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Want to take a few macro shots with non-macro glass... what would you use?

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by stayathomedad, Jul 29, 2008.

  1. stayathomedad


    Mar 11, 2008

    50 1.8
    17-55 2.8
    70-200 2.8
    tokina 12-24

    which lens would you use for macro shots...

    yes I know it's not a pretty list, but it's what I got....

  2. ru kidding....it's a great list
    go to b&h and chk the min focus distance for each lens
    off the top of my head i would say the 50 1.8
  3. Take your 50 1.8 and reverse it on one of your other lenses... try your 70-200.
  4. couguar


    Feb 29, 2008
    what is your intended subject?

    if you want close macro i'd try reversing the 50 1.8. you can do it without a ring but you will need a steady hand. it can be quite fun once you get the hang of it.

    you focus by moving closer and farther from the subject ( be sure the lens is focused at infinity ). switch the camera to manual, and meter before removing the lens; the camera will keep the shutter speed, then you have to manually dial in the aperture on the lens. also be sure to turn off auto-focus on the body. i don't think it would damage anything, but just in case...
  5. panda81


    Feb 7, 2008
    if spending money is an option, you can buy a canon 500D "filter" and throw that on your 70-200/2.8. it's not cheap, but will still cost less than a real macro lens.
  6. Tim W

    Tim W

    Mar 10, 2008
    Sydney, Australia
    If you want to try this out, get the 77mm size and stick it on the 70-200. I got one these things a couple of days ago ($129 from an EBAY HK seller). It works well on my 85/1.4 and I look forward to trying it on my 70-200 shortly - time and weather permitting.
  7. I have the 70-200 w/ 500D filter. It works great. The only problem that I can see with this combo is that the focusing distance is limited. You can only focus when you are a certain distance from the object/subject, a sweet spot. The sweet spot is very small, plus or minus an inch or so. Once you derived from this sweet spot, you will not be able to focus.
  8. Nikkor AIS

    Nikkor AIS

    Jun 5, 2008
    Me thinks you need to get some extension tubes. I think you will need to get some off brand one's for your AF glass. Another great little tool is the BR-2A reversing ring which will turn your 50 1.8 into a low budged macro. Another option is to just buy a beater 55 2,8/3.5 AI/AIS. You can pick them up for dirt cheap. And they still give you amazing IQ

  9. 17-55 isn't too bad...

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  10. Tosh


    May 6, 2005
    There's a 55 3.5 ai for sale over at Miranda.
    Folks are asking him to list prices. Unlikely to be much above $100, if that.

    I have an older 55 3.5 ai-modified micro and just love it. It seems easily the equal of the 60 2.8 micro that I once had.

    Handheld, 1.60 at 3.5 (wide open).
  11. ora-et-labora


    Mar 15, 2008
    A very cheap solution is a achromat diopter (like the mentioned 500D), but I would take the 250D and put it on the 50/1.8. I did the same with the Zeiss 50/1.4, which is also not a macro lens, and got nice results. My second choice would be the mentioned Micro Nikkor.
  12. I vote for the BR-2A reversing ring - less than $30. Here are 2 pictures I took this afternoon; just playing around...

    graham cracker with cinnamon: 50mm at 14
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    silk flower stamen: 50mm at 1.4
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  13. stayathomedad


    Mar 11, 2008
    Perhaps I should clarify...

    Of the lenses listed above, which one would you use for macro shots?

    I will be at a wedding next week with the above lenses... which one would you use for the macro shots?

    No gadgets, no extra purchases, just those lenses listed above...
  14. etrigan63


    Apr 15, 2008
    Miami, FL
    I got myself the Kenko Extension Tube set and they work great!

    Here is a link to a flickr set I made called Ordinary Abstracts all using Kenko extension tubes and a CV Nokton 58mm F/1.4 SL II.

    The tubes maintain the links between the body and the CPU lens.
  15. None of your lenses can take a macro, but some of them can take good closeups. Based on their max reproduction ratios, here's how they rank:

    18-200 - 1:4.5
    17-55 2.8 - 1:5
    70-200 2.8 - 1:5.6
    50 1.8 - 1:6.6
    tokina 12-24 - 1:8
  16. Cope


    Apr 5, 2007
    Houston, Texas
    Based on Franks listing, I would recommend the 17-55. It would be my 1st choice for a wedding anyway.
  17. Interesting discussion. I use my 35 F2 AFD as my closup lens right now.
  18. Of what you have, I'd recommend the 17-55. It'll focus down to 14.2" and should produce better shots than the 18-200VR (unless you're shooting in dim enough light that you feel you really need the VR).

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