Macro lens advice for static / still life photography

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alexfoxy New Member • Posts: 5
Macro lens advice for static / still life photography

Hi!

I've recently been working on a personal project where I am taking photos of macro compositions in a controlled environment. Think collections of shells / flowers / leafs etc but very close up!

I am trying to get as much of the subject in focus as possible. This involves taking multiple photographs at different focal points and then merging them together in photoshop. I am currently using an XT-30 with a MCEX-16 Macro Extension Tube + FUJINON XF18-55mm F2.8-4.

The results are pretty good considering the set up but there are a few issues:

  • The more photos that are required to be merged the more complications
  • I get some blur around the edges of the image which is likely due to my cheap setup

I am considering getting a dedicated macro lens, though I don't want to spend loads. The requirements are:

  • As much sharpness as possible especially at the edges of the image
  • Autofocus is not a necessity
  • Larger depth of field
  • Not bothered about nice bokeh

Does anyone have any suggestions that fit my requirements - a vintage lens would also be fine.

Thanks!

Alex

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