Right now, at 9:45AM EST on 27 Dec 2012 at http://shop.nikonusa.com/store/nikonusa/en_US/pd/ThemeID.18145600/productID.249538500 Nikon has the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G lens listed with the Close Up (Macro) Lenses section. In the Tech Specs section, there are no values for anything. Based on this being in the macro section, my wife ordered it as a Christmas gift. It's a great lens and all, but it is most defintiely NOT a macro lens. Since returning it would be a slap in my wife's face, I'm kinda stuck with it.
Hmmm. Would extension tubes help? This thing focuses down to about 2.5 feet. I'd like to focus down to 6 inches.
If you really don't want it, return it and explain to your wife that it isn't her fault that the lens was listed in the wrong place. At least give her a lot of credit for knowing to look in the macro section.
If you want to focus to 6", you would need a Nikon 40mm or 60mm micro (or the equivalent 3rd party macro lens). The 85mm f/3.5 DX micro will also work well with your camera, but the minimum focusing distance is 10.8".
Extension tubes would allow you to focus closer, just be aware that auto-focus will no longer effectively work, and your depth of field will be very shallow. For an 85mm lens you probably would want a full set of tubes.A set of Kenko tubes at B&H is $199.
Thanks for the suggestion. I noticed on the Nikon site that their tubes specifically say that they don't work with G lenses (which this one is). Wonder what that's all about. I'll check with B&H about the Kenko Tubes. Doesn't depth of field go down to just about nothing when you focus very close with any lens. I know it's paper thin when I go down to 6 inches with the 18-55 kit lens. Other than the fact that it isn't macro, I like the lens; it's FAST and sharp. I got some nice pix on Christmas day with it.
"they don't work with G lenses (which this one is). Wonder what that's all about."
Nikon's tubes are an old design and are completely mechanical. They have no electrical contracts through which to communicate with a lens. A "G" lens used with these tubes will stop down to the smallest aperture and stay there.
>If you really don't want it, return it and explain to your >wife that it isn't her fault that the lens was listed in the >wrong place. At least give her a lot of credit for knowing to >look in the macro section.
This is a good suggestion. No point being stuck with something you really didn't want in the first place.
>>If you really don't want it, return it and explain to >your >>wife that it isn't her fault that the lens was listed in >the >>wrong place. At least give her a lot of credit for knowing >to >>look in the macro section. > >This is a good suggestion. No point being stuck with >something you really didn't want in the first place. > >Peter
I agree with Peter:
Wife - Honey, why aren't you using your new macro lens I gave you? You -
I'm going to be blunt - it's dumb to keep it, just so that you don't hurt her feelings. That said, I know every relationship is different, so I suggest two options:
1) Order a new 85 f3.5 macro, and when it comes, return your 85 f1.8G. Perhaps you can do it in stealth mode. I doubt your wife will even notice.
2) Just tell her the truth, that the lens she bought isn't a macro lens. Give her the out that it was listed improperly. Or, tell her that they must have sent you the wrong lens, because the one they sent her isn' t the macro version. Tell her you are going to return it for the macro version.
Just to look at the problem from both ends, would it be simpler to return the wife for a model that can decipher Nikon lens lingo... changing the lens only fixes the problem this time... After all we know that changing to C#^@n isn't an option... lol
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This isn't a photographic suggestion. Rather, it is a life's answer: I'd recommend against any suggestion that includes lying! There are simply too many pitfalls, and in the short and long runs -- it's just plain wrong. Nikon did her a disservice by the way the lens was displayed, but she showed you love and caring by buying what she thought was a wonderful gift. Return the love and caring -- and the lens if it doesn't meet your needs! She'll appreciate the honesty and trust.
Thanks for the suggestions guys. It's not a matter of her regarding it as a slap in the her face; I would regard it as a slap in her face. Actually, when I told her, she too suggested returning it. But by that time, it had started to grow on me. I like it. And I can always get the extension tubes. In the meantime, I have a fast mild telephoto that works wonders in low light compared to my Sigma 150-500 f/6.3 at 1/4000 sec. With the 500 shooting flying cardinals and other small birds, after 2hours, about 70% of the shots have nothing in them. With the 85, most of the shots have something in them. Depth of field at f/1.8 is about the same as the 500 at f/6.3 so the number of out of focus birds is about the same. And it made a great portrait shot of her. So, all in all, I'm happy with the lens (not shooting any macro until the spring when the bugs and flowers come out). Just a little annoyed at the Nikon Store (or perhaps their webmaster)
No, wouldn't trade her in; took too long to find her.