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    Hi everyone,

    Can the experts advise me which micro lens is most value for money under $1000? Regardless of brand.

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    You may look up Tamron 90mm F2.8 macro lens for a starter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squid View Post
    You may look up Tamron 90mm F2.8 macro lens for a starter.
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    2nd hand consider sigma 180mm saw ppl selling at $980 if you are into serious macro that focal length may be handy

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    for less than $1000, you have quite alot of choices, and depending on the focal length you need.

    Sigma 50mm f/2.8 Macro
    Tamron 60mm f/2.8 Macro
    Sigma 70mm f/2.8 Macro
    Nikon AF-D 60mm f/2.8 Micro
    Nikon AF-S 60mm f/2.8 Micro
    Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro
    Sigma 105mm f/2.8 Macro
    Tokina 100mm f/2.8 Macro

    I recommend the following:
    Nikon AF-D 60mm (if you don't need AF, since you are using the D5000)
    Nikon AF-S 60mm (if you need AF)
    Tamron 90mm (you need to get the version with built-in motor to AF)
    Nikon AF-D 105mm 2.8 non-vr (if you don't mind MF and second hand lens, as i doubt you can get one new)
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    Default Re: Best Micro lens under $1000

    Suitable or not suitable. There is no best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squid View Post
    You may look up Tamron 90mm F2.8 macro lens for a starter.
    second that

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    Tamron 90mm...

    best for those on a budget.
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    Like 90mm or 160mm, is it means that how far you can stand?

    Or can I say that the bigger the mm, the better it is. e.g 90mm is better than 60mm?
    Last edited by chillicutter; 13th August 2010 at 09:17 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chillicutter View Post
    Like 90mm or 160mm, is it means that how far you can stand?

    Or can I say that the bigger the mm, the better it is. e.g 90mm is better than 60mm?
    you can read up on amount of magnification each focal length gives.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chillicutter View Post
    Like 90mm or 160mm, is it means that how far you can stand?

    Or can I say that the bigger the mm, the better it is. e.g 90mm is better than 60mm?
    The bigger the mm does not mean that it is better. What is does mean is the field of view (you can search the web to read about FOV) you get changes, and also the distance you can stand away from the subject to shoot it to get the same size object in your picture.

    For example, if you are shooting some toy cars close up, or food, a 50-60mm macro lens would be more useful. If you are shooting a diamond ring, a 90-100mm would be better. If you are shooting insects, a 100+mm lens would be more useful.

    Having sad that, it does not mean you cannot shoot insects with a 60mm macro lens, nor does it mean that you cannot shoot toy cars with a 100mm lens. It is sometimes preference and ease of use because of the distance you have to stand to get the framing you want in the picture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by geraldkhoo View Post
    The bigger the mm does not mean that it is better. What is does mean is the field of view (you can search the web to read about FOV) you get changes, and also the distance you can stand away from the subject to shoot it to get the same size object in your picture.

    For example, if you are shooting some toy cars close up, or food, a 50-60mm macro lens would be more useful. If you are shooting a diamond ring, a 90-100mm would be better. If you are shooting insects, a 100+mm lens would be more useful.

    Having sad that, it does not mean you cannot shoot insects with a 60mm macro lens, nor does it mean that you cannot shoot toy cars with a 100mm lens. It is sometimes preference and ease of use because of the distance you have to stand to get the framing you want in the picture.
    Thanks! This is a very useful piece of information to me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chillicutter View Post
    Thanks! This is a very useful piece of information to me!
    You're welcome

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    Ok! Next question. What must I pay attention to when selecting a flash for macro shooting? e.g. bugs and flowers.

    Once again, I thank all of you for the expertism.

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    what focal length depends on your working distance.

    50mm, 90mm macros should be easily under $1k.

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    All the usual suspects have been listed. You should have a go at a couple of them to find out their capabilities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zac08 View Post
    Tamron 90mm...

    best for those on a budget.
    agreed with most.. though if u dun mind a used set.. can wait for 105 VR gg for as low as 1K sometimes
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    Quote Originally Posted by chillicutter View Post
    Ok! Next question. What must I pay attention to when selecting a flash for macro shooting? e.g. bugs and flowers.

    Once again, I thank all of you for the expertism.
    Guide Number, Flash versatibitily, TTL functions and how to diffuse ur external flashgun to a extent is as good as natural lighting.. Pay attention to subject to flash distance, read up on inverse square law.. tt will certianly help on the long run
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    wah... profound stuff...

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    Default Re: Best Micro lens under $1000

    all are below $1k...

    Sigma 150 2.8 Macro
    Sigma 180 3.5 Macro
    Tamron 180 3.5 Macro (2nd hand)

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