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    You should also look at macro filters. I have a set that you can add on top of each other and still get good results. They were only $17 dollars, so if you don't like them, you didn't waste much money. Biggest problems I face is the loss of depth of field and you need to get very close to the subject for it to be in focus.

    Here is an example, not exactly a sundew...


    And nep color comes out fine to.

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    main point i was getting at though is no matter what your running.....$100 point and shoot or a $2000 DSLR or anything in between......if you can move your subject there is no such thing as a lighting problem so long as you are capable of developing creative solutions.......

    dont have a silver light reflector? smooth out some aluminum foil
    white light reflector? use bright white copy paper
    dont have a ring light? 2 or 3 cheap book lights can get yah pretty close
    need better diffused light? white t-shirts over desk lamps on either side of the subject

    if you do enough reading and know the kind of equipment that will get you the best results you can work around the expense problem if your creative......
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    Disadvantage or macro filters is they add extra glass + dust between the camera and the subject = loss of detail.
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    What's your budget and for what brand of camera?
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    depth of field is an issue in most all macro photography and isnt limited to just macro filters.....though the filters may be worse than other types, i dont know, never used them.....

    for the money with a DSLR i would much rather have extension tubes over a macro filter and the reason is pretty simple....i have 3 lenses at the moment that i use with the 40D......a 10-20mm wide angle, a 28-135mm general purpose and a 75-300mm telephoto.....one uses a 58mm filter, one uses a 72mm filter and one uses a 77mm filter......the extension tubes will work with all lenses but the macro filter will not, i will need a different one for each lens.....in the long run the extension tubes will be a better investment and produce a better result overall.......

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    havent decided if im going to buy or make a setup like this for alot of my shooting.......wont be ideal and i will have to use the same sort of tricks listed above for macro but for more normal shots of plants it should be ideal and give me an easily controlled environment

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    my budget is around a hundred dollars, so it looks like ill be lening macro filters.

    thanks alot!

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    $100 will buy you some Kenko extension tubes. You don't want filters.
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    Actually, the /cheapest/ way is to get a $3 jeweler's loupe and just find the right spot to hold it between your camera and the subject. I've got some surprisingly good macro shots this way.
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