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Old Jul 1, 2006, 11:03 AM   #1
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Hi im using a D50 with a 70-300mm and im getting pretty good close up shots . Question here is can i add close up lenses like a 1x or 2x 4x close up lense filters. I also have a 28-80mm . Heres a example of what im getting with the 70-300mm Handheld
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Old Jul 1, 2006, 12:09 PM   #2
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A Nikon 6T (3 diopre) will make the lens focus at around 1 foot when set to infinity focus, so yes, it may be of use. I have the 70-300 and 6T but never used them together (mainly because I have a 60mm micro and I bought the 6T for the FZ20) but will give it a try and let you know if it makes sense.

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Old Jul 1, 2006, 12:53 PM   #3
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keith1200rssure wouldbe if you would try it out im kinda low on cash at the moment and a 6T would be option till i get a real macro
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Old Jul 2, 2006, 9:26 PM   #4
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i have something even cheaper for you. Buy a reversing ring. nikon sells one under the name of the Br-2a, but i just bought one from B&H that is made by a company Kalt. Same thing, but half the price at 17 bucks. It lets you mount any 52mm filter thread lens reversed onto the body. the 50mm 1.8 is the most popular and one of the best. the thing is, you dont need a brand new 50mm lens to do this. you can buy as old as you like, becasue when you mount it backwards, its full manual. if you buy an older, used, non autofocus lens, then it wont be as useful as a regular lens. but this cheap solution allows you to get to 1:1 for relatively cheap. it just takes some practice and patience.

heres an example, i konw its not the clearest, but its one of my first with this combo.
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Old Jul 3, 2006, 3:51 AM   #5
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I didn't have much time but here are three pictures of the same flower:

60mm Micro at closest focus
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Old Jul 3, 2006, 3:51 AM   #6
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70-300 at 300mm, closest focus.
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Old Jul 3, 2006, 3:52 AM   #7
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70-300 at 300mm with 6T added, closest focus (not infinity).
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Old Jul 3, 2006, 3:55 AM   #8
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So, with the 6T the 70-300mm will give you pretty much the same magnification as the 60mm Micro (1:1 in film numbers).

The working distance of the 70-300mm (at the longer end) is further away than the 60mm which can be helpful but also makes hand holding more tricky. With the 70-300 you can obviously zoom to get the framing right - with the 60mm Micro you move yourself.

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Old Jul 3, 2006, 4:01 AM   #9
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Thanks for taking the time Keith it's really appreciated i think im gonna start looking for a 6T :G

BTW superb Macro
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Old Jul 3, 2006, 5:25 AM   #10
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You're welcome.

By the way, someone can correct me if I am wrong but I think the idea of a reversing ring is very limiting. You will get very close, but have very little flexibility in the working distance and magnification. Fine if you are just wanting to photograph tiny bugs, but not very handy for a range of subject sizes.

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Thanks for taking the time Keith it's really appreciated i think im gonna start looking for a 6T :G

BTW superb Macro
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