Macro lens novice

By: Louise01 793 days ago

I have a Canon EOS 550D and Sony A290

Im trying to take a detailed picture of a 28mm high figure. The lenses I have don't do the job Im afraid.

Can anybody recommend a suitable lens please?

Any advice would be really appreciated.


By: johnriley 793 days ago
If you routinely wanted to do such photography then a macro lens for one of the cameras would be the best option. Look at the makers' lens ranges and also at Tokina, Tamron and Sigma.

If this is just for occasional use, then probably a simple close up lens set. These are just screwed into the front of the lens and look like a set of filters. They magnify the image and are usually avaiable marked as +1, +2, +3, etc.

Close up lenses can be used in combination, so a set consisting of +1, +2 and +4 will give options from +1 to +7. eBay is an obvious place to look for low cost, but new sets will be available from photographic dealers. They will be made by Hoya and other filter manufacturers. Just buy the size for the filter mount on the front of your lens.

Used stopped down to f/11 or f/16 close up lenses can give very acceptabnle results.

Hope that helps!

By: Louise01 790 days ago
Thank you John. Took your advice and Im very happy with the results.

Kind regards

By: johnriley 790 days ago
Delighted to hear it was OK Louise, have fun!

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