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  1. #1
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    This maybe my first new lens and would like an opinion

    I would like a lens to do close up photography and I've never owned one for this purpose. My intended subjects include insects, mushroom/toadstools, and similar sized objects. My camera is a D5000 dx. The lens I'm considering is this one: AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G

    I would like your opinion. Am I on the right track or would there be a better choice?

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    Re: This maybe my first new lens and would like an opinion

    On the right track but to get close enough with that lens for macro, you would almost need to be touching the subject with the front of the lens, which might work with mushrooms but not so well for insects. Its a fine lens, just not ideal for insects. I prefer a telephoto macro lens so I don't need to get so close.
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    Re: This maybe my first new lens and would like an opinion

    As TwistedThrottle mentioned, something a little longer will allow to you be back further from your subject. There are a few people here who have some type of Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro lens although there might be more than one available. Personally I have the Nikon 105mm f/2.8 VR which is amazing, and others have the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 OS - and those images also look stellar. I handhold a lot of my macro shots so VR is important to me.

    If possible, try to choose a macro lens with a 1:1 ratio. That means what you shoot will appear true to size on your sensor. A 1:2 macro lens means the image will appear to be 1/2 its true size on the sensor.
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    Re: This maybe my first new lens and would like an opinion

    This maybe my first new lens and would like an opinion
    Just for reference these were shot with AF 60mm Micro and a AF 105mm Micro at about 12 inches.

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    These lens will not auto focus on your camera.
    @Dangerspouse do you have the 40mm Micro? Anything to add?
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    Re: This maybe my first new lens and would like an opinion

    This maybe my first new lens and would like an opinion
    With insect macro photography be prepared for a high failure rate. That's not to say great images can't be captured but it's just very difficult as a tiny fraction of movement from the insect or wind will mean missed focus. It just requires a lot of patience and practice. Here is a couple using a 1:1 ratio macro lens.



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    Re: This maybe my first new lens and would like an opinion

    I have that lens, but as Twisted Throttle and others have noted, you do need to get quite close to the subject to fully realize the 1:1 (or better) quality. That's not an issue for me as I purchased it specifically to take macro shots of my wife's stitched designs for her busines. Getting an inch away from a piece of cloth is no problem. I couldn't imagine getting that close to anything that might move though, or anything where you need a deeper DOF (unless you're focus stacking). I will say that I've taken some great flower macros with it, but based on my experience I would like a macro between 60 and 105mm if I was doing insect shots.

    I will say this is my favorite street photo lens. It's a very good size for portraits also, and although it won't give you the shallow DOF of a 1.8 or 1.4, for the price it's an excellent lens at f/2.8.

    Here's a few macro and street shots I've taken with it. Even an insect shot...when it didn't move!

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    Re: This maybe my first new lens and would like an opinion

    Does anyone recommend using the "reverse macro" setting? (and share your experience)

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    Re: This maybe my first new lens and would like an opinion

    Quote Originally Posted by blackstar View Post
    Does anyone recommend using the "reverse macro" setting? (and share your experience)
    I take it you are referring to reversing a lens with a reversing ring. I have done this quite often and it works very well, especially with slightly wide angle (35mm) lenses. There are some drawbacks to this approach, however, though all can be overcome. This approach works best with a manual lens instead of an AF one, however. Since the focus now becomes fixed, a macro focusing rail is a necessity. I have been using the same one I got on eBay for about $30 for years and it works like a champ. Focusing should be done with the lens wide open, and then closed down to working aperture before taking the image. If you are using a manual focus lens, Nikon makes an attachment called a BR-4 which allows you to open and close the diaphragm using a manual cable release. It works equally well if you place a lens on a bellows attachment.

    The image was taken with a D850 and 35mm f/1.4 AIS Nikkor reversed. The final image was composed of about 60 images focus stacked in Zerene Stacker. The spider looks large in the photo was was in reality only about 4mm long.

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    Re: This maybe my first new lens and would like an opinion

    Quote Originally Posted by blackstar View Post
    Does anyone recommend using the "reverse macro" setting? (and share your experience)
    Reverse macro setting? Do you mean a reverse lens mount? Maybe I just haven't heard of that setting, or my entry level D5500 doesn't feature it. But yeah, I'm unfamiliar with it.

    I do have the reverse mount ring, though. It's come in handy a few times, but because none of my other lenses are as fast as my 40mm 2.8, the resolution is nowhere near is good. And of course you have to manual everything, as there is no electrical contact with the body. But as an inexpensive bit of kit it's worth having it in the bag for those odd occassions, I've found.
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    Re: This maybe my first new lens and would like an opinion

    I don't know if I'm really slow at composing messages or not, but I seem to keep being logged out before I can finish.

    Anyway, I want to thank all of you who have given your insight to my question. I'm glad I didn't make a purchase prior to asking. I'm going to continue looking for the right macro lens for my purpose, based on your suggestions and comments. I appreciate the fine photos that have been included with some of your responses, and that is exactly the kind of photography I want to experiment with. I'm wondering now, if I should be considering a full frame camera.





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