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Baselerd
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Jul 07, 2009 11:45 |  #1

Hello,
I am somewhat new at macro photography, and was hoping for a few pointers. I recently upgraded to a Canon Rebel XSi (EOS 450D). I purchased the EF-S 60mm f/2.8 USM macro lens, which has a ratio 1:1.

I know that I can getter better magnification with extension tubes... but which should I get? How much distance do I need to have to get substantially better magnification? I was hoping for 3:1 or 2:1 at least.

Any ideas would be appreciated. Cost is an issue for me, but I'm not afraid to pay a bit more for something that simply works well.
Thanks!
Alex


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Jul 07, 2009 13:21 |  #2

A set of Kenko ext tubes (make sure you get the newer EF-S compatible ones) will give you a max magnification of around 2.4:1.
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Jul 07, 2009 13:39 as a reply to  @ LordV's post |  #3

Will that provide sufficient magnification to photograph compound eyes on insects, etc? Thanks for the help so much! Those were the ones I was looking at, but I didn't wanna go ahead until someone verified it for me :)


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Jul 07, 2009 18:14 |  #4

100mm 2.8 is great!


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Jul 08, 2009 03:42 |  #5

Baselerd wrote in post #8240057 (external link)
Will that provide sufficient magnification to photograph compound eyes on insects, etc? Thanks for the help so much! Those were the ones I was looking at, but I didn't wanna go ahead until someone verified it for me :)

Yes you start seeing good fly eye definition around 1.5:1 magnification.
As I said before make sure the kenkos are the l;atest EF-S compatible ones- the earlier versions were not unless you were willing to hack some internal baffles with an exacto knife.
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Jul 08, 2009 14:56 as a reply to  @ LordV's post |  #6

Alright. Sounds good. One last question... is anyone familiar with these:

http://www.adorama.com​/MCAETEOS.html (external link)

Pro-optics extension tubes. Are they any good - and will they fit on EF-S? It says they aren't compatible with the autofocus, but the product reviews indicate people are able to use them with manual focus...

These are a good deal cheaper than the Kinkos, so it would be nice to spend less. Thanks in advance.
Alex


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Jul 09, 2009 00:56 |  #7

Baselerd wrote in post #8246781 (external link)
Alright. Sounds good. One last question... is anyone familiar with these:

http://www.adorama.com​/MCAETEOS.html (external link)

Pro-optics extension tubes. Are they any good - and will they fit on EF-S? It says they aren't compatible with the autofocus, but the product reviews indicate people are able to use them with manual focus...

These are a good deal cheaper than the Kinkos, so it would be nice to spend less. Thanks in advance.
Alex

Yes they are fine - they will allow use of AF if there is enough light but you tend to use MF for macro shots near 1:1 mag or higher anyway. The main difference between these and the Kenkos is they have a plastic camera body fitting like the kit lens but have not heard of anyone having problems with this.
Yes the are EF-S compatible .

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Jul 09, 2009 10:47 as a reply to  @ LordV's post |  #8

Brian, thanks a lot for all of the help. It is appreciated. I would be lost without help from people like you :)

kudos.


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