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boigjen

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boigjen Registered since 11th Dec 2012
Tue 11-Dec-12 09:54 PM

Hi everyone. I am looking at getting a new lens for my d5100. I have the two kit lenses, the 18-55 and 55-200mm. I would like a macro lens to take pictures up close. I do not have the money to spend on the more expensive lens but was looking at the AF-S DX Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G. I don't need the best lens but I would like to get a good one that I won't feel the need to replace in a few years when I may be able to spend more. I would rather save my pennies now and wait a little longer. Any thoughts?

Jenny

JosephK

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

JosephK Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit. Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006
Tue 11-Dec-12 11:59 PM

I don't shoot any macro myself; but according to a few of my coworkers who shoot a lot of macros, the longer focal lengths tend to be better for the beginners because the working distance from the lens to the subject is bigger and thus easier to deal with. For that reason, the 105mm might be a better option; but it is at a much bigger price tag.

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MEMcD

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#2. "RE: A new lens" | In response to Reply # 0

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Wed 12-Dec-12 02:11 AM

Hi Jenny,

What Macro Subjects are you interested in shooting?
For Flowers and static subjects, the 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro should be fine.
For shooting insects or live subjects, a longer focal length like the 85mm f/3.5G ED AF-S DX VR Micro ($526.95 US) will provide more working distance.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

Pacman32

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Pacman32 Registered since 13th Nov 2012
Wed 12-Dec-12 04:41 PM | edited Wed 12-Dec-12 04:49 PM by Pacman32

I'm no macro expert, but in my limited experience, the longer focal lengths are preferable. This is certainly true when dealing with subjects that might move or fly away if you get too close.

Since it is a macro lens, I would not worry too much about auto focus capabilities -- you should be on a tripod and manually focusing. That being said, a great budget lens would be a used Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro. It won't auto-focus with your camera, but again... From what I read about it a few years ago when I was looking at macro lenses, it holds its own with the Nikkor 105mm macro, and some people say it is sharper. There may be a newer version that has a built-in motor that would auto focus with your camera, making it useable for non-macro applications.

By the way, when I used my tamron, I wished I had more focal length, but I think it would have cost me quite a bit more money given what was out there. Most people think that the old nikkor 200mm AF macro lens is a great one, and the (may be getting this wrong) sigma 150mm macro is also a lens that gets great reviews. If the sigma is HSM (I think it is?), it would auto focus, so it would be a good general telephoto lens as well.

By the way, all of these lenses are great portrait lenses.

Tippi

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Tippi Registered since 13th Jan 2003
Mon 17-Dec-12 09:17 PM

My suggestion- rent it first.
I rented a NIkon 105 macro and used it on all my cameras. I found I did not like it all that much. I then rented a 60mm and liked it better.

What I ended up buying was a Tamron 90mm becuase they had a rebate at the time and since I knew I was not shooting macro very much (ring shots, playing at home) I could not justify that extra expense for a lens specifically for macro.

Macro - true macro is a different type of shooting and has a learning curve.

For portraits I use my 70-200mm if I am looking for some good bokeh.

ts

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Lolrogge

Ayden, US
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#5. "RE: A new lens" | In response to Reply # 0

Lolrogge Silver Member Nikonian since 12th Apr 2012
Mon 17-Dec-12 10:12 PM

I went with the 85mm f3.5 Micro Nikkor. It is 1/2 stop slower than the Tamron 90mm but it has VR. It is a good moderate telephoto with the D5100. I have been very satisfied with mine.

Laverne

grnzbra

Springfield, US
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#6. "RE: A new lens" | In response to Reply # 5

grnzbra Silver Member Nikonian since 28th Sep 2011
Wed 19-Dec-12 04:51 PM | edited Thu 20-Dec-12 11:21 AM by grnzbra

Unless you need the extra speed, your 18-55 kit lens should do just fine. It, too, focuses down to 6 inches. However, it is a zoom lens, so a prime might do better. On the second page of my flora and fauna galary there is a picture of a tan moth (or is it a butterfly) sucking on a pink flower (14211) that I shot with the 18-55. Keep in mind that the original size of this pic is the maximum size that a D5100 will shoot. When viewed full size, the individual lenses of the moth's eye become visible. (Well almost, but still, it's a very sharp pic from the 18-55 lens.)

