I have a D50 with the Nikon 18-55 and 55-200 lenses. I have been looking at E-bay and other sites looking for what might work for macro. Even looked at the Nikon site but hard to decide what might work best. Any recommendations for a macro lens, either Nikon or otherwise? Are any extension tubes made that will work with this camera? Keeping the auto-focus is not a big deal. Thanks for now.
#1. "RE: D50 Macro Photography" In response to Reply # 0
Which one will work best depends somewhat on what you want to do with it. For active subjects, like insects, a longer focal length is often nice because of the greater working distance. A mid-focal length (90-105mm) might be a good start and some of the third party lenses are very good (and less expensive). The Tamron 90mm is a very nice lens.
As far as extension tubes go, Kenko tubes have the necessary electrical contacts and maintain metering and AF. Nikon tubes are manual only and won't meter on your body. They will work, however, with many lenses except "G" lenses.
A "close-up" lens (diopter) would work with the lenses you have, especially the 55-200mm. Nikon have the 3T/4T (52mm thread) and 5T/6T (62mm thread), but they are only available used. Canon makes the 500D in a variety of filter thread sizes. Diopters won't give you quite the magnification of a true macro lens, however.
#2. "RE: D50 Macro Photography" In response to Reply # 1
Thanks for now Alan. I don't think there will be much active, mostly still subjects. I think for quality reasons I will stay away from the diopters. Think I will check out the Kenko tubes and something like the Tamron for a lense.
#4. "RE: D50 Macro Photography" In response to Reply # 2
> I think for quality reasons I will stay away from the diopters.
You might be surprised. For example:
This was shot hand-held on a D100, with the 70-300 D ED and a Nikon 6T diopter. The post processing is kind of shoddy, but nonetheless, most people who have seen the 8x10 print of this think it's from one of my macro lenses. Remember that the D100 has one of the strongest (ie worst) anti-aliasing filters around, the 70-300 D ED is said to be a poor lens (I think this demonstrates that the latter is not really so true), the shot was taken at the lens' worst focal length and aperture (300, f/5.6) and less than ideal conditions. Did I mention that the result is being softened by diffraction (since it's f/16)? And no matter what you think of the 6T, it sure isn't improving the performance of the lens on which it's mounted, right?
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#5. "RE: D50 Macro Photography" In response to Reply # 4
Thanks Brian. Obviously diopters are not to be ruled out either. I kind of leaned towards the idea of a 85mm fixed focal length macro as the 35mm film equivalent of this is about 128mm which makes a nice portrait lens.
#3. "RE: D50 Macro Photography" In response to Reply # 0
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I had the same question you did, and started with the Kenko extension tubes, which work great for static subjects. (Mostly I use them with a 50mm lens, always with a tripod.) Earlier this year, after considering the various options for macro lenses, I bought the Nikkor 85mm f3.5 micro, which has VR and is useful for things other than macro, in addition to being a good macro lens. Without the tubes, I'm more likely to hand-hold. It does focus more slowly than your typical lens, as is the case with macro lenses in general.