Options for macro photography, from cheapest to expensive (does not always mean best option):
1) Ebay: reverse coupling ring or reverse mount ring (each under $20)
- reverse coupling ring will let you mount your 2 lenses face to face via the filter thread
- reverse mount ring will let you mount 1 of your lenses to the camera body by the filter thread instead of the normal lens mount.
the reason why this option may not be idea for you: typically this is done to achieve macro photography magnification ratios above 2:1, meaning an object 1cm in height or width in reality will take up 2cm of space or more on your sensor. 11:1 means 1 cm in real life will take up 11cm on sensor.
2) Macro filters: price depends on size, these are glass filters that act like magnifying lenses which attach to the front of your lens, not always the sharpest quality glass.
- These filters help you to focus closer with your lens than what it can do normally
3) Macro extension tubes: cheap tubes on ebay to good likes like Kenko Extension Tubes which cost around $200.
- Lets you change minimal focus distance of lens by adding something between lens and body (similar to how bellows work, except fixed lengths). Kenko tubes have electronic connectors to connect lens and body together for automatic settings.
4) Macro photography bellows: price can range from $30 on ebay to really expensive ones.
See this article for photo of a bellows being used for macro photography: http://www.better-photographs.com/macro ... raphy.html
- This helps you to change the focusing distance of your lens, every lens setting here will be manual. Pros include ability to use lenses by other brands as the lens used does not mount directly on the camera body.
5) of course, dedicated macro lenses: a majority of them support maximum 1:1 magnification ratio, Canon has a 65mm one which provides 5:1 ratio but all manual settings.
- Prices vary from a few hundred to well over $1000. Look in the second hand market for cheaper prices. In fact my advice is for you to find a cheap second-hand macro lens from a reliable dealer than going for any of the options above.