Best camera for Macro Photography 'out of the box'

Oswoc

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Morning!

Love taking snaps of my T's, potentially the most enjoyable part of keeping them IMO.

I'm based in UK, and would love a recommendation for a camera, digital or SLR, that can get me some half-decent Macro images without me tinkering too much with additional lenses and editing software.

Or do I need to spend a fortune on different set ups to get some good close-ups of those sexy T 'faces'??

Couldn't find an exact thread on this, forgive me if I missed it.

Have a good day!

Attached is an example of a close up from my 'Galaxy Note 9' camera... this being a 'close up' of a 1cm Krachen sling
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viper69

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Morning!

Love taking snaps of my T's, potentially the most enjoyable part of keeping them IMO.

I'm based in UK, and would love a recommendation for a camera, digital or SLR, that can get me some half-decent Macro images without me tinkering too much with additional lenses and editing software.

Or do I need to spend a fortune on different set ups to get some good close-ups of those sexy T 'faces'??

Couldn't find an exact thread on this, forgive me if I missed it.

Have a good day!

Attached is an example of a close up from my 'Galaxy Note 9' camera... this being a 'close up' of a 1cm Krachen sling
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What you really need to ask/know is this:

1. What type, ie quality, of macro images do you want to produce?

2. What type of LENS do I need is most important over camera

3 Recognize that many macro images you see are the result of focus stacking, (tons of images over tons of hours)
 

basin79

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You can get incredible results with a telephoto lens and something like a Raynox DCR 250 clip on. You'll be limited to the shots you can get though. Some use a telephoto lens and extension tubes to get macro results.

Then there are dedicated macro lenses. Best thing you can do is decide on a budget. And then just look at what kit you can afford and then look at reviews online/youtube. But reviews from photographers/trusted sites.

I started off with a Nikon D5500 and Nikon's cheap is 90mm micro lens. Or it was 5 years ago. You'll need to practice a lot and get used to editing to get the most out of it. But you'll do that just by talking pics.
 

Vermis

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Some use a telephoto lens and extension tubes to get macro results.
Yup. I got a set of extension tubes to stick between a Lumix micro 4/3 camera and a 75-200mm telephoto lens: a shoestring option 'til I feel I can comfortably afford a genuine macro lens. (And because that money is going on a telephoto lens with a wide enough f-stop for decent long-range shots in forest gloom, first. But that's by the by) They definitely give me 'half-decent macro images'. The biggest drawback in my experience, is that the depth of field can be pretty shallow. Something that 'macro lens vs. extension tube' articles will demonstrate. My camera has a couple of different multi-shot and focus stacking options that I still have to fully explore, to see if that improves the situation.

I didn't know things like the Raynox lens existed. I'll have to check that out myself.
 

Oswoc

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Really appreciate all your input guys.

I'm going to start small as it seems this hobby could be VERY expensive if I really wanna get some great shots.

Might play around with a cheap 2nd hand DSLR to get used to all the functions first then build up to an expesinve macro lens.

In the meantime, a £10 smart phone 'macro lens adaptor' will do along with my tripod.


Finally, I'D LOVE YOU SHARE SOME OF YOUR BEST MACRO IMAGES using some of the set ups mentioned above. No pressure!

I've attached my current best image of a P. Regius using just my smartphone alone.

Thanks again! 20210620_212214.jpg
 

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Some of my favourites.

A really close look at Typhon's (dog) nose.
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Hogna schmitzi with a banded cricket.
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Macrothele gigas in a defensive posture.
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Sicarius thomisoides with a banded cricket.
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Sundew plant.
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Pamphobeteus sp Costa with a silent cricket.
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Oswoc

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Some of my favourites.

A really close look at Typhon's (dog) nose.
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Hogna schmitzi with a banded cricket.
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Macrothele gigas in a defensive posture.
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Sicarius thomisoides with a banded cricket.
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Sundew plant.
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Pamphobeteus sp Costa with a silent cricket.
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Incredible photos! Thanks for sharing. I can only dream of taking these kind of shots!!
 

basin79

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Incredible photos! Thanks for sharing. I can only dream of taking these kind of shots!!
I have a very good camera and lens. Sony a7r iii with their 90mm macro. Although I will type you DON'T need to spend that much to get these results. I just came into some money and knew if I didn't spend it on something worthwhile I'd just end up wasting it.

My first camera from 2016 was a Nikon D5500 with their "cheap" nikkor 90mm micro lens. Just the inbuilt flash. No diffuser. Got some cracking pics with that to say I literally knew nothing about photography or editing.

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Oswoc

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1st day with my £10 macro phone lens... so far so good! I have to hold my camera literally 5mm away from the subject though - is that the same issue when using a proper SLR camera with a 90mm lens?? 20210623_195131.jpg
 

basin79

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1st day with my £10 macro phone lens... so far so good! I have to hold my camera literally 5mm away from the subject though - is that the same issue when using a proper SLR camera with a 90mm lens?? View attachment 389185
No. With a camera you get to change the aperture on the lens and distance. You're not governed by the same limitations.
 

TechnoGeek

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Macro photography is more about the lens than about the body. Not even af performance is a major factor in macro because you would get the best results with manual focus. Tho I would say more mpix is definitely welcome for macro. Also definitely look for something with a BSI CMOS sensor (backside illuminated) as they tend to gather more light and have a better high ISO performance (lower noise at higher ISO values). You'll also need a good speedlight with a diffuser.

Here's what I use for macro most of the time:

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The lens is Tamron 90mm F/2.8 SP VC F 017. I also use extension tubes (29mm) to focus closer to subject if needed. Finally my speedlight of choice is Nikon SB600, SB700 or SB800.

You can find multiple samples of my macros in this thread: https://arachnoboards.com/threads/lensofthenorth-photography-thread.346909/#post-3195628
 
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