Equipment for Macro Photography – Part 1

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Rob Barron of My Photo Tutor explains the various types of equipment you can use to take macro photos (In 2 parts)

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JoeGP85 says:

Everybody forgets to talk about what is really important with ext. tubes, and that is APERTURE CONTROL, modern lenses don’t have an aperture ring, so without the “expensive” extension tubes that have electrical contacts, you can NOT control the aperture, which means your lens will either open or close down fully. Fully open the DoF is very small and closed down you can’t see anything, that’s why you need to focus wide open but take the shot at f8-f16

gpasirayi says:

Is it possible to use macrophotography methods to image human or plant cells.

igmsk says:

Hi Rob, Thanks for this nice video. I want to know that is there any ‘short cuts’ like this for wildlife photography.

1414mwh says:

Thanks, I appreciate you taking the time to answer my question. I’ve been looking at wide lenses now that I’ve done a bit more research, and it sounds like that’s definitely the route I need to go. Thanks again.

MPTutor says:

As long as you keep the camera and the painting parallel to one another, it won’t make much difference, you certainly don’t need a macro lens for this. Actually you would need to be quite a distance away to take a picture of a 48″ painting with a 100mm lens. Go for the wider lens so you can get closer and keep the camera perfectly parallel and you’ll get the shots just fine.
Cheers, Rob :o)

1414mwh says:

Thanks man, this was really helpful. Hey, I’m planning on photographing some paintings ranging from about 16″x20″ to 24″-48″… A couple people online have suggested that I use a 100mm macro to photograph paintings but a friend of mine says all I need is the 18-55mm that comes with the canon I’m looking at. Do you have any suggestions? I’m not much of a photographer as of yet.

MPTutor says:

You’re very kind mismag, thank you :o)

Rob Barron
My Photo Tutor

mismag999 says:

you are great guy … your way of teaching is great specially for beginners like me lolll
you are so helpful
great mannnn

GraphicalMadnessGFX says:

so, would a 300mm lenses work just as good as the 100 mm lens, because im finding it very hard to find that lens,

MPTutor says:

Extension tubes work well if the lens is 50mm or less. When you move the lens away from the camera body by 100% (so using 50mm of extension tubes on a 50mm lens) you will achieve 1:1 (life-size) reproduction. But the same tubes on a 100mm lens will not give 1:1. Filters are generally cheaper but tubes are in sets of three different sizes so you can adjust the macro ratio.
Quick answer but I hope it helps you.
Cheers,
Rob
My Photo Tutor

igmsk says:

Thankyou for such a nice video but I am not able to find the third part.
I have a panasonic G2 camera, I want to use it for macro photography but macro lens is very expensive for me. I am confused between filters and extension tubes, could you help me which will be the better option to buy, I will be very grateful.

MPTutor says:

Briefly, macro lens: best quality, better Depth of Field, more expensive. Close-up filters: cheap, fair quality, very shallow DoF. Extension tubes, cheap, effective, usually no automation with camera so use manual exposure.

The lens you mentioned is a good lens, especially as the Olympus DSLR has a 2x factor so the 35mm is equal to a 70mm lens. It is optically good and has a decent short focus. If you are getting a good price on it, a lens is always the best option.

Rob :o)

Photonovice1 says:

Great video. Can you explain beriefly the pros and cons of each of the three equipmetn options? Also, I am looking at buying a macro lens for my wife’s Olympus Digital SLR. Olympus offers a Zuiko 35mm 1:3.5 macro lens at a very attractive price. Worthwhile in your view?

s1a1j1i1 says:

thank you sir.

blackpantherguy08 says:

i have lens canon EF 24-70mm. Can i combine using close up filter and extension tube at the same time for better macro photograph outputs?

blackpantherguy08 says:

i have lens canon EF 24-70mm. Can i combine using close up filter and extension tube at the same time for better macro photograph outputs?

adilski says:

Great vid. Thanks for taking the time and effort to help the photographers out.

jonnyfied says:

Thanks for your fast reply, the lens is amazing. I also have a flash the 430ex II, but unfortunately im not well educated using flash so it be nice to see something like that comming from you since you are an expert in the field. thans rob, take care.

John

MPTutor says:

I am glad you like the tutorial and I hope found it helpful. Please keep in mind I made all of these videos myself and have put them here so that people can access them for free. I have not put ads for other things of mine and therefore despite nearly a quarter of a million hits (total) I have not made a penny from them.

I am perfectly happy to do so but I can’t afford to replace my equipment with HD cameras, sorry. Hope you understand and still find them helpful.

Rob Barron

MPTutor says:

That lens is an excellent lens and being L Series you can be assured the quality of the glass is such that you’ll get beautifully sharp pictures. The one you have mentioned is one in a series. There is an IS version to reduce shake and there is an f/2.8 version with IS but this is MUCH more expensive. I promise you with the lens you are looking at, you will be very happy. It’s a cracking lens.

Cheers,
Rob Barron

jonnyfied says:

Man I want to take the time to express my gratitude to the great work you do explaining things very well, thanks to a video you posted on aparture and depth of field, Im now addicted to photography. and guess what, I like it.

Question: I want to get a telephotolense to match it up with my canon 40d, I was looking at the canon 70-200mm f4 L lense. what do you think, and do you have any other recomendations?

PzSniper says:

Nice tutorial but..PLEASE get a new camera 720p at least! Eyes are bleeding 🙁

FishyMoe says:

Great information, well presented. Thanks.

sagradoheart says:

wow u must be held at gun point to give away all this knowledge…. 😛
good work keep it up!!!!!!!!!!

neerajbhusare says:

Quiet informative. Thanks Rob.

JapsEye2 says:

Nice! Definately some stuff that I wanted to hear. Sounds like the filters might be for me, at least to begin with. Thanks.

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