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Connie Odegaard
 

Micro lenses for d-70


I have a 70-200 F2.8 and a Tameron 17-50 F2.8. I am looking to take macro shoots and do not know what lense would be the best. I would like to do 1:1. looking at a Nikon 105 2.8 lense. Any ideas? the 70-200 and 17-50 are not macro lenses.


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3/21/2007 6:34:15 AM

 
W.   
Hi Connie,

"the 70-200 and 17-50 are not macro lenses."

So don't get either one for macro.

Micro and macro are not the same!

Macro is for very small subjects, that are still visible with the naked eye, but too small to be able to see details.
Micro is for very, VERY small subjects. Stuff that's too small to be visible to the unaided human eye. Think 'micro'scope.


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3/21/2007 7:27:36 AM

 
Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  "Micro" is what Nikon calls their "Macro" lenses. Nikon's AF Micro-Nikkor 105 f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR is a terrific lens, but is fairly expensive (>$750) because it has Vibration Reduction. This is not generally necessary in Macro lenses, which are most often used with a tripod anyway. Economical alternatives include the equally good Sigma 105 f/2.8 EX DG Macro, and Tamron SP 90 f/2.8 Di Macro, each about $400.


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3/21/2007 7:48:11 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  and here is the Lens that Jon recommended on Ebay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Tamron-Telephoto-SP-90mm-F-2-8-DI-Macro-Lens-Nikon-D70s_W0QQitemZ120097839985QQcategoryZ106860QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

best of luck,
Debby


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3/21/2007 7:58:31 AM

 
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""Micro" is what Nikon calls their "Macro" lenses."

Sure, but afaik Nikon are the ONLY ones using that WRONG nomenclature.

If Larry King - an important TV personality calls The Gand Canyon "The Small Canyon", he is still plain wrong! Important TV personality or not.


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3/21/2007 8:02:18 AM

 
Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  Get over it. "Micro" simply means very small and there is no objective standard for what is micro. Nikon's usage refers to shooting small objects close up. It is just as correct, if not moreso, than "macro" since the latter term is an adjective for very large.

Sigma, Tamron, and others commonly apply "macro" to any lens that focuses close enough to give 1:4 magnification, while purists reserve the term only for lenses that can reproduce life size (1:1) or greater.


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3/21/2007 8:18:23 AM

 
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