ArmitageShanks
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What Would Be A Good Lens For Me?

Tue Dec 21, 2004 2:18 am

I have a Nikon D70 with the 18-17mm and a 70-300mm lens. Should I think about getting another lens? I would like to have a marco lens for close ups, but they are so expensive I don't know if I can afford one.

I've got up to 300 dollars to spend, but I don't know if that's enough to get a decent lens.

Should I just forget it and get some other accessory. If so, what would you recommend? I really have no idea.
 
Tin67
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RE: What Would Be A Good Lens For Me?

Tue Dec 21, 2004 2:29 am

Unless you really need a macro, sometimes you'd be better off getting a zoom type lens with close focus ability. I doubt $300 will get you a very good dedicated macro.

It's not a lens I'd usually associate with aviation photography. What are you planning to photograph?

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RE: What Would Be A Good Lens For Me?

Tue Dec 21, 2004 2:30 am

Tamron 90/2.8 and Sigma EX 105/2.8 are popular and affordable macro lenses. They will probably work very well for portraits too with the large aperture and good focal length.
Then there is the alternative to go with extension tubes or close-up lenses, but a dedicated macro lens will give the best result.

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RE: What Would Be A Good Lens For Me?

Tue Dec 21, 2004 2:34 am

I rarely shoot aviation, so I just want an all around lens for close up stuff seeing I've got the 70-300 already and that's fine for the air to air stuff I do with aviation.
 
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RE: What Would Be A Good Lens For Me?

Tue Dec 21, 2004 4:50 pm

Have you considered some close-up lenses for your small lens? These are like filters and simply screw on to your existing lens and allow it to focus at very small distances. Some can even be stacked.

BH Photovideo have this sort of thing.

Hope that helps!

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RE: What Would Be A Good Lens For Me?

Wed Dec 22, 2004 12:14 am

While the 500D canon macro filter will do a good job, it is really only a quick fix. I have got more and more into macro this past few months, and i worked out quickly that for good shots i would need a macro lens.

I went with the canon 100mmF2.8Macro, very sharo thorugh the range and very nice contrast and color.

the nikon equivilant is also very highly regarded! I woulld stay away fromt he sigma one, it isn't as sharp as it cud be.

Another good lens is the Tamron 180mmF3.5 DI Macro! Very sharp, and gives you more working distance between you and the subject. This is handy when photographing insects and small animals that scare easily.

If you plan on getting into macro seriously i can reccomend a good tripod and a flash that will help get good pics. I use a benbo trekker 1 and a manfrotto 444 carbon tripod for macro and they are both very good, they both offer low level positioning which is a must for macro!

Good luck!

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RE: What Would Be A Good Lens For Me?

Wed Dec 22, 2004 2:32 pm

Thanks for the advice all. I've got a nice tripod and the SB600 for my Nikon, so I will consider getting a nice Marco lens.

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