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  1. #11
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    the first time don and i have ever agreed on a tamron lens...that in itself is saying something. lol
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  2. #12
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    Well, considering I have almost everything they make ... it's not hard, Rooz.

    Still ... I get kind of apprehensive when I consider that SP AF 300mm f/2.8 Di LD. That lens is way out of my budget (I know, what budget is that, Don?).
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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  3. #13
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    I bought a set of close up lenses. They are 1x,2x and 4x. I bought them for my 70-300 I hope that was the right lens to put them on. The lady at the camera shop didn't know much. I was told my 70-300 was not a true macro lens. I will post some images when I get a chance to take some.
    Sony A77
    Sony A580
    Sony A 100
    Maxxum 400si.
    Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
    Minolta AF 35-70
    Minolta AF 50 f/1.7
    Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 Di LD
    Tamron 60mm Macro
    Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
    Tamron 2x Converter
    Sony HVL-F42AM
    Quantaray 70-300 4.5-5.6 Macro
    Slingshot 200 Bag



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    http://s305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/

  4. #14
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    Mission Impossible: Good Day, Mr. Frank ...

    Those lenses will decrease your image quality. I have a couple of different sized sets for the various filter rings on the lenses ... and what they do is shorten the minimum focusing distance (MFD). They were originally designed for lenses that had trouble because the MFD on consumer zoom lenses (circa 1995-2000) was around 5 to 7-feet! You may have noticed this when using your Minolta 35-70mm f/4.5

    Today's newer lens designs (18-200 (250), 28-300, 28-200) allow for MFD around 15 - 18 inches. A significant improvement, nearly eliminating the need for the screw on close-up lenses. The 70-300 MACRO capability is 1:2. It is what I like to call: pseudo-MACRO. It is acheived by letting one of the elements stay still, while the others move in and out. Anyway, you are probably limited to 180-300mm range and you still have to be about three feet away to acheive focus.

    Yes, true MACRO 1:1 (such as the 90mm) gets the lens to within an inch, perhaps less. The other MACRO 1:1 (180mm) that I use still requires you to be about 9-inches away, but the subject is so big ... you don't need to get closer than that, to literally fill the frame. Both lenses give you some hellacious range.

    Enjoy the experience of the close-up filters, it a good starting point for understanding that way that the optics work ... but, realize your sharpness you probably are trying to acheive will be degraded. Personally, I find that infuriating, but it is part of the game when you start stacking glass, such as filters and teleconverters.

    Good luck, Frank.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 05-08-2008 at 06:40 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

  5. #15
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    That is the way it is with my whole setup. I will get the true macro lens soon. I just wanted to try them.
    Thanks again

    PS I seen you registered on that other site. That is a good shot of you. You taught your wife well or did you learn from her. LOL
    Sony A77
    Sony A580
    Sony A 100
    Maxxum 400si.
    Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
    Minolta AF 35-70
    Minolta AF 50 f/1.7
    Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 Di LD
    Tamron 60mm Macro
    Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
    Tamron 2x Converter
    Sony HVL-F42AM
    Quantaray 70-300 4.5-5.6 Macro
    Slingshot 200 Bag



    http://www.flickr.com/photos/22083244@N06/

    http://s305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/

  6. #16
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    Nah, that was a self-imposed image ... with the α700's wireless release in my paw.



    Look, don't get me wrong, Frank. I've kind of been through the stages of discovery you are toying with. I was in denial ... and I had never visited Egypt (sorry). The old tricks just aren't as effective with digital sensors. I really wished they were, but this stuff is getting real good at light distortion. The sensors pick it right up.

    Anyway ... enjoy your voyage of discovery. Let's see what you can do!
    Last edited by DonSchap; 05-08-2008 at 06:45 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

  7. #17
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    With your help I don't think I will hit any rough seas.
    Sony A77
    Sony A580
    Sony A 100
    Maxxum 400si.
    Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
    Minolta AF 35-70
    Minolta AF 50 f/1.7
    Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 Di LD
    Tamron 60mm Macro
    Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
    Tamron 2x Converter
    Sony HVL-F42AM
    Quantaray 70-300 4.5-5.6 Macro
    Slingshot 200 Bag



    http://www.flickr.com/photos/22083244@N06/

    http://s305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/

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