Wah, sound pro. Are you using all nikon len by the way ? How's the Nikon 105mm F2.8 ? Any pic to see ? Feeling to get a macro len to try, but not sure which one to get ?Narsuitus said:The 55mm f/3.5 macro, 28mm f/3.5, 105mm f/4 short mount, and 105mm f/2.8 macro are the lenses I use for macro work.
I use the 55mm f/3.5 from infinity focus to a reproduction ratio of 1:1 with an extension tube. When I need reproduction ratios between 1:1 and 4:1, I attach the lens to a bellows unit. In addition to the normal close-up and macro shots, I also use this lens attached in reverse position to a bellows unit with a slide copy attachment in order to make 1:1 or cropped copies of 2X2 slides.
I use the 28mm f/3.5 in reverse position on bellows and/or extension tubes when I need 4:1 to 12:1 reproduction ratios.
The 105mm f/4 short mount lens I primarily use under studio conditions to take close-up product shots. Using it on a PB-4 bellows allows me to use lens sliding and swinging movements to control perspective and depth-of-field. Rarely do I use this lens and bellows in the field.
In the field, I normally use the 105mm f/2.8 macro from infinity focus to a reproduction ratio of 1:1 with an extension tube. Rarely do I take a bellows unit into the field because it is bulky, too difficult to use in fieldwork, and the bellows material is susceptible to damage. The few times I have needed to attach this lens to bellows was when I needed to shoot something in the 1:1 to 4:1 repro range and I needed a little more working distance than I could get from the 55mm.
ermmm... most of the time, macros are normally meant for small and/or slow-moving obejcts. the reason why people buy long range macro lenses, compared to short-ranged, is to give themselves a longer working distance to avoid scaring off the bug-in-question.brandonb said:Reverse ring i think only suitable for dead object, or object doesn't move much. Or else focusing will be tricky already.
do a search in the macro gallery, but even if you have a nikon glass you might not get good images.brandonb said:What macro len & accessories did you guys use ? How's the image quality for third party macro len if compare to Nikon ?
Nikon did has extension tube if not wrong. But is for manual focus, no AF. Me still consider whether to get Kenko tube or just get the Nikon 105mm macro len. Not sure which one better.net-g said:How much does extension tubes cost? Does Nikon make it?