Ring Macro Extension

Ring Macro Extension
Can I use a 200mm telephoto lens for macro?

I have an evolt 500. I cant afford the sigma 105mm macro yet. I have an adapter ring and I know someone who will sell me an OM 200mm f4.0 very cheap. Will it be sufficiant for any type of macro work? What if I use a 25mm extension tube. Any thoughts. I own a zuiko 35mm macro but need to put some distance between myself and the insects. I cant drop $400.00 or more for the sigma yet. I dont mind shooting manual so…Thanks.

You cannot get true macro without using the revesal rings to mount a lens backwards, screw on macro filter lenses, extension tubes, a bellows or a macro lens. With every option except the macro lens there are trade offs , but they still all work. One thing people do not think about is that many telephotos will focus within a fairly close distance to the subject. That with the magnification of the telephotos can get some great close up shots that while not truely macro ( macro is defined as a 1:1 magnification ratio or greater) are still great fun to do and are mistakenly called macro by many folks

Here is a great article on nikonians on it. Yes it shows nikon stuff but the principles are the same no matter what the manufacturer is

http://www.nikonians.org/html/resources/nikon_articles/other/close-up_macro/macro_1.html

and another good one here with some close up pictures of bugs in the article
http://books.google.com/books?id=eQZYEpQvm2YC&pg=PA52&lpg=PA52&dq=close+up+versus+macro&source=bl&ots=U8Ms90csYe&sig=X8oG4YLRJTaRlAXYcsDqS90wdJw&hl=en&ei=k11sSvfMD82wtgfZo_2aAQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4

So in short you can probably get some great close up shots with that lens and if you can get it at a good price go for it. Remember telephoto lens used for the close-up shot tends to make objects at different distances seem much closer to each other than they really are. In short, it compresses the natural perspective. The extension tubes are also good just remember the light drop off

Hope it helps

Nikkor 18-70mm AF-S DX lens with Macro Extension Ring

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