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


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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!



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



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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.


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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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