A few tips and hints, if you can?

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    wijit said:

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    Gentlemen. I have a couple of lenses for my Olympus E510. 14-42mm, 40-150mm and 35mm macro. Among the things I'd like to do is get some good close ups of insects, reasonable landscapes and hopefully a decent moon shot. I'm good for landscapes but just can't get close enough for insects or moon (the thousands of miles from the moon tends to be a hindrance!). What's the trick with these?
     
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    BertRoot said:

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    35mm lens is short. Most macros these days and are up at 100mm or more. Couple this with the use of extension tubes and things do get close.

     
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    wijit said:

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    Thank you for your reply BertRootI have to admit to not knowing exactly what the relationship with 35/100mm is. Do you not lose quality using tubes, or is that a case of what format to save the picture in to retain quality?
     
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    dpSparhawk said:

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    Quote Originally Posted by wijit View Post
    Thank you for your reply BertRootI have to admit to not knowing exactly what the relationship with 35/100mm is. Do you not lose quality using tubes, or is that a case of what format to save the picture in to retain quality?


    No quality is lost using extension tubes as there is no glass in them.

    My macro gallery here. All shot with a Canon 100L macro lens - [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]


    Many of them are shot with tubes in addition to the 100 although I can't for the life of me remember which ones and it's not overly obvious
     
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    supraman54 said:

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    I love my Canon 100mm Macro.. just missing the L on the end :-( .. mind you my 24-105L has a Macro setting so maybe try that..

    I find Macro work a lot about framing the shot and lighting so the lack of the L lens is not too much of an issue..


    Macro rocks!

    supe
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    wijit said:

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    Loving those pictures! The Ladybird and Damselfly are exactly what I'm after getting. Do you think tubes would do well with my 35mm macro?
     
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    dpSparhawk said:

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    Cheers.

    The good thing about tubes, is that you can pick a set up off Ebay for a tenner or so. They won't have auto-focus on them and you may have to set your aperture prior to mounting them (we can help with that if necessary) but for very little price you can give them a go and see how well they work. If they work well, you could consider upgrading to a set of Kenkos or something that have electrical contacts so you can adjust aperture without having to mess around taking lenses off etc. whilst the camera is powered up and so on. Plus you'd get AF if needed.
     
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    wijit said:

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    Thank you very much. I might just go for the Kenkos anyway rather than faff about with one lot and then re-train myself!