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Subject: [Leica] Macro
From: images at (Tina Manley)
Date: Wed, 14 Jul 2010 18:56:41 -0400
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I do still have my Canon 5D and 1DMII, with macro lenses, but I've been
spoiled by carrying around the M9.  Those Canons seem huge!  My daughter is
using the 5D and making a little extra money shooting weddings and babies.
 I'd hate to take it back from her.  I've been impressed with the quality of
some of the macro photos posted but they are web photos.  I guess I need to
look at big prints, too.



On Wed, Jul 14, 2010 at 6:24 PM, Mark Rabiner <mark at> 

> > LUG:
> >
> > The M8 and M9 are not the best choices for macro photography, even with
> the
> > Visoflex.  I've been looking for a cheap alternative to carry along just
> for
> > macro.  Somebody on one of my stock lists uses this combination:
>  G9/Olympus
> > B-Macro doublet (f=40cm) I assume that means the Canon G9, but what lens
> is
> > that?  I can't find it with Google.
> >
> > Any other recommendations?
> >
> > TIA
> >
> > Tina
> It is much much earlier to shoot macro with each successive smaller format;
> A Canon G9 gives you a normal lens or diagonal of 9.50 mm's!!!
> So that's several formats down from all the other stuff you are shooting.
> So you'd measure your approach and use of your macro stuff vs. your regular
> stuff.
> If it was me  I'd want them to be the same quality of my other work; if not
> better. So I'd not go down all those formats to shoot it but try to match
> it. .. macro is a mixed and difficult bag so I'd ask what exactly are you
> shooting how close and used for what.
> I'd advise putting a Canon macro lens on a full frame canon camrea as I
> think you've got one  of those bodies already. If you sold them I'd buy one
> back again.
> All kinds of compact and big and expensive  Macro glass Canon options.
> One thing catching my eye is the
> Canon Macro Photo MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Manual Focus Lens for EOS which cost
> just under grand at B&H.
> If it was me I'd  have this with me for hen I needed to get closer than
> what
> the M system is good for.
> The M system though is underestimated for how close it can easy go.
> I forgot which lens gives me the smallest magnification it may be the 135
> 3.4 APO. I think you can shoot a 5x7 with those. A 90 would be certainly ok
> certainly with the macro thing the macro 90.
> And if I was wanting smaller stuff than that id use a DSLR with hopefully a
> full frame sensor but maybe a 1.5 or close to it crop circle. Depending on
> use.
> Canon has a compact 50 a nice 60 and a bigish 100.
> And using a zoom in the macro rehelm can be under estimated.
> They seem to have those options as well.
> But it would seem you want it to be very compact.
> Then I'd get a Rebel 1.5 body with a compact macro on the front of it.
> There is something to be said for a cheap, lightweight, compact  1.5 crop
> I use them everyday.
> [Rabs]
> Mark William Rabiner
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Tina Manley, ASMP

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