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Starting into macro photography

Jamed600

Naperville, US
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Jamed600 Gold Member Nikonian since 02nd Mar 2013
Wed 17-Apr-13 05:23 PM

I am new to nikon and am getting interested in macro. Just got a D600 and have a 105 micro on order. I have read several articles here in macro photography but still have questions. My main interest starting out is flowers but I would like to progress to insects. In have a good Manfrotto tripod. My questions:

1. Sounds like anything smaller than flowers will require > the 105, would you all agree? At this point I don't want to buy a larger Micro.
2. I saw one post where a 105 was used in combination with a 1.4 TC and extension tube and the result looked great. Is this a practical combination? I have a 2.0 TC for use with my 70-200. Could that be used with the 105 and are there disadvantages with a TC?
3. It appears the only option with the D600 and G lenses is Kenko extension tubes (assuming you want auto focus and aperture control). However the reviews on the Kenko tubes is mixed. Is there a higher quality option (surprised that Nikon doesn't offer tubes appropriate for G lenses)?
4. Given the interests I have expressed is there a good book on macro that you all would recommend? I have bought a couple of Nikonians books on other subjects, and they are great but haven't seen on on macro.

Will appreciate your help/advice, Regards, Jim B

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