Macro, "D" lenses, and the SB-28
I'm new to the Nikon world and the whole "D" lens thing. What I'd like to know is if the distance information plays a part in the flash metering in macro photography. I'm gonna be getting an SB-28 for general flash as well as some close-up work and I'm trying to decide between purchasing a 105/2.8 D or non-D version. I couldn't find any info about this in the Nikon promo catalogs. So, I would appreciate it if someone could explain if the "D" lens would offer any advantage in terms of close-up flash metering.
Thanks so much,
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#1. "RE: Macro, "D" lenses, and the SB-28" | In response to Reply # 0jnscbl Basic MemberMon 29-Oct-01 12:03 AM
Much more important is that you pay attention to the section of the Speedlight manual covering Close-up Photography. And you will get your best results using spot metering, with the sensor positioned over the lightest part of the subject.
I won't try to answer the "D" mystique, but if I had the chance to buy a used 105mm Micro NON-D for substantially less than a "D" in equivalent condition, I would jump on it.
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#2. "RE: Macro, "D" lenses, and the SB-28" | In response to Reply # 1jrp Charter MemberMon 29-Oct-01 12:28 AM
The "D" chip mystique is indeed fascinating. The theory is great. Such chip conveys distance info from the lens into the body and from there into the speedlight.
The practice shows, nevertheless, no easy to notice differences than when using a non-D lens, specially after the Nikon speedlight technology has been so much improved over at least the last 12 years or so.
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#3. "RE: Macro, "D" lenses, and the SB-28" | In response to Reply # 2Alex Basic MemberTue 30-Oct-01 04:59 AM
FWIW I use an SB-28 with a Sigma 105 macro lens with D capabilities and the exposures work wonderfully. Don't know if this is down to the D technology in the lens, or the clever old SB28, but the results are good and sell well. Wish I could afford a Nikkor 105 macro though! the Sigma lens is very good, but I do like Nikkors!
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