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Old 31-01-2011, 20:12   #1 (permalink)
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Looking for hints on macro lenses

Hi everybody,

I've been thinking about buying a macro lens. I have a Nikon D-3000 and I am clueless as to which lens is better. I would like to either take shots outdoors or at home from little objects. I have seen that — apparently at least – the longer the focal length, the more expensive the lens is. What are the advantages/disadvantages of short and long lengths on these lenses? Could you recommend any other brand which has a good quality asides from Nikkor?
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Old 31-01-2011, 22:08   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Looking for hints on macro lenses

Sigma have two macro lenses in their line up - the 105mm and the 150mm. (maybe more)

Markulous uses them and has posted favourable comments on them both.

There are some reviews here

Pixalo Photographic Equipment Reviews - 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro -

Pixalo Photographic Equipment Reviews - 150mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro HSM -

The Nikkor 105mm is also highly regarded.
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Old 31-01-2011, 22:08   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Looking for hints on macro lenses

Thanks, Dabhand!

Hmmm... after spending 2-3 hours googling things up, I found this piece of information. I paste it here, since it could be useful for the readers. Still, more answers to other recommended lens brands compatible with Nikon would be very much appreciated.

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"What is the main differences (sic) between a 50mm, 60mm, 100mm and 105mm macro lens?

The lower the focal length of the lens, the lower the cost. For example, a Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens is cheaper to buy than a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens. Similarly, a 60mm Nikon lens is cheaper than the 105mm Micro Nikkor lens.

The lower the focal length of the lens, the smaller and lighter it will be to carry. For example, the Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor Lens weighs 27.9 ounces or 790 grams, whereas the Nikon 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor Lens weighs half that at only 15.5 ounces.

However, the lower the focal length of the macro lens, the closer you also need to be to the subject you're photographing. This is an important consideration to take into account when it comes to macro photography. Personally I recommend spending that bit extra to purchase the Canon 100mm or the Nikon 105mm macro lens.

It's common to come across photographers who had purchased a 50 or 60mm and later wished they'd upgraded to a 100 or 105mm macro lens. Most complain that they need to be physically positioned too close to an insect to properly focus their 50/60mm macro lens. This can scare away the insect before they get a chance to take the shot. Another complaint, concerns the shadow that can be thrown over a subject when you need to be closer. Light is an important aspect in macro photography to enable you to keep a fast enough shutter speed to capture insects on the move.

To give you an idea of the difference in shooting distance between focal lengths, a 100mm macro lens used at approximately 45cm from the subject will have the same magnification as a 50mm lens used at only 23cm from the subject.
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Old 31-01-2011, 23:44   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Looking for hints on macro lenses

I'd agree with the comments about shadows on smaller lenses (something I've found that can be the case with the MP-E 65mm) but not really with the 'frightening small bugs' as sometimes you can get really close and others you can be metres away and they take flight

Personally, I like the 105 and 150 for different reasons - the 105 is easy to manual focus and the 150 has a tripod collar so more convenient to switch landscape/portrait. So tend to handhold the 105 and tripod the 150 but like all things, prepared to be flexible! Otherwise, nothing really in it as they both share the same IQ and wide aperture - and like using each as a portrait lens
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Re: Looking for hints on macro lenses

Thank you very much for the links, Dabhand. And as always, your response is also much appreciated, Markulous. After pondering it for some days now, a Nikkor 105 is en route to my home. I read it's supposed to be quite a good one.
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I have 2 macro lenses the sigma 180mm and canon 100mm both excellent lenses but I'm going to have to pick between them as I can't keep both grrr

I hope the lens you have bought is what your after
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Re: Looking for hints on macro lenses

Hi I have the Canon 100mm macro, I bought this beauty whilst out in the states some years ago when you could get a bargin. It is a fantastic lens which internally focuses very fast, quietly and very accurately. At 600g its a bit of a heavy beast.

This the first picture I ever took with this lens.




I hope this helps.
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Re: Looking for hints on macro lenses

I purchased a second hand Tamron SP AF 90mm macro lens last year on e-bay. The image quality is really good and it was much less than the Canon. I was crossed up between the Tamron 90, the Sigma 105 or the Canon 100 and I am more than happy with it.
Just another option and I hope this helps,
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Thank you very much for your comments, Noel and Midnight star. I got my lens today. I'll make some shots over the coming weeks and post them here, just to show the image quality, in case anybody would find them useful. In the meantime, my only comment would be "daaarn heavy". = )
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Heavy but very good lens though. I love mine. Have fun with it
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