Best Micro lens under $1000


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Telok Blangah
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Hi everyone,

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

Squid

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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
 

wdEvA

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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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zac08

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Tamron 90mm... :thumbsup:

best for those on a budget. :)
 

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Telok Blangah
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Like 90mm or 160mm, is it means that how far you can stand?:dunno:

Or can I say that the bigger the mm, the better it is. e.g 90mm is better than 60mm?
 

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Like 90mm or 160mm, is it means that how far you can stand?:dunno:

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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Telok Blangah
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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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Telok Blangah
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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.
 

Blur Shadow

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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.
 

Numnumball

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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.
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 :)
 

engrmariano

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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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