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| p.1 #19 · Complete Macro Newbie, Looking For Advice |
Kalisti, let me try to summarize. As a beginner, you should get your basics right first. If you intend to shoot in dark places, you can't avoid tripod shooting, even with a 100L, which has a good stabilizer. Because, to get depth-of-field, you will stop down almost all the way. In that case, think not only tripod, but also something like the Manfrotto cross bar to get your lens in position.
Once that is done, choose your magnification factor: is 1:2 enough? Then you have lots of choices. Need 1:1? Need a dedicated hard-core macro lens More? Go tubes.
Next step, decide what focal length you want. The longer the focal length, the further you can afford to be from your mushroom, but the thinner your depth-of-field.
Lastly, balance IQ with budget. Any decent lens with tubes will give you shots which, if executed properly, should be highly satisfactory for publishing. That said, differences do exist, and say a 100L will give you better IQ than a regular lens with tubes. But not so much that it is a make-or-break difference, expecially for a one-time project.
Hope this helps