A&P Finally got my 18-200VR...

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  1. NSX

    NSX OT Supporter

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    Only took 4 damn months! :madfawk:

    Now I have a problem. Should I get rid of the Sigma 17-70 macro?
    I got it originally to tie me over til the Nikkor came in.

    I kinda don't want to keep these two lenses but I will miss the macro function on the Sigma though and the f/2.8 at 17mm.
     
  2. eof

    eof New Member

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    Keep it then...how much did you pay for the Sigma?
     
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    sell it and get a real macro.
     
  4. NSX

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    $389 I think plus shipping from B&H. I'll put it on Craigslist to see if there is interest in the lens.
     
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    Yeah, been looking out for a Nikon 105 micro (not the VR). Also keeping options open for a Tamron 90 macro. Heard good things about it.
     
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    The Tamron 90 is a great little lens, but 90 is just not close enough. I'd say hold out for the 105VR if you can, there is so much you can do with it and prices are dropping now that they are back in stock. I'm literally in love with mine.
     
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    Didn't they say not to bother with VR when doing macro shots and instead use a tripod? I could be wrong but this is why I wondered why Nikon bothered coming out with a macro lens with VR?
     
  8. natelam

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    Anyone who says VR is worthless on a macro doesn't own the 105VR. Sure, it's nice to be on a tripod, it works when objects are stationary. But if there is wind, or anything moving, with macro the slightest subject/lens movement can make a major difference. I shoot handheld macros 90% of the time because I'm always chasing something moving.

    Example where VR helps:
    1/125s f5.6

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    1/30s f11

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    1/60s f8

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    1/15s f8, overexposed intentionally to bring out shadow detail in the iris

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    1/125 f11

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    Don't care what anyone says, none of those shots were possible if I used a tripod, and most of those I wouldn't have been able to get without VR without sacrificing a narrower DOF or bumping the ISO
     
  9. Airpoppoff

    Airpoppoff Vodka > Racing F1

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    too bad you don't know the diffence between a D80 and D200
     
  10. Pineapple Devil

    Pineapple Devil beat it!

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    99% of those shots had a shutter fast enough not to need vr, that is unless you have parkinson's disease
     
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    :bowdown: :mamoru:
     
  12. natelam

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    Would love to see your handhelds at 1/30s from 8" away from a moving target. Handshake is horrendous at that distance...VR helps all the way up to 1/250 for me when handshake becomes negligable. I know you are a good photographer, would like to see some similar work.
     
  13. Derrict

    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    ditto. I keep IS (Canon) on for shutter speeds to about 1/125-1/250 depending on my distance to the subject.
     
  14. Kinks

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    macro is a different story when it comes to vibration, it's much more susceptible than regular shots.

    those photos are awesome, btw :)
     

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