OG photographers I need help

Need a new lens for Cannon EOS for product pictures, want to get a macro but want to keep it as cheap as possible. Can't find descent glass under $500. Any help great appreciated and will be rewarded

Send a PM to intertube captain Phone Post 3.0

the inexpensive 50mm prime won't work for you?

Check out the potn (photography on the net iirc) forum. There are a lot of canon photographers on there that sell used glass cheap. Since many of them are pros, the condition of the items is often very good. Phone Post

back at my comp now.  check out the forum http://photography-on-the.net/forum/

You can buy a thread mount that allows you to put on a lens on backwards. It requires a "reverse ring" that allows you to use a non-macro lens to be used as a macro.

http://digital-photography-school.com/reverse-mounting-your-prime-lenses-for-affordable-macro-photography

^^This example is on a Nikon, but can be found for Canon as well.

What's my reward? :)

I've seen many stunning examples using reverse mounting.

http://photo.tutsplus.com/articles/hardware/a-poor-mans-guide-to-budget-macro-photography

and it's pretty damn inexpensive:

http://www.amazon.com/Reverse-Mount-Adapter-Canon-Rebel/dp/B001G4PA36


Obviously the ideal way to go is getting the ideal lens for the task, but I'm not one to shy away from DIY projects either.

My motto with lenses is "if it's not making me money, I'm not buying it".

have the light box the 50mm that I bought with the camera is not cutting it. New director of  marketing wants        inhouse macro capability and raw images. Not sure wht the raw means, I'm just a point and shoot kind of guy. Ican compose a descent shot but thats about it. 

RAW is just a lossless setting on the camera rather than JPEG which is compressed

RAW is an unprocessed, uncompressed image of the camera's native format. The most prevalent analogy is it's like having the unprocessed film of an old school film camera. It will have to be converted into another format (JPEG is the most common), and RAW pics give the end user the highest possible image quality and the most flexibility with processing.



Shooting in RAW means you're taking pictures that are much bigger than  JPEGS.  Basically, you can do a lot more with RAW files when post processing your photos since there's so much more information in the file.  The 50mm 1.4 and 1.8 are cool cheap lenses, but if you're taking macro pictures of things that are actually really small those wont cut it.  My buddy has been using the 50mm 1.4 recently to take photos of some little glass pieces he makes that are about the size of dimes and it doesn't do great.  You could probably get a 100mm f2.8 (the non L one) for under 500 and that would do well for you.

What kind of body are you shooting on OP?

found this lens thinking about pulling the trigger. Feed back......... it's listed as being in excellent condition.

 

KrzyBnzJnz its a cannon EOS 40D

 

Fred Miranda's site gave it an excellent rating with 92% reviewers recommending it:

http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=134

Make sure you get it from a reputable source!

icedog11 - 


found this lens thinking about pulling the trigger. Feed back......... it's listed as being in excellent condition.



 



KrzyBnzJnz its a cannon EOS 40D



 



Cool I like that camera. Definitely get a lens that will get you close and tight because on the 40D you're not going to be able to get away with as much cropping as you would with some newer models.  The one you posted there sounds solid and KEH is a good site to buy gear from.  Also, that looks like a great deal for that lens. I've had lots of friends go through there without issues. 

Canon has a 50mm macro I think or is it 60 or both?
A used 100 macro non l can run under $500 easy.

Nothing beats the 100l tho Phone Post 3.0

If it wasn't for work, id tell you to save yourself a ton of money and buy a $15 extension tube. Get extremely close shots for dollars using your own lens. Phone Post

cabincreek - 

If it wasn't for work, id tell you to save yourself a ton of money and buy a $15 extension tube. Get extremely close shots for dollars using your own lens. Phone Post



Glass is the last place you want to save money. 

Get a nice, used lens from a store. Phone Post 3.0