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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 5:26 pm 
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Hi i'm pretty new to the DSLR world and still don't own one.
As of now i 've used a variety of compacts..
One thing bout my photography is that i'm someone who uses Macro mode very frequently Now that i've decided to buy a DSLR, i looked for more info on the macro mode in DSLRs..
I know that all DSLRs now have that mode along with other modes..but I also learnt from a friend of mine that macro is the property of the lens and not the camera..
I've shortlisted my selections to Canon 350D,400D (Nikon D40 too).
Is the macro mode functional on these SLRs with the kit lens?
Pls enlighten me..


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 7:55 pm 
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Hi Vishak, your friend is right - the macro capabilities are dependant on the lens, and most kit lenses on DSLRs aren't particularly impressive in this regard - you may only be able to focus, say, 20cm from the subject whereas many compacts can focus closer than 5cm.

if you're serious about macro work on a DSLR, you'll need to get either a macro lens or an extension tube, or both. There are also some optional closeup lenses which can help. See our Macro section for more details...


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2007 5:00 pm 
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Thanks Gordon for the help...
what exactly is an extension tube and the optional closeup lenses u said about..
If Macro is the lens property why is there a macro mode on the body?
Does it mean macro is avilable to capability of the lens?

Now a serious question?
Should i go for the 350D or the 400D?
but for it's an old model, 350D proves really be an an awesome camera..
Also the kit lenses provided is the same for both ..
Are the autofocus problems on 350D(i've read about it) so pronounced?
Also is 350D going to be stopped from production?and wud that mean a great fall in its prices?


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2007 8:24 pm 
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Macro lenses are designed for closeup photography and tubess it inbetween the lens and body, which can also improve closeup capability.

As for the 350D vs the 400D, it's up to you - I've compared them in my 400D review here:

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Canon400D/page6.shtml

and

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Canon400D/page4.shtml

I haven't noticed any AF problems with the 350D...


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 5:47 am 
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Thanks Gordon

Actually speaking i'm not that pro in photography, but it happens that most of my picture turn out to be using macro mode.I really enjoy taking macro pictures.I actually don't own a DSLR which u mighht have infered.
I have used many compacts of which Canon Digital Elph SD 600 proved to be my favourite.It has a macro mode which suited me.
I recently had the luck of using a Canon 20D( 17-45mm USM lens).I tried with the macro mode and i was disappointed. I liked its feel so much anf i enjoyed taking other types of pics.

I'm n Indian and here cameras are comparively expensive .I have a budget of $550(extended to the max).What wud your choice be:go for a DSLR like 350 D or a superzoom like Sony DSC H7?.
I read ur review on H9 and am pretty impressed.
Also Fuji S9000/S9500. Or are their better ones?

What wud be ur choice: to go a superzoom with a macro to my liking or wait till i have funds to go DSLR and Macro lens.?
Though comparing between a DSLr and a superzoom may seem absurd, i need ur opinion
Again Thanks Gordon for ur wonderful help and reviews.
I am beginning to like this forum a lot.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 6:54 pm 
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Hello vishak!

I'd aim at a compact / superzoom with good macro-capabilities.

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