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    begginer macro lens

    so my brother is into photography and were looking to get some sundew close up and get good color on my neps. What are some good quality but inexpensive begginer lens's?

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    cheapest way is by putting some 30 dollar extension tubes between your normal lens and camera.
    Autofocus wont work well that way and you will need some more light but you can get very good results with it.
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    some of the better quality extension tubes will work fairly well with autofocus, the cheap ones often arent set up for autofocus at all.......a decent set of three extension rings should come out to less than $100.....see the set im looking at advertised for $85-90 regularly.....a decent dedicated macro lens is going to run you $350 plus.....
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    you can get a 3 part set with working autofocus for 30 on ebay.
    The problem is that because of the added distance it often gets to dark to autofocus.
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    for pot grown plants a lighting issue isnt a big deal....you can move the plant to a table and set up better lighting.....a couple $10 book lights with a flexible shaft are great for getting a lil more light just where you need it.....get a couple table lamps with CFL's(due to heat issues) and shine them through thin white pillow cases or even a white t-shirt will get yah great light that is diffused.....bounce light off of white copy paper.....

    great photography on the cheap isnt hard to do.....look at a professional setup and start thinking how you can do the same thing.....it wont be as nice and probably not as user friendly as a professional setup but if you really want to take great pics, so long as you have any half way decent camera, even just a point and shoot, there are ways to get great pics......
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    point and shoot camera's have an advantage over single lens reflex, the smaller the sensor, the bigger the magnification with the same lens.
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    and SLR's have an advantage over P&S's in that its impossible to manually focus a P&S which is often important in macro photography.....

    i use both, for P&S usually a Canon PowerShot though the shop has a new Fuji FinePix S im going to try out for macro work.....when i use a DSLR its a Canon 40D.......neither kind is perfect for all shooting, which is why i have both......
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    good point there, totally forgot about that.
    Im using an slr atm, only use manual focus when i make macro shots so i don't even miss autofocus :P
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