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Macro Lenses - 30mm, 60mm, 90mm, 180mm - which is best? what has been your experience?
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Apr 14, 2019 19:43:45   #
Chris T
 
Bertk wrote:
Hi Chris, Thank you for such an elaborate response. Yes at present i have NIKON 60mm 2.8 1:1 Macro older version. Its a terrific lens I love the portraits I take with Nikon D90. Excellent sharpness and also great macros. But I was looking forward to buy another prime and was wondering what to buy Tamron 90mm or Nikon 105mm. I am still not sure; might try them both and see. Tamron 90mm was able to quick focus in low light with D750, but will try with my D90 on tuesday at Tamron"s macro seminar in Commack NY. Not sure if I do have a budget yet... And also waiting on what Nikon does, when it comes out with new version of D750.
Hi Chris, Thank you for such an elaborate response... (show quote)


There was a picture posted of that familiar gold box, with the D760 legend on it, around Christmastime, Bert. … I suspect you'd be better off with the Tamron 90 VC USD … seems to have a lot more going for it, than the Nikkor 105 Micro. But, by all means - attend the Tamron seminar. Let me know how it turned out - okay? … I had the D90 for a while, too. It has the largest, brightest VF, I've ever used, Bert … niiiice!!! … Now, I have both the D7000 (which I prefer for close-up Macros, with the Tokina 35 Pro DX Macro - no longer made, unfortunately) and the D7100 … upon which I usually use the AF-S 16-85 VR … I suspect the Tamron 90 VC USD Macro will quick focus in low light with any camera, to which you might attach it, Bert.

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Apr 14, 2019 20:01:15   #
Chris T
 
burkphoto wrote:
When I used 35mm film, I used a 55mm f/2.8 Micro Nikkor for copy stand work and artwork reproduction. It was barely short enough to work on my copy stand.

When I used dSLRs, I used a 28-75mm f/2.8 Tamron zoom with a "macro mode" that got down to 1/4 life size. It was okay for the work I did then, but I really wished I had a 30 or 40mm true macro for copy stand work on a Canon 50D.

Now I'm using Micro 4/3, and the 30mm f/2.8 Lumix macro lens is what I use to copy everything from portions of a 35mm frame of film up to the sort of art I used to copy with my Nikon F3. It's a wee tad long, but it'll do.

Longer lenses are great if you're photographing bugs, small animals, and other things that can be frightened or that frighten you. I don't do enough of that to justify owning another macro lens, but I know folks who love long macro lenses for photographing snakes, wasps, spiders, etc.
When I used 35mm film, I used a 55mm f/2.8 Micro N... (show quote)


Bill - there was a series of aspherical macro lenses by Sigma - a 20, a 24, and a 28 - do you remember those? … Sony has a 30mm Macro now, but there doesn't seem to be anything less, anymore …

I used to use a 55 Micro too .. but, now - on my copy stand - I use a 50mm f2 Nikkor …

Seems to be a lotta folks here who prefer the longer Macros (180-200) for shooting bugs, etc. ...

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Apr 14, 2019 20:06:18   #
Sidwalkadtronomy
 
I have a 90 mm tameron with a ring flash that I used for intra oral photos in my dental practice. 1 to 1 ratio and very sharp for my use. Ring also has side flash too. Lester Dine makes medical flash units for this.

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Apr 14, 2019 20:10:43   #
Chris T
 
Sidwalkadtronomy wrote:
I have a 90 mm tameron with a ring flash that I used for intra oral photos in my dental practice. 1 to 1 ratio and very sharp for my use. Ring also has side flash too. Lester Dine makes medical flash units for this.


I guess that's the original Tamron 90 Macro you use, then - right, Sid?

Who's Lester Dine? … Is that someone who makes modified Macro Lenses for Medical-Dental uses?

Does he modify the lenses, Sid, or does he just make the add-on flash units for the Tamron 90mm Macro?

