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What do you use now?  You have some excellent shots.  I assumed you had a macro lens.

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Lens wise, just the kit lens and the 50mm 1.8 "nifty fifty". I sold my other, better lenses, I had probably 6 lenses a couple of years ago, but sold them as I just wasn't using them much.

It's 18MP don't forget and if you step down so you've got a nice sharp image, use a low ISO so you've got a clean image, and set the lens to it's shortest focus point, then move the camera to focus, you can then crop down, and you've got a shot that looks "macro-like", but no, I don't have a dedicated macro lens, as in a 1:1 macro...

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D500 is a Nikon ? if you mean the 500d i wouldn't bother with the additional expense of the L series 100mm f2.8 lens. you really can't tell the difference between the L and their standard 100mm lens with regards to optics. i have read reviews about the standard 100mm f2.8 which have completed optical metric scores which put this lens well within the quality of an L lens (this is a measure of sharpness, distortion, vignetting and chromatic aberration May be other things but i can't remember)

the modular transfer function of the standard 100mm f2.8 has been rated not as good as the 100mm L but i really couldn't notice when testing side by side in macro and portraiture. (This measure lens sharpness) the 100mm f2.8L does have an excellent image stabaliser but i feel this is unjustified in a macro lens (in my opinion) as the amount you will save in shutter distortion will be minimal in macro mode. i have a full frame 21.1 mega pixel camera and i took Loads of images with both lens' and i could tell no difference between the 2 on my mac.

I looked into these 2 lens and spent ages researching before purchasing mine. there is no doubt the 100mm f2.8L is a better lens but it is only marginal and at an additional price tag of £300 (nearly twice as much) i really wouldn't bother !!

What lenses do you have at the moment and what will you want to be using the new lens for (just your tank ?)

I may be a little limited sometimes with regards to reef keeping but have carried out hours of research in photography. :grin: sorry for such an in depth write up...

Mike, i had an 85mm f1.2 L which was a pricey L series lens. i use to use it for evening event photography. Amazing low light performance incredible Depth of field. didn't use it enough to justify keeping it.

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Reply #18

What do you use now?  You have some excellent shots.  I assumed you had a macro lens.

you can get a reverse mounting adapter for your lens to shoot macro... cheap as chips and can get some really good results. i use to use on with my kit lens. if i can find it ill send it to anyone who pays postage. (will look tomorrow)

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you can get a reverse mounting adapter for your lens to shoot macro... cheap as chips and can get some really good results. i use to use on with my kit lens. if i can find it ill send it to anyone who pays postage. (will look tomorrow)
I'm up for that.  Let me know.

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Sorry chap not had a chance to look through my camera kit. will do my best to find it tomorrow. what lens do you have as i believe the one i have will mount onto 58mm filter thread. Much like this one http://www.amazon.co.uk/JJC-58mm-Reversing-Canon-cameras/dp/B003PID9PW/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1380663087&sr=8-1-fkmr1&keywords=canon+reverse+mounting+ring

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Reply #21

I have the kit lens, which is 56mm filter size.  I also have a canon 50mm 1.8 (filter size is too small) and a sigma 18-270mm (filter size is too big).

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Reply #22

Your kit lens is 58mm, the adaptor will fit fine.?
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Reply #23

I meant 58mm, so yes it will fit that one :-)

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Reply #24

I've not tried reversing the nifty fifty, I can't imagine it being very good though backwards. The kit lens is good backwards though, so you'll have fun with that ring. :)

Oh, when it is on backwards, the camera won't know it's aperture, as it's not electronically connected, so it'll display F00. You'll just have to use manual and play with the shutter speed and iso to get the exposure correct. Also bear in mind you're essentially working with a much smaller aperture, as the rear lens is tiny compared to the front, so it lets much less light in.

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Reply #25

Can't go wrong with digital though, I can take hundreds of shots to get it right, then I should be able to set it to roughly that each time and make small adjustments from there.

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i'm going to dissapoint i'm afraid. i can't find it. im not sure if it was in the case i sold with the camera. disaster... sorry chap. use to be pretty effective and a very cheap solution.

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Reply #27

No problem.  You've drawn my attention to that solution anyway.  I may buy one anyway.

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Reply #28

they are cheap and cheerful. You just need to make sure you are careful with the other end of the lens as not to damage it. obviously it's not as good as a macro lens but at 5% of the cost you cant go wrong. Be warned though macro photography is very addictive. It opens a whole new world to photography, attached is a pic i shot which i really like. I think it's because it was completely unplanned and just so happened to land next to me so i switched lens fired 3 shots off and off it flew. When i got home this was the result... so much better when the shot is spontaneous. :grin:

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Reply #29

That's excellent.  I'd be very proud to get something half as good as that.

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