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Idle0095
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Looking for a Macro Lens


I want to get into some light macro work. Been looking online and I can't seem to find what is the better lens to get. I want to do out side shooting mostly. Ive seen some crazy setups with flashes and what not.

Been looking at the

Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro (Nikon Mount) Newest Model
Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Newest Model

My biggest question is what MM length? I hear 105 is the best but some say 80 to 85mm is good as well.

Sigma seems the one to get after reading the reviews.



Jul 23, 2012 at 01:21 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Looking for a Macro Lens


105 Nikon


Jul 23, 2012 at 01:25 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Looking for a Macro Lens


The Sigma 150/2.8 is amazing. Great build and incredibly sharp images.


Jul 23, 2012 at 01:35 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Looking for a Macro Lens


This couple says they recommend the Nikon 105mm VR macro for super sharp close up shots.







I'd vote for it as well!

Todd



Jul 23, 2012 at 01:36 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Looking for a Macro Lens


You should narrow down your focal length to the one that suits your purposes best first, because there's a lot of good macro lens options. Sigma delivers amazing macro lenses for whatever reason, and the 105, 150 and 180 are all just that... amazing. Tamron's 90 has well been established as an extremely sharp macro, but the build quality and AF performance make me hate it eternally. If you never use AF you could make an argument for it. The 105VR Nikon is very nice too... I've enjoyed it in past. The 60 Nikon is also excellent. I'd narrow down which focal length suits you best and from there it's hard to go wrong. I currently keep a 100/f2 Zeiss MF and a 150EX Sigma and both are exceptional for different reasons. If it's critters you want to shoot with it, I'd start at 100mm and go longer from there. The extra working distance sure comes in handy... like shooting bees for instance...

Zeiss 100/f2:


Sigma 150EX naked:


Sigma 150EX with 1.4x TC:




Jul 23, 2012 at 01:54 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Looking for a Macro Lens


I want to use it for portraits as well. So maybe 70mm is the way to go? I can get a brand new tamron 90mm cheap. Wondering how good it is. I like the sigma 105. Looks nice.


Jul 23, 2012 at 02:09 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Looking for a Macro Lens


In order of my preference:
1. Nikon 105 VR or Zeiss 100/2 MP
2. Nikon 200/4 Macro
3. Tammy 90 Macro
4. Tokina 100 Macro
5. Siggy 150 Macro



Jul 23, 2012 at 02:23 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Looking for a Macro Lens


If you decide you want a shorter macro as well, check out any of the 55mm f/3.5 variations...they're manual focus, but can be had very cheap, less than $100...very sharp, well built lens...


Jul 23, 2012 at 01:55 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Looking for a Macro Lens


Are you shooting DX or FX? from your profile, you've got a D300, which is great! But dj dunzie is right, you have to decide which focal length suits you best first.

I've had a lot of success with the 105mm focal length in the past with shooting casual macro and doing portrait work, both in FX/film and DX. However, there have been times, especially on film/FX that I wished it was longer when doing some macro work.

It really depends on you. But I will second that Sigma makes some sweet macro lenses, and a new 180mm is on the way.

(FYI, I have a Nikon 105VR, but wouldn't hesitate to pick up a Sigma)



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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Looking for a Macro Lens


the nikon 70-180 macro zoom is an uncommon but really cool lens. I just picked one up a few months ago, and it looks very good w/macro, and also is flexible for other shooting. I used it as my general tele and macro on a trip recently where I did not want to carry a ton of lenses, and it worked beautifully at both.




Jul 24, 2012 at 03:34 PM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Looking for a Macro Lens


I have the sigma 70 to 200 macro. But I want to have just a macro only lens. I found a Nikon 105 for a good price. Gonna get that.


Jul 24, 2012 at 04:09 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Looking for a Macro Lens


I have the 105 VR Nikon and love it,, have gone through a few others but still own the 105,,

even hand held it can be an exceptional lens,,

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also own D300

Derry

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Jul 24, 2012 at 05:17 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Looking for a Macro Lens


Just about any dedicated macro will not be money wasted...all are sharp and optimized for flat field shooting. That said, however, dj dunzie gives good advice: decide what you want to shoot and select focal length accordingly. A good compromise is something in the 90-105mm range.

Kenny



Jul 24, 2012 at 07:05 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Looking for a Macro Lens


My examples don't stand up to the others here, but the 70-180 lens is good. These are handheld, just natural light in the back yard as I walked around for a couple minutes.












Jul 24, 2012 at 10:06 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Looking for a Macro Lens


The focal length really depends on what kind of working distance you want and how much subject isolation you need. I'm as likely to shoot critters as flowers, so I like the 200mm nikon.


200mm allowed me to stay back far enough to keep him from hopping off:







The 200mm gave me a narrow field of view and kept the background nice and clean in these two. A wider lens will tend to pick up more unwanted distractions in the background.














Jul 24, 2012 at 10:35 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Looking for a Macro Lens


Todd wrote:
This couple says they recommend the Nikon 105mm VR macro for super sharp close up shots.

http://www.toddhargisphotography.com/Landscapes/Landscape-Photography/i-jc3mFfB/0/XL/D8E4944-XL.jpg

I'd vote for it as well!

Todd


Hey, hey. You might want to label this NSFW now.

I had both the Nikon 105 vr, and the Tamron 90. My Tamron is so good I sold my Nikon and kept it to help fund my 70-200vr.



Jul 25, 2012 at 02:01 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Looking for a Macro Lens


I ended up getting a Nikon 105. Traded some gear away. A guy on craigslist was selling a complete setup and must of not of known the value of the stuff because it was a trade in my favor. I believe it was his dads stuff. His dad passed away so he was selling some things.


Jul 25, 2012 at 10:35 AM





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