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Looking for a lens for close-ups, any decent inexpensive options out there?
I guess I was looking at something like the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens for $106.95, but I don't know enough about glass to know if it's any good...OR if it's actually what I need.
The last question needs to be answered first. To know if it's what you need, we need to know what you want to shoot. "Macro" and "close up" may not mean the same thing to different people.
For example, to me macro means an object will be at least the same size in a 4 X 5 print as it is in real life, and much bigger than life in a larger print. Pictures of insects, or of stamps and coins, are typical of what I think of as macro shots.
With a minimum focus distance of 1.5 feet, the Canon 50mm f/1.8 doesn't really fit into the above definition the way I look at it.
A "close-up" can be smaller than real life in the print (a portrait, for example), but should frame the subject in a way that's closer than how I normally look at it. If a person's face completely fills the frame, for example, I'd call it a closeup.
The 50 1.8 could fit that definition.
So...what is it that you want out of your "inexpensive macro glass"?