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A buddy of mine is a professional photographer and today we went to Everglades National Park to take some pictures. They are posted below. This is my first digital camera other than the 6 year old Nikon I have been using forever which you cannot change the little lens that is on it.

Well to make a long story short he sold me a Canon D10 DSLR, (3) different size Canon "L" series lenses including several Macro lenses (get ready for some really really up-close pics of plants and shrimp :) ), battery pack, tripod, the list goes on, all for only $500. This was after we went and took pictures, he was happy that I was really into photography so he "got rid of" some old stuff... I lucked out big time! This camera setup was my dream for photography.. I am very happy.

Since this is my first major camera I didn't know what the hell I was doing. The first two photos below are ones he took with my camera. The last one is mine, one of over 40 I took today. The rest of my shots are ok. After the entire day of shooting I finally managed to get a non-blurry shot. Somehow he is able to take my camera and produce awesome shots like it is nothing. I will be patient and learn over time. Enjoy.






 

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does he wanna be friends with me ?:thumbsup: nice pics im ecited to se some incane macro shots!
 

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What I thought were the macro lenses were simple lens magnifiers. They screw onto the front of the lens and make a micro lens into a macro lens. Basically are contact lenses if that makes any sense. They work fine if you are taking pictures of a flower or something, but not for super magnification. He doesn't take tiny magnified pictures so he doesn't have any use for a macro lens. Apparently taking pictures of small shrimp doesn't make much money :) All of the other equipment is awesome though, just not for aquarium close-up photography. Oh well, I am definitely not complaining... Well sorta am :)

Anyhow I tried to take some pictures of shrimp using the "contact lenses." I fooled around with it for an hour and finally managed to get some "decent" shots. Definitely not the quality I want, very blurry. I will save up up and get a macro lens. Not having a macro lens and trying to shoot shrimp is very difficult. I will try to get better pictures when I have more time to mess with it....





 

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I also take my photos using "close up" filters. It's not a macro lens, but it can definitely get the job done. Tripod helps. XD
 

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Well to make a long story short he sold me a Canon D10 DSLR, (3) different size Canon "L" series lenses including several Macro lenses (get ready for some really really up-close pics of plants and shrimp :) ), battery pack, tripod, the list goes on, all for only $500
:eek: :eek: :eek: $500. I hope you bought him a beer or two. Since you paid $500 for all those items listed above, you have no excuse - go buy that Canon 100mm f/2.8.

Enjoy it !
 

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Wow, very jealous. Forget the beers, buy that friend a steak!

I also just got my first D-SLR, but right now only have the "kit lens" that came with the 30D, and a 580 speed light.

OK, I have to start looking into these macro filters.
 

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I'm using the 18-200mm by Tamron for . . . basically everything right now. It's a very verstatile lens.
 

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I'm not sure about Canon, but for the Nikons there are a few lense reversers that can be a very cost effective option to buying a macro lense. They look like this and I've been tempted for quite some time:

eBay.ca: 58mm Lens Reverse mount macro adapter for Nikon body (item 190081587516 end time 13-Feb-07 15:40:00 EST)

The results I've seen have been very good, if you've a good sharp standard lense it'll work well with this setup.

***edit*** after thinking about it for years I just clicked 'buy it now' on ebay...can't wait!
 

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You seriously need to take that buddy of your's out for a decent meal or something; that's one heck of a deal you got there.

Kuhli, which lens are you using that has a 58mm front element? The cheapest lens to use would probably be the 50mm f/1.8D but that has a 52mm front element.
 

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He doesn't make money being a photographer, he is just really good at it.

He has a lot of money and does this as a hobby in actuality. He just got divorced so he was more than happy to get rid of his ex's camera and all of the equipment. He felt I should pay for it to appreciate it more. . I probably shouldn't have put "pro photographer" because it leads to the impression that he takes picture for money. He probably wouldn't let me treat him to dinner.

I talked to him today and he may help me out with getting the Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens by buying it for me and putting me on a "payment plan." I am already addicted to photography now... :)
 

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I am so jealous!!! I have a cannon Rebel XT, and I have the 18-55 zoom, and a 75-300 zoom (great for taking pictures of deer when camping). I want a "close up" filter...seriously, where can I get one? I have the micro feature on my camera, but I can't get the "close-up" pictures! I looked into a macro lens...$700 for the lense!
 

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I am so jealous!!! I have a cannon Rebel XT, and I have the 18-55 zoom, and a 75-300 zoom (great for taking pictures of deer when camping). I want a "close up" filter...seriously, where can I get one? I have the micro feature on my camera, but I can't get the "close-up" pictures! I looked into a macro lens...$700 for the lense!
I just bought a macro for my XTi, and it wasnt 700!!! I got the canon 100mm 2.8 its around 470. Sigma 105 which is also nice is about 400. You really cant go wrong with either lens. Also the 60mm from canon will fit your XT its about 300-400 range I love my macro, very fun lens to have
 

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Some more pics. I am addicted to taking pictures of shrimp now... I cannot wait until I get the "real" macro lens...





 
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