Macro with a 50mm??

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  1. mommy22

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    Can this be done or do you have to actually have a macro lense?
     
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    You can take nice close ups with the 50, but nothing like with a macro... nothing.
     
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    With a cheap set of extension tubes between the camera & your 50mm you can.

    Here is a fig shot that way:


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    Wow. I'm gonna have to try it out...
     
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    A macro of a fig...go fig ure!









    Sorry, I could not resist :mrgreen:
     
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    yeah, with extension tubes you can achieve macro... you just need about the 50mm worth of tubes. Mine were about $67 with contacts so the AF and aperture still work.
     
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    I have a macro lens and it does not autofocus very well at all. I always manual focus when shooting macro.
     
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    Laf!

    I prefer extension tubes over reversal rings because I do not like the idea of my lens' ass hanging out. ;)
     
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    You have 4 basic choices for macro. All work and all have advantages and disadvantages.

    1. Dedicated Macro lens. Advantages: Dedicated Macro lens, no muss no fuss and usually an outstanding portrait lens as well. Disadvantages: usually the most expensive choice.

    2. Reversing ring. Advantages: Cheap and easy. Disadvantages: more potential to do damage to the back end of the lens if you are moving around.

    3. Macro tubes. Advantages: Usually comes in a set of 3 different sizes that can be used individually or together. Great for moving around with for things like bugs etc. Disadvantages: More expensive than reversing ring.

    4. Bellows. Advantages: Wider macro range from 1-1 and closer. Focusing is achieved by adjusting the bellows. Disadvantages: Not really designed to use with moving things like bugs etc. Excellent for static things like watch works etc. Good bellows will run about the same as Macro tubes or more depending on length and features. A tilt/shift bellows is quite costly.

    Easiest way to decided on the method you want to use with your 50mm lens is to know what types of macro you want to do and then choose the best option for that type that you can afford.
     
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    I'm glad you said that was a fig Ron. My mind was going elsewhere :confused::confused:





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