Macro -- Do you have to have a Macro lens?? Basic question

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  1. MTHall720

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    This may sound ignorant on my part, but I am unclear about this. For example, if I wanted to take a real close up shot of the nib (the writing tip) of a fountain pen would it require a dedicated macro lens?

    Thanks in advance for any ideas.


     
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    No. You can use 'close-up' lenses, extension tubes, a bellows, a reversing ring.........
     
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    You could even try free-hand holding of a reverse-oriented lens against the camera's mount...
     
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    Close-up lenses:
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    Extension tubes:

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    Reverse a lens:
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    Reverse a lens on extension tubes:
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    Bellows:
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    There's also mounting a wide angle lens in front of a longer lens. I've managed 6x life size with this trick :)

    All the above techniques can produce excellent images, but even with a macro lens good results can be tricky to get.
     
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    I do not do much macro so when I do I use extension tubes.....
     
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    Depending on the lens have a look at the Canon 250D and 500D filters.
     
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    Thanks so much everyone.
     
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    That fountain pen looks great! I enjoy writing with a fountain pen a lot.
     
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    First question. How close do you wanna do? wanna Just Play around?....or do it as good as you can?
     

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