I would love to purchase the 105mm Macro for portraits and macro photography, but it is not in the budget at this time. Have any of you used close-up lens? What brands? On what size lens (focal)? What are the pros and cons?
Any info would be appreciated. Thanks.
I am new to photography and want to try it all!
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I take it from you message you are asking about a close up lens kit; consisting of close up lenses that screw onto the end of a lens? I ask this since you mention the 105mm lens, but say it is not in your budget at this time. If this is correct, please let us know, and someone should be able to help. Personally, I have not used close up lens attachments for over twenty years, and hopefully, with the advances in optical technology, they have improved.
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As an amatuer of more desire than money I do use close up filters. These add on lenses allow for psuedo-macro results that I have never taken out passed 8X10 but have good results to there. To add insult to injury all the pieces in my filter bag...incudes duplicates...are off brand bought used and make magical images within the confines of my expectations and abilities. None are even the 2lens style of the Nikon design. If you can check in at a local shop and ask if they have a used bin. I have found them in almost every store I looked for them in...used for a good price...and love the framing I am capable of with floral schemes with a 100-300mm zoom. I have used them with a 50mm but object to film distance eventually settles just inside the front element If you go that way shoot in good focus if you forge on into the micro/macro realmn enjoy that too. Jeff Markus
There is another alternative which for sure will render better results, a true macro lens of a non-OEM. I purchased a Tokina AT-X M100AF f-2.8 macro lens and it works just great for my needs. Price is half of that of the Nikkor. You mght want to take a sneak preview to the related article, currently in the process of going here on-line. Additional results with this lens can be seen at the thread: http://www.nikonians.org/dcforum/DCForumID63/4.html# Have a great time JRP (Nikonian at the north-eastern Mexican desert) My profile Previous photographic journey, before Nikonians: A Brief Love Story
I too wanted a macro lens to experiment with close-up shots but like you, I couldn't quite afford a real macro lens yet so I opted for the Nikon 6T close-up lens that screwed in to my Nikon 70-300mm lens.
You definitely need a tripod and cable release for this setup as ANY camera shake WILL blur the end results. And I've found it extremely difficult to focus as well (I always switch to manual on my F80 for close-ups like these!) -- the lens instructions say to focus using the area outside the main focusing circle in the viewfinder. For high magnifications, the depth of field is also extremely limited, for e.g if you are shooting a picture of a strawberry, only a small portion of it will be sharp at maximum magnification.
Perhaps focusing with a 5T lens will be easier but I haven't any experience with that.
I have yet to develop my slides of close-ups, but I will definitely post them here whenever I get them, that is, if they're not too terrible!