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    Macro Noob

    OK - got the camera: Minolta X-700

    got the lens: Kiron 28-105mm f3.2-4.5 MACRO 1:4

    I've been shooting B&W film with the X-700 for about 30 days now.
    Primarily Delta 400, but some HP5+. The closest I've come to shooting macro is at the local nursery shooting flowers with a 28mm.

    I've been given a shallow depth of field class assignment. I thought I'd try shooting macro.

    Although not ideal, I'd like to try shooting with this lens hand held if that's possible. Tripod's not an issue but what-if the only lens you have on the camera is a macro lens sans the tripod? I was thinking of maybe going back to the nursery. Get an idea what the potential is hand-held.

    Also, are there any B&W films that are particurily suitable to macro photography? I was thinking of maybe shooting at a slower ISO, Fujifilm Acros

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    MACRO = TRIPOD! TRIPOD! TRIPOD! TRIPOD!

    Why do work that is not quite up to snuff. Get your tripod out!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Christopher Walrath View Post
    MACRO = TRIPOD! TRIPOD! TRIPOD! TRIPOD!

    Why do work that is not quite up to snuff. Get your tripod out!
    And pray that there isn't a wind, if you are shooting flowers out of doors.
    Charles Hohenstein

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christopher Walrath View Post
    MACRO = TRIPOD! TRIPOD! TRIPOD! TRIPOD!

    Why do work that is not quite up to snuff. Get your tripod out!
    Just so there's another opinion: I have shot lots of flower macros (documenting the wife's gardening efforts) over the years handheld with ISO 100 slide film. A tripod is always nice, but not always necessary.

    Now, having said that, I use a tripod or even a copy stand for a lot of indoor macro stuff, but outside in bright sunlight, it's possible to handhold.

    I wouldn't say that any particular film is better for macro than your other shots with the same camera. You might prefer a different film due to the subject matter, but not to the "macro" part per say.

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    Even though you can handhold for macro shots, I find that usually I get better shots when I use a tripod. But that's just me.

    Jeff

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    You may find that even at f/22, the depth of field is surprisingly shallow. If you are in blistering sunshine, that's [possibly] OK handheld, assuming the subject is still. Soon you'll understand why there is more than one recommendation for a tripod [or something to rest the camera upon]. Even steadying on top of a board, on a towel, helps immensely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christopher Walrath View Post
    MACRO = TRIPOD! TRIPOD! TRIPOD! TRIPOD!

    Why do work that is not quite up to snuff. Get your tripod out!
    OK - so I'l try it both ways. I'll make sure to take along the tripod and I'll try shooting without the tripod.

    I'll probably go in a few minutes to try hand-held shots -- see what happens.

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    I almost always use a tripod. When I cant get close enough to the ground, I switch to a beanbag(stuffed with rice). At very close range, the slightest movement looks like an earthquake, and leaves you with a blurred image.
    Rick

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christopher Walrath View Post
    MACRO = TRIPOD! TRIPOD! TRIPOD! TRIPOD!

    Why do work that is not quite up to snuff. Get your tripod out!

    Oh, and for the record, I seldom use a tripod. But there are times where it proves absolutely necessary. I have simply reached the point where I don't have to follow all the rules anymore if I don't feel like it. I keep telling my wife 'You're not the boss'a me!' Yeah, right.
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    I'll add my two cents here... If you have the camera, the lens and the tripod, and are going to be doing some serious macro shooting on an ongoing basis, I would strongly recommend a focusing rail. Even a simple single axis rail gives you so much flexibility in choosing your exact focal point... and they are dirt-cheap on the 'bay. (no help at all with flowers on a windy day, but then again, nothing really helps then... )

    Cheers,
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