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Old July 22nd, 2004, 11:51 AM
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Dragonflies

Took these while trying to keep my 5 year old out of our creek

used the 300mm for these. When I win the lottery, I am buying a macro lens, shooting with the 300mm for shots like this is a pain.
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Old July 22nd, 2004, 11:58 AM
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I really dig the composition of that first one. Overall theyre all your usual quality which is always great
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Old July 22nd, 2004, 01:25 PM
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I'm surprised that they turned out as well as they did, Soopah, especially since you didn't use a macro lens, and I've never really seen you do macro work before. Well done!! I would have cropped the 3rd one differently, though... but everything else seems pretty much dead on. 2 thumbs up!
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Old July 22nd, 2004, 01:45 PM
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yeah, I'm not wild about my crop on that last one, I may go back and recrop it.

I've done some macro work in the past, I just don't have a macro lens for the 300D. Yet.

Maybe when I win the big money.
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Old July 22nd, 2004, 09:36 PM
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Nice work Soopah, Iíve taken photos of dragon flies with a 100mm macro and it is really hard. I actually found it much easier using my 300mm lens, and even with that it was sometimes hard to get close enough. They would keep flying away on me. With the macro I would have to get really close, like maybe 12 inches and that was tough. I found it best just using the 300 with and extension tube.

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I am looking at a 100mm macro right now. Dude, I forgot how expensive those damn things are. It's crazy.

What equipment are you using? I'm a Canon girl... I could sure use some pointers in the macro lens buying area....
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Old July 23rd, 2004, 12:33 PM
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I have Canons 100 mm 2.8 macro. I can tell you it is truly a superb lens. The autofocus is basically useless on this lens, but there is a newer USM version if you need autofocus. To tell you the truth though, for macro I much prefer fine-tuning with manual focus anyways so that is not a factor. You might want to consider looking at the older EF model instead of the new USM one if you want to save a bit of money. From what I have heard their optical qualities are very similar. The older one also has a front element that is recessed so you donít need a lens hood, saving space and cost and mounting time. The only real advantage to the new one is it has a tripod collar but that is another added expense.
You might also consider a high quality close up lens, which will be way cheaper and screws in like a filter. It does not offer quite the quality of a macro, but it is light and cheap and results can be surprisingly good, if you donít need amazing corner performance. Hope that helps.

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Old July 23rd, 2004, 12:49 PM
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Alex, thank you!! I have decided against the closeup filters, because I just don't think they're quite as sharp.

I am going to look into the older 100mm Macro you mentioned. I don't NEED autofocus. I've heard it's slow on the USM one anyway. thanks!!
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Old July 23rd, 2004, 04:15 PM
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Hi Soopah, I read my post again and it was a bit misleading. The older macro does actually have autofocus but it is the older non-USM type, which is much slower. It is so slow in fact, I consider it almost useless, but since you donít need autofocus that is not an issue and you could probably get a good deal on one. Also, you use a digital SLR I think? I am not exactly sure but the smaller 1.4 sensor may mean you get a little more working distance than us film users and that will come in very handy for insects.

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No wonder I couldn't find it then

I'm having trouble finding the non USM one, so I think I'll probably just shell out the dinero for the newer version.

I can't wait! I haven't really shot macro since I bought my 300D. And I used to really love it.
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