Caudata.org: Newts and Salamanders Portal

Register a free account today to become a member! Once signed in, you'll be able to participate on this site by adding your own topics and posts, as well as connect with other members through your own private inbox!
Did you know that registered users see fewer ads? Register today!

Macro lens

J

juraj

Guest
Dear experts of macro photo,

if you wanted to buy some macro lens what would you prefer:
5,6/180mm or 4,0-5,6/70-300mm ?
Some advantages and disadvantages of these two types?
 
J

john

Guest
I'm betting your 70-300 mm is a Sigma or a Tamron that says it also does Macro. Anyhow, comparing a zoom to a prime for quality, the prime will almost always win. Oh, prime is another word for fixed focal length (the 180 mm).
 
J

juraj

Guest
Thanks John,

that`s what I`m thinking about. More comfortable work or higher quality photo. I go with zoom.
happy.gif
 
J

john

Guest
Do you mean the 300D or the 300? The D is the digital one, the other 300s are film.
 
J

juraj

Guest
Well, never digital (sorry, Tim)
biggrin.gif
. It`s a film one 4.0-5,6/28-90mm set. The photos I send here are the maximum I can take with 5.6-90mm.
 
J

john

Guest
What sort of scanner are you using? If you haven't already got one, may I advise that you purchase a film scanner rather than a flatbed scanner.
 

michael

2010 Research Grant Donor
Joined
Apr 12, 2003
Messages
3,345
Reaction score
121
Location
Ephrata,Pa
What do you think of a 105mm macro?
Recently I bought a Cosina 105mm Macro via Ebay and the results are quite good.
In the past I used a 70-210mm "macrozoom", sometimes with a teleconverter. Unfortunately you usually need a lot of light for tolerable shots.
Digitally I recently got a Fuji S5000. For "Macro"-shots quite ok, but right now I don´t know whether the results fit print demands or not....

Cheers
Michael
 
H

henk

Guest
I think that when working with aperture /5,6 you will not be taking much salamander-shots out of your hands.

I originally had a / 3,5 50 mm and could make some shots but mostly in the dim light situtations like woods or like tanks you will end up working with flashes. I have done so for a real long time and there's nothging wrong with that but now I work mainly with the light that's present without flash and this gives so much more soft natural approach... I think that 5,6 is a bit of a low light situation, altough a 2,8 will cost much more (you can get some 100 mm ones secondhand at approx 300-400 EURO i think for most brands) I bought mine this way ...
 
J

john

Guest
Henk's on the ball here, though for his low light situations f/2.8 isn't going to cut it very often either so flash is the way to go. Good macro photographs intended as records (i.e. not artsy "look at my stylish/abstract/show-off flower photos" - yes I have a grudge) require a large depth of field and flash is your only option I'm afraid. If you can get a flash gun that will allow you to attach a diffusion dome (softens the light and spreads it out) then you should be laughing, provided the subject isn't too close to the lens that it gets shadowed by the lens when the flash goes off.
 
General chit-chat
Help Users
  • No one is chatting at the moment.
  • Asholotl:
    its just wet in oregon and cold most of the time.
    +1
    Unlike
  • The-Axolotl:
    So good axolotl weather :p
    +1
    Unlike
  • Asholotl:
    yeah, most of the time lol. its always cold in my room now cause of them.
    +1
    Unlike
  • The-Axolotl:
    Yea my room is freezing because of the axolotls xd
    +1
    Unlike
  • The-Axolotl:
    The worst thing is my cat always jumps up next to the tank but good thing it has a lid 😁
    +1
    Unlike
  • Asholotl:
    same D: my cat is constantly knocking over my bottles and stuff for my axolotls.
    +1
    Unlike
  • The-Axolotl:
    One time he almost knocked over a whole bottle of tap water conditioner we just bought
    +1
    Unlike
  • Asholotl:
    haha. sounds like a cat
    +1
    Unlike
  • The-Axolotl:
    I know right what is it with cats constantly knocking every thing over??
    +1
    Unlike
  • Asholotl:
    And boxes. you can even tape a square on the floor and ive seen them go in it xD
    +1
    Unlike
  • The-Axolotl:
    Haha 😂
    +1
    Unlike
  • Asholotl:
    im going to head off now, its 12 am now so i got to rest. :D nice talking with ya!
    +1
    Unlike
  • Unlike
  • axolotl nerd:
    hey everyone - sorry for the inactivity. things have been really rough in my world the past few days, but i’m safe now. i should be back to my normal active self here soon :)
    +2
    Unlike
  • axolotlnewtlover:
    the nitrites in my tank are so high omg
    +1
    Unlike
  • The-Axolotl:
    Hello, I think my axie might have anchor worms, could someone please look at my thread its called 'rapidly growing strange things all over my axolotls' thanks- The-Axolotl
    +1
    Unlike
  • axolotl nerd:
    @The-Axolotl, reading through your thread now, sorry i didn’t get a chance to welcome you yet!
    +1
    Unlike
  • The-Axolotl:
    Thanks for reading my thread, everyone has been so helpful 😀😁
    +1
    Unlike
  • The-Axolotl:
    Can anyone answer if I can use trichlorfon 20mg with my axolotls to treat the anchor worms it is supposed to kill them. I have purchased something from the shop called blue planet paracide which has 20mg of the trichlorfon
    +1
    Unlike
  • axolotl nerd:
    sorry in advance for anyone who reads my latest post, it’s very long and was written late at night, ergo it isn’t wonderfully organized
    +1
    Unlike
  • The-Axolotl:
    @axolotl nerd That's so cool that your looking into being a axolotl breeder/ having a axolotl sanctuary
    +1
    Unlike
  • axolotl nerd:
    @The-Axolotl, im a hug energy when it comes to axolotls, and decided i might as well “shoot my shot” and try to make a living out of it. lots of inspiration taken from margie, who used to breed and sell here on caudata- she was raising about 1000 juveniles at a time, which is my end goal
    +1
    Unlike
  • axolotl nerd:
    huge nerd**
    +1
    Unlike
  • The-Axolotl:
    Nice, if/when you start breeding axolotls make sure to post pics of the cute baby axies here on caudata
    +1
    Unlike
  • axolotl nerd:
    i plan on it!
    +1
    Unlike
    axolotl nerd: i plan on it! +1
    Top