AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR


DM101

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I am using D5000 with stock lens AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR (3.0x).

I am into close-up photography and find the shots still "not sharp enough". I shoot with stand and @ f22 manual focus and VR off.

Will this macro AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR improve the sharpness of my pcitures ?

There is a review here at http://www.photozone.de/nikon--nikkor-aps-c-lens-tests/523-nikkorafsdx85vr saying this lens loses sharpness @ f22

Any one used this lens before and comments ?
 

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usually a lens is the sharpest at 2 stops down, eg. f2.8 stop down becomes f5.6. not sure why u wan to stop down that much, there's too many disadvantages to do so.

try to shoot with ur kit lens at around f7.1, with shutter speed of at least 1/80 and with VR on. the sharpness of this lens should be quite ok.
 

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ijnek

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this lense should b at it's sharpest at f8 to f11...
do u mind me askin y r u shooting at f22?
 

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I am using D5000 with stock lens AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR (3.0x).

I am into close-up photography and find the shots still "not sharp enough". I shoot with stand and @ f22 manual focus and VR off.

Will this macro AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR improve the sharpness of my pcitures ?

There is a review here at http://www.photozone.de/nikon--nikkor-aps-c-lens-tests/523-nikkorafsdx85vr saying this lens loses sharpness @ f22

Any one used this lens before and comments ?
unlikely a first party micro lens is not sharp enough ,
can post your picture and exif setting ?
 

DM101

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This set of books I got teaches me to shoot @ f22 to get max field of depth



I used VR off, set to Manual focus and use Expsoure delay-on + remote shuttler control based on the tips there too.

I am taking close-ups of my model tanks, cars, all less than 3 inches long.

Will try f11 if works then ;)
 

kero89

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This set of books I got teaches me to shoot @ f22 to get max field of depth



I used VR off, set to Manual focus and use Expsoure delay-on + remote shuttler control based on the tips there too.

I am taking close-ups of my model tanks, cars, all less than 3 inches long.

Will try f11 if works then ;)
You would definitely need to consider getting a Macro lens if you are into close up.

The 85mm is good, but hardly i shoot at F22... F8 onwards yield good results. Considering the price is only $600+ for new street price :D

Do note that at 1:1 mag ratio, you could use F57!!! :)
 

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You would definitely need to consider getting a Macro lens if you are into close up.

The 85mm is good, but hardly i shoot at F22... F8 onwards yield good results. Considering the price is only $600+ for new street price :D
isnt this 85mm micro a macro lens?
 

DM101

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Thanks for the tips :) ... will get the AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR and try then too
 

ijnek

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small n light:thumbsup:

i used to use it for food shots

btw, DoF is something u need to decide for urself, c wat type of pic u wan.
how much u wan to isolate ur background from ur subject
 

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kero89

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isnt this 85mm micro a macro lens?
Yes.. Anything with that?

Though if ts is generous, do consider the 105 vr. It's a good lens too if not for the weight and hefty price tag
 

jeff7id

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This set of books I got teaches me to shoot @ f22 to get max field of depth

I used VR off, set to Manual focus and use Expsoure delay-on + remote shuttler control based on the tips there too.

I am taking close-ups of my model tanks, cars, all less than 3 inches long.

Will try f11 if works then ;)
There is nothing wrong to choose f11 or f22 in close-up shoot. Which aperture you choose depend on your own preference, to achieve the DOF effect you prefer to.
 

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There is nothing wrong to choose f11 or f22 in close-up shoot. Which aperture you choose depend on your own preference, to achieve the DOF effect you prefer to.
Diffraction will soften the image at high f numbers. One should use the focus stacking method to increase DOF for close up.
 

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I'd suggest besides F8 or F11, try comparing between Auto and Manual Focus results.

For MF, are you focusing through Live View? If not, make sure you have adjusted the viewfinder's focus accurately, if you aren't relying on the focus indicator at all.
 

DM101

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I'd suggest besides F8 or F11, try comparing between Auto and Manual Focus results.

For MF, are you focusing through Live View? If not, make sure you have adjusted the viewfinder's focus accurately, if you aren't relying on the focus indicator at all.
No, not through LV :sweat:. Yes manual focus through via finder and when the focus green indicator shows two bar only

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which means is focused

Just bought a DIGI-CABI dry cabinet. Next step to get this 85mm but dun know wether wait for DEC when got special offer ? HHmmmm....
 

DM101

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You would definitely need to consider getting a Macro lens if you are into close up.

The 85mm is good, but hardly i shoot at F22... F8 onwards yield good results. Considering the price is only $600+ for new street price :D

Do note that at 1:1 mag ratio, you could use F57!!! :)
Bro, where can I get this lens for $600+ ?
 

kero89

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Bro, where can I get this lens for $600+ ?
at all leading outlets like TK, AP,

or the place i got it from, thecameracorner :)

http://www.facebook.com/TheCameraCorner
http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=794104

just an update, on a D90, focusing from infinity-1:1-infinity takes 5.4s, while on a D700 body it takes 2.1s :lovegrin::lovegrin::lovegrin:

will do a test on D7000/D300s soon..!
 

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DM101

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jeff7id

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at all leading outlets like TK, AP,

or the place i got it from, thecameracorner :)

http://www.facebook.com/TheCameraCorner
http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=794104

just an update, on a D90, focusing from infinity-1:1-infinity takes 5.4s, while on a D700 body it takes 2.1s :lovegrin::lovegrin::lovegrin:

will do a test on D7000/D300s soon..!
AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR has built in motor, will the camera body give much influence in the focusing speed ? :think:
 

kero89

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AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR has built in motor, will the camera body give much influence in the focusing speed ? :think:
i was also puzzled by the vast improvement it gave me when mounted on D700 :lovegrin:
 

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