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Please post your macro setups

Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by Randy, Jun 30, 2008.

  1. please post your macro setups

    Camera,Lens,Tubes,Tripod, remote shutter release,flash, etc.

    I shoot a D3, D300, Sigma 150 2.8 and a 300/4 AFS with the 1.4 TC and I'd like to 'get closer' shots like the great stuff I see here.

    thanks !
  2. Spectre


    Feb 20, 2008
    I'm still new to the here, but...

    Camera: D300
    Lenses : 105 Micro VR, 300/4 AF-s
    Tripod : Manfrotto 055MF4 Magfiber w/Manfrotto 322RC2 head
    Release: Need to get one.
    Tubes : Need to get one (PN-11)
  3. Hi Randy!

    I shoot with D200 mostly with Nikkor 300mm AF-S f4 with or without Nikon PN-11 tube. I sometimes also use Sigma 150mm.

    I use a wired shutter always and MLU when possible. Always on tripod. The tripod I have used so far is Gitzo G2220...BUT on saturday one of the leg twist locks got brocken so I already ordered a new tripod which is a Manfrotto 055XB... I´ll probably order spare parts for the Gitzo and then sell it as I´m tired of those twist locks anyway ...The head I´m using is a Markins M-10

    I don´t use flash at all...
  4. Very nice thread you thought of Randy.

    It will be very informative to those like me, who are trying to get into this magical world of macro photography

    I use manual focus macro lenses - Vivitar 90/2.5 (1:2), Kiron 105/2.8 (1:1), Vivitar 55/2.8 (1:1), Vivitar tubes MF, ordinay velbron tripod with d50
  5. Camera - D70, D200, D1X, D2H
    Lens - Sigma 50/2.8 EX Macro, Sigma 150/2.8 EX Macro, Sigma APO 300/4 EX Telemacro, Sigma APO 400/5.6 EX Telemacro
    Flash - Nikon R1 ringlight
    Diopter - Canon 72mm 500D Two-element diopter
    Tubes - Kenko AF extension tube set
    Bellows - none
    Tripod - Gitzo 1327, Gitzo 3540L, Induro C413
    Head - Kirk BH-1 with 1) Velbon macro rail or 2) dual Manfrotto macro plates crossed to provide 4-way movement.
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 15, 2008
  6. photofox


    Jun 8, 2008
    Over here
    My macro setup is usually a D300, Sigma 105mm f2.8 EX DG Macro and an SB800.
  7. liftoff


    Dec 21, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Mine is a D80, the "old" 60mm nikkor micro, cheap tripod and not enough practice. I was recently surprised at how well my 300 f/4 does at close-ups (with a crop).
  8. Counter


    Sep 18, 2007
    Nice thread Randy!

    60mm AF-S f2.8
    Gitzo GT3540LS
    Arca Swiss Z1 Ballhead
    MC-30 remote cord

    The tripod set up is just for indoors really. Most of the time I shoot outdoors hand held with the D300 and 60mm, using just the pop-up flash.
    If I want to shoot a flower study or an object and have total control over the lighting then I come indoors and use a small light tent which is lit by two domestic halogen lights, one on either side and grip/position the object with a Wimberley Plamp or just some wire and string!

    I woud like to try a longer reach macro but am pretty happy with the 60 at least until Nikon update the 200mm Micro (I wish) and then I'd just use the 60 for indoor tripod work but depending on technique you can get surprisingly close with the 60mm.
  9. DW Brewer

    DW Brewer Guest

    Camera bodies: D2X, D2Hs
    Lenses: Sigma 105 f2.8, Sigma 400 f5.6 APO Macro D
    Flash: Sunpak DX12R Ringlight
    I rarely use a tripod for macro work, as I'm usually "hunting on the fly" after moving insects. When I do use a tripod its either a Cullman or a Manfrotto.
  10. D200
    55mm f3.5 AI (bought new in '77!)
    105mm f4 AIS
    200mm f4 AF
    PN-11 tube (unused so far)
    Sigma ring flash
    Arca B1 ball head
    Seagull right angle finder (just got it - not bad for the price)
    remote release (Chinese)
  11. Posting our setup, has been mentioned before, I guess we all forget.
    I usually shoot with
    70/200 2.8 and full set of tubes. The 70/200 trap shots very well like this.
    also 60mm 2.8
    Bogen 3251
    RRS 55 ball head.
    SB800 and m29 cord, with a little diffuser slipped over the flash, also use a cut up milk jug, mainly for the 60mm. Also use the better bounce flash system, I found on UTube.
    REALLY need to buy some serious macro light.

  12. I see some great pics shot with that lens, have you tried some tubes. You can trap shoot when using the right amount of tubes.
  13. My favorite type of photography......macro/close-ups.
    I now use:

    105 f2.8 VR.....almost always on tripod, VR off and manual focus.
    70-200 VR at times.
  14. I used to shoot with my D1X. Lately I use my D200. I do most of my macro shooting with a Tamron 90 SP 90 mm f/2.8 macro lens.

    Sometimes I'll add a Canon 500D closeup attachment to the front. I recently got a set of Kenko tubes, and have been experimenting with adding those to the mix.

    I like to shoot insects "in the wild" so I do almost all of my shooting handheld, with flash to give me the fast shutterspeeds and small apertures I need. See my post on macro diffusers for how I've been lighting my macros lately. This pop-up macro diffuser is cheap and easy, and gives remarkable, natural-looking results, with the flash in the hotshoe, set on TTL!

    Pop-up macro diffuser examples

    I've also done some extreme closeups by adding a reversed 50 mm to the front of my Tamron 90, but that is REALLY hard to use. That's a "tripod-only" proposition.

    For closeups that aren't quite macros, I've also put the Canon 500D on my 70-200 VR. I am amazed at the quality of the resulting images. Check out this small gallery of sample images with that setup: Macros w 70-200 VR plus Canon 500D closeup attachment.
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 15, 2017
  15. For close-up work (i.e. 1:2 or less), I use the 28-105 and hand hold (D3). It does a lovely job.

    For true macro (1:1 or larger), always on a tripod (Gitzo), cable release (MC-36) and Mup mode. I use the 105 micro (non VR) and usually some portion of the Kenko extension tube set (love these!).

    I've also used the tubes with the 300/4 and that works nicely for close up, though I prefer the lighter weight 28-105.
  16. There are several items that I never leave the office without when I am shooting macro - especially flowers.

    for obvious reasons

    for obvious reasons

    To either push natural light onto (or into) a subject or to block sun from hitting target or to help control breezes (although a larger reflector works better for that)
  17. tojor


    Jul 27, 2005
    300mm f4 AF-S
    200mm f4 micro (just got it)
    105 f2.8 Sigma
    Kenko extension tubes
    Remote control MC-30
  18. Camera: D80
    Lenses : Tokina 90mm 2.5, Vivitar 100mm 2.8
    Tripod : Gitzo 3540LS + (? changing heads now) + Kirk plate
    Release: Infrared remote
    Tubes/Etc : Kiron 2x TC (use more often), cheap eBay tubes (rarely)

    Just upgraded from a Gitzo 1228 and an Acratech Ultimate Ballhead

    Will also use a Vivitar 70-210/2.8-4 zoom for long stuff (1:2.5)
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 2, 2008
  19. thrdprophet


    May 13, 2007
    Modesto, CA
    Camera: D300

    Lenses: 35-105 and the occasional 50 1.8

    Tripod: Velbon Carbon Fiber 540

    Release: MC-30

    Tubes: Some cheap ones off of eBay

    Not into macro, but if I was... i'd be all over that 105 VR...

  20. I think we all would like to see some samples!!!:smile:
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