View Full Version : Finding a lens to photo bugs
11-20-2006, 10:18 PM
This may seem weird, but is there a recommended, inexpensive lens that will allow me to take really good closeups of bugs? My kids are totally into creepy crawlies and we've found more than our share of interesting ones here. However, I just couldn't get close enough with my current lens to have them fill the frame. (Yesterday, the side of our house was covered in lady bugs! My close ups just looked like spots.) We have the lens that came with the camera, 18-55 and a 28-200. I'm still learning all this photography stuff. It's been fun, but challenging at the same time.
11-21-2006, 12:00 AM
The cheapest option would be to purchase some extension tubes and/or close up filters for your existing lenses. Probably the kit lens as it already has a reasonably close focus distance. If you're still not getting the results you want, you'll need to get a macro lens.
Assuming you have a Canon (since that's what I have and know) the cheapest macro lens is the 50mm Compact Macro at $240 BUT it is not a true (1:1 magnification) macro - you'll need to add the converter to do this, which is another $240. My advice would be to get the Canon EF-S 60mm macro (assuming you have an EF-S compatible camera such as the Rebel, XT, XTi, 20D or 30D) at $385. You may be able to get it cheaper used as a lot of people are selling it off as they upgrade to bodies such as the 5D because it won't work on that. I sold mine a few months ago for that exact reason, almost broke my heart to do it - amazing lens. BTW - all prices are US dollars but it gives you a rough idea of the cost difference, at least.
If you have another brand, I'm sure someone will be able to recommend a macro lens in their line up.
11-21-2006, 02:09 AM
Thank you so much! That was very helpful and yes, I have a Canon Rebel. I will look into your suggestions.
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