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Pablo
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      07-04-2012
I've had it with the extension tubes combined with cheap lenses. Having to
stop down like mad, and then the slightest breath of wind or movement of my
hand, and the photo is ruined.

I have a 1000D. Manual is fine, as is having to buy another m42-eos adaptor.

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Robert Coe
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      07-04-2012
On Wed, 04 Jul 2012 18:54:57 +0200, Pablo <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
: I've had it with the extension tubes combined with cheap lenses.
: Having to stop down like mad, and then the slightest breath of wind
: or movement of my hand, and the photo is ruined.
:
: I have a 1000D. Manual is fine, as is having to buy another m42-eos
: adaptor.

Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8. It's relatively inexpensive and highly regarded. My
wife uses one on her T2i (550D) and has gotten excellent results.

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      07-04-2012
Floyd L. Davidson escribió:

> Pablo <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
>>I've had it with the extension tubes combined with cheap lenses. Having to
>>stop down like mad, and then the slightest breath of wind or movement of
>>my hand, and the photo is ruined.
>>
>>I have a 1000D. Manual is fine, as is having to buy another m42-eos
>>adaptor.

>
> I hear ya! Unfortunately expensive lenses have exactly the same
> problems. It more or less comes with the territory, and any
> kind of high magnification (macro or long focal lengths) present
> the same difficulties.
>
> If your idea of "macro" is flowers at magnifications from 1:4 to
> maybe 1:2 at the most, a lens with image stabilization might
> help. But if you are shooting 1:1 or anything close, it won't
> help.
>
> Instead, a really good tripod and a really good gearhead along with
> at least a half decent 4-way focusing rail, might be more useful. It
> depends on how static your typical subjects are though.


Well, we're talking bugs, really.

I'm just thinking that having to stop down so much, leaves me with long
exposures, resulting in crap images. I suppose I could up the ISO.

I also don't like having to get so damned close to bugs that sting etc.

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      07-04-2012
Pablo <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
>I've had it with the extension tubes combined with cheap lenses. Having to
>stop down like mad, and then the slightest breath of wind or movement of my
>hand, and the photo is ruined.
>
>I have a 1000D. Manual is fine, as is having to buy another m42-eos adaptor.



My long time favourite is the Tamron 90mm SP Macro which goes to 1:2.
It is available in manual focus as the Tamron 90mm f/2.5 SP Macro
which takes an Adaptall 2 mount or the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 AF Macro
which has autofocus and can be obtained in native EF mount.

Original Adaptall 2 mounts for Canon EF (for the earlier f/2.5
version) are hard to find but there are plenty of cheap clones on eBay
starting at £13 with AF confirmation chip.

 
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Chris Malcolm
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      07-04-2012
Pablo <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
> Floyd L. Davidson escribió:


>> Pablo <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
>>>I've had it with the extension tubes combined with cheap lenses. Having to
>>>stop down like mad, and then the slightest breath of wind or movement of
>>>my hand, and the photo is ruined.
>>>
>>>I have a 1000D. Manual is fine, as is having to buy another m42-eos
>>>adaptor.

>>
>> I hear ya! Unfortunately expensive lenses have exactly the same
>> problems. It more or less comes with the territory, and any
>> kind of high magnification (macro or long focal lengths) present
>> the same difficulties.
>>
>> If your idea of "macro" is flowers at magnifications from 1:4 to
>> maybe 1:2 at the most, a lens with image stabilization might
>> help. But if you are shooting 1:1 or anything close, it won't
>> help.
>>
>> Instead, a really good tripod and a really good gearhead along with
>> at least a half decent 4-way focusing rail, might be more useful. It
>> depends on how static your typical subjects are though.


> Well, we're talking bugs, really.


> I'm just thinking that having to stop down so much, leaves me with long
> exposures, resulting in crap images. I suppose I could up the ISO.


Or use a ring flash or paired off camera flashes on either side.

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      07-04-2012
Bruce escribió:

> Pablo <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
>>I've had it with the extension tubes combined with cheap lenses. Having to
>>stop down like mad, and then the slightest breath of wind or movement of
>>my hand, and the photo is ruined.
>>
>>I have a 1000D. Manual is fine, as is having to buy another m42-eos
>>adaptor.

>
>
> My long time favourite is the Tamron 90mm SP Macro which goes to 1:2.
> It is available in manual focus as the Tamron 90mm f/2.5 SP Macro
> which takes an Adaptall 2 mount or the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 AF Macro
> which has autofocus and can be obtained in native EF mount.


