#1. "RE: D5000 Macro Lens advice." In response to Reply # 0 Wed 03-Mar-10 08:27 PM by Donald Kahn
Congratulations on your new D5000. It's hard to say what you need for your photo project, because we don't know what lenses you now have. You may want to fill in your profile.
You may be confused as to what a "prime" lens is. Prime lenses are merely "fixed focal length" lenses as opposed to zoom lenses. A 50mm lens is a prime lens as is a 35mm or an 85mm. They are not necessarily more expensive. Some zoom lenses have macor (micro for Nikon) capabilites. You may want to puruse a site like B&H to see which lenses have macro (micro) capabilities that are within your price range. Keep in mind that your camera will NOT autofocus with a lot of lenses, and B&H usually has a note warning you of this fact. As I recall, they warn you that the lens will not autofocus with a D40, and if it won't autofocus with a D40, it won't autofocus with your camera either.
I have an old 55mm 2.8 micro AIS that I use for macro work. It is NOT an autofocus lens. 55mm may be too short for your purposes, but you may want to consider a used lens, just remember about the autofocus limitations.
You might also want to ask your question on the Auto Focus Lens forum, just be sure to let everyone know that you have a D5000.
I hope that this helped. I'm not that familiar with DX lenses, which are usually less expensive than "FX" lenses. FX lenses work on your camera also. (I used the term "FX Lens," however, lenses are NOT denoted as FX. If it's not labeled DX, then it's an FX if it's a Nikon or Nikkor.)
#2. "RE: D5000 Macro Lens advice." In response to Reply # 0
You might want to check out Flickr.com and do a search on macro. A lot of the photos you see like the one you posted are a combination of two lens put together to get that really shallow d.o.f. Their pic are amazing I will have to say that much. Check this link http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=MACRO&w=all It shows their set-ups.
#4. "RE: D5000 Macro Lens advice." In response to Reply # 3
One thing to remember about flickr is that the skill of the photographers spans the entire range, from stunningly good ought-to-be-pros to newbies and some photographers who are so unskilled as to be amazing. If you are using photos there to evaluate how good a lens is, remember that it is very, very hard to make a mediocre lens look good, but it is very easy to make a good lens look bad.
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