Beginner macro photography links?

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  1. gaboon

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    I got a 100mm minolta macro lens for my sony and its bloody frustrating so far.
    Does anyone have good links to help me out?

    Now for a very stupid question... how do people get those macro shots of flies where you can see that incredible detail in the eyes, the minimum focusing distance is not allowing me to get close enough. Do you have to use extention tubes/converters?
     
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    Cheers. Will post some pics just now, tripod makes a huge difference:thumbup:
     
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    And regarding extension tubes - on a short focal length lens like 35 / 50mm you can get up to 2:1 if you add say 50mm of extension tubes to a 50mm lens. But on a 100mm lens you are not going to get to 2:1 as the image quality will degrade too much by the time you get to 100mm of ET's.
     
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    Thats what I'm after, so what do I need to add to the 100mm?
     
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    Like I said, you could try extension tubes but you will have lots of light loss. Better option is a macro coupler by adding a reversed 50mm prime lens to the front of your 100mm lens. That way you can get large magnifications and the IQ can be OK if you do it right.
     
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    Teleconverters also work but they reduce light and quality.
     
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    I can get a 50mm 1.4 for a good price, maybe an option then. Will have to discuss with my conscience first.
     
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    :) Maybe rent one first and see if the IQ is good enough for you.
     
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