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    Macro Photography forum?

    Just wanted to throw out the idea of a macro photography forum to see what everyone thought of it. I do various kinds of traditional photography and am planning to venture into alternative processes and LF soon, but I have always had a strong fascination for macro work. I took it up a couple of years ago because it forces one to inculcate good technique and I still think that it is as exacting an area of photography technically as one can find.

    Given the technical demands of macro photography, there is a wealth of information out there that is not very easy to access and I think a macro forum would serve those film users who still practice the craft. In most digital forums on the web the board is filled with "do I get the Tamron or the Canon macro" questions and the solution of all technical difficulties seems to be dropping a thousand bucks on the Canon MPE-65! If one is interested in enlarger lenses, cine lenses, bellows and such exotica, it's very difficult to find a forum to discuss these. Even on APUG, I can't find one forum to accommodate it - see for example this thread that i had to put in the enlarging forum.

    So, I am sugesting that a macro photography forum would be very useful as a repository of the immense amount of technical information that is out there for serious users not looking to get a quick kick with a coolpix.

    I would like to hear other forum members' opinions on the topic.

    Thanks,
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    Good idea, I think that was discussed in the past.

    It seems like more and more, macro is now done digitally. I think it would be good to have a forum like this, so perhaps more would be willing to try it out with film.
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    With a macro forum, maybe we could get my wife to join up!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ole
    With a macro forum, maybe we could get my wife to join up!
    And then you could tell us about how you capture some of those fantastic mushroom shots of yours.
    Robert M. Teague
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    Another quick note.

    Another point I'd like to make is that the point of a forum is to organize the available expertise on the site. So having to put things in a different forum - like the enlarging one - might work but your post might not be seen by an expert on macro with enlarger lenses who doesn't hang out in the BW enlarging area. Having a particular forum would make sure that if there's someone who might help, the post would definitely come to his attention.

    -A

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    Quote Originally Posted by roteague
    And then you could tell us about how you capture some of those fantastic mushroom shots of yours.
    I can't explain that here! Not on APUG!!
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    I am for this idea. I also like the thought of conversing with Mrs Ole to find out if there is room left in their house to find a place to sit without it being on top of a box containing lenses.
    Claire (Ms Anne Thrope is in the darkroom)

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    Yes!
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    I would certainly welcome such a form. Hope Sean considers this and gives it at least a try.
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    Absolutely! I'm working on an idea that I hope will be a project and it means macro. I'll be experimenting with 35mm SLR and dedicated macro lenses, as well as bellows and close-up rings on both 35mm and MF. Let's do it.
    David
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