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cwils02

HIXSON, US
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#7. "RE: A new lens" | In response to Reply # 6

cwils02 Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Apr 2012
Thu 20-Dec-12 01:07 AM | edited Thu 20-Dec-12 01:08 AM by cwils02

Pretty sure this is a species of Skipper Butterfly. The way these things flit & dart, it is very difficult to get a good image of one. Congratulations on a great get!

Here is a slighly different species/taxon/???



I've been trying to get a photo of a slightly different version with little luck.

Charlie

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kenjifujiwara

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kenjifujiwara Registered since 17th Oct 2012
Mon 25-Feb-13 01:03 AM | edited Mon 25-Feb-13 01:05 AM by kenjifujiwara

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>For portraits I use my 70-200mm if I am looking for some good
>bokeh.
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I also added a new 70-300mm lens for my D5100.
( have same 18-55mm & 55-200mm lens now)

Gets good portraits/bokeh also.

lynell

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lynell Registered since 03rd Mar 2013
Sun 03-Mar-13 04:09 PM

I have the 85mm f3.5 Micro Nikkor and I have been very happy with it. First day out shooting with it I took some amazing close ups of flowers I can not wait for spring to use it more often.

pjonesCET

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#10. "RE: A new lens" | In response to Reply # 6

pjonesCET Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 11th Jul 2011
Mon 04-Mar-13 12:39 AM

the 18-55 mm lens did really well on closeup Macro looking photos I took of some Peony Buds I took with my D3000 (haven't tried to do the same with 3200).


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coolmom42

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#11. "RE: A new lens" | In response to Reply # 0

coolmom42 Moderator Awarded for her enthusiastic support of the community and exemplifying the Nikonian mission “Share, Learn and Inspire” Nikonian since 30th Nov 2011
Mon 04-Mar-13 11:29 PM

I don't know anything about macro lenses except what I read here. Many users on the macro forum seem to like around 100 mm focal length.

If you find a lens you really want, but can't afford, look for a used version. People sell lenses all the time for a variety of reasons, that doesn't mean there's something wrong with them.

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cwils02

HIXSON, US
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#12. "RE: A new lens" | In response to Reply # 9

cwils02 Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Apr 2012
Tue 05-Mar-13 02:14 AM

Lynell,

Wecome to Nikonians!

Please put some of those closeups (butterflies?) on your Gallery.

Enjoy your time here.

Charlie

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cwils02

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#13. "RE: A new lens" | In response to Reply # 10

cwils02 Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Apr 2012
Tue 05-Mar-13 02:20 AM

>the 18-55 mm lens did really well on closeup Macro looking
>photos I took of some Peony Buds I took with my D3000 (haven't
>tried to do the same with 3200).

Phillip,

My Exif editor thinks you took this with a 35mm f/1.8.

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pjonesCET

Martinsville, US
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#14. "RE: A new lens" | In response to Reply # 13

pjonesCET Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 11th Jul 2011
Tue 05-Mar-13 11:57 AM | edited Wed 06-Mar-13 12:36 PM by pjonesCET

You are correct sir. The day I took the flower shot I used for majority of the shots the 18-55mm But I did use the 35mm on some. I had to get up real close and personal to get the tight shoot. My apologies for misleading it wasn't intentional. I just didn't read the information provided on my Gallery

BTW way I just order the 10-24MM Nikor lens. was a big chunk o' change but I saved a 100 bucks by buying from J&R. I've got a specific idea in mind for using it.

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MEMcD

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#15. "RE: A new lens" | In response to Reply # 14

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Tue 05-Mar-13 09:07 PM

Hi Phillip,

Congratulations on your new lens!
Enjoy!
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

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