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  1. #1
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    Nikon body for Macro ONLY

    morning all, (UK)

    im looking for a new Nikon body for Macro only (insects, wildlife, etc etc) this is to accomplish the Sigma 105mm Macro lens.

    what body would you guys go for with a little explanation of why??

    thanks
    dave


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  2. #2
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    Re: Nikon body for Macro ONLY

    I need more information to say for sure, in particular what you will be doing with the photos. Are they for display online only or are you printing them and if so how large? That dictates the sensor size.

    Without knowing otherwise I'd point you to a D7200. The DX crop will get you "closer" without actually having to get closer, and the 24MP's will give you 20% more pixels than the D7500 which helps with cropping and enlarging.
    Jake
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  3. #3
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    Re: Nikon body for Macro ONLY

    social media (all on line) not for prints

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    Re: Nikon body for Macro ONLY

    I agree with BackdoorArts that a D7200 would be my first choice, too. Since the D7200 is a crop sensor body, that means your subject will appear larger than if you were using an FX body at the same distance. One difference between crop sensor body vs. full frame is how it will affect your depth of field. Since a DX body can be further away from the subject than FX (to yield the same sized subject in your viewfinder), you will have a greater DoF with which to work. Just be aware that with macro, you will be at a very narrow DoF to begin with.

    The D7200 has been discontinued but is available preowned or refurbished. B&H has a refurbished one listed on their site. If you are looking for a new body and aren't able to find a new D7200, then my next suggestion would be a D7500. It has a slightly smaller sensor than the D7200 but still has the ability to produce a larger subject in the viewfinder compared with an FX body set at the same distance.
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    Re: Nikon body for Macro ONLY

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveNewman View Post
    social media (all on line) not for prints
    In that case... ANY Nikon body that's in current production, and many that are not, will be suitable... Macro photography is more dependent on the lens than the body...

    Social media only needs JPG at 72dpi which is about the lowest resolution for today's monitors...

  6. #6
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    Re: Nikon body for Macro ONLY

    Although I love my D7500 for macro work, I agree with Fred as any Nikon will work. I would steer you to a flippy screen, it makes contorting into pretzels to get the shot a little easier. I do prefer the folding screen I have on the D7500 to no folding screen but the flippy screen like what I had on my previous D5300 was heads and shoulders better than the folding screen. You could put the camera anywhere you wanted and flip that screen perfectly to see what you were shooting. I believe the 3xxx and the 5xxx have the flippy screen. Careful, the D3xxx cant use a remote shutter- you must use your phone. Maybe a deal breaker for macro. Maybe not.
    Camera- D800, D7500, D40x
    Zoom Lenses-
    DX- Tokina 11-16 f2.8, Sigma A 18-35 f1.8, Nikon 18-140 f3.5-5.6
    FX- Tamron 15-30 f2.8, Nikon 35-70 f2.8, Nikon 80-200 f2.8, Nikon 24-120 f4, Nikon AF-P 70-300 f4.5-5.6 Sigma C 150-600 f5-6.3
    Prime Lenses- Nikon 50 f1.8g, Tamron 85 f1.8, Tokina 100 f2.8, Rokinon HD 8 f3.5

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    Re: Nikon body for Macro ONLY

    For social media, I'd say anything in the D90/D300 generation or newer would be fine from an IQ standpoint, although the older ones won't have flippy screens. For Insects etc. a good lens and a ring flash are a lot more important than which body you use.... A macro plate for your tripod would probably make focusing a lot easier at least with static subjects.

    Roscoe
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    FX: D750, 14/2.8D, 20/2.8D, 24/2.8D, 50/1.8D, 18-35D, 24-85VR, 70-300VR, 300/4AFS-D, 500/8 mirror (Sears)
    DX: D7100, D5500, 3xD90, 35/1.8DX, 10-20DX, 12-24DX, 18-55VRII, 55-200VRII
    Film: FE, N80, FX lenses above plus 35mm Series E, 50mm1.4, 100mm Series E, 135mm2.8,
    300/4.5 ED-IF

  8. #8
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    Re: Nikon body for Macro ONLY

    at the moment i have the D500 for my zoom lens work and wildlife.

    the D7200 isnt expensive at all and nor is the lens im wishing to get to use with it (great reviews on the lens)

    body wise, no idea, hence my question....... if the D7200 will do a cracking job along with that lens i mentioned, then im happy with that in all fairness

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    Re: Nikon body for Macro ONLY

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveNewman View Post
    at the moment i have the D500 for my zoom lens work and wildlife.

    the D7200 isnt expensive at all and nor is the lens im wishing to get to use with it (great reviews on the lens)

    body wise, no idea, hence my question....... if the D7200 will do a cracking job along with that lens i mentioned, then im happy with that in all fairness

    You have a D500??????? You don't need a separate body just to take Macro... USE the D500 body... Just change the lens... ????????????????
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  10. #10
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    Re: Nikon body for Macro ONLY

    I assume you want to carry around 2 bodies without changing lenses. I would get the lens first and see how much you like taking macro with the folding screen on your D500. If you dont use the screen and just use the view finder, go with the D7200. If you like the feature go with a second D500 or D7500. Nothing below the 7xxx series is weather sealed, which may be a deal breaker in the wild.
    Camera- D800, D7500, D40x
    Zoom Lenses-
    DX- Tokina 11-16 f2.8, Sigma A 18-35 f1.8, Nikon 18-140 f3.5-5.6
    FX- Tamron 15-30 f2.8, Nikon 35-70 f2.8, Nikon 80-200 f2.8, Nikon 24-120 f4, Nikon AF-P 70-300 f4.5-5.6 Sigma C 150-600 f5-6.3
    Prime Lenses- Nikon 50 f1.8g, Tamron 85 f1.8, Tokina 100 f2.8, Rokinon HD 8 f3.5





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