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Macro Lenses - 30mm, 60mm, 90mm, 180mm - which is best? what has been your experience?
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Apr 13, 2019 11:00:28   #
Chris T
 
Is it really necessary for us to buy one in each range? Or, are just one or two suitable for most things? If you use them - please advise as to which length is better suited for YOUR purposes, and why you chose it.

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Apr 13, 2019 11:10:35   #
jeweler53
 
It depends on what you want pictures of. I have 3 that get the most use, a 55mm f2.8 Nikkor D, a 90 mm Sigma and a 120 medical Nikkor AI that get the most use. The first two are used for carry around, and I could probably get by with the 90. The 120 has a built in flash and works nicely for moving critters and such.

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Apr 13, 2019 11:14:19   #
nimbushopper (a regular here)
 
The longer lenses give you a greater working distance(so your shadow is not on the subject). But you give up some depth of field with the longer focal length. I use both a 60mm and a 105mm micro nikkor.

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Apr 13, 2019 11:18:18   #
jeweler53
 
nimbushopper wrote:
The longer lenses give you a greater working distance(so your shadow is not on the subject). But you give up some depth of field with the longer focal length. I use both a 60mm and a 105mm micro nikkor.


Depth of field is not dependent on focal length. It is dependent on magnification A photo at the same magnification with the 60 and the 105 will have exactly the same DOF, but will have a different perspective.

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Apr 13, 2019 11:24:48   #
nimbushopper (a regular here)
 
Yes, at the same magnification! Thanks for pointing that out.

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Apr 13, 2019 11:32:15   #
CaliforniaDreamer
 
I have a 80mm and a 180mm. I tend to use the 180 most because I like to photograph small "animals" such as frogs, and bugs. Less likely to spook them.

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Apr 13, 2019 11:38:10   #
Chris T
 
jeweler53 wrote:
It depends on what you want pictures of. I have 3 that get the most use, a 55mm f2.8 Nikkor D, a 90 mm Sigma and a 120 medical Nikkor AI that get the most use. The first two are used for carry around, and I could probably get by with the 90. The 120 has a built in flash and works nicely for moving critters and such.


That's handy, Jeweler … having a built-in flash for moving critters. I'd think it'd frighten them away, though!

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Apr 13, 2019 11:41:06   #
Chris T
 
nimbushopper wrote:
The longer lenses give you a greater working distance(so your shadow is not on the subject). But you give up some depth of field with the longer focal length. I use both a 60mm and a 105mm micro nikkor.


Interesting perspective, there, Nimbu. Explain what you mean - sacrificing DOF with longer lengths ...

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Apr 13, 2019 11:43:04   #
Chris T
 
CaliforniaDreamer wrote:
I have a 80mm and a 180mm. I tend to use the 180 most because I like to photograph small "animals" such as frogs, and bugs. Less likely to spook them.


Dreamer - you've piqued my interest, there … who makes an 80mm Macro Lens?

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Apr 13, 2019 11:48:06   #
nimbushopper (a regular here)
 
Chris T wrote:
Interesting perspective, there, Nimbu. Explain what you mean - sacrificing DOF with longer lengths ...


See the point that jewler53 made!

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Apr 13, 2019 12:10:43   #
Chris T
 
nimbushopper wrote:
See the point that jewler53 made!


Do you mean THIS - Nimbu?

"Depth of field is not dependent on focal length. It is dependent on magnification A photo at the same magnification with the 60 and the 105 will have exactly the same DOF, but will have a different perspective."

If so - I don't really see how THIS answers MY question to YOU!

Do you?

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Apr 13, 2019 12:14:00   #
CaliforniaDreamer
 
Chris T wrote:
Dreamer - you've piqued my interest, there … who makes an 80mm Macro Lens?


Woops sorry it is a 105mm 2.8 Sigma, it is a really nice lens. BTW I have a ring flash that I use with both lenses. Helps with exposure and DOF (larger F STOP).

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Apr 13, 2019 12:23:49   #
Chris T
 
My own Macro Lenses include a Tokina 35 Pro DX (F mount) a Tamron SP 60 f2 (EOS mount) and a Sigma EX 105 OS HSM (Sony a-mount) … they all perform very similarly, but am partial to the Sigma on the Sony. No particular reason - since the performance on all three is virtually the same. But, I do seem to think I'm getting a better product with the latter. However, I am aware - when using the shortest one, even though I have less light to play with - I do seem to be getting a more infinite display of the subject I'm shooting.

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Apr 13, 2019 12:28:08   #
Chris T
 
CaliforniaDreamer wrote:
Woops sorry it is a 105mm 2.8 Sigma, it is a really nice lens. BTW I have a ring flash that I use with both lenses. Helps with exposure and DOF (larger F STOP).


Aaaaaah, now - thereyago, Dreamer … I have that one, too. Just wrote about it, whilst you were posting this. There are, of course - several Tamron Macros in the 90mm length. And, Sigma has just reintroduced the 70mm Macro - in a more advanced version. Nikon has an 85mm Macro. But, those were as close as there are - to an 80mm Macro. Thought you'd stumbled on something new, there, for a minute!!!

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Apr 13, 2019 12:30:12   #
nimbushopper (a regular here)
 
Chris T wrote:
Do you mean THIS - Nimbu?

"Depth of field is not dependent on focal length. It is dependent on magnification A photo at the same magnification with the 60 and the 105 will have exactly the same DOF, but will have a different perspective."

If so - I don't really see how THIS answers MY question to YOU!

Do you?


Then I don't understand your question.

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