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Spiders! Is it worth me getting a Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1 Di Lens?

guy_incognito

Active Member
Hi,

I have a Sony A200 with kit lens (18-70mm) plus a Sony 75-300mm lens. For my macro shots I went with the budget option of the Kenko 3 Ring Extension Tube Set (Amazon.com: Kenko Extension Tube Set DG Auto Minolta: Camera & Photo)

Below are some test shots, resized obviously, but with no cropping. My question is will the Tamron 90mm (Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1 Di Lens) allow me to get "closer" or will it just produce similar-sized pictures that are better in terms of sharpness and so on? And yes, these test shots are boring in terms of composition etc, and quite noisy!

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Additional pics (cropped etc) here: http://www.avforums.com/forums/phot...g-sony-a200-plus-macro-tubes.html#post9589328

Thanks.
 

guy_incognito

Active Member
just out of curiosity, how close were you to the spider?

Lens was about 2 or 3 inches away - first spider is about an half an inch in size, second one about an inch.
 

jomike

Well-known Member
Yes, a Tamron 90mm macro (or any other 1:1 prime macro) will give you sharper shots than this, although these are not bad for a zoom lens. It will probably not get you much closer on its own as it is 1:1 (an object 24mm by 17mm should fill the frame on a crop sensor) but you can use your Kenko tubes on the macro lens to get to between 2:1 and 3:1 and not lose much sharpness, just working distance.
 

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