Macro and Portrait photography - Nikon D90

Discussion in 'Macro Photography' started by cgntoonartist, Apr 5, 2010.

  1. cgntoonartist

    cgntoonartist TPF Noob!

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    Hello folks,

    I am new to this forum. I glad to be here!

    After careful consideration, I decided to get a lens for MACRO work but that is also good for nice PORTRAIT photography. This may be the best way for me to get started with a Nikon D90 and the type of photography I want to do. I am on a budget, so I am hoping that I can accomplish this with about $300 - $400 for the lens. Is that possible?

    What are your best suggestions?

    Thanks!
     
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    Hooker771 TPF Noob!

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    Im not sure about Nikon but for the canon the 50mm 1.8 is a great lents for both. Then get a good extension tube with the connetions.

    I got these.

    [ame=http://www.amazon.com/Opteka-Focus-Extension-Digital-Cameras/dp/B002YIY44O]Amazon.com: Opteka Auto Focus DG Macro Extension Tube Set for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras: Camera & Photo[/ame]
     
  3. cgntoonartist

    cgntoonartist TPF Noob!

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    There is a "Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens" with a very reasonable price.
    I have also heard of the "Kenko DG Auto Extension Tube Set".

    Do you think that getting a lens that does macro without the tube is better for macro work? ( on that would also be good for portrait work as well off course ).
     
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    Hooker771 TPF Noob!

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    Im pretty new to this stuff and dont want to lead you astray, so ill defer to the experts on here. Derrel is a guy you should PM.
     
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    The Tamron 90mm f2.8 is actually dubbed the "portrait macro" It does excellent in both areas and has sharpness that any lens from any manufacturer will have a hard time beating. I have the Tamron 180mm f3.5 macro which is supposed to be very similar in quality to the T90 and I get excellent results with macro. It's a little long for portraits, but it does work for that too when I want. T90 would have been in my bag instead but I wanted extra distance since I mostly want to shoot moving critters.
     
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    cgntoonartist TPF Noob!

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    Thanks for the replies!

    How about this configuration?:

    1. Sigma AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS as an all purpose lens.

    2. Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens for Portrait work.

    3. Kenko DG Auto Extension Tube Set for the Nikon AF Mount for MACRO work.


    Will this be a good set-up for quality photos?
     
  7. mwcfarms

    mwcfarms No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Doesnt nikon have a nice 60mm f2.8 Macro lense which could also be used for portrait>
     
  8. cgntoonartist

    cgntoonartist TPF Noob!

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    I am not aware of one. I'll have to do some research on this.
    Thanks for the suggestion!

    Maybe I should be looking into getting the "Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC HSM Macro Lens" for
    macro and portrait work.
     
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  9. Micah

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    I bought my 105mm micro from keh.com used for $450. I'm very happy with it. It isn't the vr version, but I didn't think it was worth the extra $500.

    I also have the Sigma 17-70mm and I love it also. It's not a true macro, but it does a pretty good job. If I had to give one of the two up, it would be a very tough decision.
     

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