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    Macro lens question

    I have a Canon DSLR with a standard 18-55 lens (or whatever you call it) and I'd like to take some macro shots (not looking for extreme close-ups, but I do need quality).

    My question is: would these things work, and do I attach them at the end of my 18-55 ?

    http://www..........s.com/item/Andoe...1-943a73da6bad

    Obviously I'm looking for something cheap as I don't want to invest much, for the moment. Should I be looking for something else ? Like a bigger macro lens that fits directly into the camera and not the 18-55 ?

    There is also something like this... Not sure which is better for me.

    http://www..........s.com/item/Cmaer...1-ca2af54c471b
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    dedicated macro lenses are way better than any lens attachment. With the screw on things you'll be wasting your money. Do it right with a lens. I use Nikon but a great entry level macro for Canon is the Tokina 100mm f2.8 macro. This photo was a Nikon and a 60mm Nikon micro

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    Roger that, so dedicated macro lens rather than these addons. Are there any cheap under 50$ ones ?

    Well, a quick search decided that I must stick to these extension rings or whatever they're called. Back to the drawing board...
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    Re: Macro lens question

    many places now rent lenses

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    Re: Macro lens question

    I should be able to get a good price for a pre-owned one. Other than the fact that it should not be scratched do I need to be cautious about anything else ?

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    Yes KEH here in the states has some of the best used equipment in the world for sale. Most professionals buy and sell there. There rating on used equipment is very liberal. When it says good condition it'll look almost brand new. Fine and extra fine would actually look brand new. I have been using them my entire career.
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    Also, it's important to know whether your camera has the focusing motor in the body or does it rely on a motor in the lens. I use Nikon and some of their entry level cameras omit the motor in the body and rely on one in the lens to focus. It makes the lens a little more costly. I'm not sure this is something Canon does but it would be very important to know before you buy an auto focus lens

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    Re: Macro lens question

    I have a Canon EOS 100D. I'm assuming the motor is inside the 18-55 ?

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    Re: Macro lens question

    Hi Cleef,

    I describe my experience of macro filters and extension tubes here:
    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f109/fa...ml#post7931966

    (There's also lots of discussion about Macro lenses)

    My summary is that:
    Macro filters were of some limited use when cropped for centre.
    Extension tubes on the other hand did not interfere with light path and I found them reasonably ok (make sure you buy the ones with pass-through electronics and beware the really cheap ones with loose connections)

    However, once I'd experimented a little with these, I ended up buying a Macro lens anyway And the difference is noticeable.

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    Re: Macro lens question

    I bought a cheap ($13?) adapter off amazon that allows me to mount old Manual Focus Lenses onto my Sony Alpha body.

    I bought a 1:1 50mm Minolta Macro lens for like $65 on Ebay. I use it to take photos like:

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    When compared to spending hundreds of dollars on modern macro lenses, for a subject as stationary as Watches, just didn't make sense.
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