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Thinking about getting into Macro

 
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Dec 09, 2017 21:26 as a reply to  @ post 18513226 |  #16

Thanks for the suggestions folks. I went to a local camera store today and looked at a Tokina 90 macro and a Sigma 105 Macro. The Tokina was used, older and not in great shape so I couldn't use it to compare. The Sigma 105 was close to $600 and considering the Canon 100 2.8L IS USM is on sale (until midnight tonight) for $749, I pulled the trigger.

I am pretty dedicated to B&H but Adorama tossed in some free accessories and had a kit for a few bucks more that includes a focus rail, although who knows how well it will work with a 100mm lens.

Now I just have to wait for shipping.




  
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Dec 09, 2017 22:35 |  #17

Sounds good. The 100L is excellent, and I find the image stabilization to be very helpful.

When it arrives, I'm sure you will have some fun with it and shoot different things nearby. You will soon see that you are light-starved when you get close. You may open up the aperture, and generally that means artsy selective-focus pics, with just a sliver of the subject in focus. That may not be what you had envisioned. If so, you need to start considering flash and flash modifiers as already mentioned, so you can stop down.


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Dec 11, 2017 19:24 as a reply to  @ Archibald's post |  #18

The lens came today and it is amazing.....




  
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Dec 11, 2017 19:28 |  #19

The Canon is a great lens. I just couldn't afford it at the time, considering that it was almost twice the price of the Tokina.




  
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Dec 12, 2017 20:14 |  #20

Now that I have the lens and it's cold and not so nice outside, any ideas of some items around a house that can be used to practice with the lens?


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Dec 12, 2017 20:24 as a reply to  @ Justin_NJ's post |  #21

You can always photograph a paper bill and see how easy it is to read the micro printing that is so small you don't even know it is there unless someone tells you about it.


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Dec 12, 2017 20:52 |  #22

Coins, stamps, end of a ballpoint pen, watch face and the works of a mechanical watch, tiny screws, snowflakes, seeds, peppercorns, coffee beans, sliced vegetables, electronic boards. At some point you might want to establish a subject that is suitable for lighting experiments - say a tiny figurine. Take pics and observe hotspots and shadows with direct flash, then try bounced or diffused.


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