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Old Jan 17, 2008, 10:33 PM   #11
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I just want to say that the close-focusing distance dtermines whether a lens is macro (micro).the smaller the number for close-focusing, the closer the lens is to macro. This is true of any lens, prime, telephoto, zoom, you name it. Check the close-focusing distance.

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Old Apr 16, 2011, 4:51 AM   #12
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Gentleman thank you for your replies to us young padiwans about macro photography. I too have the same lens as ejbsf - the 55mm f/1.8 nikon prime. I have a d5000 and a d2x and plan on having four more lenses( two dedicated macros and the famous sigma 150-500 zoom. Toss the last one up for whatever.
I too have a budget, but I have learned from trying to save on a good equipment bag that it's best for me to just go on and get what will work. normally I'm very shy and don't usually participate in any kind of online forum but somehow trying to do macro shots and depth of field studies with my 55-200mm and the basic 18-55mm I happened upon this forum by asking google "what is a macro lens". To make my day of frustration shorter for you (which was escalated by not being able to change my shutter speed in aperture priority mode, or the aperture in the shutter priority mode) I was just so moved to see that someone got an helpful and simple answer to one of the questions I have had all day. But now I am enjoying how clueless I can be sometimes.....
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Old Apr 17, 2011, 3:59 PM   #13
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i remember years ago on my old pentax film camera getting great macro shots using a prime lens and a reversing ring
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Old Apr 17, 2011, 5:09 PM   #14
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the simple answer is yes, if you add tubes or a 2-4 diopter conversion lens.
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Old Apr 18, 2011, 1:00 AM   #15
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Don't know if this would fit your budget but I hear good things about this
lens in this price catagory... There is a $100 rebate going on right now
for it as well...

Tamron AF 60mm f/2.0 SP DI II LD IF 1:1 Macro Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

Here's the LensTip.com review...


It looks to me like a good bang-for-buck macro for those on a budget...

BTW, Macro's usually make pretty decent prime/portrait lenses as well
so it could serve the purpose of both...

D7k with old/new glass and a few other things...

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