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    Advice Nightmare macro I just can't grasp it.

    I love the art of macro so I bought myself a while back....

    Nikon d3200 with 18-55 lens.
    nikon 55-200 vr
    raynox dcr 250
    tamron 70-300 lens with macro function
    extender tubes
    macro ring flash
    and a few other bits.

    I don't have the money to buy a specialised macro lens, so I thought the above stuff would maybe help a little.

    I just can't get a decent picture no matter how hard I try.
    I believe the 70-300 needs to be further away from the subject to get the focus, but the rest I thought you needed to be close and personal?

    I can get decent flower shots and other bits, but I wanted closer shots of bugs and water droplets etc
    I have a tripod and remote shutter cable but just can get decent focus.
    is there a guide to taking these bloody shots?
    if not what's the best way?
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    Default Re: Nightmare macro I just can't grasp it.

    I'm in a similar situation, but have alot less kit than you. Might be worth having a read about to understand what macro really means. I believe in layman's terms it is the magnification of a subject to 1X its actual size. Its achievable without a dedicated macro lens, it just takes a little more trickery.

    I've been practising macro with a lens reversal ring. I've also tried stacking my kit lens onto my zoom lens, which gives some crazy magnification much higher than a macro lens, but the DOF is non existent so it can be tricky, but its possible. To be able to get close enough with your 70-300 you'll need a ring of some sort.

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    I read a good article a while back about a guy who sold his expensive macro kit in favour of the lens stacking technique.

    A few shots with a reversed kit lens.

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    Gives you an idea of how close I can get, but without a dedicated flash, I struggle with DOF. Stll learnin', still learnin'.

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    Default Re: Nightmare macro I just can't grasp it.

    Nice shots there love the wet wasp / bee.
    I may have to get a coupler adapter after a few months of trying to suss out the basics.
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    Default Re: Nightmare macro I just can't grasp it.

    Have a look at this thread set up here on Talk Photography. If you have to register, go ahead and do so. Quite a few guys use Macro setups without using dedicated lenses. As I use a dedicated lens I don't have the full knowledge on everything that's required to do it well with reverse adapters / Raynox's etc. however this thread may provide some advice.

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