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Lens for macro photography


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myyong

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Hi all,
I'm a newbie and like to know are there lenses specially for macro photography? i'm using a nikon DSLR, any recommendations on which lens to buy? what's the price range like? i've tried using my 18-135 lens but just can't have a focus at close proximity...:sweat:
 

westwest1

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get the 105mmVR macro nikkor lens....once u use it...u will fall in love with it....

price last quoted to me was $1250...
 

cerebrus

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ExplorerZ said:
tamron 90mm macro... at about 600
Agree with this. It is a very sharp lens for the price you pay. :thumbsup: Not too heavy also. The only down side is that it extends out when focusing.
 

myyong

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westwest1 said:
get the 105mmVR macro nikkor lens....once u use it...u will fall in love with it....

price last quoted to me was $1250...
does VR plays a part in macro photography?
 

myyong

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ortega said:
What is your intended macro subject
and intended budget?
Mostly Plants and insects, budget should be less than $500 (second-hand lens)....
what recommendations u have? :)
 

sulhan

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myyong said:
Hi all,
I'm a newbie and like to know are there lenses specially for macro photography? i'm using a nikon DSLR, any recommendations on which lens to buy? what's the price range like? i've tried using my 18-135 lens but just can't have a focus at close proximity...:sweat:
Hiee..

Don't forget cheaper alternative with extension tubes or reverse 50mm macro photography. I;ve seen great superb works by fellow Cs'ers who do not own really dedicated macro lens.

I personally use a 35-70f4(minolta) with an extension tube. Setup cost less than $100.

Ask your self what type of macro photog that lens you have in mind and i think go ahead from there.
 

ortega

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myyong said:
Mostly Plants and insects, budget should be less than $500 (second-hand lens)....
what recommendations u have? :)
for these a mid tele macro lens is prefered for the working distance

a cheap and good dedicated macro lens would be the tamron 90mm

sample images from a tamron 90 and D70 with pop up flash
http://forum.clubsnap.org/showthread.php?t=199617
 

westwest1

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myyong said:
does VR plays a part in macro photography?
just quoting which lens to you...

Well...its good to have VR if u need to handheld it...
 

zac08

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If you're going for a short working distance, then try the 60mm nikkor micro lens.. Very good piece. But if you need a longer working distance, then do consider the 105mm (with or without the VR)

If you are using the 18-135, I suppose that you're starting off with the D80 piece. And with a 10 megapixel cam, it's vital to have a good piece of glass to make the camera work well and show up good images. ;)

Do get frens with such pieces to test out before you commit.
 

Edward77

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In my opinion, one of the sharpest lens for Macro is the Nikon 60mm F2.8 Micro lens. It is selling for about S$621 nett ( cash ). A friend of mine has this lens and he showed me samples he took ..... the pictures were truely sharp !!! Every detail is clear.

Alternatively, you may want to consider a cheaper lens from Sigma. It is the 70~300 APO telephoto lens that comes with Super Macro function. This lens enable you to take a close-up shot of flowers in the pond when it is not possible to get near. The selling price if I am not mistaken is about S$340.... I have this Sigma lens and it is cheap and good ....:)
 

nikonever

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Edward77 said:
In my opinion, one of the sharpest lens for Macro is the Nikon 60mm F2.8 Micro lens. It is selling for about S$621 nett ( cash ). A friend of mine has this lens and he showed me samples he took ..... the pictures were truely sharp !!! Every detail is clear.

Alternatively, you may want to consider a cheaper lens from Sigma. It is the 70~300 APO telephoto lens that comes with Super Macro function. This lens enable you to take a close-up shot of flowers in the pond when it is not possible to get near. The selling price if I am not mistaken is about S$340.... I have this Sigma lens and it is cheap and good ....:)
sigma also not bad, but its mag ratio is 2:1
not truly macro.
 

Artosoft

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nikonever said:
sigma also not bad, but its mag ratio is 2:1
not truly macro.
Errr...., a correction should be made:
it is not truly macro lens because it is not intended/designed as a macro/micro lens, not because is magnification ratio is 2:1.

Regards,
Arto.
 

Artosoft

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myyong said:
Mostly Plants and insects, budget should be less than $500 (second-hand lens)....
what recommendations u have? :)
Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 AFD second hand is around that cost. New one is around $600.

Regards,
Arto.
 

myyong

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zac08 said:
If you're going for a short working distance, then try the 60mm nikkor micro lens.. Very good piece. But if you need a longer working distance, then do consider the 105mm (with or without the VR)

If you are using the 18-135, I suppose that you're starting off with the D80 piece. And with a 10 megapixel cam, it's vital to have a good piece of glass to make the camera work well and show up good images. ;)

Do get frens with such pieces to test out before you commit.
Thanks for the advice!
 

myyong

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ortega said:
for these a mid tele macro lens is prefered for the working distance

a cheap and good dedicated macro lens would be the tamron 90mm

sample images from a tamron 90 and D70 with pop up flash
http://forum.clubsnap.org/showthread.php?t=199617
Wow! your pics really inspired me more into marco photography and wanting to get my hands on the tamron!
Anyone like to let go his/her tamron 90? ;)
 

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