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Old Aug 15, 2013, 7:41 PM   #21
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While the Fuji X-M1 has a very nice 60mm Macro lens, because of the short flange focal length and large image sensor, I'd caution you about potential field curvature and chromatic aberration in its other lenses, much like occurs in the Sony NEX product line. Plus an X-M1 and the 60mm Macro lens will put you WAY over budget.
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Yeah it is a friends X-M1. I ended up getting a lovely little D5100 and a previously enjoyed 55/2.8. It fell well within my budget and I think will give me tons of room to grow! thanks much for the great help. I really like that you dont just give an opinion but also reason's to back. So much more helpful!!!
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The Nikon D5100 is a fine camera with an excellent 16MP image sensor. The Nikon 55/2.8 is a very nice Macro lens, though it is a manual focus lens. Use it from about f/4 to f11 for best results, equal to the resolution of the camera. The smaller the aperture (the larger the f-number) the larger the depth of field is. If your subjects are positioned exactly perpendicular to the line of sight, the DoF probably won't matter, but if you position the subject at an angle, you'll probably need the extra Dof you'll get with a smaller aperture.
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Is your Nikon D5100 brand-new out-of-the-box, with a manufacturers warranty?
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Yes it is. and thanks for the tips! I sprung for the local 4 year warranty as well. $90 and they will fix small issues that are from wear and deal with any RMA. If it will need to be sent out they provide a loaner camera.
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That sounds like a nice deal. Good luck with it.
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Went out last night and took some shots. This think this setup is going to work out just fine. Very happy with it! a couple shots of a pencil sized hole in a plate on a power pole and some other bits and bobs
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and a few flower shots. So much to learn. snagged what looks like an a decent beginner book. Will see what the next year brings.
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Macro is a whole new world, isn't it?

What you've seen already is how the bokeh (out of focus area) can add to the image, but keep in mind that with what you want to do, it will detract from the image. You should get more familiar with not just decreasing the depth of field, but also increasing it.
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