I want to try macro photography. All my camera equipent was stolen and I replaced with F5, 80-200/F2.8, 50/F1.4,20/F2.8 and new Manfrotto tripod and head. Want only one macro to try and see if I like that type of photography. please advise. Thank you in advance. DA
#2. "RE: macro" | In response to Reply # 0BJNicholls Charter MemberFri 13-Oct-00 04:11 PM
The least expensive way to test the waters of macro photography would be to buy a reversing adapter for your 50mm lens or to use close-up lenses. A reversing adapter lets you mount your lens backwards on the camera body to provide close focusing capability. Close-up lenses screw onto the lens like filters and often are packaged as sets of filters with different magnifications. Extension tubes or a macro bellows also provide close focus capability, but generally at a greater cost.
Of course, Micro-Nikkor lenses are legendary for their macro performance. If budget isn't a concern, these lenses offer excellent image quality and handling.
#3. "RE: macro" | In response to Reply # 2jrp Charter MemberFri 13-Oct-00 09:26 PM
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What an outfit !
I was very tempted just a couple of days ago to get the 105mm Micro. It certainly looked great.
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#4. "RE: macro" | In response to Reply # 0
You bought an 1000/F11? Holy Doughnouts batman...(That's Donuts - to you american folk)
Well, I think it's cheaper and more versatile to invest in a set of extension rings. I have an old M2 extension ring which I modified to allow me to meter stopped-down on my F100. I use it with my 70-210 AF zoom completely manually... Works great! And cheap - in fact, aren't the new PK rings cheaper than the Macro-Diopter lenses?
I've heard that the best thing is to buy a two element Macro diopter filter and mate it to an extension ring...I've never tried that, but it'll certainly let you get close!
#5. "RE: macro" | In response to Reply # 4avm247 Charter MemberTue 17-Oct-00 02:27 PM
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I just bought a lens reversing ring for my 50 1.8 for $22(US). I actually had to go back and exchange it, the store originally sold me the BR-2 (for manual cameras), all newer af model cameras need the BR-2a to clear the electronic contacts.
I really like the reversing ring. I haven't had a chance to burn a few rolls yet - maybe this weekend. I also got the DR-3 right angle finder ($150) and an adaptor to mount it on my n70. You may not need it, but I found it helpful when I was playing around. (I think the DR-3 has been replaced by the DR-4 and its a lot more expensive)
Have fun and good luck.
#6. "RE: macro" | In response to Reply # 0
Great advice from everyone. One other place to check for a Nikkor 105mm micro is Wolf Camera. Wolf in Denver sells reconditioned 105mm for $400 instead of $650. Nikon does the reconditioning at their factory. The lens carry a 90 day factory warranty from Nikon instead of the 3 year. I've had the lens for two months without any problems. I also brought a F100 for $930. Wolf's number is 303 623 1155.
Just another option,,,,,
#8. "RE: macro" | In response to Reply # 7nkcllewis Charter MemberFri 19-Jan-01 10:04 PM
>Thank all of you for your
>advice. I did some
>calling around and there is
>a used 55mm with ring
>f/2.8 for $175. do
>you recommend? DA
The 55 is a great lens for closeup flat copy work, still lifes and an occasional flower or so. But, if you are really interested in trying out the world of macro photography with just one lens, I wouldn't start with the 55. The 55 is a great lens but it offers too much a field of view to truly appreciate the wonders of closeup photography. I would recommend the 105 micor nikkor instead or the $150 Vivitar 100 mm macro. The 100mm plus in the macro range makes a world of difference when it comes to narrowing down your field of view to focus one's attention on a particular subject. A second consideration for a 100mm plus macro lens is the distance from lens to subject for a 1:1 reproduction ratio. To take a butterfly or wasp you may want to give yourself more than 6 inches which is about all you get with the 55. A third consideration, is that with a 100mm plus macro lens you get more room to place a flash or other light source when working in the 1:1 magnification range.
I happen to own the 70-180 micro nikkor and it is a wonderful all around macro lens.
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