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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 11:44 pm 
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I have a Rebel T3 (12 Megapixels) and I need to shot a lot of Macro Shots for magazine articles.

My problem is that the standard 18-55 lens only has a Macro setting that limits me to about 9 inches from the subject. I need to get a lot closer if possible.

Any suggestions?

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 1:24 am 
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The minimum focusing distance of every lens is to be found on the manufacturer's website. Your 18-55mm kit lens is capable of getting very close, indeed, but that is not all that is involved with close-up and macro photography. Many macro lenses can reach 1:1 at their minimum focusing distance, such as my EF 100mm 2.8L Macro, which is the simplest way to achieve that goal, but extension tubes are another path, with which I have no experience.

The Canon 65mm manual-focus-only macro lens is a truly excellent lens, capable of much greater than life-size images. If I recall, it can go as high a 5:1. One local Nikon shooter, of my acquaintance, bought himself a Canon DSLR just to be able to use this lens.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 3:20 am 
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Thanks for the information, but $5-600 is more than I can afford, What about something in the $200 range.

I need to be able to take pictures in the 2-5 Inch range for my closeups.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 4:06 pm 
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If you want some inexpensive options for macro, I can think of 3.
    1) Extenders. These are tubes with no optics that allow you to move your lens away from the camera. This magnifies the image, but you will not be able to focus on things far away anymore. They often come with the ability to auto-focus, though it will be slower.

    2) Reverse your lens. Turn your lens around so the front of the lens is facing the camera body. Focusing will be interesting, but you should be able to pull something off. Your camera should be in a manual mode to be able to fine tune the shot.

    3) Bellows. This will act similar to an extender, but it should be easier to adjust the distance of the lens from the body. There is no auto-focusing options. You may want to pick up a fast prime lens, maybe an older model with manual focusing. All you would need is an adapter to mount the lens to the bellows, but it would be preferable if the adapter did not have any optics as you would not be able to focus to infinity anyways. Again, it would be preferable if you were in a manual mode.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 2:13 am 
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I do have a set of Extenders that I have been trying out. It seems like the shortest one 13mm is the only one that I can get a focus on. The others make the part too close to shoot.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 12:46 pm 
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len woodruff wrote:
Thanks for the information, but $5-600 is more than I can afford, What about something in the $200 range.

Well... the closest thing to a macro lens for that money should be the EF 50mm 2.5 Macro. It can only get 1:2 but that's not too bad.
Maybe combined with extenders.

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Thanks for the info. I will check out that one.


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