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Wow! .... I just want to be able to take good pics of my fish, plants,and shrimp in my tanks.
Just a quick tip, if you are wanting the lens to take good pics of fish in your tanks then the lens must be fast. That is one with a small F number preferably 2.8 or less. If you get something with a min number of 4.5 or higher it will be very difficult for you to achieve the shutter speed necessary for a sharp and properly exposed image unless you use an off camera flash or through an incredible amount of light on the tank. I can't state how important this is in aquarium fish photography.
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It's probably more user error than anything else but everyone seems to agree that to get the type of pics I want I need macro. Macro what? No idea. Its all greek to me. I will check out all the links posted and thanks for the suggestions
you don't need a Macro lens really..
It will be more lighting and technique like house of cards said.

That said, a Macro in the stable is, for me, a need/want

Example photo using a 50 f1.7 manual focus prime.. NOT A REAL good photo but the point is using a Macro poorly will get you less than using any lens/technique well..
note the fish ..esp. the Tetra.
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high iso so it's a bit soft and did little post processing..

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Yes it is technique, but a fast macro lens is the best chance for sharp well exposed pictures. If your taking full tank shots you don't need a macro. But if you want sharp detail of fish then a macro is your best bet.

These were both taken with the Canon 60mm.



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I use the Canon EF100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens on my old 7d camera, I picked both up second hand and they work well for me, one thing I would say is taking macro photos of fish is not easy, you need a flash and lots of practice! I often will take 50 - 100 shots to just just a couple of decent photos. Here are some photos of my micro fish I have shot with my macro lens.

IMG_0032 by Colm Doyle, on Flickr

IMG_9945 by Colm Doyle, on Flickr

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So JEALOUS! Beautiful pics guys. Thats exactly what I'm wanting to get out of my pics. Ive wrote the numbers down and am going to check out the links for shopping listed above and see if I can find me something. I take hundreds of pics trying to get good pics now but they are only going to be so good with my Samsung phone. I need to spend some time in this subforum and start getting more familiar with my camera. And a macro lens.
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As you could see from @doylecolmdoyle the 100 and 60 will both serve you well. My only difference in opinion is that if you get a fast lens you don't always need a separate flash. Depends on budget the 60 is less than the 100 and is also easier to handhold and walk around with and use as a 'regular' lens. If you said insects I would definitely recommend the 100mm. Both have very good image quality.

Here's a couple taken without a flash.



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Yes it is technique, but a fast macro lens is the best chance for sharp well exposed pictures. If your taking full tank shots you don't need a macro. But if you want sharp detail of fish then a macro is your best bet.

These were both taken with the Canon 60mm.



Excellent shots especially with the black background.
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I'm not a Canon person so I don't know what is specifically out there for it but a PRIME lens is the way to go. Don't get any additions or zooms or other gimmicks. They just add noise and distortions to the image. The less glass between you and the subject the better.


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And don't be scared to get used or refurbished lenses.


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Excellent shots especially with the black background.
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Excellent shots especially with the black background.
Great pictures and super impressive considering no flash. Is it just you and the camera with no additional equipment? I'm trying to figure out technique now that I have a camera and lens and any tips on how you set up these shots would be greatly appreciated.

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Great pictures and super impressive considering no flash. Is it just you and the camera with no additional equipment? I'm trying to figure out technique now that I have a camera and lens and any tips on how you set up these shots would be greatly appreciated.

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Thanks. Yep just me, camera and lens.

Lens wise having a fast macro lens helps a lot. So you'd want an aperture of at least 2.8 or wider. This allows more light in so you can use a faster shutter. Camera wise if your camera can handle a high ISO seting like 1600/3200/6400 without getting too grainy this again will allow you to use a faster shutter speed to catch a crisp image that isn't too dark.

You'll also want to throw as much light as possible on top of the tank. So the brightest you can make your light or throw another light on it as well, will give you more room to work with in term of the exposure.
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Thanks again houseofcards, really appreciate the info.
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