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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:10 pm 
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Hello. You may have read some posts that I have written about a Canon 60D with the 18-135mm lens. Thing is its a big discussion with a student with little income.
My question today is will i be able to get macro shots like I have been able to do with my current ixus 100is (examples below) or will i have to invest in a macro lens such as the EF 50mm 2.5 or EF-S 60mm 2.8 (100mm 2.8 i think is going to be too big and impractical for me to use as I want a light kit I can walk in mountains easily with)

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Responses will be appreciated. Im not 100% on what 1:1 macro is. I imagine none of the above are considered 1:1 macro

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1:1 macro means that what ever you take a picture of will be that big on your sensor. So imaging your sensor is the size of a large coin, and you take a picture of a ant, the sensor would see the ant as if you just placed the ant ontop of the sensor.

Your monitor is a lot bigger than that sensor. A normal photograph is also a lot bigger than that sensor. So when you expand the size of the image from the size of the sensor to the photograph or the monitor, the picture of the ant will also increase at the same proportion.

The size of your sensor is dependent upon your camera, but that should give you an idea. You can also look up how big your sensor is.

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Well... macro shots like those really are easier to do with a compact camera... The cheapest way to do it without a macro lens on a DSLR are close up filters, followed by extension tubes. Optically I'd prefer the second one as they don't add more glass.

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In order of preference for a macro effect without a macro lens:
Lens coupler
Extension tubes
{nothing}
Close up filters

Though to be fair, I have not tried close up filters.

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