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Old 02-02-2009, 22:37   #1 (permalink)
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Help me choose a macro lense

Hi all you pros out there, I need some advice, I love macro , and have a 60mm AF Micro Nikkor 2.8 lense for my D300 Nikon, I would want to be able to take macros with this excellent lense without going too close to the subject I am taking the photo of , eg, an insect which will fly away when I get into his face. Is there an attachment I can add to my lens so that I may get back a bit to take my macro pics, in other words, can I add anything to make it into say a 120 mm lens ? maybe a 2X converter ? what would be the best thing to buy ? or, should I be looking to buy a 105mm lens instead ? If I were to buy the Sigma 105mm F2.8 macro, would that be better ? I don't want to spend a whole lot, and also don't want to add yet another lens to my camera bag, if not necessary, I know I would no longer use my 60mm Nikon lens if I had a 105 macro one, and I want to be practical , what do you think ? what would you do ? I almost ordered the Sigma lens, and then thought I would ask some of my smart pixalo friends for advice first, thanks ! I see that there is also a Tokina 100mm macro lens ,and others, which one would be the best for great macro shots ?
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Old 02-02-2009, 22:51   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Help me choose a macro lense

Not a pro frances but my OH (Nelliestew) loves her Sigma 105.

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Old 02-02-2009, 23:26   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Help me choose a macro lense

I don't do macro myself, but reading the posts of others that do, 60mm does seem to be a bit short for anything other than inanimate objects.

I think you have two focal length choices. 105 mm where both Nikon and Sigma make good lenses, and 150mm where I think Sigma have the monopoly.

The longer the focal length, the further away you can work, so it does seem to me that for taking shots of live insects or other creatures that are sensitive to movement, the 150 is the way to go.

Let's see what the macro boys and girls think.
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Old 02-02-2009, 23:41   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Help me choose a macro lense

If you've the AF-S version of that lens you can attach a teleconverter (1.4x, 1.7x or 2x) which'll increase your working distance as well as increasing the effective magnification (but reducing the available DOF)

Nikon do a VR 105mm which I know is well received (but VR is not very effective at macro distances so only really of use when used as a prime lens - portraits, etc)

Otherwise, I use a Sigma 105mm and 150mm both of which I find fine for insects, etc - prefer the 105mm for short travel MF and the 150mm for the tripod collar
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Re: Help me choose a macro lense

I'll concurr with everyone so far. I have the Olympus 50mm which I truly am fond of. The Olympus 2x just makes it more flexible with fine quality. Your 60mm looks like it would do as well if it is the one Mark mentions. That would cover up to 120mm equivalent with a teleconverter. You would achieve your magnification at a greater distance from the subject. You could stop down for a little more dof with good light. That might be least expensive. For the Sigmas, the 150mm gains you a tripod ring and a little more working distance at a price. The Tamron 90mm macro for Nikon is another possibility at about $450 US. It seems to get good reviews.
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Re: Help me choose a macro lense

I luvvvv my 105vr nikon macro lens. I wouldn't want to part with that lens at all. The results are really good as well. But to be fair, the 105 sigma had good reviews as well. A while ago they were reviewing them all and the 105vr from nikon had gold (if i'm right ) And the 105 sigma had silver. So if you go for the sigma, it'll definitely be good fun.
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thanks all ! I ordered the Sigma 105 today, as soon as it arrives I will go out there looking for bugs ! Hope I love it, I will show them off to you all (if I succeed) ! thanks for your kind help , it's so nice to be able to talk to some photographers like this ! Pixalo is a great site !
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Good for you. I'm sure you'll enjoy it. Looking forward to your success.
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Congratulations Frances. If there is a bughouse or butterfly house nearby, it might be worth going there to do some photography. At the moment it is still to cold for most bugs.
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Thanks ! Lew and Dutchie ! good idea about the butterfly house ! I am in Arizona for the winter so, hopefully soon will be some bugs ! but actually, right now, they are few and far between ! Thanks for your support ! Now, I have to perform !
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Just make sure you post some results Enjoy!
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