Equipment for Macro Photography – Part 2

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

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Skeeeterbite says:

I have the 2 lenses that came with the camera:
18-70mm
75-300mm
Both of them say MACRO on them.

Are they “really” true macro lenses?
I cannot get even half the size as my friends
90mm dedicated macro lens.

askall22 says:

hi there..i love your video..its very helpful..anyways just brought a sony 50mm macro lens. but i wanna do the super macro shoot..do i need the extention tube AF and the raynox dcr-250? pls help me..

jimmy8boy says:

hello Rob, its been a while since I’ve followed your tutorials. however, I wanted to catch up and first of all buy a lense but I need advice.

I need a zoom lense 70-300 , but I found the afffordable option from canon adn another from Sigma, , do you recommend either oine?

thanks for your fabulous help always,

Jaime

Vinh Khoa Nguyen says:

I’m thinking to get into macro and wondering what I need. Your videos provide the exact information that I’m after. Thanks for doing the videos. Appreciated.

BIPINCPATIL says:

Thanks a lot Rob……..appreciated : )
Regards
Bipin

MPTutor says:

2: I think you’d find it horrendously difficult to focus at the 500mm end as the depth of field would be horribly small but you could certainly use it at a shorter telephoto length. I’d use a shorter lens for reversing, mainly for the DoF reason.

Hope that helps 🙂
Cheers,
Rob
My Photo Tutor

MPTutor says:

!: Yes, absolutely and can be very useful. I sometimes use a ring-flash for close portraiture as it gives a more even lighting and I can control the shadows better if I can’t use my lighting set up. Bear in mind though that it is only for fairly close work, I wouldn’t use it for much more than 10 feet as such a diffuse light will not travel that far. Next answer separate….

BIPINCPATIL says:

Hey Rob,
It is excellent information. It is really useful one. Thanks for sharing the same with us. Well, I do have two questions in my mind.
1. Is it possible to use Macro Flash gun as general purpose flash gun as well? I am planning to buy one.
2. What effect it will produce if we shot macro with reverse lance technique using 50 ~ 500 mm sigma telephoto lance?

redoxin5 says:

Please do more videos.. I beg you…About anything relating to photography..

elvis459 says:

Hi, Rob, Thanks for the advice, it’s appreciated!!

MPTutor says:

ANY lighting can be used, a bedside lamp, a torch, natural daylight, etc. Don’t forget what you already have before you buy other things :o) Off camera flash can be used, it will cast a shadow from the direction you point it but with a diffuser it will be better, or you could bounce the light off a wall or white card, etc. Experiment and you’ll be surprised at the effective equipment you already own :o)
Cheers,
Rob
My Photo Tutor

elvis459 says:

Hi Rob, Any other cheaper options for lighting ? Off camera flash with diffuser ?

manilashark says:

Thank you Rob for the quick response.

MPTutor says:

Depends on what you mean by better. If you mean ‘closer’ then yes but by using tubes with the lens you will also get a VERY shallow depth of field. If your subject is fairly flat then you can do it but you’ll need to have the camera on a tripod or else focusing will be extremely difficult as moving the camera 1mm forward or back will move it out of focus. If anything, I would use your tubes with the standard 50mm lens instead of your macro lens.

Cheers,
Rob
My Photo Tutor

manilashark says:

Hi, would i get better results if i use extension tubes on a 100mm macro?

MPTutor says:

Well not necessarily. It would actually say on the lens that it is a macro lens. I have the Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens but there are prime 100mm lenses that are not actually macro. If you tell me everything you have written on your lens I can find out about it for you.

Best wishes for a happy Christmas,
Rob
My Photo Tutor

jimmy8boy says:

HI rob , I purchased a 100 mm prime lens, how do i know if its an actual macro lense? does it mean that just because its 100 , means is for macro photography??

MPTutor says:

You can use them together to get closer but I wouldn’t say that is better. You’d be working with a horrendously shallow depth of field, literally down to about a millimetre so you’d have a dickens of a job getting much of the photo into sharp focus. It can be done and some are very efrfective but frnakly I think 1:1 ratio is close enough so wouldn’t double up unnecessarily.

Cheers,
Rob

blackpantherguy08 says:

hi. can i use the extension tube and the close up filter both at the same time to get better macro shots? my lens is canon EF 24-70mm. TY

realdragon says:

Really informative videos =)

Keep up the good job =)

kitty3309 says:

Ah, I see. Thanks for explaining. I went for the CU filters in the end and am having some fun trying them out 😉

MPTutor says:

You could Kitty but to be honest you would then be working with a horrendously small depth of field, maybe less than 1mm. So unless you are shooting macro of very flat objects, you would find it very difficult to get pleasing sharp results. You really shouldn’t need the CU filter if you are using the extension rings with a 50mm lens as this gives you more than 1:1 reproduction anyway :o)
Cheers,
Rob

kitty3309 says:

So could you use the extender tub AND the close up filters? Sorry, I`m a newbie.

TwoDogsX2 says:

Thanks for the info Rob

MPTutor says:

Yes, a close-up filter works fine and gives good results but remember it isn’t going to be as sharp as using a prime macro lens. I have a 100mm f2.8 macro lens which is tack sharp but I have also had very good results from applying a close-up filter to my nifty fifty. Not perfect but then also nowhere near as expensive!

MPTutor says:

A reversal ring will work and will give you greater than 1:1 macro ratio but you’ll also be working with a VERY small depth of field. A close-up filter will give you just a little more DoF to work with so can be a bit less frustrating. However, both techniques will give you good results with practice.

obara824 says:

Will I get the same results (or close to it) if I buy the cheaper options?

iCALEBORiCUA says:

The “lighting” or “angle” on this video was so good.

coolay11 says:

Thank you very much Rob ;0)

N6600 says:

where is part three sir? thank you..

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