|4th of August 2005 (Thu)||#1|
Join Date: Aug 2005
Question about Macro
So I'm brand new to the world of photography, and I have a question that MANY of you will think is silly for me to ask. I read the poll of the best lenses for beginners and saw that 50mm was on there. Im interested in taking some macro photos also sooo.... question: For me to do macro photogaphy, do i NEED a macro lens or can I buy the regular 50mm 1.8 or 1.4 lens
Also, how much of a difference do these two lenses make? Any sample pictures of the same object? And is USM really worth the extra dough..(well I assume it is, since most people buy it, but for amateurs?)
THANKS! For helping me learn and reading my silly questions
|4th of August 2005 (Thu)||#2|
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Re: Question about Macro
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You need a macro lens, normal lenses don't focus close enough to the camera. My pick is the Canon 100mm F2.8 macro, it's my sharpest lens.
The 50mm F1.8 is cheap, but works well for many people. Even after calibration mine didn't focus accurately enough for me, so I sold it and got the 1.4, which is much better.
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|4th of August 2005 (Thu)||#3|
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Re: Question about Macro
Okay, for true, extreme, close up macros a good macro lens is a must... but there are ways around it, like cheating with a telephoto lens at close distance for nature shots, or reversing a lens by using an adapter.
A 50mm lens is a great lens for anyone but especially a beginner as it is a great addition to any set of lenses. The faster the lens the more versitile it will be.
As far as buying lenses, the best pieces of glass cost as much if not more than the best cameras with the exception of the absolute best cameras. IS, USM, L series all have their advantages and a price to pay.
Get the 50mm that you can afford and perhaps budget for the 100 macro. If you are that new to photography, get to the library and get some books, they will be a big help.
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