Macro lens for Nikon?

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  1. Steve Mack

    Steve Mack Member

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    I am looking for some advice as to the best choice for macro work with flowers. I see that I have a choice of the 60mm or the 105. Can someone help me out here? I use an F100 and an N80. Or is there some other lens that I haven't mentioned?

    Thanks to all who reply.

    With best regards,

    Stephen
     
  2. tkamiya

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    What's your budget and requirement?

    I have a 105mm f/2.8G VR. It's an incredibly sharp lens even wide open but quite heavy. I chose this one over shorter focal length because I wanted some working distance. I also wanted to use it for portrait and I have not been disappointed.
     
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    If you are happy to go with manual focus, which is preferable with macro anyway, there is a 55/2.8 AI-S lens which is plentiful, cheap, and razor-sharp.
     
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    Stationary object that range from very tiny - requiring > 1:1 magnification, to very large that you need to put distance between you and the target . . . There are some lenses, closeup filters, extension tubes and bellows that may be appropriate for you to use.
     
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    In manual focus there were four.55/3.5 55/2.8 105/2.8 and 200/4
     
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    I like the 55 micro f3.5. Sometimes available <$100. Sharp, better looking backgrounds than the 60/2.8 d-af.
     
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    Er, make that five with the 105/4.
     
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    The 200 f4 is very nice for flowers, good working distance, 2:1 with internal focusing.
     
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    Whatever version of the 105 suits your budget, your fancy, and your camera. If you have the bucks, the 200mm medical micro-nikkor is great because of the working distance. However, it is heavy.
     
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    This and also a f3.5 non-AI version which I own. 1:1 reproduction, but it's non-AI which means I think you're screwed unless using manual mode. I put it on my buddie's d3000 d*****l and I could snap a photo in manual mode with it
     
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    If you can find one.
     
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    I'm also fond of the 200/4
     
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    I am quite pleased with my 105 2.8 AF micro Nikkor that I use on the manual setting. It can focus to 1:1 and also makes for a decent portrait lens.

    http://www.jeffreyglasser.com/
     
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    I recently bought a new Nikkor af 105 2.8G. I bought it to use with my D700, but find that I'm using it more with my N80. It may be heavy,but it is a wonderful, tack sharp lens. I use most of my lenses in manual mode.
     
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    One of the best ever - 55mm Micro-Nikkor
     
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    About 10 years ago I purchased a Kiron 105/2.8 Macro lens that goes 1:1 without an adapter (for my Nikon). It was only $75 and I thought of it as a stand-in until I purchased an actual Nikon 'Micro' Nikkor. A decade later I'm still using this most excellent Kiron lens. Unfortunately (for a buyer), they're going for a bit more than $75 these days but is still worth it.

    I also have the 55/2.8 and 200/4 Micro-Nikkors and find that I use the Kiron more often. With the 105, I like the distance between subject & lens and the way the background is rendered when compared to the 55. The 200 is nice but I continue to go with the 105. It's just right (for me). Good luck!

    Marc
     
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    With film, I used my 105mm Nikon macro lens more than my 55mm Nikon macro. With my APS sized digital body, I find myself using the 55mm macro more than the 105mm macro.
     
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    It is worse than being screwed in regards to metering modes and what have you. It simply will not mount on some cameras without breaking them. You need a camera with no AI ring (e.g. F, Nikkormat, D40), or one with an AI tab that flips out of the way (e.g. late F2, F3).