Which lens to buy for macro photography

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Prashant Pandey Prashant Pandey Post 1 of 8
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Hi All,

I am using Nikon D90 with 18-105 VR lens. Now, I am planning to buy a 70-300 lens with D90 but since am very much confused between brands and models. Hence, I need advices/suggestions from all the experts.

Which brand: Nikkor / Sigma / Tamron?

Which 70-300 model from the above brands?

Also, do you recommend AF-S or AF model?

My preference will be Quality and then Price. My goal is to use it for clicking birds, insects, etc.

Please suggest. Thank you all in advance for taking out time to reply.

With Warm Regards,
Prashant Pandey
Mumbai, India.



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Ruud van der Lubben Ruud van der Lubben   Post 2 of 8
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If you think about 70-300mm i would certainly go for the Nikkor, AF-s or AF, but as far as i know there is only 1 type Nikkor 70-300mm presently.

http://www.cameranu.nl/nl/objectieven/n ... _523_4022/
Prashant Pandey Prashant Pandey Post 3 of 8
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Thank you so much for the comments but I have found that 70-300 is available in all the brands that I have mentioned and here are the following links...

1. Nikkor -
AF - http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Products/ ... -5.6G.html

AF-S - http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Products/ ... IF-ED.html


2. Tamron - http://www.tamron-usa.com/lenses/prod/70300_di_a017.asp

3. Sigma -
AF - http://www.sigmaphoto.com/shop/70-300mm ... ized-nikon
Jürgen W2 Jürgen W2 Post 4 of 8
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To my mind you can't do all "birds and insects" with the same lens.

I do some insects with a Nikon 55 mm macro lens or with a Tamron 90 mm macro lens, sometimes fitted with an additional 10 dioptre lens.

Natural light only: http://www.flickr.com/photos/71859609@N05/6550576173/

With ringflash: http://www.flickr.com/photos/71859609@N05/6550560853/


I do some insects and birds with a Sigma 2.8 / 70-200 mm or a Sigma 4 / 300 mm.

Insects: http://www.flickr.com/photos/71859609@N05/6550578403/

Birds: http://www.flickr.com/photos/71859609@N05/6550560815/



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Herman Auer Herman Auer Post 5 of 8
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I'm a bit confused with the heading as you seek a lens for macro photography yet mention wanting to purchase a tele(zoom) 70-300 lens.

For genuine 1:1 macro photography, I would recommend the Nikkor AF-S 105 f/2.8G lens.

If it is indeed the 70-300 zoom range you are after then the Nikkor AF-S 70-300VR enjoys a good reputation though I would also not disregard the newer Tamron 70-300VC USD lens. Vibration control and quality at max 300mm local range are possibly better than the Nikkor.

Some folks have produced nice close-up shots with the Nikkor AF-S 70-200VR lens with a Canon 500D filter attached.

Good luck!
Babak J Babak J Post 6 of 8
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I've heard great things about Tamrons macro objectives. Im going to order the 60 mm f 2.0 tamron micro today
http://www.wexphotographic.com/blog/tamron-60mm-f2-macro-lens

Except for the extra focal length with the tamron 90 mm, I've heard the 60 mm has better IQ.
I'l keep you guys updated
Alfred Spectrum Alfred Spectrum Post 7 of 8
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Quote: Babak J 02.04.13, 14:31To the cited postI've heard great things about Tamrons macro objectives. Im going to order the 60 mm f 2.0 tamron micro today
http://www.wexphotographic.com/blog/tamron-60mm-f2-macro-lens

Except for the extra focal length with the tamron 90 mm, I've heard the 60 mm has better IQ.
I'l keep you guys updated

So, Babak, what did you buy and how do you like it?
Rob Nagelhout Rob Nagelhout   Post 8 of 8
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Hi all, I have two fine macro lenses from Sigma. The 105mm and the 180mm which are used mainly for portrait shooting on the street. Think these lenses belong to the top quality range and for fair prices, slowly I am selling my zoom-lenses just one more to go.
Imho a normal lens forces you to think about what you are doing and in that way changes your view on the world
gr.Rob
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