Macro Lens???

nathanrhoades PRO 1:56am, 24 August 2009
Does anyone here on the IPC group have enough experience with macro lenses to recommend a lense?
brash recess [deleted] Posted 9 years ago. Edited by brash recess (member) 9 years ago
60mm macro canon. Can't go wrong unless you want a 90mm tamron f2.8 has good reviews also canon 100mm is there cream of the crop but my experience is the 60mm will give you more to work with also good for portraits.
heres a sample of a 60mm macro: notice how it looks 3d
my 3d effect of 2 flowers
brash recess [deleted] Posted 9 years ago. Edited by brash recess (member) 9 years ago
strange you mentioned micro lens. I just traded with someone for a nikon af 55mmf2.8 microlens. heres a shot with it
micro bee upclose
Flower shot
bright red flower
shelbyR 9 years ago
I can't bring myself to buy a macro yet (I would need a bigger bag). I bought a "close up filter set" (Look here. ) It's a poor mans macro. It is basically a magnificent glass on the end of your lens. Some photographic purists hate them, but you can't beat it for the price.
Check my photostream, the watch and ruger, are products of this device.
Moostang has something similar. She has some excellent shots with it See them here. I think she got hers on flea bay.

The Sigma 150 2.8 is my work horse lens, the Tamaron 180 is supposed to be really nice as well !!
I also did the filter set mainly cuz of the $$. I like it just fine. Gives me just enough to get the shot(s) I want. I do want a macro lens but it's like #2 or 3 on my 'wanna buy' list.
nathanrhoades PRO 9 years ago
Thanks everyone, think I will stick to buying my fast 50mm and try some filters, extension rings, or reverse ring for macros for now... My tamron 18-200 works pretty well and my Sigma 70-200 is great, but I still want to get better than 1:1 magnification!
encouraging scale [deleted] 9 years ago
true micro 1.1 ratio gotta have it i use 60mm nikon its great general all around lens with 1.1
encouraging scale [deleted] 9 years ago

60mm nikon micro
Venu_Nair PRO 9 years ago
I have used the Nikon 100mm F/2.8G VR. This has a 1:1 magnification ratio.

If you are getting a 50MM lens and an extension tube, here something you may want to try. A 50MM lens has normally a 1:10 magnification ratio. Add a 50MM Extension tube and you get 1:1 magnification.

Here are some links with details

When using an extension tube keep in mind that the you will loose light, so a F2.8 will become F4
brash recess [deleted] 9 years ago
yes and losing that light isn't worth it. Buy the 100mm or put in your piggy bank ( camera bank) :)
generationD3/D810 9 years ago lost me on this one....a 100mm lens...are you sure arn't talking about a 105mm nikon lens ? david....losing 1 stop is not that much...ghezzzzz
Stewart Imagery 9 years ago
I love the 105mm 2.8!!! I don't have one of my own, but Serge was kind enough to let me borrow it, and I just loved it for macro as well as portraits.

Lola looks away

Mr. & Mrs. Rust!
moostang78 9 years ago
I just use a little $20 thing I got off e-bay. It has different effects depending on what lense I put it on.
encouraging scale [deleted] Posted 9 years ago. Edited by encouraging scale (member) 9 years ago
stewart imagery is right the 105 nikon 1.1 rocks its gets you a little further away from the subject when doing a bug shot which comes in handy
that lens is pretty expensive however.Thats why i ended up with the 60mm for 550$
generationD3/D810 9 years ago
Scotty E.....the 105 is a 2.8 and comes in around $1000.00 last I looked....glad I got mine a few years back at $650......LOL
nathanrhoades PRO 9 years ago
What do the extension rings do? I've got a great 70-200 f2.8 that has a Macro deisgnation but only reaches a 1:3.5 magnification. Would extension rings get me to 1:1 or even greater? How much light is sacrifices and do you still have control of apeture?
brash recess [deleted] 9 years ago
Tubes bring it closer. not sure if you lose any f stops because all they are is a tube no glass. I've been thinkin on that same line to Nate.
encouraging scale [deleted] 9 years ago
yes 2.8 with 1.1
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