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brandon0350
04/27/2016, 11:21 PM
Figure I would ask before I make a purchase. I have a nikon d5200 with the stock 18-55mm lens. I am looking to get a macro lens for close up shots. I have 2 requiements:
1. Side shots through the glass average distance of 10"
2. Top down shots through acrylic port hole, average distance 6"
I'm looking at getting the tamron 90mm. Would that be a good choice? Any other suggestions?
Thanks

Dkuhlmann
04/28/2016, 06:28 AM
Misled shoots a Nikon and I'm sure he will have some suggestions for you.

I'm new to photography and I shoot a Canon so I can't help you much on specifics with your Nikon

I've also heard good things about the Tamron 90mm macro lens, I'm still trying to decide on what lens I'll go with for macro shots.

I've also bought several lens attachments that will multiply the magnification of what you're looking at through the lens which may help you in either deciding not to get a true macro lens or not. It depends on what you have for lenses now.

I also ordered a set of these macro extension tube sets to see how well they work.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/162026024002?_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

Misled
04/28/2016, 09:41 AM
I have a Tamron 90. I also have a Nikon 105 that I would say is a couple notches better than the Tamron. The only thing I don't like about the model of my 90 is it doesn't have internal focus. That may have changed in some newer models. It is very good for macros and is well known as one of the best portrait lenses around.

3dees
04/30/2016, 11:39 AM
I have a like new Sigma 150mm 2.8 macro listed on e-bay. Nikon mount. awesome lens.

niladride
05/03/2016, 09:27 AM
@Op,

You can also look at the Tokina lens for Nikon mount 100 mm 2.8 macro, its a very good lens. Tamron 90 mm has got two versions, with VC and without VC I guess, Nikon lens cost a bomb for the 105 mm macro, if you have no budget constrains, you can get the Nikon.

There is another lens, which I use a lot, its not a typical micro lens (Nikon calls 'macro' as 'micro') , its 40 mm Nikon 2.8G, the lens is absolutely brilliant, super sharp images, nice for portrait, too. It has got 1:1 reproduction ratio, capable of life size images.

Issue is the working distance is very low for real world macro like insects, and with flash, sometimes the barrel shadow can be seen in the image but I think you can look into it, its an all purpose lens, also budget friendly.

rickztahone
05/03/2016, 12:33 PM
Tam90 is one of the best budget lenses out there for any mount IMHO

niladride
05/04/2016, 02:29 AM
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The version with VC is costly.

rickztahone
05/04/2016, 08:37 PM
^

The version with VC is costly.

good point. I shoot with a FF Sony body and all A-mount bodies have IBIS which makes buying lenses without VC cheaper.

brandon0350
05/04/2016, 08:45 PM
I ended up getting the tamron 90mm, have taken a couple shots with it. Just need to find the correct settings to use now. I would like a little more reach into the tank though, maybe thinking about getting some close up lenses for it

Misled
05/04/2016, 08:54 PM
^

The version with VC is costly.

That really isn't true. Now understand I did buy a used one, but I picked up a used one for 350. Was also very impressed. It also has internal focus.

niladride
05/05/2016, 07:25 AM
^

Used ones will obviously be cheaper, but should we consider price of a used one to say if it is cheap or pricey?

As D5200 has not got a built in motor to auto focus, op should get a lens with auto focus until and unless his hands are super steady or he is using a tripod. Anyway, true macro shots are always taken using manual focus only. But as my hands are not steady enough, I end up in blurry image in most cases.

:(

Misled
05/05/2016, 08:21 AM
Well, you don't have to buy new. A used Nikon AF 105 will run you 3 to 4 hundred. No motor, no internal focus. I also never said anything about cheap. The Tamron is as well built as Nikon's AF-S 105. They are very similar in looks. It also has the motor in the lens, so it focuses fine on the 5200.

niladride
05/05/2016, 08:59 AM
^

Anyway, both Nikon and Tamron are great lens, Tamron generally lot cheaper than Nikon, and op already got the Tamron one.

TheRegion83
05/05/2016, 03:03 PM
What do you guys think of a sony A55 camera? I was able to get it very cheap and it takes nice macros.

tc2007
05/05/2016, 09:18 PM
What do you guys think of a sony A55 camera? I was able to get it very cheap and it takes nice macros.

The Sony A55 is top notch given the price. I had the older A33 before.

rickztahone
05/09/2016, 01:31 PM
What do you guys think of a sony A55 camera? I was able to get it very cheap and it takes nice macros.

The a55 was one of my first cameras with Sony. Great little camera. Just be aware that the video mode on it is absolute crap. It will record for 3-5 minutes and then crap out from overheating. This was later corrected in other bodies but the a55 remained with this problem as it was hardware based.