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scarface199 Apr 5, 2010 6:24 PM


Originally Posted by shoturtle (Post 1075306)
Actually the macro option is less expensive then the wide angle option. Anything down at 10 to 12mm on the wide side will be well over 400 dollars. You will not find any old slr lenses wider the 20mm.

Wow that I had no idea. Thought it was the other way around. I'm glad I purchased this camera with the 2 lenses as a kit, shopping around for them is quite tough work. Now, I have read something about extending rings or something (may be calling it the wrong name) that goes between the lens and the camera which acts to bring the subject closer into frame give a bit more zoom over what you normally could do? are these worth anything at all to give a try, or will it hurt the IQ pretty bad?

shoturtle Apr 5, 2010 6:31 PM

extension tubes, but a good one is the price of a macro zoom lens that you are looking at. I find them to be a bit annoying to use. It does not allow you to use the lens for anything but macro when on. So if something else pops up you want to shoot when doing macro. You will have to dismount the lens, and tube and remount the lens, and that thing might be gone by the time you are ready to shoot.

scarface199 Apr 5, 2010 6:39 PM

Yeah. That sounds like it would be a pain. Do not really want to have to deal with that, I am learning so much here, Thanks so much. Another thing I was looking at was Fish eye lens, I have seen some lenses, and I have seen some fish eye attachments that go on your existing lens, worth it. Or another bust?? Looks like I should start saving up some money.
Something like this

shoturtle Apr 5, 2010 6:43 PM

Fish eye lenses are expensive also. I really do not like the way the photo look with a fisheye personally. Also anytime you place a inexpensive piece of glass in front of your lens, it usually degrade the image. That is why I do not even use a UV protector. ;)

scarface199 Apr 5, 2010 6:49 PM

So many things to think about. I placed a bid on the ebay link I posted earlier. I will see how that comes out on if I win it for a decent price. Going to let all this info soak in.
Looks like i'm stuck with doing panoramas until I am able to afford a wide angle.

TCav Apr 5, 2010 7:59 PM

You could also look for a 'Plastic Fantastic' 100mm f/3.5 Macro lens. It was sold under multiple names, like Phoenix, Cosina, Bower, etc. but it's quite good and the AF version can usually be had for ~$100. It looks like cheap junk, but it works well and lasts longer than it has a right to. It was also available as a manual focus lens, and can be had for ~$60.

Bob Nichol Apr 5, 2010 8:38 PM

Use "Making Sense of Lens Acronyms" and "Nikkor Autofocus Lenses" as a guide as to which older Nikon lenses are usable on your D40

scarface199 Apr 7, 2010 12:57 PM

I have a National Camera Exchange which is a local camera shop here in MN, and they have GREAT deals on lenses. and im looking at a few to get.. And need opinions on them and if they would work on my d40, I know some wont auto focus. but that is fine
NIKON AF 28-80MM F3.5-5.6D

shoturtle Apr 7, 2010 4:45 PM

What lenses do you have currently. Since non of these are macro or wide angle. You may be doubling up on the ranges you have with your current lens line up?

scarface199 Apr 7, 2010 5:35 PM


Originally Posted by shoturtle (Post 1076184)
What lenses do you have currently. Since non of these are macro or wide angle. You may be doubling up on the ranges you have with your current lens line up?

Ahh, then they are not worth the money, even if they are 45 bucks.. I have the 2 kit lenses, the 18-55, and the 55-200

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