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Old May 19, 2007, 12:15 PM   #1
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I have a Nikon D50 with a 18-200 and 80-400 lens. The problem is that I can't get the quality of pictures that I got with my Olympus C2100. I like taking close uppictures of flowers. What macro lens would be good to buy? Thanks for any help.
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Old May 19, 2007, 7:07 PM   #2
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Take a look at the Tamron 90mm 2.8. It is a true macro lens and also has a good length for portrait shots. 1.5 crop factor x 90mm = 135mm in 35mm terms. It is on my list but I use the Tamron 70-300mm LD 1:2 macro which is really a close up lens. You may also look at looking at some add-on type lens like the Raynox add-on.

Edit: perhaps not with the lenses you currently have as far as the Raynoxadd on.



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Old May 20, 2007, 10:24 AM   #3
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Thanks vIZnquest for the information. That gives me a good start. On my old 35mm camera, I had a button on the lens to switch it over to macro. All the specs on the different lens just confused me. Now I can start shopping!
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How much is your budget? By all accounts the new Nikon 105 VR F2.8 is an excellent macro lens, but it does run about $750. The Tokina 100mm f/2.8 is another that gets rave reviews, it's $399 at B&H, I belive the same price as the Tamron 90mm F2.8.

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Old May 26, 2007, 8:29 AM   #5
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There are no bad macros, only different choices of brands and focal length. I was going to get the tamron 90mm or nikon 105mm, butI kept seeing rave reports from owners of the Nikon 60mm, so i went with it. If you are using Macro for easily spooked insects, you may need the 90/100 or 150mm lenses.
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Thanks for your input. I have both the Tokina and Tamron lens now and very happy with them. The different ranges got me thinking too. This give me something to compare at the camera store.
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Old May 27, 2007, 11:37 AM   #7
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Thanks for your input. I have both the Tokina and Tamron lens now and very happy with them. The different ranges got me thinking too. This give me something to compare at the camera store.
I just saw some shots taken wiith a Vivitar Macro that the shooter picked up for around $50. The shots were great, and it seems there are several happy owners of that lens.
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Old May 27, 2007, 3:01 PM   #8
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Thanks again, cope. I'll look into that lens. Cheaper is better!
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I saved my pennies a bit longer and went for the 105mmvr and dont regret it, it has the extra reach for subjects that spook easy so its a no brainer. It was a bit pricey but its one that I wont be replacing anytime soon

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butI kept seeing rave reports from owners of the Nikon 60mm, so i went with it. If you are using Macro for easily spooked insects, you may need the 90/100 or 150mm lenses.
I can go along with this. I too was a little confused with the word "macro" which seems to be slung around with every second lens made. I am no aficionado with lenses or their uses, but I sometimes fail to see why a zoom type lens can have the word "macro" in its description. I tried a few of these in my quest to get a few real closeups and by comparison, a dedicated macro lens will most likely leave the zoomies for dead. They may have macro ability but I have yet to see one that can do a good job of it, mind you, I haven't tried every lens so I stand to be corrected.

I bought a Nikon 60mm micro (macro) a fewmonths back and there has been no looking back, and YES, what you said about spooked insects etc is true. To get a real closeup with the 60mm macro you really have to stick the lens right in there and the only two problems I have encountered are 1). gettting too close to the subject and have it run or fly away, and 2). interfering with your own light source by casting a shadow if you don't get the angle right,, but other than these two, it does take magnificant shots. I might soon buy a 105mm macro, just to give me a bit of distance to work with. A 150mm macrowould be nice too but the 105mm job would be my next target...
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