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Immediately after purchasing the Sony NEX 7 (more here) became a big fan of this system camera. It is very handy, fast and takes nice photos in 24 MP resolution. Only one thing I've been missing so far and that is the ability to take macro shots with the camera. Unfortunately, the wide angle that I use does not offer the opportunity to get close to the object and so I usually have nothing else to do than take the photos from further away and then crop them - not a good solution if you have a high resolution would like to have.
Now I have browsed the Internet for a few hours and found various ways of doing macro photography with the NEX 7. I would like to briefly introduce the different paths here, but for me the journey is clearly towards an independent lens.
An inexpensive solution for people who may not yet know whether [macro photography-> macro photography] is for them are intermediate rings that are screwed between the lens and the camera. Due to the increased distance, you can get closer to the object and thus also take macro shots. Unfortunately, the image quality is not as convincing as you get when you use a real macro lens. Nevertheless, I would like to link a set with extension rings here, as you can get a taste of the macro area for less than 20 EUR.
The second solution to get a little closer to the subject is to use close-up lenses. These are screwed onto the filter thread of the lens at the front. A set with different lenses usually has different magnification scales, which are measured in diopters. A small close-up part of close-up lenses is that they swallow light and produce blurring in the image towards the edge. Nevertheless, I would like to mention it as an inexpensive alternative to the macro lens. The following set is for 49mm internal thread, as offered by the Sony 18-55mm f3,5 - 5,6, which is usually bought with the Sony NEX 7.
If you want to buy a close-up lens set for the Sony SEL-1800 (18-200 mm with f3,5-6,3), you should look out for sets with a thread of 67 mm. I linked one here that got good reviews.
The best image results are of course achieved with special macro lenses that can be mounted directly on the camera's E-mount. There are different variants: If you like to take large pictures of immovable things, you can definitely use a lens with a small focal length. If you want to take photos of insects or other animals that have a long flight distance (that is, that fly away early if you get too close), you should use a macro with a long focal length, as you can take the pictures from a distance can. This is definitely recommended for butterflies, dragonflies, bumblebees or bees. Here are my recommendations:
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.
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