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post #586 of 642 (permalink) Old 02-11-2013, 01:02 PM
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Are most of the macro pics of fish/shrimps using remote flash? If so what's a good one for a noob. Got a Nikon D5100 with a 18x55 mm lens. Been wanting to improve my macro shots. I know I should get a lens too
Check out the Tamron 90mm macro (this is what I have), the Tokina 100mm macro, the Nikkor 60mm micro, or the Nikkor 105mm micro for some decently priced lenses.

For flash, you can't go wrong with the SB600 for a beginner flash. Really, it's good enough that it will work for you even as you advance into photography. It's just a good workhorse flash unit. There's some third party stuff out there too that seems to work well, I'm just not familiar.

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post #587 of 642 (permalink) Old 02-11-2013, 03:59 PM
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Wow! I didn't realize how much they were. I wasn't looking to spend that much. Just wanted to improve my macro photos and tank shots

What's the easiest way to upload pics to the site? I was using photobucket and will continue to do so unless someone advises me another way. Thank you

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One of my new Peacock gudgeons. To bad the glass is scratched up. Guess that will be even more of a problem once I get a macro lens.

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I never use flash in tank shots.
Kills the natural lighting and white balance that you see with your eyes.
The tamron 90mm mentioned above is the best value in a macro lens. All the image quality of the nikkor 105, minus the VR and $400 cheaper.


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Photobucket is as good as anything out there.

For macro, you might look into extension tubes. They work really well. As far as the cost of a macro lens, they really aren't that expensive as far as lenses go. You can get a used Tamron or Tokina for <$300.

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post #592 of 642 (permalink) Old 02-12-2013, 04:25 PM
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Thank you. I'll keep an eye out for one. What about the speed light? Are they all very expensive too? I guess you get what you pay for. I still can't believe how much various camera equipment costs. I thought my RC hobby from a few years back was expensive. Lol

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Though it is not a SLR, i just picked up a aw100 waterproof camera to try out for in tank shots and video

Hoping to upgrade my slr camera body to a d7000 soon
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I never use flash in tank shots.
Kills the natural lighting and white balance that you see with your eyes.
The tamron 90mm mentioned above is the best value in a macro lens. All the image quality of the nikkor 105, minus the VR and $400 cheaper.

That's a great shot. What kind of lighting?
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Thank you. I'll keep an eye out for one. What about the speed light? Are they all very expensive too? I guess you get what you pay for. I still can't believe how much various camera equipment costs. I thought my RC hobby from a few years back was expensive. Lol
You can get a Nikon SB-600 for fairly cheap used ($150-200) and it's a great light. There's some third party alternatives out there that work well too, I'm just not familiar.

Yeah, photography can be insanely expensive. I used to mess with RC's as well, another costly hobby. I ride mountain and rode bikes...talk about a lot of money too. I have WAY more in my bikes than I do camera stuff and my bikes aren't even highend.

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Thank you for the info. It's a big help by pointing me in the right direction. I will be keeping a look out now. Bikes and riding is also crazy money. I'll be looking for a bike seat so that once the weather improves here I can't wait to take my little man out.

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That's a great shot. What kind of lighting?
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Just the Ecotech Radions over the tank.

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post #600 of 642 (permalink) Old 02-16-2013, 07:41 PM
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Looks like I might be back in...I think I'm going to pick up an almost new (<500 clicks) D7000 to replace my D300 that I recently sold.

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