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cliburn Registered since 12th Jul 2009
Wed 15-Jul-09 05:38 PM

I am a brand new owner of a d5000. I got it with the 18-55 nikkor and the 55-200 nikkor.
I would like a lens to use for macro photography -- plants, shots of my reef aquarium, etc. 1:1 -- any advice? I am a newbie to dSLRs and Nikon. Thanks.


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#1. "RE: lens advice" | In response to Reply # 0

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Wed 15-Jul-09 07:08 PM

Hi Steven,

Welcome to Nikonians!
What is your budget?
If you want a 1:1 ratio lens to be able to use the camera's meter to set the exposure and the AF to function your choices are somewhat limited to the following:
1. Nikkor AF-S 60mm f/2.8G Micro
2. Nikkor AF-S VR 105mm f/2.8G Micro
3. Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro
4. Sigma 180mm f/3.5 EX DG Macro
5. Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro II
All of these lenses are very sharp. The longer the focal length the more working distance (lens to subject) you will have.
You will also want a quality tripod as there is very little room for error when focusing at 1:1 as the Depth of Field (DOF) is very very narrow. Be ready to use Manual Focus as well.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,