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Reverse LLD: Thinking of 70-200 VR + 500D over 105mm micro

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by obelix, Jul 18, 2005.

  1. obelix


    Mar 17, 2005
    Fremont, CA, USA
    After osciallating with many nikkors (9), I have settled down to these 4.

    - Tokina 12-24
    - Nikkor 70-200 VR
    - Nikkor 18-70 DX
    - Micro nikkor 105mm AF D

    This kit worked very very well for my recent trip to Alaska as well. Only issue, I left the 105mm behind to save weight and used the 70-200 VR instead for some flower photos and did not do any macro photos at all.

    Now I am thinking of selling the 105mm as well and getting a Canon 500D closeup filter on the 70-200 VR. I love the working distance given by the 200mm and VR helps (even though I try to use a tripod all the time).

    Is this dumb? What am I missing?
  2. faenix


    Jun 21, 2005
    Bayside, NY
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 15, 2017
  3. Re: Reverse LLD: Thinking of 70-200 VR + 500D over 105mm mic

    I was all set to buy the sigma 150 macro last month and I had the same thought to get the 500D instead - with the TC 14 II E, 1:1 is possible + VR. I think it is an adequate work around for me at least, but I have never had a dedicated macro lens, so maybe my acceptable standards for sharpness are less. Handholding without tripod at 280mm, despite VR, with acceptable DOF promises to be challenging with such a stacked setup, though.
  4. jfrancis


    May 8, 2005
    Orlando, FL
    I just got the 500D and used it at the weekend on my 70-200VR. Nice combo, sharp images, but a pretty narrow range of working distances. I will continue to have it available, but if macro is the plan for the day's shoot, I will definitely not use it in place of my 105 mm Micro-Nikkor.
  5. obelix


    Mar 17, 2005
    Fremont, CA, USA
    Thanks all.

    This has been a very useful post. Chong - the post from Flew pretty much nailed it. But I am going to look at 200 MF lenses.
  6. tjgreen

    tjgreen Guest

    What's the intent of this combination? I ask only because 70-200VR + close-up lens seems inconsistent with what I was told by folks about shooting Macro.

    My understanding was that:
    a) you really need to use a tripod if you're serious about macro, and
    b) when using a tripod, disable VR.

    Given that, why would I spend so much on a 70-200 VR to shoot macro, when I can get a much cheaper 80-200, or a much much cheaper 105mm micro? Or do folks mostly just use this as a convenient travelling combo, extending the use of the 70-200 anyway?
  7. obelix


    Mar 17, 2005
    Fremont, CA, USA
    Last reason. I already own a 70-200 which is my swiss-army knife lens, I would love to use it for as many purposes I can. fwiw, John Shaw seems to use this combo whenever he has to avoid taking more weight.
  8. debult


    Jun 11, 2005
    The Netherlands
    I sold my 105 Mirco AF (nice lens), and now own a 70-180 Micro but I often use my 80-400 VR with 500D for macro on a monopod.
    Use the zoom for size/enlargement and move the lens for focusing.

    500D is a bit expensive but worth every penny.
  9. KJD2121

    KJD2121 Guest

    For macro, many times I use my 180 f2.8 EDIF mounted on 2 old 52mm M extension tubes. A tripod is a must and the combo is totally manual, but it really makes you think about photography. Working distance is good as well.
  10. obelix


    Mar 17, 2005
    Fremont, CA, USA
    Thanks again.
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