The case for a dedicated macro lens

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Close up filters and extension tubes can get you good results, but have limitations. The "macro" setting of zoom lenses can be pretty good, and offers more flexibility. But if you want a lens that won't hold you back, you need to get a true macro lens... or a Nikon calls it, a micro lens.

The Nikon 60/2.8 micro and Tamron 90/2.8 macro are two popular lenses on this forum, and are affordable, too. I opted for the 60/2.8. Since it's a short focal length, it can be hand held at low shutter speeds without obvious degradation from camera shake. It also serves a fine portrait lens, and is great for tabletop product photography... a very versatile lens. I find myself using it as a single walk-around lens at times. Here's some samples.

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Great choice, I made the same one and find it on the camera quite often when I want a shot of the puppy sleeping, or what not. Great as a macro lens for static objects, and a very good portrait lens.
 
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I have the 105 micro and even though I've only had it for a couple of weeks I find myself not using it that much. I normally am using my 70-300 VR lens as I like the functionality of the zoom better. I'm going to thang onto the macro lens though as I can see where it will probably come it very handy in the future...
 
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I like my Tamron 90 very much.

However for bug work, espcially scorpions, aggressive spiders, and stinging insects (ants and bees), I find the combination of a Canon 500D and either an 80-200 or 300 (with or without ext. tubes) gives as good an image without placing the photographer in "harms way".

I especially like the range of sizes one can achieve on the 80-200. But it and the 300 (which is at 1:1 or better with the 500D due to its close focus, as well using the TC1.4 with the setup) require the use of a very good tripod and often the SB800 (can we say heavy?).

Thus like you, I went to a dedicated lens and find it a great tool.

I could see the 60mm as a "normal lens", especially as the higher ISO performance improves.
 
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You would think someone would have figured out how to prevent VW bus fires by now. I have personally witnessed 3 over the years!

Nice photos no matter what you shot them with.
 
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Good to see you still doing your thing. Quite a portfolio you have amassed - and you still have the touch with living things (including people).

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You would think someone would have figured out how to prevent VW bus fires by now. I have personally witnessed 3 over the years! ...
It's the fuel pump that sits on top the engine with push on rubber hoses. I put hose clamps on mine ('66 beetle) and didn't worry about it any more.

Frank - I just love seeing your lens specific photo sets!
 
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Thanks for all of the kind replies!

Chris, I have directories on pbase for each of my lenses. Any time I'm lucky enough to get a good shot, I put a copy in the appropriate sample driectory. It makes it easy to put together lens-specific posts. I seem to recall that you do the same...
 
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Where's Dianne??? I think she wanted to see flowers and the 60 macro!! That is a great lens ..... and I really, really NEED to stay out of this forum. I want too much when I visit!!!
 
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Frank,
Did you do all of these handheld?
I enjoy every one of your picture series threads.

Thanks,
Gaye
 
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Frank,
Did you do all of these handheld?
Hi, Gaye! Yes, they were all handheld. One of the nice things about the short 60mm focal length is that you can work without a tripod. The tradeoff is the short working distance compared to the Tammy 90 or the Nikon 105.

I enjoy every one of your picture series threads.
Thanks so much. You're a great forum mate!
 
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Hi Frank,
Okay, that's good news about the 60mm. I have always thought I'd have to use a tripod for any macro lens. Now I'm going to take this 60mm out and give it a whirl.

Thanks a million! I always learn something on your good threads.

Gaye
 
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60mm Micro - a great bargain

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