What now?Well.... you got to ask yourself this question... Do I feel lucky?
Or better put in the context of this article, am I serious about macros?
Or do I just shoot the odd flower every now and then?
If you are serious.... then the Volna 9 or at least a good macro lens that focusses down to around 20 centimeters is the best way to go. Offcourse it can't hurt getting a bellows system too. Just because of the fact that a macro lens handles like any other lens (it just gets closer) makes it the perfect choice.
If you just shoot a few flowers or if you are just not sure yet if you like doing macros. Get yourself a few extension rings. They are incredibly cheap and if you don't like it you don't loose much money. And they are hard to beat price quality wise.
Then offcourse we have digital cameras, allthough it does not really fit into shooting with Russian gear this article is about macros so they cannot be ignored. In digital cameras there is one brand that just is way ahead of the rest, Nikon with its Nikon Coolpix series. The 950, 990 and more of these series focus down to 1 inch, 2.5 centimeters, which can only be beaten with rings or bellows. A digital camera like this will set you back a lot more than bellows, rings or even a good macro lens. In the long run it is even cheaper than film. But since the development on digital cameras is so fast (my 2.11 megapixel is allready after not even 2 years of use obsolete) we will just have to wait and see what develops here. But if you are serious about macros and wanted to jump to digital, the Nikon series is the way to go. 2.5 inches is hard to beat.
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