#1. "RE: Macro lens For D7100" | In response to Reply # 0DerekTV85 Registered since 12th Feb 2012Sat 30-Mar-13 02:00 PM | edited Sat 30-Mar-13 02:03 PM by DerekTV85
what type of macro would you be looking to try. That's the main factor in what lens you may want to try.
Myself with the 7000 i use my 35-70mm 2.8 Push pull as my only macro lens. Its great for studio and random wildflowers though outdoors i may not get great light being so close. That lens has a trick Macro setting but works great for me.
You can go with the newer 40mm 60mm 85mm 105mm nikon lenses But that will cost you $500-$1000 for something you may not enjoy. Same with a sigma or tamron.
I would suggest if you can, because you'll have D7100 finding an older MF lens In what ever focal length you care to and try it out. Then if you feel the need you can figure out what length you really need or want and whether you need a newer version.
No affiliation with the Ad. But in our Selling thread there is a member selling a Nikon Ais 105mm F/4 Macro lens for $175 could be worth a shot.
There is also an Ad for a 105mm F2.8 macro D lens in the forum for $450 is an AF lens Both good deals to jump start a foray into macro work.
#2. "RE: Macro lens For D7100" | In response to Reply # 0mwhals Nikonian since 18th Apr 2004Sat 30-Mar-13 08:47 PM | edited Sat 30-Mar-13 08:50 PM by mwhals
The 200/4 AF is the cream of the crop, but pricey. I think the 105/2.8 is the optimum for portability. I personally have the 200/4 AF, 105/2.8G AFS VR and the 105/2.8D AF (currently for sale) Micros.
My recommendation is one of the 105/2.8 micro lenses for a compromise between cost and working distance. My avatar was a handheld shot with the 105/2.8D AF Micro.
If your goal is flowers and inanimate objects, the 60/2.8G AFS micro might be the right answer.
Nothing beats working distance for skittish bugs.
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#3. "RE: Macro lens For D7100" | In response to Reply # 0DinoCardelli Registered since 19th Oct 2010Sat 30-Mar-13 10:26 PM
>I am not experienced with macro photography but would like to
>try it. Probably mostly interested in shooting plants and
>flowers. What is a good macro lens for the d7100? Thank you.
I just purchased the 105mm Nikkor 2.8 for my D700....great lenses...
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#4. "RE: Macro lens For D7100" | In response to Reply # 3NikonMark37814 Registered since 20th May 2010Mon 01-Apr-13 09:51 AM
I have several macro lenses but like the 85VR because of its light weight and VR. My other favorite is the Sigma 150 (non OS) macro. It comes with a tripod mount which I really like and it's exceptionally sharp. The sharpest macro lens I've ever owned and it works very well with the Sigma 1.4x tc making it a 210 f/4 macro.
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#7. "RE: Macro lens For D7100" | In response to Reply # 6billD80 Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2007Tue 02-Apr-13 10:50 AM
Easy, the Sigma 70mm 2.8 (one of the sharpest ever made, and can be used as a portrait lens, or a 2nd-hand Sigma 150/2.8.
On the 70mm the lens barrel will telescope out a bit as you get to 1:1 magnification. The 150 is internal focus, no telescoping.
LINKS: Here's one I did with the 70mm.http://billkeane.zenfolio.com/p687018592/h38884644
Here's one from the 150mm http://billkeane.zenfolio.com/p687018592/h23edd89a
#8. "RE: Macro lens For D7100" | In response to Reply # 7DaveSoderlund Nikonian since 29th May 2010Tue 02-Apr-13 12:13 PM
I agree with Bill about the Sigma 150mm f/2.8. I have the older (non-OS) version of that lens and it is razor-sharp. This lens doubles as a fast intermediate telephoto (as in Bill's photo of the lion) and the 150mm focal length gives a greater working distance for macro relative to shorter (ie, 105mm ,90mm, 60mm) macro lenses. Pair the 150mm lens with the Sigma 1.4x teleconverter and you have a f/4 210mm telephoto lens that will do macro at greater than 1:1 magnification at the minimum working distance.
I paid less than $1000 total for the Sigma lens and teleconverter (both used). At that price they are hard to beat.
If I ever get more seriously into macro photography I might trade up to the new Sigma 150mm f/2.8 with OS to permit greater flexibility with hand-held shots. My wife has the Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 macro with VR and loves it for that reason.
I also agree with Marty that it's hard to find an optically bad f/2.8 macro lens from any major manufacturer. Focal length and the presence or absence of stabilization (VR/OS/VC or whatever they call it) are the main differences. Just figure out what you think you need...
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#9. "RE: Macro lens For D7100" | In response to Reply # 8mkbee1 Registered since 26th Nov 2012Tue 02-Apr-13 01:42 PM
I have the Nikon 28-105 D lens, whch has a reasonably good close-up mode. Very nice for a walking-around lens, and can cover the occasional macro need, without the necessity of cxhanging lenses, or hanging a supplementary filter on the end of the lens. Flowers, veggies, butterflies, etc.
But, I also have the Tokina 100mm macro. 150mm equivalent on DX, but very sharp, and a great medium tele. A longer focal length will give better working distance from skittish critters.
I just bought an Olympus 2-element close-up lens from eBay and have adapter rings for all my lenses. Light, doesn't take up much room in the pocket, and does excellent work. Nikon used to make and Canon makes 2-element close-up lenses.
I have a good-quality (B+W) diopter close-up filter somewhere, which also does very well within its limitations.
Any of the lenses mentioned by me and others will do you a great job, won't fracture the exchequer, and will open up a whole new world of photo fun!
#10. "RE: Macro lens For D7100" | In response to Reply # 6
Something about 100mm or so will give you more working distance than the shorter focal lengths.
In no particular order, here is a partial list:
1. Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR ($899.00)
2. Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS ($769.00 after $200.00 instant rebate)
3. Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO ($1099.00)
4. Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD ($749.00)
5. Tokina AT-X 100mm f/2.8 Pro D ($489.00)
6. Tamron SP 180mm f/3.5 Di LD-IF ($689.00 after $50.00 mail in rebate)
7. Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di ($499.00)
I have the Nikkor 105mm VR and have been very pleased with it.
#11. "RE: Macro lens For D7100" | In response to Reply # 10jwstl Nikonian since 25th Feb 2013Thu 04-Apr-13 08:11 PM
Here's another vote for the Sigma 150 2.8. I have the OS version which is incredibly sharp, gives me more working distance than the 105s, 60s etc, and works very well as a portrait lens. It was my first non-Nikon lens and it led me to buy 2 other Sigma's.
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#13. "RE: Macro lens For D7100" | In response to Reply # 0
I had Tamron 90mm 2.8 for over 4 years and I love it. It is exceptionally sharp, focuses closer than you would normally want to and it doubles as a great portrait lens. Tried it recently on my brand new D7100. Works like a charm