Home · Register · Search · View Winners · Software · Hosting · Software · Join Upload & Sell

Moderated by: Fred Miranda
Username   Password

  New fredmiranda.com Mobile Site
  New Feature: SMS Notification alert
  New Feature: Buy & Sell Watchlist
  

FM Forums | Nikon Forum | Join Upload & Sell

  

Archive 2013 · Which Micro?
  
 
amlsml
Online
• • •
Upload & Sell: On
p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Which Micro?


Looking to buy a Micro lens. I will use mostly for flowers, bugs etc walking around the yard. Will use it on a d3s or a D600 but may opt to try on the D7100. Thanks for the feedback.


Apr 15, 2013 at 02:28 AM
MDoc9523
Offline
• • • • •
Upload & Sell: Off
p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Which Micro?


You might want to try some tubes instead, at least at first. They work with lenses that you already have.
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1001614



Apr 15, 2013 at 02:32 AM
binary visions
Offline
• • • •
Upload & Sell: Off
p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Which Micro?


Tubes can work depending on the lenses you have.

If you want a "starter" Macro lens, something like the Tamron 90mm gives you great optics on a budget. No internal focus motor, no image stabilization, no internal focus... but sharp, with very nice bokeh, and half the price of the 105mm Nikon.



Apr 15, 2013 at 01:18 PM
rudyr
Offline
• •
Upload & Sell: Off
p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Which Micro?


There is a Tokina 100 in the B&S. I'm not a 'macro' person, but I bought one of these lenses and I've just found a lot of ways to make use of it as a general purpose lens it's so good.


Apr 15, 2013 at 02:05 PM
Andre Labonte
Offline
• • • • • •
Upload & Sell: Off
p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Which Micro?


All the macro lenses are great performers. The Tamron 90mm is quite popular because it's a good "all purpose" focal length, it's inexpensive, and it performs well.

I personally have the Tamron 180 and love it. It has the most working distance from the front element of any of the micro lenses. And compared to the competition in similar focal lengths, it's a fraction of the cost for the same optical performance.




Apr 15, 2013 at 02:16 PM
amlsml
Online
• • •
Upload & Sell: On
p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Which Micro?


Thanks, will check out the tamron and the Tokina


Apr 15, 2013 at 02:32 PM
Kerry Pierce
Offline
• • • •
Upload & Sell: On
p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Which Micro?


How much money do you want to spend? As others have mentioned, the "budget" macro lenses do a good job. I started off with a Tamron 90.

Now, my favorites are the 70-180 micro, the Sigma 150, and the Nikon 60 AF-S and 105vr. I'm a macro nut though. I love doing macros and close-ups for personal pleasure. For flowers, the 70-180 is my most used lens in the field. It's the only macro zoom available and is much better and more convenient than trying to use tubes on a zoom.

OTOH, I'm very fond of using a Sigma 100-300 f/4, at 300mm on flowers. Great working distance to be had that way, with rather unique results. If you have a 300 prime, you might want to give that a go, maybe with a short tube, depending on the minimum focus distance of the lens.

good luck
Kerry



Apr 15, 2013 at 02:38 PM
Andre Labonte
Offline
• • • • • •
Upload & Sell: Off
p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Which Micro?


+1 to what Kerry said. Long lenses with extension tubes are great for flowers.


Apr 15, 2013 at 11:53 PM
 

Search in Used Dept. 



firewireguy
Offline
• • •
Upload & Sell: Off
p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Which Micro?


For flowers I love my Sigma 50mm 2.8 macro lens. I much prefer it over my 150 macro for flowers

http://fwgx.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/DSC_2597.jpg

http://fwgx.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/DSC_2601.jpg

http://fwgx.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/DSC_2704.jpg

http://fwgx.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/DSC_1241.jpg



Apr 16, 2013 at 03:37 PM
gugs
Offline
• • • • •
Upload & Sell: Off
p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Which Micro?


My favorite for flowers would be the 60mm AFS. Working distance is not as critical as for bugs. The lens is cheap and colpact and IQ is excellent. Other options I have been using are the Voigtländers with their close up lenses, or cheap close up lenses on a 50 1.8 AFS.

Guy



Apr 16, 2013 at 08:47 PM
rolleiflexD
Offline

Upload & Sell: On
p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Which Micro?


I used the closeup filters for many years and recently purchased a MF Nikkor 105 f2.8 AIS for my macro work. I use it on a D600 and am very pleased with it.


Apr 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM
AmbientMike
Offline
• • •
Upload & Sell: Off
p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Which Micro?


Tubes and filters work fine but I much prefer a macro lens. You don't have to change things as you move closer. And the tubes aren't cheap I don't think.


Apr 17, 2013 at 01:54 PM
m.sommers00
Online
• • •
Upload & Sell: Off
p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Which Micro?


Currently use the Nikkor 105 2.8 VR and it's a gorgeous lens. Works really well as a portrait lens too!

https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/391293_807835939347_1287603807_n.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc1/913720_891366658117_1894783805_o.jpg



Apr 17, 2013 at 04:27 PM
AmbientMike
Offline
• • •
Upload & Sell: Off
p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Which Micro?


Also if I'm not getting really close I use a 55-250 or other sometimes.


Apr 17, 2013 at 05:49 PM
AmbientMike
Offline
• • •
Upload & Sell: Off
p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Which Micro?


Be sure to get 1:1 for bugs though


Apr 17, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Nikon_14
Offline
• • •
Upload & Sell: Off
p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Which Micro?


Just my own observation; I use a macro for wedding/engagement shoots to capture rings and other tiny details.

I had the Nikkor 60mm G macro, and it was "decent enough". But the reason I switched to the 105mm G is that sometimes I had to get so close w/ the 60mm that it would cast a shadow from the lighting. I don't have that problem w/ the 105mm.



Apr 17, 2013 at 06:00 PM





FM Forums | Nikon Forum | Join Upload & Sell

    
 

You are not logged in. Login or Register

Username   Password    Reset password