Have a D50 that I like. My sister has a Canon and just bought 60mm macro lens & is taking amazing pictures. I already have a 50mm lens and would like a macro too. What would be the best macro lens for my D50. Tks Rose
Keeping it simple with a D50 you need a macro lens without an aperture ring to get auto focus to work. The Nikon macro lenses to chose from are the 60mm 2.8 G, the 105 VR G, or the 85mm f3.5 G. The 85mm G is a DX lens - the others are good for FX bodies too.
Photography is a bit like archery. A technically better camera, lens or arrow may not hit the target as often as it could if the photographer or archer does not practice enough.
You also have it wrong - D lenses meerly impart distance information to the camera - nothing remotely to do with its AF capacity.
What you mean is the D50 can autofocus on non AFS lenses. Standard AF lenses can be D or non D depending on their age. The D50 has the AF module in the body so has the screwdriver prong in the lens mount. This allows it to AF with ALL autofocus lenses (aprt from the specialist ones made for the F3AF)
I have happily used a 20mm AF (non D) lens on my D50 in all modes including AF...
You might consider third-party macro lenses too, from Sigma, Tamron, or Tokina. I was looking for a macro lens a year ago, and ended up buying the Nikon 85 f3.5, one of the lenses Len mentioned. I've been very happy with it.
Thanks for the feedback. I am new to forums and not sure how it works. I appreciate responses. I went to the only camera store in nearby town and they didn't have any in stock. They do have a Nikon 105 older lens that I will be able to rent next Sat to try out. Rose
I have the Nikon AF-S Micro 60mm that I'm pleased with but notice when I'm in the field with it, the lens itself can cast a shadow on the subject when you are up close. The salesman warned me about that possibility and said that is why people go for the 90mm length. I'm also still getting use the split manual/auto focus steps.
Welcome to Nikonians! All of the Macro lenses currently available from: Nikon, Zeiss, Sigma, Tamron, and Tokina are optically excellent, so it will be difficult to make a bad choice. What do you want to shoot? The shorter the focal length, the closer the working distance. Mid-Range focal lengths (85mm - 105mm) provide enough working distance for most subjects and are therefore more versitile without the expense of the longer focal lengths. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
My part of town, when it comes to macro photography, a good suggestion would be the Tamron 90mm F/2.8. It's pretty popular and seem that it's pretty decent for the price and the focal range for a macro lens.
I prefer a bit more working distance than a 55 or 60mm lens will allow. I have a Nikon 28-105mm D lens, which is not strictly a macro, but it does have a good close focus capability, and it is sharp. My "real" macro lens is the Tokina 100mm f2/8 macro, which is sharp,and a very good lens. Tamron also makes good lenses, and Vivitar used to have a 100mm f/3.5 macro lens that was said to be excellent.
I have found that the macro feature on the 28-105 gives me about 80% of all my macro needs.