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Best cameras for a beginner (macro photography)

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Apr 09, 2023 13:49 as a reply to  @ post 19503954 |  #16

Archibald thanks a lot, you really give a lot of useful advice to this community

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Jun 11, 2023 17:11 as a reply to  @ Kylian's post |  #17

I don't do Macro normally but was recently given an assignment to do some Macro shots. Its been a leaning experience. My first instinct was body doesn't matter. And then I jumped in. First thing I did was to drag out my Canon gear for which I have some Macro lenses. The initial work was ok. Then I decided to get some rings for my Sony great, and life changed. I almost never have used the rear screen to shoot. But with macro, that changed. For the next week I used the rear screen only on my Sony gear, and the results were so much more satisfying. Using the touch screen, I could hyper select what I wanted it to focus on. I could confirm via focus peaking what it thought I wanted and what was in focus.

I would start with a good used camera... mirrorless. I would get a decent normal sense, then pick yourself up some extension tubes. The other thing I bought for this was a sokani mini led light source. Its allowed me to add light up close. This should all be doable way under $!000. And provide maximum flexibility. Just a little learning from my journey over the last couple of weeks.

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Jun 11, 2023 19:55 |  #18

Do you have any photography equipment now?
Allot of flowers are of size where allot of lenses would work, that wouldn't need to be Marco lens.
A used cropped camera or even like new Canon T7i new is 399.00 on amazon. come with a efs 18-55mm lens
Lens. As said before me the rebel line of Canon cameras are good cameras . all of the T series are rebel models .
Tripod/ball head/possible focusing rack
post processing software/ focus stacking/ PC lap top ?
without any equipment one of my worries is you will go cheep tripod, mount a decent camera and lens on it and watch the whole rig get knocked over or blown over.
But some macro lenses you can free hand like on flowers but bugs/insects you need a tripod.
Really depends what magnifications your photographing at
To me 1000.00$ is a challenge but a cropped cameras might be better then Full frame and mirrorless is better the both.
400.00 for a camera without tax and shipping if you are not a prime member
350.00 for a decent lens., lens will dictate if you are required a tripod .
150.00 for tripod and ball head used
50.00 and up for used focusing rack.
and possible Software.
Sure this list can be modified/edited/refine​d.
I have bought allot of used equipment from this forums for sale section.
Seen a 40D for a 100.00 bucks yesterday.

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