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Old Apr 12, 2006, 1:44 PM   #1
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I am new to digital SLR and just purchased the D50 and the Tamron 18-200 XR Di II lens. This lens is suppose to be able to take close-ups (flowers etc), but I can't seem to do this...its not even allowing me to take the picture. I have not used any of the manual or semi automatic settings yet. I am only using the pre-set Macro setting.

I suspect it has something to do with the focus setting, but I thought this would be taken care of with the Macro setting (flower icon).

I would appreciate any help...again, I am a newbie to this (former point and shooter, and probably with continue to do so...except with this better camera).

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Old Apr 12, 2006, 4:05 PM   #2
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I don't know about your lens, but my Sigma has a switch on the actual lens that has to be activated before the lens behaves as a macro can be used.

Also my lens is only a macro when at the full zoom end ie 200mm-300mm, it will not work as a macro below 200mm.

seems odd that you should be getting nothing at all.
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Old Apr 12, 2006, 5:10 PM   #3
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Looking at the lens specs you should be able to get a 1:3.7 or to quote the catalogue file the frame with a subject the size of an audio cassette tape. This is with the lens set to 200mm and at 17.7 inches, 45 cm from the subject. From the problem you describe my guess is that you are getting too close to the subject so it is unable to focus.

The macro setting doesn't have any effect on the focusing distance as it would on a P&S. It will probably aim to give a small aperture to maximise depth of field.
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Old Apr 12, 2006, 9:24 PM   #4
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Thanks Norm...I tried it at full zoom and it seems to work. Its funny, with my Olympus 4000 point and shoot, macro shots have to be taken with the lens fully retracted.

I'm sure I will back with more questions...great forum

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Old Apr 14, 2006, 4:33 AM   #5
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Norm and KC-

Can you please give us some feedback on the Sigma 18-200 lens (Norm) and the Tamron 18-200 lens (KC). How have you liked the lens? Does it perform well for you? Can you post any photo samples, please??

Thanks for your help. Quite a few of here are interested in both the Sigma and the tamron 18-200mm lenses.

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Old Apr 14, 2006, 7:36 AM   #6
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I am using the Tamron.

The closest distance AF works is about 15cm from the subject, both at the tele & wide ends.

But as you can see, the meter on the MF ring says from 0.45m to infinity.
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Old Apr 17, 2006, 1:25 PM   #7
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I'm not sure if I am qualified to make such an assessment for a forum such as this...remember, I havenever owned a camera with a removable lens...yes, as a novice, I am happy with my Tamron lens. I must say, I think I was expecting more from an 18-200 mm lens in general...I truly thought it would be the "swiss army knife" of lenses...in other words, great at both ends of the spectrum.

Ok, at the risk of adumb sounding question...what is the equivalent of optical zoom (as in a point and shoot...for example, my Olympus C4000 point and shootwas a 3x optical zoom) on a 200 mm lens? This is so I can put it all into prospective. I went to Tamron's website and a posted brochure for this lens showed a greattelephoto shot of astructure on the roof of a buildingin the distance...I don't seem to be getting that dramatic of a zoom with this lens...as I said, I might be expecting too much.

As an aside,I purchased my lense at Prestige camera for $301 (total of $315 shipped). Yes, I did have to call in the next day to comfirm my order, but NO sales pitch to purchase any other items. I received my package in about 4-5 days.

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