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   Old Thread  #2044 19 Sept 2013 at 7.46pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The Canon 100mm USM is a good choice as is the Tamron. My flickr page is a mixture of flower macro's and insects, mainly taken with vintage lenses details are johnt2012 if you fancy a look.
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   Old Thread  #2043 19 Sept 2013 at 7.43pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #2042 19 Sept 2013 at 6.53pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thnaks for posting dave I was looking at the canon ef 100mm usm so much cheaper than the one with is, I haven't found a bad word about it so I reckon I will go for that as I do use the 18-55mm for general use. I'm glad you dont need a ring flash for every shot, but will be something I shall buy in the future hopefully. If you didnt realise I added you on Flickr last night, you have a very impressive portfolio
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   Old Thread  #2041 19 Sept 2013 at 6.41pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks Andy, Yes i shoot all my Macros hand held using my Nikkor 105mm f.2.8 vr micro. The Canon 100mm is a brilliant though expensive lens, For cheaper the tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 is great or could always go down the reverse lens route and john can help you out with some good advice
No you don't have to have a ring flash i only used a simple diffuser on a secondhand SB400 unit untill recently went i went mad and bought a very expensive Nikon R1C1 system.
People tend to use and rely on to much flash with macro sometimes. Though you do need extra light in most 1to1 shots i like to up the iso and use as much natural light as possible.
You can even make a fairly good diffuser to take enough light from your built in flash to the subject for usable depth. I made something very similar to this
http://blog.crispian.org/2012/03/home-made-macro-flash-diffusers.html
Never could figure out how to link web pages on here lol. Pictures are easy
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   Old Thread  #2040 19 Sept 2013 at 6.38pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #2039 19 Sept 2013 at 6.03pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Many thanks for posting, certainly a improvement. Will definitely give this a try when I'm feeling brave enough!
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   Old Thread  #2038 19 Sept 2013 at 5.07pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Manual settings on an Auto Lens width=500>
Shot 1 shows lens reversed. Shot 2 shows the much magnified image Shot 3 shows the largest image you can get with the lens used the normal way

Take your 18-55mm lens off the camera and turn it around so that the front of the lens is now facing the camera body. Set the zoom at 55mm. carefully place the lens against the body and have a look through the viewfinder.
Chose an object with some detail and move the body and lens backwards and forwards until it comes into sharp focus.

This is called reverse lens and to attach the lens to the body you need a `reversing ring` which has a male screw thread on one side and a Canon EOS mount on the other. One side screws into the filter mount on the lens and then mounts onto the camera.

As you are using an electric lens there is no way you can set an aperture on it. The aperture is set on the body and the contacts in lens and body talk to each other which sets the aperture on the lens.
As you have broken that contact, that can’t happen but you can trick the lens into setting and keeping an aperture set and retained when the lens is taken off the camera’

Put the camera into AV mode and set an aperture f8 is a good choice
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On the camera body there is a small button called `Depth of Field Preview Button` ( the button manually stops the lens down to the aperture set)

Keeping the button pressed in, dismount the lens from the camera.

You now have a lens set at the aperture you have selected and it will retain that setting until you mount the lens again.

When the lens is mounted either in reversed lens mode or using manual extension tubes or a set of bellows the camera will match a speed which allows for an appropriate exposure.

The slight downside is that the image seen in the viewfinder will be darker because you are looking through a smaller aperture than if the lens was in full auto mode at maximum aperture. A middle of the road aperture does overcome this situation to a great extent.

Cost of a reversing ring around £5UK, Cost of manual extension tubes around £15 UK.
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   Old Thread  #2037 19 Sept 2013 at 11.09am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I use a canon 600d, so hopefully I have the right one as £5 is a bit cheaper than £400!
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   Old Thread  #2036 19 Sept 2013 at 10.46am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Your welcome Andrew. What camera do you use? as there is a tweak with Canon models that gets you approaching 1/1 lifesize with the 18-55mm lens for around £5
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   Old Thread  #2035 19 Sept 2013 at 10.21am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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That's great! Many thanks Jeff just shows you dont have to spend a fortune, hopefully i will be uploading some pics here soon.
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   Old Thread  #2034 18 Sept 2013 at 11.08pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi Andrew
If you are looking at insect macro’s then they are taken hand held. A tripod is useful for stationary objects such as flowers. You can get some much needed stability from using a mono pod but generally it’s hand held.
You do not need to buy a ring flash for macro photography. They are expensive although you can get an LED version off the bay for less than £20. A ring flash gives shadow less lighting and delivers the light directly onto the subject but the lighting is very flat and tends to give less contrast.
I own a ring flash but seldom use it preferring to use a Canon 430 ex with a diffuser attached which is a standard outfit amongst macro people.


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The lens in the picture is a Vivitar 90mm f2.8 Macro in FD mount adapted to Canon EOS mount. It's 30 years old and I paid £80 for it off the bay and it does this

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It also works quite nicely with flowers
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   Old Thread  #2033 18 Sept 2013 at 1.53pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Some great macro shots Dave! also I have a few questions if you wouldn't mind answering them, or anyone else who does macro photography:

Is most of your shots done handheld, or done using a tripod? Also do you find a ring flash is essential for macro shots as I'm looking at purchasing my first dedicated macro lens which aren't exactly cheap and I'm hoping I don't have to splash out a large amount of cash for a ring flash also, I plan on shooting insects/flowers predominantly outside if that helps.

Thanks in advance, Andrew.
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   Old Thread  #2032 1 Sept 2013 at 8.57pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
One from today


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   Old Thread  #2031 29 Aug 2013 at 2.12pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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loving this gizmo on my camera. 'blue is the colour'



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   Old Thread  #2030 29 Aug 2013 at 10.59am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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quite like this one, if i say so myself


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