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Cool! Didn't know that.

Hey, So I'm decked out with a nikon D3100 and the Nikkor 18-55 and the 55-200 which will cover me for pretty much everything except a few pieces here and there.

But I also take a fair bit of macro shots when the opportunity arises. So I'm looking for a lens to do me there. It can be prime or zoom, has to be f/3.5 or faster, preferably f/2.8 and have a minimum focusing distance of around 4-6 inches at the worst. I usually shoot in the 28mm-50mm (effective) range for these shots. I'll dual purpose the lens for landscapes.

The key thing here though is I'm on a pretty tight budget. I'm used to manual focus with my Minolta, so AF isn't necessarily a big deal, but would be a bonus. Any suggestions?
The longer the FL of the macro lens, the longer the working distance (for 1:1). The drawback is that the longer FL, the more lens shake there will be. I used to have the Canon 60mm/2.8 macro, which was damned sharp, but the working distance was very close, almost right on top of the subject. When/if I get a FF macro, I'm going for at least 100mm, maybe the 180 L.

But as for suggestions, the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 is popular and damn nice judging from reviews.
Edited by GoneTomorrow - 12/28/10 at 6:23pm
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I have a 55mm macro, i find that to get close enough to be in the working distance i'm usually in the way of the light source.

Makes for a great portrait lens though.
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Idk, I guess I'm used to my 35-105mm macro on the Minolta. That thing can focus to 4" if not closer. And I rather enjoy being that close. I've had a look around and it doesn't seem anything with what I'm asking for exists, which I find rather odd, considering my 35-105mm is like 20+ years old. I'll try some macro shots the way you guys are suggesting with my current line up DSLR gear and see how I like it before I make a purchase.

I've found this which seems to be optically similar to my 35-105, but I'll have to call B&H to see if they can give me a focusing distance.


This was taken with the 35-105, likely at around 8" and 35mm or there about:



Edited by theCanadian - 12/28/10 at 7:00pm
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Macro != Close Focusing
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Idk, I guess I'm used to my 35-105mm macro on the Minolta. That thing can focus to 4" if not closer. And I rather enjoy being that close. I've had a look around and it doesn't seem anything with what I'm asking for exists, which I find rather odd, considering my 35-105mm is like 20+ years old. I'll try some macro shots the way you guys are suggesting with my current line up DSLR gear and see how I like it before I make a purchase.

I've found this which seems to be optically similar to my 35-105, but I'll have to call B&H to see if they can give me a focusing distance.


This was taken with the 35-105, likely at around 8" and 35mm or there about:
I doubt that your 35-105 or the Nikon you linked are actual 1:1 macro lenses. Manufacturers will sometimes label a zoom lens macro only because it can focus a little closer than most, resulting in some magnification but not enough to call it a macro lens. A 1:1 macro lens will always be a prime.

http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography...MF/3570mm1.htm
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how you like that 35-70? been thinking of getting that and/or the 24-50 for fun.
I don't, really. I haven't been able to take really sharp pics with it yet. I bought it used on ebay for $50 with shipping so I can't complain.
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Idk, I guess I'm used to my 35-105mm macro on the Minolta. That thing can focus to 4" if not closer. And I rather enjoy being that close. I've had a look around and it doesn't seem anything with what I'm asking for exists, which I find rather odd, considering my 35-105mm is like 20+ years old. I'll try some macro shots the way you guys are suggesting with my current line up DSLR gear and see how I like it before I make a purchase.

I've found this which seems to be optically similar to my 35-105, but I'll have to call B&H to see if they can give me a focusing distance.


This was taken with the 35-105, likely at around 8" and 35mm or there about
Problem with old AI and AIS lenses is that they don't meter on the D3100... You'd have to guess or use an external meter. The Tamron 90 f/2.8 is probably a good bet, or you might consider the Micro-Nikkor 105 f/2.8 AF-D. It won't autofocus on the D3100, but it will have full metering, and is a full frame lens if you ever move in that direction.
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I doubt that your 35-105 or the Nikon you linked are actual 1:1 macro lenses. Manufacturers will sometimes label a zoom lens macro only because it can focus a little closer than most, resulting in some magnification but not enough to call it a macro lens. A 1:1 macro lens will always be a prime.

http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography...MF/3570mm1.htm
I see. So a 50mm it is.

Edit: So, Sigma 50mm f/2.8 No AF Will have to save up money for it.
Or A BGN Tamron 90mm f/2.8 for $250
Or this Nikon 35-135 (does it autofocus on 3100?)

What do you think?

This manual focus 55, looks nice too.
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Just got 35L. 100% disappointed, this lens is as sharp as Nikon's 30 year old design. So its as soft as something not very hard.
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Bad copy IMO since mines sharp wide open.
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