'm looking at prices of $39 and $40 bucks!
    That's great!!! I was thinking this was going to be a few hundred.

    http://www.bizrate.com/digitalcamera...__nwylf--.html

    Where is a good place to buy this? My Ritz Camera store does not have it on their website. And if I order it from somewhere, how can I be sure it will fit?

    Wow! This is cool. thanks so much. (looking forward extra for Christmas now)

    Amazon ok???
    http://www.amazon.com/Raynox-Macro-S.../dp/B0002YBXBY


    What else will I need to do some of these shots?
    Last edited by Gary_P; 12-07-2006 at 11:39 AM.

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    Hello Gary_P

    Since you are using a Canon DSLR camera, you might also want to check out the forum for Canon DSLRs. Here are two threads in that forum, that may be of help to you:

    Venturing into macro photography - need suggestions

    Lens Reviews

    There are probably more threads there also, that can be helpful to you.
    Wesan

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  6. #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary_P View Post
    Then Karl and I are get to be buddies because I am hooked on macro photography.
    Most of the reason I got an SLR was to do macro photography.

    And, WOW! Are you kidding me???
    I'm looking at prices of $39 and $40 bucks!
    That's great!!! I was thinking this was going to be a few hundred.

    http://www.bizrate.com/digitalcamera...__nwylf--.html

    Where is a good place to buy this? My Ritz Camera store does not have it on their website. And if I order it from somewhere, how can I be sure it will fit?

    Wow! This is cool. thanks so much. (looking forward extra for Christmas now)

    Amazon ok???
    http://www.amazon.com/Raynox-Macro-S.../dp/B0002YBXBY

    What else will I need to do some of these shots?
    Hi my name is Karl
    Im not an expert but I like my Macro lens
    I am a newbie-ish photographer. If you notice my pictures look kinda like danielg's, thats cuz hes my master

    hahaha so yea.. nice cam u got there =) and yes the price is great =D
    I bought mine from www.lensmateonline.com (great service) I noticed theres also one on bhphotoandvideo.com for the same price.

    now I wish there were more bugs out here during winter =\ lol bugs are the best cuz u see things u cant see with ur naked eye.. and at great detail =)
    the lens is great because its so compact (compared to a normal dSLR lens at least) and the magnification is about 2.5x which is pretty darn good. and its light ultra portable.. ultra cost effective.. i mean $40! cant ask for more

    btw, u prolly will want some lighting equipment =) it will definitely help out with ur macro shots
    here are some samples from lensmate: http://www.lensmateonline.com/newsit...250_macro.html

    Quote Originally Posted by danielg View Post
    Gary, listen to Karl (Truflip), he is our resident Macro MAster and Raynox DCR 250 Expert, His shots convinced a lot of us here ( myself included) to go for this lens
    thnx. .ur very kind as always
    Last edited by truflip; 12-08-2006 at 10:44 AM.
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    Nice to meet you Karl.

    Cannon has a real macro lens too. it sells for $400 and some change.
    Cannon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro lens.

    Has anyone used this lens? I'd like to see if it's worth the money and how much different are the pictures?

    A friend tells me if I like the $40 one, then I'll love this one if I keep interested in macro photography.


    I think I will because I'd like to devote a section of my website to macro photography.
    Gonna call it Gary's tiny world - LOL. I may also be willing to post other's photos there too if I have the room.

    I was thinking of showing a close up and having a "what's this" and a link to the life size thing to see if the reader can guess what it is.

    I've always tried to get close up shots. I should post some of my decent ones. When I get this, I can get all the way down.

    As for lighting, can't I just use fluorescent lights in my lab?
    Last edited by Gary_P; 12-08-2006 at 11:38 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary_P View Post
    I have an XTi and 2 stock lenses that I got with it, but I so love to shoot macro.
    What lens is good for this without spending mega bucks on it?
    (Rather ask here then my camera store)

    I was looking at the macro thread and s few lenses were mentioned but I need something that fits Canon.
    I think it's an 18-55mm lens and I know the other is a 75-300mm, but that's telephoto.

    I love shooting bugs and flowers with my point and shoot, but this this XTi, I should be able to get really close, then crop that 10 mp down to something good.

    Thanks from a newbie for any and all help.
    Probably the most fun per dollar lens is the Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM. It will get you 1:1 magnification - which is really the first thing you want in a macro lens. Something you won't get with an attachment.

    If I didn't have my wife's 50mm Sigma Macro to mess around with that lens would be high on my list. Although I must say my next macro will be the 180mm f/3.5 L. Or it's successor. hehe
    Canon EOS 40D | Pro1 | EOS 630 (film) | S2 IS | G1
    EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 | EF 50mm f/1.4 | EF 70-200 f/4 L | 580EX II

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    Ok, now you have me confused.
    Too much to choose from.

    What's the difference? I'm a noob on this stuff.
    I know 100mm is bigger then 60mm but that's all I know.

    Should I bother with the Raynox DCR 250 at all?
    What's Karl's take on this?

    I don't mind buying something that I can have fun with and upgrade but if there is something better that's not that much more then I'm ok.

    Remember this is my hobby and it's my first SLR. I still have no idea and a purchase of $400 needs to be thought over.
    Yes, I know I could be up in the $2000 range but that may be at a much later time.

    Seems to me I have 3 choices now:
    Raynox DCR 250
    Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro
    Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro

    And looking on Amazon, they all got great reviews. To much to choose from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary_P View Post
    Ok, now you have me confused.
    Too much to choose from.

    What's the difference? I'm a noob on this stuff.
    I know 100mm is bigger then 60mm but that's all I know.

    Should I bother with the Raynox DCR 250 at all?
    What's Karl's take on this?

    I don't mind buying something that I can have fun with and upgrade but if there is something better that's not that much more then I'm ok.

    Remember this is my hobby and it's my first SLR. I still have no idea and a purchase of $400 needs to be thought over.
    Yes, I know I could be up in the $2000 range but that may be at a much later time.

    Seems to me I have 3 choices now:
    Raynox DCR 250
    Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro
    Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro

    And looking on Amazon, they all got great reviews. To much to choose from.
    WIth macro lenses, 100mm vs. 60mm means you will have a greater working distance from your subject. You would have to get closer to the bug you're trying to photograph with a 50 or 60mm lens compaired to a 100mm lens.

    The two advantages of that are you are less likely to scare the critter you're tring to take pictures of, and second you won't block as much light with your camera because you're not as close.
    Canon EOS 40D | Pro1 | EOS 630 (film) | S2 IS | G1
    EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 | EF 50mm f/1.4 | EF 70-200 f/4 L | 580EX II

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