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    Macro lens for shooting bigger fishes

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    Hi guys,

    In case you guys don't already know, larger fishes are usually shot with a wider macro lens (e.g. 50 mm)

    Here's a used Canon EF 50 f/2.5 Compact Macro on sale

    http://forum.clubsnap.com/showthread.php?t=184259

    I believe the lens will transact lower than the asking price of S$450.

    Cheers,
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    benny,
    since you are on the subject.
    could you give a mini-exposition on the uses and merits of the following macro lenses?

    a) 50mm f/2.5 (big fish like discus?)
    b) 100mm f/2.8 (fry shots like benetay's)
    c) 180 mm f/3.5 (?!?)
    d) MP-E 65mm f/2.8, 1-5x (daphnia size?...)

    i am especially interested in the use of the MP-E lens.
    Thanks!!!
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    Yup... That's pretty much it for me...

    50 mm macro for arowana and the likes (1 to 2.5 ft long subjects)
    100 mm macro for 3 cm to 1 ft subjects
    180 mm macro for 1 cm to 12 cm subjects
    MP-E 65 mm macro for larger than live size magnification (e.g. eggs, or specific anatomical details)

    And whilst we are at it. Don't forget to buy extension tubes if your macro lenses can't get you close enough.

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    I have dwarf cichlids in my tanks! Do you?

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    for fishes as big as discus, is there a real need for macro lens (other than optical performance) ? perhaps a good prime or even good zoom will do?
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    i reckon you usually shoot the south american dwarf cichlids and other fishy pictures with the 100mm. which would be the reason why you suggested we start with this lens for fish photography? (i.e. most of aquarium fishes are in this size range)

    the MP-E is looking more interesting now... and with the extension tubes... wow...
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