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  1. #1
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    macro lens accessories...good or bad?

    I'm going to buy the 100mm 2.8 macro this summer, and I'm wondering if it would be worth it to give up the cash for the hood or tripod collar. I've heard good/bad things about both. And also a focusing rail...I've heard those are essential.

    thanks
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    there is nothing at all bad about either the hood or tripod collar. not sure how big/ heavy the 100/2.8 is so wont comment on the collar but a hood is essential.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rooz View Post
    there is nothing at all bad about either the hood or tripod collar. not sure how big/ heavy the 100/2.8 is so wont comment on the collar but a hood is essential.


    Well, I guess I meant for the price. But i'm sure that just depends on how much money someone's willing to spend. The hood and collar are just a little expensive.
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    Canon EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 | Quantaray 70-300mm f/4-5.6 | BG-E3 Battery Grip | 430EX | Tripod

    Nikon N4004s | 70-210mm
    Chinon CE-4 | 50mm
    Pentax K1000

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    i wouldn't use a lens without a hood personally, especially a macro lens. you get very close to the subject so contact is more probable, the effect of sun glare can be more pronounced becasue your subject matter is invariabley smaller, contrast is lower and stray light when you use flash will comprimise image quality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cdr116 View Post
    I'm going to buy the 100mm 2.8 macro this summer, and I'm wondering if it would be worth it to give up the cash for the hood or tripod collar. I've heard good/bad things about both. And also a focusing rail...I've heard those are essential.

    thanks
    The only thing I'd consider from your list is the hood, but even that isn't essential for good macro photography. On the hood, I'd just buy a knock off on ebay. No need to go with the (way) overpriced Canon version.
    Get the lens first and see if you really need any of those other things. My guess is you won't.
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    I dont use a hood or a tripod, a flash is an essential for 1:1 macro's
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    Quote Originally Posted by drama View Post
    I dont use a hood or a tripod, a flash is an essential for 1:1 macro's
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    I agree with the basic tone of the thread. Handholding macro is way easier and that requires a flash. Having said that, there may be times when you want to use a tripod for natural light or a combination of natural light and flash. That will require a tripod and you would not need the collar. I can load up the 40D with the 100 2.8 macro and the MR-14EX and my Bogen 484RC2 Ball Head handles it no problem. I have never used the hood on the 100 and I don't really think it is necessary.
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