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Apr 14, 2019 20:46:54   #
John Gerlach
 
John Gerlach wrote:
The Canon 65 macro is terrific for magnifications greater than life-size, the 100mm macro is fine for studio close-ups and when using it with a crop factor camera, and for outdoors the Canon 180mm macro is far superior to shorter macros. Long macros, like the Canon 180mm or the Nikon 200, both offer a tripod collar on the lens, much greater working distance, and a much smaller angle of view to make more pleasing backgrounds.


the 65mm macro begins at 1x and when you change the ring it goes to 5x!

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Apr 14, 2019 20:47:43   #
lisasells55
 
Chris, that is an awesome setup!

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Apr 14, 2019 20:59:46   #
imagemeister (a regular here)
 
According to Ken Rockwell, the latest 200 f4 micro Nikkor is the "World's best macro lens" ! .....https://kenrockwell.com/nikon/200mm-micro.htm

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Apr 14, 2019 21:42:01   #
Sentinel4
 
Fuji makes an 80mm Macro that has 2 macro settings and a normal setting. Very high quality lens. Many positive reviews.
Sentinel4

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Apr 14, 2019 22:03:00   #
Canisdirus
 
Actually, a zoom macro does exist, and pushes past 1:1 in fact.
The Yasuhara Nanoha Macro Lens 5:1 11-19mm zoom.
Obviously intended for static subjects.
It does get very good reviews for sharpness.
For 500 bucks, it's a steal, if one has a use for it ( a jeweler perhaps...studio work etc.)

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Apr 14, 2019 22:47:40   #
jackm1943
 
imagemeister wrote:
When I had the Canon 70-200 f4 I really liked it for close up work - either with a tube , a 500D, a 1.4X or a combination of two of these.

On Sony, I have also used the Minolta 70-210 f3.5-4.5 with a 12mm tube with great success and Clear Image Zoom if need be.

Now, with the A99, I will be using a 100mm Tokina and CIZ along with the 70-210/tube and CIZ.

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I too have used my Canon 70-200 f4 with extension tubes when the subject (fungi) was just too far away for my 90mm macro. It worked surprisingly well and I wouldn't hesitate to use it again in a similar situation.

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Apr 14, 2019 23:57:08   #
Sidwalkadtronomy
 
Lester Dine is a medical dental photography business. Been around years. Excellent products flash camera systems. I think this might even be a tameron film camera and for my use is excellent.

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Apr 15, 2019 00:55:26   #
Chris T
 
lisasells55 wrote:
Chris, that is an awesome setup!


Oh, thanks, Lisa … isn't it so? … The Sigma 105 Macro - is most certainly, a beautiful-looking lens.

But, I suspect - on a Nikon - you're better off with the Tokina ... pricewise, anyway …

And, with a Canon … if you can manage it - the 100L - would be the best choice …

But, with a Sony SLT - I think this is the best choice (actually, it's not a bad choice w/ any of the three.)

On a Pentax, though (or a Fuji) - I suspect one's better off with a proprietary design.

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Apr 15, 2019 00:58:23   #
Chris T
 
John Gerlach wrote:
the 65mm macro begins at 1x and when you change the ring it goes to 5x!


That's continuously-variable, though - right, John ? …

1:1 … 1:2 … 1:3 … 1:4 … 1:5 … yes?

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Apr 15, 2019 01:02:15   #
Chris T
 
Sentinel4 wrote:
Fuji makes an 80mm Macro that has 2 macro settings and a normal setting. Very high quality lens. Many positive reviews.
Sentinel4


The two settings being both FULL and LIMITED - like the Sigma, Sentinel - or is it some other way on Fuji?

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Apr 15, 2019 01:05:21   #
Chris T
 
Canisdirus wrote:
Actually, a zoom macro does exist, and pushes past 1:1 in fact.
The Yasuhara Nanoha Macro Lens 5:1 11-19mm zoom.
Obviously intended for static subjects.
It does get very good reviews for sharpness.
For 500 bucks, it's a steal, if one has a use for it ( a jeweler perhaps...studio work etc.)


Ooooh !!!! … I am MOST interested, Canisdirus … tell me - where could I find such a beast?


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