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New to Macro photography, any pro's?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by Dreadlock Wolf, Jul 13, 2011.

  1. Dreadlock Wolf

    Dreadlock Wolf Arachnopeon

    Hi guys, how's tricks?

    Just thought i'd check in here to see if anyone is in the know
    about camera's. I want to start taking good quality close up shots
    of spiders and insects in the wild. Plus some of my T at home.

    Anyone know of a decent camera to start off with.

    Someone suggested the Nikon p500? :?
  2. Kruggar

    Kruggar Arachnobaron

    I have a crappy Nikon coolpix L5. and with a tripod it doesn't do too bad.

    I'm thinking of trying out the 'Macro Jelly Lens" for a really cheap start.

    its only $7.00 at blacks.
  3. Dreadlock Wolf

    Dreadlock Wolf Arachnopeon

    Nice :) looks interesting..

    Might be looking to be spending more like $650 then $7:p

    Hope Canada's good!
  4. Nerri1029

    Nerri1029 Chief Cook n Bottlewasher Old Timer

  5. Dreadlock Wolf

    Dreadlock Wolf Arachnopeon

    I think Martin may well be god. Its clearly magic he can bring us
    so close.

    Thanks for the tip, i might hit him personally with a question.

    wtf i cant believe that thread. I'm going to stick on the kettle
    and pour over it for about 30mins. Its like a free book.:clap:
  6. Malodave

    Malodave Arachnopeon

    I pretty much have the same setup with a Canon 40D, EX-580 flash, and a Micro Apollo Softbox. I also have the little Ball head and hot shoe mount. I was going to use my studio strobe on a large softbox over top of my kitchen table for general lighting and the on camera flash for the main light.

    I use the Canon 50mm f2.5 Macro and a Canon 100mm f2.8 macro lenses. I also use a set of auto Extension tubes to get close in. I can shoot a 3/8 x 1/2 in area and fill the frame.

    Just some background on me. I hold an Associate of Science Degree in Photography and have over 30 years of experience. I teach studio lighting at the studio I use.

    For some of my work here is a link



    Both Canon and Nikon make some point and shoot cameras with OK macro abilities. The shutter lag time and poor depth of field
    contribute to the lower quality of the images. Good Lighting can be your friend to help with those. A Tripod would be needed to
    keep camera shake and blurry pictures to a minimum. I don't know of any specific models because I use much higher end equipment
    so I don't look at their specs.
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2011
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