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 Post subject: focal length?
PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2007 8:45 pm 
Whats the best focal length macro lens to go for with a DSLR with a cropped sensor? :?
How important is imgae stabillization? or should a tripod always be used
where possible.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2007 8:52 pm 
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I'd go for a 105mm, at least 90mm as you get a nice distance between the front-lens and your subject.
But for critical live-subjects even that is too close. So if you're after those subjects get an even longer macro-lens like 150mm or 200mm.

IS like in my micro Nikkor VR 105mm realy helps much, as I seldom carry a tripod with me. At magnifications beyond 1:5 stability is of very critical importance!

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It all depends on yuor subject. If it stands still long enough then a tripod is very useful. Otherwise it's handheld and anti-shake therefore becomes handy.

As for focal length, it partly depends how far you'll be from the subject...

So, what are you shooting? And as crucially, what camera do you have?


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2007 9:05 pm 
Hi guys,
thanks for the quick replay.
I'd be shooting with Canon EOS 30D and my main interest would be flowers and insects


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Well, the EF-S 60mm gets good reports, although I've not tried it myself.

If you're really serious, there's Canon's specialist MP-E65 - see this post for some examples: http://www.cameralabs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1193


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