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    Macro gear?

    What do most people use for their macro photos? An actual lens or macro filter?

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    Lens! the macro filters are fun, and can create wonderful results, but nothing beats a decent macro lens. Mine is the Sigma 150mm F2.8 macro
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    As Rick says, a lens is best.

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    Lens. Tamron 90mm. Macro lenses can also make good portraiture lenses as well, so they are a good investment if you want to dabble in macro.

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    As always a high quality lens will generally give you better results, but in saying that a very high quality close up lens accessory, which is wrongly referred to as a filter, and actually called a dipotre can still give you good results too.

    As I currently understand it, the Canon D500 is the best value for money dioptre/close up attachment you can get.
    There will be other dioptres manufactured by the usual established lens makers, such as B+W or whoever that may get top notch results too, but they generally come at a higher price.

    if the bare lens is extremely capable to begin with, then a dioptre will still give very good results with that lens, but if the lens is marginal, then the final result will still be marginal.

    Can't remember exact prices, but a 77mm D500 can cost in the order of $200(I think.. not sure) ... a very capable Tamron 90mm can be had for about $400. Sounds like a lot more for the actual lens, and there are pros and cons for each type.
    Most macro specific lenses will go to 1:1(being actual macro), whereas the dipotre may only give something like 1:3 (one third magnification only).
    But with the dipotre, you can pick and choose which lens you want to mount it too .. so if you had something like a 300mm f/4, or 400mm f/5.6 of very high quality, then you can get in closer, and still maintain a good working distance.
    With a dedicated macro lens, you will be limited to the working distance of the lens.


    Lens is better : Dioptre is more flexible
    Nikon D800E, D300, D70s
    {Nikon} -> 50/1.2 : 500/8(CPU'd) : 105/2.8VR Micro : 180/2.8ais : 105mm f/1.8ais : 24mm/2ais
    {Sigma}; ->10-20/4-5.6 : 50/1.4 : 12-24/4.5-5.6II : 150-600mm|S
    {Tamron}; -> 17-50/2.8 : 28-75/2.8 : 70-200/2.8 : 300/2.8 SP MF : 24-70/2.8VC


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