Macro Question

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  1. sj022698

    sj022698 TPF Noob!

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    I can't think of exactly what it is off the top of my head but it's a tamron 70-300 with Macro. Now the macro works good but can only be used when extended almost all the way. So, say I want to take a picture of a plate of food, I have to stand all the way across the room. Thoughts???
     
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    A lot of lenses say 'macro' but they really aren't what I'd consider to be macro...with 1:1 magnification.

    For a lens like that, you need to be aware of the minimum focus distance, as that is where you will be able to get your most close-up shots.

    If you really want to be able to get close up shots, you might try a true Macro lens, or an extension tube on an existing lens or even a diopter (close up) filter.
     
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    but why do you need a macro lens if you want to take a pic of a plate of food? Or do you want to make a close up of the food item itself?
     
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    Food item itself
     
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    Well for that you will probably need a macro lens, or for now as suggested get a screw on close up filter.
     
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    Could someone make a recommendation on one please. I'm a big ebay person so that's cool
     
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    If you're Canon I'd go with the 100mm 2.8 Macro lens. I think Nikon has something pretty similar. There's also a 50mm but you'd have to be closer to you subject (9'' instead of 18'') in order to get the same magnification. When working with live subjects (insects) that extra 9'' is great. Plus the 100mm 2.8 Macro doubles as a pretty decent portrait lens. Super Sharp!
     
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    Do you have a budget?
     

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