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Offline alan1572

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what lens?
« on: July 06, 2009, 09:00:53 PM »
i want to take some really close up shots, insects and what not, what do you recomend for my d300? Is the 12-24 as close as i can get? I don' really understand the whole macro thing but have seen some stunning shots on here and would like to give it ago.
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Re: what lens?
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2009, 09:46:07 PM »
No, the 12-24mm F4 is a landscape or wide angle lens. You have a good choice of Macro lenses, Nikon 60mm F2.8, Tamron Di 90mm F2.8, Sigma 105mm F2.8 or the best Nikon 105mm F2.8 VR, but also the dearest at £600. Nothing wrong with the Tamron or Sigma Macro lenses, as many on DCM use them. I have both the Nikon lenses but most of my macro shots are taken with the Nikon 105mm plus 2x converter giving me 210mm F5.6.  :tup:

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Re: what lens?
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2009, 10:13:09 PM »
Theres a review in this months DCM about macro lenses and which to choose.

The Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 IF-ED (£750) came second with 89%, the winner was the Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro (£495) which is available in various fits.

Personally, I use a Canon EF 75-300mm with a set of Kenko extension tubes but I used my father in laws Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 macro yesterday and it's a world away from my current macro set up. The 60mm macro is so much faster and sharper - heres one I took yesterday:



Most of the macros in my Flickr gallery were taken with the kenkoo extension tubes & the Canon EF 75-300mm, the extension tubes are good cost effective way of getting macro pictures:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevebedder/sets/72157605125407019/

Hope this helps

Steve

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Re: what lens?
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2009, 08:40:34 AM »
Thanks to both of you, i thought there was more to it, i was thinking of spending maybe £200 so i think i'll have to look on good ol' ebay.
nice shot btw steve
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Re: what lens?
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2009, 11:48:42 AM »
That lens got 76% (4th out of 6) in the recent DCM macro lens test.

The handling and image quality got 3 out of 5, whilst features, build quality and overall got 4 out of 5.

The RRP is £385 so if you can pick it up for around £80 on ebay (as it is at the moment) it will probably be a good value lens.

The one on ebay is a canon fit though, didn't you say you were after a Nikon fit?

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« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2009, 12:03:16 PM »
Indeed i do need a nikon, cheers steve
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Re: what lens?
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2009, 07:14:12 PM »
Hmmm.....not 100% sure but I don't think they are compatible with your d300

I use Warehouse Express for lenses, they have quite a few Nikon fit macro lenses:

http://www.warehouseexpress.com/category/basecategory.aspx?cat03=3078

Just change the 'special function' list to Macro and it will give you a list of available lenses.

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« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2009, 07:56:36 PM »
wow.....the choice is mind boggling, all those numbers and what-not
i can eliminate any above £350, but that still leaves a few
this is the place i bought my nikon 18-70 from
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