A&P What lense should I get for macro shots?

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  1. vbp6us

    vbp6us New Member

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    So I just upgraded from the D50 to the D80 and changed the 18-55mm lense for a 55-200mm VR. I like the new lense but I miss my old 18mm. :(

    Recommendations?

    Thanks
     
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    ok_computer OT Supporter

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    lense isnt a word.

    it's spelled lens.

    60mm micro or 105mm vr micro
     
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    Perkwunos Dog Bones OT Supporter

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    for A macro shot, don;t buy a lens buy extension tubes...

    For macro photography THINK about a lens.
     
  4. xenon supra

    xenon supra OT Supporter

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    a lot of people will tell you to get the tamron 90mm because it is cheap/ sharp

    I prefer my nikon 105 VR micro because it is extremely sharp and absolutely amazes me more and more every time I use it. but it is a bit more expensive.
     
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    if you miss your 18-55mm lens, a macro lens won't help. if you want something to replace your 18-55, get the tamron 17-50 2.8.
     
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    tamron 90mm > Nikon 105mm VR.

    every single test under the sun shows the Tamron to be sharper. and VR doesn't work in macro mode.

    if you want a 105mm portrait lens, the 105 VR is fucking amazing though.
     
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    correct, VR doesn't work in macro mode, but either way, I'm still convinced it is a superior lens.

    i gotta find someone with the tamron 90 so I can do some tests.

    yes the tamron is a great deal for the money, but there's no doubt the nikon is a better all-around lens.
     
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    The Tamron isn't a great deal for the money - it's a great lens at any cost. You cannot show me a sharper macro lens outside of the Lester Dine 105mm.

    again, if you mean by 'all around', then you're right. I'd love to have one for portrait work, since it focuses faster and has VR, which both come in handy when shooting portraits. But it's NOT the better MACRO lens. Hell, it's not even Nikon's best macro lens. The older, non-VR models were sharper. They made changes to the lens to make it a better jack of all trades, and they achieved their goal.

    If you're talking a pure macro lens, sharpness is the #1 requirement. The Tamron is sharper. I did my own testing, and everyone elses reviews back up what I found.

    It's funny how you're making these assumptions and convincing yourself that you bought the better lens when you admit you have no experience with the Tamron.
     
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    Oh shit you're right. I've been misspelling it all this time. :o
     
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    vbp6us New Member

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    I prefer to stick with Nikon so I guess I'll have to test them out.
     
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    Damn man that 105 VR lens is expensive @ $800.
     
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    people really need to stop thinking that Nikon for their Nikon cameras is the only lens worth buying and the same goes for Canon.

    The Tamron 90mm, from what i've seen, is a fantastic macro lens.
    The Tokina 12-24 f/4 is just as good, if not better than the Nikon 12-24.
    The Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 has just as good, if not better IQ than the Nikon 17-55 f/2.8.

    You do need to spend money to play, but you don't need to rape your wallet in all situations.

    And I think clarification needs to be made with what you meant by macro because you said you got rid of the 18-55, miss 18mm, but want a macro. You do know that 18mm isn't considered macro, it's called a wide angle, right?
     
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    people here post pics from the tammy all the time, and I'm sorry but it doesn't impress me.

    maybe you have a good copy of the tammy and I have a good copy of the nikon. who knows

    either way, i'm pretty sure they are both sharp as fuck.
     
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    thanks for the recommendations! I am looking those lenses up. I didn't know that about the 18mm. I'm fairly new to the hobby, honestly. I just bought a D80, upgrading from a D50. I know. :mamoru:
     

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