I have the Tamron 70-300 supposedly macro 1:2 4-5.6.

It's not a macro lens. And the minimum focus distance is about 4 ft. I ain't
going to get stung, but neither am I going to get a good closeup.

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      07-04-2012
"Pablo" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> I've had it with the extension tubes combined with cheap lenses. Having to
> stop down like mad, and then the slightest breath of wind or movement of
> my
> hand, and the photo is ruined.
>
> I have a 1000D. Manual is fine, as is having to buy another m42-eos
> adaptor.
>
> --
> Pablo

Hello Pablo.

I had a Sigma 105mm macro lens. It was affordable but was slow, noisy and
hunted in and out
of focus
The manual says that the focusing ring and focusing switch must both be set
to MF or AF but I found it was too easy to move the ring inadvertently from
AF to MF.
I sold it and eventually bought a second-hand Canon 60mm EF-S lens. I also
tried the
Canon 100mm macro (the older, non-IS model). I'd have preferred that more
than the 60mm but it was, for me, too bulky heavy to carry as part of my
standard kit.

The Tamron 90mm macro lens has had a very good reputation. I'd have
considered it had I not found a second-hand Canon 60mm lens.

Regards, Ian.



 
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Wally
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      07-04-2012
On Wed, 04 Jul 2012 20:36:36 +0200, Pablo <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:

>Bruce escribió:
>
>> Pablo <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
>>>I've had it with the extension tubes combined with cheap lenses. Having to
>>>stop down like mad, and then the slightest breath of wind or movement of
>>>my hand, and the photo is ruined.
>>>
>>>I have a 1000D. Manual is fine, as is having to buy another m42-eos
>>>adaptor.

>>
>>
>> My long time favourite is the Tamron 90mm SP Macro which goes to 1:2.
>> It is available in manual focus as the Tamron 90mm f/2.5 SP Macro
>> which takes an Adaptall 2 mount or the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 AF Macro
>> which has autofocus and can be obtained in native EF mount.

>
>I have the Tamron 70-300 supposedly macro 1:2 4-5.6.
>
>It's not a macro lens. And the minimum focus distance is about 4 ft. I ain't
>going to get stung, but neither am I going to get a good closeup.


Try the Canon 500D close-up adapter. I use it on my Canon 70-300mm and
get very sharp results. With the 70-300mm/500D combo, the working
distance is around 1.5 to 2 ft, and with that kind of a distance, you
can get close to many bugs without spooking them. You can vary the
magnification by adjusting the focal length and of course the shooting
distance. (By magnification I mean subject size:image size.)

The 500D is not expensive, and it is light and easy to toss into the
camera bag. The Canon version is optically excellent and multicoated.
There is no light loss due to the adapter.

Autofocus works fine with this rig.

Stop down (no more than around f11 if you can), crank up the ISO and
wait till the wind dies down as necessary, and/or use flash.

Read on macro photography. The closer you get, the more challenges.

BTW, extension tubes work great for close-up/macro, but they are most
effective with shorter focal lengths. And you want a longer focal
length if you want greater working distance.

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      07-04-2012
Pablo <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:

>Bruce escribió:
>
>> Pablo <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
>>>I've had it with the extension tubes combined with cheap lenses. Having to
>>>stop down like mad, and then the slightest breath of wind or movement of
>>>my hand, and the photo is ruined.
>>>
>>>I have a 1000D. Manual is fine, as is having to buy another m42-eos
>>>adaptor.

>>
>>
>> My long time favourite is the Tamron 90mm SP Macro which goes to 1:2.
>> It is available in manual focus as the Tamron 90mm f/2.5 SP Macro
>> which takes an Adaptall 2 mount or the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 AF Macro
>> which has autofocus and can be obtained in native EF mount.

>
>I have the Tamron 70-300 supposedly macro 1:2 4-5.6.
>
>It's not a macro lens. And the minimum focus distance is about 4 ft. I ain't
>going to get stung, but neither am I going to get a good closeup.



The Tamron 90mm SP Macro is a specialist macro lens which goes to 1:2,
and 1:1 (life size) with an extension tube.

 
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Pablo
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      07-04-2012
Wally escribió:

> BTW, extension tubes work great for close-up/macro, but they are most
> effective with shorter focal lengths. And you want a longer focal
> length if you want greater working distance.


Perhaps I'll just practice more with my helios 2/58 and the 36mm tube.

I suppose I could try my favourite lens (Samyang 85 1.4) with a tube or two.

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