Macro Photography

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by roundball, May 31, 2014.

  1. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Oct 8, 2013
    USA
    If there's already a section for this on the forum, my apologies for overlooking it, and maybe someone can point me to it.

    Getting ready to explore macro photography a little this summer...have a few Canon FD lenses with built-in macro mode, plus a number of primes to choose from that I could use with a Canon FD Extension Tube 50...not going to invest in a specialty macro lens so what I have is what I'll play with.

    Given the above, are there some basic lens selection rules of thumb to consider in experimenting / learning about macro photography?
     
  2. José De Bardi

    José De Bardi Assistant in Virtue

    Aug 31, 2013
    Dorset, UK
    José
  3. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Oct 8, 2013
    USA
    Thanks for that...just read through it...looks like I already have plenty of options / flexibility to at least get started exploring...and I suspect no more macro photography than I'll probably do after I've satisfied my curiosity, I should be good
     
  4. José De Bardi

    José De Bardi Assistant in Virtue

    Aug 31, 2013
    Dorset, UK
    José
    I look forward to seeing the results :)
     
  5. christian

    christian TalkEmount Veteran

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    Apr 12, 2014
    Boston MA
    You're giving up your "bird trap" for a while? ;-)


    Take a look at my gallery and follow me on 500px: http://500px.com/IdealuzPhotography
    Or on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/118310489@N03/
     
  6. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Oct 8, 2013
    USA
    Nah...just looking ahead as I'm running out of different types of birds to shoot, LOL...getting ready to split time into flowers, etc.
    I've really learned a lot about the NEX-7 using different features day after day to the point that they're now becoming 2nd nature...and what helped that enormously was:
    1) Being retired to have the time to devote to it every day;
    2) Having a constant 'environment' with the 'subjects' showing up at my 'traps' regularly;
     
  7. christian

    christian TalkEmount Veteran

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    Apr 12, 2014
    Boston MA
    Cool!
    I know what you mean, in my case I'm far from being retired but I have a little bit more spare time too lately and that helped a lot to improve my skills with my 5T. I planned to have a lessons with a professionnal photographer specialized in macro by the end of june. I love his work. His photographs are true fairytales. His flickr gallery is awesome: https://www.flickr.com/photos/yellowshadow92/


    Take a look at my gallery and follow me on 500px: http://500px.com/IdealuzPhotography
    Or on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/118310489@N03/
     
  8. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Oct 8, 2013
    USA
    Another FD lens I've been thinking about / looking for is the Canon FD 200 / 4.0 Macro.
    Short of finding a clean used affordable one, I have an FD 200/2.8...plus I have an FD 50 Extension Tube...anyone know if that combination would get me in the ballpark for some decent macro?
     
  9. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Oct 8, 2013
    USA
    Yes, this is interesting stuff.
    Just experimented with the FD50 extension tube on the 85 / 135 / 200 primes, and then the 50-135 / 70-150 zooms.
    Right at this point...(just using a glass of flowers on the kitchen counter)...I came away liking the FD 70-150 zoom a lot.
    It seemed to have a good moderate working distance from the subject and the ability to tweak an overall zone of focus with the zoom rather than repositioning the tripod...plus, I already knew its IQ / color rendition was excellent from a lot of close-up flower shots at a local Arboretum last year.
    It's still very early on the learning curve, but I think what I have will work for some halfway decent beginner macros.