Inexpensive Macro Lens

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  1. Portrayed1

    Portrayed1 TPF Noob!

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    I am looking for an inexpensive macro lens for a Nikon D40. Thanks.
     
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    Phranquey TPF Noob!

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    Put inexpensive into perspective for us. After purchasing my 70-200, the nikon 105 2.8 for $375 was very "inexpensive".....:lol:
     
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    Portrayed1 TPF Noob!

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    Been looking at the following.....
    PROMASTER® AF 70-300 F/4- 5.6 LD $199.95

    SIGMA 70-300mm 70-300 DG *HSM* Macro lens NIKON D40 US $169.95

    im not sure if i need to stay with nikon or can go with others...??? still learning LOTS!!! Thanks.
     
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    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Tamron 90mm f/2.5 Macro Adaptall. It was a well known macro in its time. Definitely better than any inexpensive pseudo-macro zoom. You'll need the appropriate Adaptall and it is manual
     
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    I think you need to get a dedicated macro if you're gonna get into it seriously. Get a lens that has 1:1 reproduction not 1:2.
     
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    Dam dude, where did you get a 105 for $375??????
     
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    Those zooms are not true macro's. You need to looks at primes for macro that will give you the 1:1 ratio or better.
     
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    Portrayed1 TPF Noob!

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    could you give me a brand name to take a look at? thanks.
     
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    Look at the Nikon 60mm 2.8 macro or the Nikon 105mm 2.8 macro.
     
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    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    What??? !!! WTF? Where? VR? ED? New? I just got one at double that.
     
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    WHAT?
    Also, the ones you mentioned aren't macro, just look at the 60 someone mentioned.
     
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    Phranquey TPF Noob!

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    Ebay, baby!!!! Gotta have some patience & find the people who don't know how to properly list an item. This guy must have been a night owl, because he listed it at something like 4:00am, so that is when the auction ended 7 days later....and nobody was awake to snipe me out of it....:lmao: I had a bid in for $400, but it only went to $375 + $20 for insured shipping. I'd seen the same lens go for $500+ in auctions that ended at normal evening hours.

    Some people don't realize there are great strategies to ebay. About two years ago, I bought an 80-200mm f/2.8 AF-D for $600 the same way, used it for over a year while saving up for my 70-200, and turned around and sold it for $650...

    - The best time to buy something is early morning, because less people are awake to snipe.
    - The best time to list things for 7 day auction is 10:00 to 10:30 pm on a Friday night (EST US). That way when it ends the following week.......
    1) Fridays are payday for a LOT of people
    2) Just about everyone is home from work, from east coast to west coast, they've had time to get cleaned up & eat dinner, and are not going to bed early for work...maximum audience.


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