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Apr 21, 2014 15:20 |  #1

Tried going in the backyard for a few minutes with me new to me 40d, my 50mm 1.8 and some cheap tubes I bought a while back. Trying to find a cheap way to get any good macro shots seems to yield some less than ideal shots, but I'm trying. Still saving for a 100mm macro to hopefully get some better quality images. In and out of the shade + any wobble = photos that can't really compete with others in this sub forum.

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Apr 21, 2014 15:27 |  #2

you need to re post your pictures select the BBCode


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Apr 21, 2014 15:50 |  #3

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Gave up trying to link the flickr stuff and just uploaded them to photobucket. Hopefully they are showing up now, as they seem to be on my end.


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Apr 21, 2014 16:23 |  #4

Attempted using the 40mm 2.8 on the same tube configuration.

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Apr 22, 2014 10:29 |  #5

they working now, very nice start, If you want to see improvement, you might want to use a flash it will allow you to use smaller apertures and better freeze the subject. if you looking for lens to buy I recommend you look for tamron 60mm macro, is great and is very affordable. I got the 100L and the 60 tamron and Im pretty impressed with the 60


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Apr 22, 2014 11:24 |  #6

Promising start! Although a bit long in the tooth the 40D is a good solid performer (I still use mine). Either the 100mm and 60mm macro lenses will do you very nicely. The 100mm will give you a little more working distance but because of this will be harder to diffuse with flash. I tend to use the 100mm for natural light and my mpe 65mm with flash. A 60mm macro will be perfect with flash. Alquimista is a master of using flash and I would seriously consider his recommendation of the 60mm macro.


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Apr 22, 2014 19:20 |  #7

I have the cheap tubes right now that don't communicate to the body. So, once I use them, I have zero control over the aperture. So, that's why they are always so hit or miss on the focus aspect since I've lost the AF option as well.

I do have the Canon Speedlight 420EX, but no clue on how to properly use it yet.

I really want to pick the lens that will give me the best details when it comes to the eyes and catching all the body in focus as well. Right now I have just a sliver of the shot that is in focus while the rest blows out crazy.


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Apr 22, 2014 19:26 |  #8

I also have a 5d Classic I could make use of as well. Just been messing around with the 40d's recently.


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Apr 22, 2014 19:32 |  #9

So far I've been told to get the Canon 100mm 2.8, the Tamron 60 and someone else mentioned the 90mm as well. Basically I'd like the most affordable lens that will get me into the bug territory I see here.


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Apr 22, 2014 19:35 |  #10

modestglock26 wrote in post #16854008 (external link)
I really want to pick the lens that will give me the best details when it comes to the eyes and catching all the body in focus as well. Right now I have just a sliver of the shot that is in focus while the rest blows out crazy.

That depends a lot on the f-stop. I'd try f/11, if you have the light. A flash with a diffuser will really help.


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Apr 22, 2014 19:55 |  #11

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That depends a lot on the f-stop. I'd try f/11, if you have the light. A flash with a diffuser will really help.

What I'm encountering right now with the cheap tubes I have it that once they mount and the lens mounts to them, my aperture options go to none. I can't change the aperture at all and it forces them at whatever the biggest option is.

My 50mm hooked up to the tubes stays at 1.8, while the 40mm stay at 2.8 and it's not letting me change that at all.

With better tubes that allowed a communication between the lenses and body, I'd be able to bump it to f/11 if I wanted to. For now I'm just stuck not having that option.

So I have to ask, would I be better off buying the $100 tube set that will allow my lenses to work better and all me to change the aperture, or do I just buy the lens I'm trying to hard to mimic?


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Apr 22, 2014 22:37 |  #12

Just Buy a macro lens, will save you headaches in the long run, if you are planing in using the 5D you will be better off with the 100mm as it would work fine with both cameras, the 60mm is APS-C so when used in the full frame it will give you vignetting when closing down the lens around f9, for the 100mm you will need to get the flash in front, the flash you got is perfect


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Apr 22, 2014 22:43 as a reply to  @ alquimista's post |  #13

I'd recommend something around 90 or 100mm. Personally, I love the 100 f/2.8L IS. I also have extension tubes that I use along with it.


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Apr 23, 2014 08:19 |  #14

Thank you for the clarity. I think the 100mm is the way to go. I know both of my bodies are dated but I'm fairly pleased with both. The 5d has been getting less use recently, but I wouldn't want to rule out using it for macro shots as well.


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Apr 24, 2014 18:58 |  #15

some great advice here.i would definitely spring for a macro lens,and a set of kenko dg extension tubes.once you get used to shooting at 1-1,you can start adding the tubes, for more magnification.
I use 5d mk 11,and 111,and the quality is to my satisfaction.the lighting is the one very important thing that needs to be sorted out.


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