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   Old Thread  #2052 6 Oct 2013 at 4.56pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Considering its early days I would be dead chuffed with these results. Looks like you made the right choice and wish you luck with it in the future
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   Old Thread  #2051 6 Oct 2013 at 1.02pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Hi lads, ended up buying the tamron 90mm. So far I am very pleased with it and managed to get a few good shots that i feel are worthy on here looking at them on here is not quite the same as full screen, but its good enough

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   Old Thread  #2050 22 Sept 2013 at 11.01am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi Andy
I am a fan of Tamron lenses which are a tad underrated. My 75-300 half life size is a good one. On the question of who do you buy a macro lens from thatís a difficult one. There are a lot of on-line traders who deal in grey imports and they are usually priced way below the UK price.
There is a risk and I guess it depends if you feel it is one worth taking. Thatís about all I can say about this as I am undecided.
As to choice of macro for me a shortlist would contain a Canon 100mm, (the bog standard one) I would look long and hard at the Tamron, as I fancy in the lower price bracket it is a good one. In the upper price bracket it would be the Canon MP65. My choice of macro is swayed because I own macro lenses so ease of use would be a consideration, my main macro lens is a manual.

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   Old Thread  #2049 22 Sept 2013 at 9.43am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Looks the same Andy to me, Cross checked the model no and it seems to be same model, good price
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   Old Thread  #2048 20 Sept 2013 at 8.30pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi guys, I have been doing some more research seeing as you reccomend the tamron.

I found this lens on jessops, which seems to be the standard uk price at £369

But I have also found the same lens from digitalrev (grey import company) which is priced at £220

Without sounding like a doughnut, can you guys help me confirm that this is the same lens as its a heck of a lot cheaper! Also have any of you used this company before, it's got hundreds of good reviews but it's always nice to hear it from someone you know.

http://www.jessops.com/online.store/categories/products/tamron/90mm-f2-8-sp-di-macro-1-1-canon-af--29447/show.html

http://www.digitalrev.com/product/tamron-sp-af-90mm-f/Mzcz

Sorry not sure how to do links

Thanks for your help over the last few days btw
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   Old Thread  #2047 20 Sept 2013 at 12.50pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Any of you like an incident light meter attachment for your iPhone 4/4S?

Luxi

I ordered one of these, promptly forgot about it and upgraded my phone. It is still in the blister pack.

Incident light readings are very useful as they measure the light falling on your subject, not the reflected light which can sometimes cause errors in exposure. This was going to save a bit of space in my camera bag.

£20 posted.
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   Old Thread  #2046 19 Sept 2013 at 9.28pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks for the link ev
I used an old Pringles tube for mine, these are ideal as they are foil lined ;-)
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   Old Thread  #2045 19 Sept 2013 at 7.56pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks Jeffery, I'll add you now
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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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DAVES DIFFUSER
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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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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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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 canít happen but you can trick the lens into setting and keeping an aperture set and retained when the lens is taken off the cameraí

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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