Help choosing lense for D5000
I am looking for some help with choosing a lense for a Nikon D5000, currently I have the 18-55mm lense that was supplied when purchased.
What I am trying to do is take a picture of artwork that measures 1m by 1m yet in as high a detail as possible. What I have noticed is that lense curvature is strikingly noticeable and that focus is specific to the centre.
Could you please give me an idea of suitable lenses for this task?
Price is not an issue (luckily) however unluckily I live on a small Island where the local camera shops stock small compact cameras and nothing else but. I had to order the D5000 online and this doesnt bode well for me getting to try lenses.
When i have a shortlist of suitable lenses I will contact a reputable camera shop and make an appointment to see them and try the various lenses before buying but I do need an approximate idea of which lenses I should be looking for.
Many Thanks in Advance.
#1. "RE: Help choosing lense for D5000" | In response to Reply # 0blw Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Tue 26-Oct-10 03:04 PM
You want a lens that is designed to deliver a flat field. The most obvious ones are the short macro lenses, such as the Nikkor 60/f2.8 AFS Micro, the Sigma 50/f2.8 Macro, Tamron 60/f2 DX Macro and Tokina 35/f2.8 DX Macro. I've tried all of these except the Tokina, and they are all absolutely top-flight lenses. I'm sure the Tokina probably is too - pretty much all modern macro lenses are - I just haven't used it myself.
I don't think you can go wrong with any of the above. The two 60mm lenses are the ones that AF on the D5000/3000/3100/et al, so that's where I'd start. The Tokina might be a bit more logistically suitable one if you will be shooting eve larger paintings. My impression is that the Sigma may be, by the barest of margins, the sharpest of the lot, although they're all really, really sharp.
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#3. "RE: Help choosing lense for D5000" | In response to Reply # 0
I have the Tokina 35mm macro and the Nikon 60mm S series macro. Both are sharp and with practically no distortion.
If you can count on enough distance from your subject, the 60mm may be the better choice. You would need about 4m distance to get 1m x 1m. You will find many more uses for this lens -- for macro, of course, and it is an excellent portrait lens on a DX camera.
Note that there are still two Nikon 60mm macros available, the 'S' series which has a focus motor and will autofocus on your D5000, and the older 'D' model wich you would need to focus manually. Both are very sharp. But the newer 'S' model is incredibly sharp and has such great bokeh that I suspect it will be considered among the handful of 'legendary' Nikon lenses at some point.
The main drawbacks to the Tokina 35mm are that it will not autofocus on your camera and if you decide to take up macro photography it has a very small working distance. However, you would be able to shoot 1m x 1m artwork at about a 2.5m distance.
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#4. "RE: Help choosing lense for D5000" | In response to Reply # 3Tue 26-Oct-10 06:12 PM
I can tell you that this lense will only be used for taking photos of the artwork and it will be in use constantly, as there is a lot of artwork to photograph.
The level of detail is all important, i appreciate how varying lenses have multipurposes but in this particular case I am after 1 specific lense for a specific purpose and nothing more.